Christmas Gift Guide

Looking for some Christmas gift inspiration? We’ve pulled together the best Christmas goodies for your friends and family. From city breaks to best-selling books and travel accessories, there’s something for everyone.


For those friends and family who love to explore, a city break is the perfect gift. We’ve got Sunday night sleepovers in Edinburgh, giving you time to explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town or take in a show at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

You’ll need more than one night to get to grips with the bright lights of London city – all our winter breaks packages include a two night stay and a complimentary continental breakfast. Or plan the perfect shopping break for you and your best friend. Book a ‘shop as you mean to go on’ city break and enjoy a complimentary bottle of Prosecco to celebrate your bargains at the end of the day.

If you don’t want to be tied down to a date, go for Apex Gift Vouchers – these can redeemed in any of our hotels, bars or restaurants and also include overnight stays – for that extra special person.

 Health & Fitness

2016 has been the year of fitness. Whether it’s a Fitbit to help you get in shape, leggings from Sweaty Betty or a pair of shiny, new trainers from Nike, every fitness guru out there will be longing for some new kit.

With any good workout, should come a healthy diet. The popular Nutribullet is still a much wanted item, and this year’s version not only blends your vegetables to make delicious soups, but can heat them up as well.

Gift it along with a healthy cookbook? Joe Wicks ‘Lean in Fifteen’ has plenty recipes that can put a new blender to good use.

Food & Drink Experiences

Gin popularity continues to soar, and this year lots of brands including Eden Mill and Edinburgh Gin, are doing limited edition bottles for the festive season. We’ve even come across gin filled Christmas baubles – they won’t stay on the tree for long.

You’re in for a quirky treat when you head to Metro Bar & Basserie at our Edinburgh Grassmarket Hotel. It’s Scottish cuisine with creative twists, think oven-roasted duck breast, bitter and twisted beer-battered haddock, and much more. Full of flavour and perfect for sharing, it’s a no brainer.


For coffee table reading, go for ‘Hello, is this planet Earth’ by Tim Peak – one man’s incredible journey to space that has captured our hearts this past year.

Gift the gift of hygge – we love Amazon’s best seller ‘The Little Book of Hygge’. Package it up with a cosy pair of socks.

Finally, thanks to the overwhelming stage success, J.K Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is a perfect read for teens, and will also work for some of the adults in the family who grew up with Harry, Ron and Hermione.