The Saltire Shop as the name would suggest contains everything Scottish. The shop is large and spacious, a new addition to Aberdeen shops and a welcome addition to the usual High Street Stores. It really is a fun place to browse with some serious shopping items and a lot of funny novelty items as well.
What to buy: I did consider buying Finn a tiny baby Scotland Strip but resisted temtation till he is a little bigger. They have a cute range of kids clothes, toys and other kiddy things. Adults are not excluded either with some nice clothing and funny novelties too. I did buy a bib which pronounced 'Of course I'm cute I'm Scottish' I hasten to add this was not for personal use but I did think the t-shirt in the window would have suited me well.
What to pay: Prices are good for the quality of goods.
Great idea - see your bear being made - add a voice - choose an outfit - add a heart - get an adoption certificate & he's yours to love forever a great idea for children
What to buy: A bear of course and many other animals besides
What to pay: About £10 & upwards
Harleys is only a small shop but I love it. Every pay day I head in there to spend a chunk of my hard earned cash. In here it sells a lot of stuff which you wouldn't get anywhere else. Although it is designer clothes which you get in here it is up and coming designers which haven't hit the main stream yet but the unfortunate thing is a lot later do and therefore the prices go up. The staff in here are brilliant and will give you as much help as is possible anywhere. Overall it is a good place to get some trendy gear
What to pay: varys from item to item
Blacks is part of a chain of sport and outdoor wear stores which includes Millets and Freespirit. I like Blacks the most out of this chain as it has more choices of outdoor wear. The staff are all young people, very knowledgable and always ready with a friendly smile.
What to buy: If you can resist shopping - as I can - wait until after mid summer when they will have upto 50% reductions on most stock. I bought some t-shirts, walking trousers and a hooded jacket. I can't be that much of a bargain hunter because I just checked my receipt and two identical t-shirt , apart from colour, had a £7.00 difference in price!!
What to pay: Prices are not cheap here - this is why I only really shop here when they have a sale.
Imagine trying to sell over sized, outdoor hot tubs in the North East of Scotland!!
They all had a sold sticker on at the knock down price of £5,000 - wish we got the weather to go with the price tag.
What to buy: We did not buy a hot tub = they are not appropriate here in the North East of Scotland
What to pay: Thankfully nothing
Great place for kids with many toys & dressing up costumes, kids just love make believe and this is the place to release their imagination. Nice Disney videos on showand good play centre where the children have 'hands on the latest toys' as Disney says ' a magical experience'
What to buy: Toys
Videos & DVD's
What to pay: Use your credit card- you will probably need it.
Ottakar's is a large book store in the city, it has two floors with books on any subject you care to read about. I usually spend far too much money and a great deal of time in these shops, but then reading is such a pleasure for me. You can have a coffee here in pleasant surroundings and of course start reading your purchases.
What to buy: I usually buy travel guides here, they have such a varied selection.
What to pay: Depends on the book but the travel guide books cost from £5.00 to £15.00
Everything Scottish for sale from clothing to furniture. No mass produced items - some very original clothing & jewellery.
What to buy: I really likes the coffee table made out of an old Scottish tree stump - but with a price tag of £1,600 I changed my mind & bought some handmade soap & a Haggis whistle!!
What to pay: As much as you can afford.
Deans of Huntley are world famous for their delicious shortbread biscuits.
What to buy: At the factory shop you can buy either perfect packs of biscuits in fancy packaging, or better still if you want a bargain choose from the seconds grade, just as tasty but without the frills. Typical costs - half of what you would pay in the shops.
They also sell other food items and gifts.
For those Asian who live in Aberdeen for one reason or another, finding the raw material for home cook food can be a difficult task.
There are a couple of places you can go. The more accessible place is Asian Spices located on George St. Which is just about 2 blocks away from John Lewis. You can get most of the spices like curry, jasmine rice, soya sauce, chinese spices, etc.
The other place which I usually go is Campbell, located in the Turry area. Hidden among the warehouses. Coming from Market St, after crossing the bridge towards Turry, take the second left turn. You can get all Chinese food stuffs, from dried food to fresh crabs, fish balls, etc etc. Sometimes even fresh chinese choy sum.
However, if you are of those real picky ones, I think you are better off to make a trip down to Dundee. There is a huge Chinese Supermart there, right in the town center.
What to buy: Asian food raw materials, spices, etc...
What to pay: Of course things are not cheap here.. but you don't really have much choice unless you ship it your own from home.
The whole of this shopping centre has a mix of shops for most people. There are quite a few trendy bars and restaurants, a coffee shop, newsagents and hairdressers. There are some exclusive jewellry shops and quite a few womens clothes shops selling both designer clothes and high street clothes. AB10 is my fave designer shop (pic from The Academy website). There are mens shops and some quirky shops that sell stuff for your home, and all round cool place.
What to buy: In Aberdeen as a whole, tartan is good to get, and you can have a kilt made for you. There are lots of shops selling Scottish produce which are generally pretty cheap.
What to pay: As much as you want to!
One of our favourite shops in the town of Turriff.
Selling produce and sounds of Scotland, including bagpipes, kilts, Scottish music and videos DVD's etc.,
What to buy: Traditional Scottish gifts