The countdown is real with only E.I.G.H.T days until Christmas! How exactly did that happen? It’s completely crept up. If you are a last minute shopper like me, the panic has truly set in and you are on a mad dash to buy gifts. Now, please step away from Amazon and head to those small independent shops that truly need our support.
Today I’m really excited to share a shop that has made a mark in many hearts in Edinburgh because it celebrates the local artists, crafters, makers and designers. It is a shop just bursting with originality and creativity – Independent Zebra. I’m so lucky that this fabulous shop is in my neighbourhood and I can pop round to pick up a one of a kind gift that is sure to delight.
I popped in this week to have a nosy, good news for all you last minute shoppers – the stock levels are high, so get yourself over to the shop for a visit. Here are my TOP picks for those of you who are in a real rush … ENJOY.
The Luxurious Cumaradh Oversized Scarf
Designed by Tir-Dhaimh, this minimalist monochrome floral print scarf is digitally printed and simply beautiful. I can easily see it paired with a equally monochrome outfit or to balance out a colourful one. Size is 100x200cm and fabric is 60% modal 40% cotton. Scottish Designer.
Price £50, click HERE to buy it from Independent Zebra site or visit the shop
The Abstract Shapes Purse
Designed by ARK Colour, this playful burst of green and blue leather in an abstract design is a pure delight. Use as a purse, wallet, card holder, the options are endless. Size is 16x10cm. Made in Scotland.
Price £15, click HERE to buy it from Independent Zebra site or visit the shop
The Geometric Hand Printed Necklace
Designed by Jenni Douglas, this hand printed necklace in coral & pink is made from lightweight and hypo-allergenic aluminium. It’s such a clever design and Jenni also creates earrings and bangels too. Size 5x3cm. Chain is 18″ sterling silver. Made in Scotland.
Price £23, click HERE to buy it from Independent Zebra site or visit the shop
The Shoreline Mug
Designed by Ella Fletcher, the Shoreline mug is an adaptation of a Scottish shoreline and gets my vote for the morning cuppa. Perfectly formed and perfectly designed. Size approx. 8x9cm. It is made locally in Edinburgh and available in other colour ways. Edinburgh based.
Price £18, click HERE to buy it from Independent Zebra site or visit the shop
Hello Lovely Door Mat
Designed by Bombay Duck, this cheerful mint and pink ‘Hello Lovely’ doormat is the perfect welcome greeting when coming home. Made of 100% natural coir and a PVC backing, it is for indoor use only. Size 75x45cm.
Price £19.50, click HERE to buy it from Independent Zebra site or visit the shop
Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Print
Illustrated by Victoria Rose Ball, The Royal Botanic Gardens hand drawing is finished digitally and printed on hot pressed smooth card. This is the perfect way to bring the beautiful gardens into your home. Size A4 orA5. Edinburgh based.
Price £15, click HERE to buy it from Independent Zebra or visit the shop
Gin & Tonic Drinking Chocolate
In case Santa forgets, treat yourself to some of COCO‘s ultimate combo G&T and Hot Choco! YES! Made with delightfuly smooth & flavoursome 61% dark choocate with fragrant juniper, lemon & lime oils and rich cocoa powder. It’s a winner. Edinburgh based.
Price £9.95, click HERE to buy it from Independent Zebra or visit the shop
Take the Slow Road Book
I have a feeling that 2021, will be the year of the road trip and this could be the perfect guide. An inspirational journey around Scotland’s Highlands, Lowlands and Islands by Martin Dorey. He’s mapped out the best drives for surfers, wildlife watchers, climbers and walkers plus notes some of the coolest places to stay, what to see & do. Sounds good doesn’t it.
Price £20, click HERE to buy it from Independent Zebra site or visit the shop
Designed by Emma Neale, this children’s long sleeve tee in cream with cool coloured little pebbles is just the coolest. It immediately caught my eye in the shop & I wanted an adult sized option. It’s made of super soft light fabric and perfect to layer over a bodysuit or under a romper. Fabric is 95% Cotton and 5% Spandex. Made in the Scottish Borders.
Price £16.50, click HERE to buy it from Independent Zebra site or visit the shop
Designed by Stag & Bruce, this cosy pure new wool blanket in neutral grey with rich yellow and subtle pale blue checks (and touch of peach) is perfect to keep cosy or just drape over a bed or sofa. It is woven from ethically sourced surplus yarns. Sized 140x70cm (excluding fringes).
Price £110, click HERE to buy it from Independent Zebra site or visit the shop
Now these are just my top picks but there is so much more to explore in the shop, so I encourage you to pop in and dive into all the creative items available. It’s always best to call if you are looking to order something for Christmas — even better just pop into the shop & pick it up.
You can visit Independent Zebra at
88-92 Raeburn Place
Edinburgh EH4 1HH
Phone 0131 332 1973
On Instagram HERE
On their website HERE
This is a sign that you should finish your Christmas shopping and to shop local as there are so many creative, original, lust worthy items right under your nose. I hope you enjoyed my little tour of Independent Zebra. Enjoy.