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Monday, 17 November 2014

Love from Indie Street and an Edinburgh Giveaway

Do you have friends in Edinburgh, or love to visit this fabulous city?  If so you are in luck, because there is an amazing new concept called Love from Indie Street, where you can browse a virtual high street of Edinburgh's best independent businesses from your armchair and choose a personal and original gift voucher for your family and friends. From restaurants to florists and beauty salons to gift shops, there is something for everyone.

View of the Balmoral Hotel, Waverley Station and  Princes Street, Edinburgh  from the Scott Monument
It can be tricky (and expensive) to send gifts through the post and some people can be difficult to buy for, so we often rely on gift vouchers to make sure that the recipient receives a gift they would like and it arrives in one piece!  The difficulty with gift vouchers is that they are generally for large multi-national companies.  So Love from Indie Street,  allows you the flexibility of a gift voucher while allowing the gift recipient to choose from a range of independent retailers whose offerings are so much more interesting and original.

You can search for gifts by type: Children, Fashion, Food and Drink, Health, Home and Leisure, or you can choose by price or by occasion.  You can even set up your own wish list so you get the vouchers you would like!   I've picked out five different gifts, which really appealed to me, some are 'things' others are 'experiences' and  prices range from £5 to £95. There are many more options so please do go and do a little window shopping on Indie Street, I'm sure you will be tempted.

Handmade Chocolate and Hot Chocolate from Coco This voucher can be used to choose a hand made chocolate bar from Coco Chocolate's wide range and enjoy a hot chocolate in one of their beautiful Edinburgh Shops. A perfect stocking filler or secret santa present! from £5.00

Creative Cookware The perfect stocking filler for the budding chef in your life. Let them upgrade their utensils drawer or baking cupboard to take their culinary feats to the next level vouchers at  £25/£50/£100
Coast and Bridges Bike Tour Cycling is very popular, so what better for the cycling enthusiast in your life than this 5 hour, 42 km cycle tour starts in the heart of Edinburgh’s port, the vibrant and buzzing Leith on the east coast of Scotland. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants for a pre or post ride snack. The tour then heads on a beautiful route out of town to the north west, following the shore line of the Firth of Forth towards the iconic Forth Road and Forth Railway bridges and the picturesque town of South Queensferry. Where you will see the Forth Rail Bridge and one of the best views of Edinburgh as you look back along the waterline and then head back to town. £40 (other tours are also available)

Baby Food Casting  Isn't this just so special? Capture the memory of just how precious and small a baby is with a stone casting voucher.  An ideal gift for new parents or proud grandparents and is something they will treasure forever. The baby casting is of two baby feet, mounted in a beautiful box frame. Choose between a natural wood or white frame. The frame comes with a choice of three mount colours; Ivory, Baby Blue or Baby Pink. £80 (other castings are available)

Narcissus Flower School 3 hour workshop Treat the budding florist in your life with a voucher for a three hour workshop at the Narcissus Flower School. Perfect for those who would love to learn the traditional craft of floristry in a modern school, these practical, classes are suitable for the complete beginner with a new interest through to those who may be considering a career in floristry. £95

The options go on and on, there are restaurant gift vouchers, romantic hotel break gift vouchers, vouchers for handbags, gift shops, galleries and special gifts for children. All of them are delightful, and then there are Love from Indie Street vouchers, the perfect gift to give someone if you are not sure exactly what to get them but know that they love using Edinburgh's best independent businesses. You buy the voucher and they can then choose where they want to use it from all of the businesses that are part of the Love from Indie Street community. All they have to do is contact Love from Indie Street once they have made their choice and they take care of everything else.

I have a £20 voucher for Love from Indie Street to giveaway, simply complete the activities on the Rafflecopter widget to enter.  Due to the nature of the giveaway it is open to anyone over 18 (virtual voucher sent to email address) and not confined to the UK, however the recipient of the voucher must be able to redeem it at one of the independent retailers in EDINBURGH.

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At 17 November 2014 at 13:36 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fab giveaway, a great opportunity to find some new favourite retailers!

At 17 November 2014 at 14:01 , Blogger Unknown said...

id love the handmade chocolate in your blog. its look lush!!!

At 17 November 2014 at 19:12 , Blogger P Kitti said...

Organic Man Gift Set from Dandelion for my Dad

At 17 November 2014 at 20:35 , Blogger Choclette said...

What a lovely idea Janice - it's been far too long since I was in Edinburgh. Not having family there any more doesn't help!

At 18 November 2014 at 00:07 , Blogger Natalie Crossan said...

I'd love the organic man gift set for a good friend x

At 18 November 2014 at 17:07 , Blogger Night Phoenix said...

I would probably gift it to a friend of mine who i expect would use it for cookware. She has fibromialgia and has had to renew what she uses in the kitchen to suit her needs. She is an absolute wizzard in the kitchen and creates all sort of incredible delights and even organises feasts for friends. It would be a small way to contribute to paying her back for wonderful experiences created by her and her kitchen skills.

At 21 November 2014 at 13:49 , Blogger Unknown said...

I would choose some of the creative cookware! I'm trying to cook more healthy meals :)

At 22 November 2014 at 12:12 , Blogger Kathryn MacKinnon said...

I'd give it to my husband to but a cocktail shaker from Creative Cookware. We recently did a gin and cocktail masterclass and are inspired!

At 23 November 2014 at 10:01 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I'd probably give it to my mum, although I may be tempted to spend it myself.

At 23 November 2014 at 10:57 , Blogger Simplyfood said...

What a lovely giveaway but I live miles away from Edinburgh.

At 23 November 2014 at 16:08 , Blogger GG said...

Me too, but a fabulous gift. So versatile too. GG

At 25 November 2014 at 20:48 , Blogger Keep Calm and Fanny On said...

I'd spend it wisely on some lovely treats form Wendy the Inside Out Chef!


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