Dundee Local Gift Guide 2023

Hello everyone
Today I am sharing a little post as a reminder about how important it is to shop locally! 

Did you know that by shopping locally you not only reduce your carbon foot print, but you put money back into your local economy and support local jobs!

So many small businesses are relying on a good Christmas pulling us through a very difficult year to ensure we can continue trading. The best thing you can do to help your independent shops right now is shopping locally this festive period!



This year, as always I will only buy sustainable gifts from local shops and businesses in Dundee. 

I’m pulling together some of my favourite local businesses so you can all make sustainable choices this Christmas. I’m in Dundee so the blog post is based around businesses that are local to here.



Lots of local businesses are still on shaky ground and they are relying on Christmas sales to try and pull through a really tough year. Local shops and businesses are at the heart of the community with friendly staff who really care about their customers.  It is so important to continue to support the amazing local and sustainable businesses we have here in Dundee!

Local Shops
Kist


When I first got my keys to The Little Green Larder, Mairi (who owns Kist) was one of the first people to come over and say hello! She is so wonderful and supportive and I now call her my work wife!  Her lovely shop is right across the road from us, we are so lucky to see her friendly face every day! 

Kist has such beautiful items for sale. They are all locally sourced and handmade by Scottish artists. From beautiful jewellery, to sustainable beauty products, to prints. They have something for everyone. When you support Kist you are also supporting many local independent businesses.

Ok, ok I know I am being bias putting my shop on the list, but I promise you will like what we have. All of the products at The Little Green Larder are sustainable. We offer dried foods and whole foods unpackaged in bulk along with a large unpackaged snack section and vegan pick and mix. Bring a jar and fill up with tasty treats for your loved ones Christmas stocking! Read our blogs on adult and children sustainable stocking fillers here.



Have a read of our other posts to find out about some of the awesome sustainable gifts we have.

We also have great candles, chutneys, sweet treats and more from local suppliers along with a large range of eco-friendly beauty and personal care products. If you are looking for bamboo toothbrushes, metal straws or sustainable dish washing products we have that too.

Pop in and see us at 272 Perth Road and say hello. We also have some eco hampers available for you to fill up and make a personalised sustainable hamper for your loved ones.

Also visit our new deli counter and get a warm soup, a toastie, cakes and our weekly specials! 

Arbuckles Christmas Farm Shop



We know you all love the Arbuckles berries we get in over summer but did you know they sell so much more?

Head over to their farm shop and enter into a winter wonderland of Christmas trees, sustainable decorations, wreaths and delicious treats! It is chocolate berry heaven! 





If you are a music fan then this store is a must! These guys sell new and pre loved records that will make amazing Christmas gifts! They host in store gigs and their shop comprises of some amazing upcycled items. The also sell some pretty amazing reusable tote bags!



If like me you are a beer lover then you have to visit Frasers Beer fridge! If anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas then some fruity sour beers are a win! If beer isn’t on your shopping list then no worries, he has lots of beautiful chocolates, treats, deli products and of course lovely fruit and veg.
 


SookSouk is Dundee's coolest little vintage shop! Whether you are after a party dress, a cost coat or a snuggly jumper there is something for everyone. Pre-loved and vintage clothing are a super sustainable way to dress. Pop in to see them on the Perth Road and support your local vintage store! 
Sharon is so friendly and down to earth she will help you find the prefect gift or outfit for yourself! 

Love Your Planet Broughty Ferry

Our lovely friend Debbie runs Love Your Planet - an amazing sustainable refill shop in Broughty Ferry. I was in a few weeks ago picking up some Christmas gifts and of course some sweets for myself! 



They have beautiful sustainable wrapping paper (don't forget to go and pick some up) and an amazing range of local products that make great gifts! They also have hundreds of refills so if you are in the area this shop is a must!

Transition Dundee



Transition Dundee is a community led social enterprise in Dundee. They run The Community Fridge in Dundee's West End and The Wardrobe - a preloved clothing shop with a difference. This is such a great addition to Dundee city centre. 

Not only does The Wardrobe sell a fantastic range of pre-loved clothing, it also hosts workshops, knitting socials and clothing repair drop in's. 
Gift the gift of soap this Christmas. This beautiful soap is made locally by  Amelia who is such an amazing young business woman. Using soap bars, shampoo bars and conditioner bars saves plastic bottles from ending up as waste! Shower sustainably with Smelleez!

Follow her Facebook page for information on the markets she will be at. Alternatively pop into The Little Green Larder, we are proud to be stockists of her soap!

Average Alice's Shop - Depop



Our lovely TLGL staff member Alice runs her very own business called Average Alice. She has a gorgeous range of preloved and vintage clothing along with handmade accessories from upcycled materials. 

Average Alice is a rainbow time machine! Finding colourful garms from the past and crafting statemen pieces! 

Food and Drink


Based in The Carse of Gowrie, Cairn O’ Mohr make their wine in the traditional way. They use locally picked seasonal fruits to create the most amazing tasting wines ever. There is honestly something for everyone!

If wine isn’t your thing then they have lovely ciders and non alcoholic drinks too If you want to give the gift of an experience then a voucher for a tour of their winery is a great idea!

This wine is my favourite wine in the world. The boxes of cider are perfect for enjoying at a Christmas or new year party. 



EH9 is the coolest little coffee shop with the best coffee ever! They have delicious bagels and pastries, amazing lattes and the friendliest staff ever. They have a range of amazing EH9 products that make the perfect gift so pop in and see them!



Mary’s Kitchen is such a beautiful Tea Room on Perth Road. They do award winning afternoon teas and just have the tastiest cakes ever. Gift vouchers for their luxury afternoon tea’s make an amazing gift, as do their tasty truffles.

The Roundhouse transforms surplus food into nutritious meals for distribution by foodbanks and food larders across Dundee. They also have a lovely café where you can get tasty meals and ‘pay it forward’ so that someone else can enjoy a lovely treat on you. They also have some great sustainable gifts.

Jewellers

There are too many amazing eco local jewellers so I am just going to mention a few here.


Scarlett Erskine uses your old jewellery to create stunning one of a kind pieces. She made me and amazing one of a kind ring from old broken jewellery I had that belonged to women in my family.


Natla is a sustainable and socially responsible jewellery brand that creates gorgeous pieces from sustainable silver.

Liam at Coffe Bean Culture creates these gorgeous pieces of coffee bean inspired jewellery. He also runs fun filled workshops where you can make your own! Head over to his Instagram now to see more of his work. 
I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post and it has inspired you to shop locally this Christmas. When shopping locally you put more money in your local economy and encourage a sense of community. You help to reduce your city’s carbon foot print and of course your own and you make your favourite local businesses very, very happy.

Do you know of any other sustainable local businesses? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Jillian
The Little Green Lar

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