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Hi, I'm Ildiko

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Christmas wishlist

The 5th of December marks 'Small Business Saturday', so we put together a Christmas wishlist with all items coming from local Scottish businesses.

For the foodie

We were already fans of 

Mademoiselle Macaron

's treats when she was selling them exclusively at local markets and we continue being regulars at her cosy Grindley Street café.  However we have not made it yet to one of her

macaron classes

 - hence the wishlist item. There are several classes scheduled for next year and it would make a perfect Christmas present for any foodie.

While you can book the classes online, it is worth popping in to the café to admire Mademoiselle Rachel's window decorations (and possibly to munch on some scrumptious macarons). This year's theme is 'The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe' to match the

Lyceum Theatre

's repertoire across the road.

Find Mademoiselle also on 

Like A Local - Mademoiselle Macaron


For the fashionista

One can never have enough scarves. We have recently discovered 

Karen Mabon

's beautifully patterned silk scarves at her

Hill Street Design House

 sample sale. She has four limited edition Christmas patterns which you can also buy online. Our favourite one is the Nutcracker, but keen bakers might prefer the Mary Berry silk scarf.

For the tea lover

I am dreaming about a matcha 


whisk for Christmas (ok, maybe it's not very Scottish but still on my wishlist). Oh and a tin of

Kinnettles Gold Scottish tea

 as well, please! Yes, you read it right, it is tea grown in Scotland. All courtesy of 

Pekoe Tea Edinburgh

. Pekoe Tea has shops in Tollcross and in Stockbridge if you prefer buying offline.

Find them also on

Like A Local - Pekoe Tea Stockbridge


Photos: The Edinburgh Enthusiast

Note: This is


a sponsored list but a personal selection of our favourite local shops.

What to do this weekend: 12-13 Dec

What to do this weekend: 12-13 Dec