What To Buy In Glasgow, Scotland

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Unlock the intriguing charm and alluring wonder of Scotland’s biggest city. Glasgow is a unique blend of sophistication and natural beauties that capture the heart of its locals and tourist who choose to visit this bustling city. The skyline of Glasgow has been painted with a mix of ancients wonders of Victorian Mansions and cutting-edge modern buildings creating a breathtaking view to behold. Glasgow has an electrifying nightlife and is a shopaholics paradise. Glasgow is Scotland’s number one destination for the best finds and tourist flock to cruise the malls. There is something for everyone in Glasgow. Finding the perfect souvenir to capture the memories created in the country can be hard because the city is overflowing with unique and authentic gifts. Glasgow is a treasure-trove filled with timeless and amazing souvenirs to purchase. Stumped on what to buy in Glasgow? Here are top 10 gifts you should buy.

1. Auchentoshan whisky

Auchentoshan 12 yrs old Scotch Whisky
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Reignite the memories of your visit to Glasgow with every sip of Scottish Whisky. You can’t visit Glasgow without having this drink of choice. The history of Scottish Whisky dates back as far as the 11th century and is integral to the identity of the Scottish locals. Glasgow is overflowing with whisky distilleries offering tasting tours as well as tours of the distilleries. One of the most popular of this distilleries is the Auchentoshan Distillery which is the only one in Scotland which uses triple distillation. Take a step back in history and learn about the secret of the Auchentoshan Whisky which will give you a better appreciation for this drink. Try out a tasting tour of the whisky while soaking in the beautiful views of the countryside and tranquil River Clyde. Try and bring back a bottle for your friends and family.

Auchentoshan whisky distillery

Address: Off Great Western Rd, Clydebank G81 4SJ, UK

Website: Auchentoshan whisky distillery

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2. Knitwear and textiles

Three tartans
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Meander through the boutiques and markets of Glasgow, and you will come across timeless souvenirs and gifts for friends and family. The Scottish are famous for being experts when it comes to different textiles like tweed, knits and cashmere. These are excellent gift options for anyone of any age, and you will be spoilt for choice. Get your hands on cashmere socks, high-quality Scottish knit scarves or a one of a kind sweater for your favourite aunt. Scotland is synonymous for the hand-stitched tartan kilts which are proudly worn by the men of Glasgow. Add some flair to your wardrobe by getting a pair. These easily recognisable traditional garments are ideal souvenirs and an absolute fashion statement. It’s an authentic piece to add to your clothing line.

Tartan Plus

Address: Tartan Plus, 158 Buchanan St, Glasgow, Scotland

Website: Tartan Plus

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3. Celtic jewellery

celtic wedding rings
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Worn and appreciated by both men and women alike, Celtic Jewellery is the perfect souvenir or gift because of its uniqueness in its beauty and symbolism. You can get this intricately designed jewellery in the form of rings, bracelets, pendants and brooches. They will be great additions to your collection of jewellery and a conversation starter. Craftsmen have drawn inspiration from nature to create sophisticated designs from spirals, crosses and interconnected patterns.

Tartan Plus

Address: Tartan Plus, 158 Buchanan St, Glasgow, Scotland

Website: Tartan Plus

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4. Celtic or Rangers football shirts

Andy Walker's Celtic shirt
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Football is the national sport of Scotland and is revered by the locals. A visit to Glasgow or the country of Scotland would not be complete without feeling the pulsating energy when you visit one of the stadiums for a live game. Football is so popular that it is integrated into the very culture of the Scottish people. The most successful teams from Scotland is Celtics and Rangers. Be sure to buy one of these iconic shirts as a souvenir for yourself if you’re a football fan or for your friends or family. Venture out to the city centre to visit the official stores or the stadiums to purchase these merchandises.

Celtic Store

Address: 154 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8BX, UK

Website: Celtic Store

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5. Beanies

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Purchasing a Glasgow beanie would be the best memorabilia for your visit to the city. These beanies capture the natural beauty of Glasgow in the symbolism of the colours used. The design of the beanie finds its inspiration from the green spaces and serene splendour of the mighty Clyde river. The beanies are a huge hit for tourists and locals alike, made out of soft yarns to give it that extra cosiness. You can get other beanies with the names from the different areas of Glasgow like Govanhill, Giffnock and much more.

Lake and Loch

Website: Lake and Loch

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6. Up Front Beers

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If you’re in search of a truly unique souvenir, then you should get a case of Up Front Beer. Up Front Brewing was founded in 2015 and incorporates the concepts of art, design, music, food and culture sharing the love for exceptional beer. The manufacturing, brewing to the packaging done in-house so this would be a thoughtful and special gift to give or take home.

Up Front Beers

Website: Up Front Beers

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7. Green coffee

Green coffee beans
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Avid coffee drinkers and lovers should definitely make a stop at the Dear Green Coffee Roasters. This is a coffee roaster located in the heart of Glasgow’s East End – a few minutes away from the music venue and marketplace of Barrowlands. You can buy speciality grade coffee beans which are ethically sourced and freshly ground to perfection. Savour the unique taste of the coffee by taking a bag home with you. The roaster also offers coffee classes like an espresso masterclass, latte art class and much more.

Dear Green Coffee Roasters

Address: Dear Green Coffee Roasters, Glasgow Collective, 13-27 East Campbell Street, GLASGOW, G1 5DT

Website: Dear Green Coffee Roasters

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8. Bath wine holder

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There is nothing more satisfying than unwinding with a glass of your favourite wine as you soak in the calming waters of your bathtub after a long day of work or after an action-packed adventure of Glasgow. The last thing on your mind is having to worry about balancing the glass on the edge of your tub. Purchase yourself a convenient Bath Wine Holder, so your glass of wine is within reach as you enjoy a well-deserved hot bubble bath. Convenience guaranteed.

Tartan Plus

Address: Tartan Plus, 158 Buchanan St, Glasgow, Scotland

Website: Tartan Plus

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9. Tunnock’s Teacake t-shirts

Tunnock's merchandise
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Add a touch of Scotland into your wardrobe by gifting yourself or a loved one with this one of a kind t-shirts available for both men and woman. The t-shirts are printed exclusively in Glasgow and incorporate unique, modern Scottish designs and organic cotton and are a brilliant present. These t-shirts can be work with jeans or those coveted kilts you bought earlier.


Address: Tunnock’s Merchandise, c/0 Orb Group Ltd, Claremont Centre, 39 Durham Street, Glasgow, G41 1BS.

Website: Tunnock’s

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10. Mackintosh-inspired gift items

'Glasgow School of Art' JBU 021
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Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Glasgow born architect, designer and artist who has strongly influenced much of the architecture of the city and has made a pivotal impact in the art scene. The Glasgow School of Arts was opened to commemorate and celebrate the artwork and influence of this iconic artist and was one of the leading art academies in Europe. The creativity of Mackintosh is displayed in his intricate artwork. Take home gifts and homeware that are inspired by the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh from jewellery, vases, perfume bottles, picture frames and much more.

The Glasgow School of Art Shop

Address: 164 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6RF, UK

Website: The Glasgow School of Art Shop

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Gift yourself guilt-free

Let's go shopping in Glasgow
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Take home a piece of Glasgow after your visit and treasure the memories created by choosing to purchase any of these authentic gifts.

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