Lolli-popup brings artisanal Christmas shopping to Edinburgh's George Street
If you’re on the hunt for some truly unique Christmas presents, ditch the high street and head to new pop-up shopping event, Lolli-popup, this winter. Bringing together over 20 small businesses and artisanal makers, the event will run over two weekends (November 24-25 and December 1-2) at White Stuff on Edinburgh’s George Street.
Lolli-popup is the brainchild of Edinburgh designer-makers Myer Halliday and Rebecca Wilson. The idea came from a need to address a lack of opportunity on two fronts: firstly, a need for a prominent place in Edinburgh for small independent design businesses to bring their unique wares to the city centre; and secondly, a lack of places for eager Christmas shoppers to access quality, contemporary handmade gifts that support their local makers community.
The pop-up will showcase real products made by real people. Shoppers can expect quality, contemporary, handmade wares - ceramic tableware, jewellery in a wide range of materials from resin to porcelain to silver and everything in between, luxurious printed silk scarves, ethical wooden lighting, vibrant prints and illustration.... it’s one stop for your entire Christmas shop.
The makers will be present to talk you through their collections, help you find a perfect gift match for your loved ones, or even to create something bespoke just for you. Some will even bring their notorious ‘bargain boxes’ of clearance seconds and discontinued stock. So bypass the online giants this year, embrace the slow shopping movement by investing in a meaningful gift that means as much as the person you buy it from as the one you give it to.
Rebecca Wilson (a jeweller whose statement pieces and everyday accents of candy colour will transport you back to the retro sweeties of your childhood) and Myer Halliday (a ceramicist specialising in hand-painted tableware and home accessories) will both be presenting their products at the event, alongside more than 20 other makers.
Local designers including Beth Lamont, Sally Ann Provan, Mimi Hammill, Emily Hogarth, Yellow Broom, Niki Fulton, Soda Kitsch and Jo Pudelko will also be at Lolli-popup to help you find the perfect handmade Christmas gift.
White Stuff Edinburgh, who are providing the space for Lolli-popup in the heart of Edinburgh’s shopping district, are donating the event’s rental fee to their chosen charity, the Dean and Cauvin Young Peoples Trust.