Princess Anne is right – gift shops are an unlikely treasure trove of fashion finds


It’s exactly the kind of practical piece we’ve come to associate with Anne. Made from leather by The Leather Guild and a special Balmoral blue tweed fabric, the cross-body style can also be worn on the shoulder, with an adjustable strap. 

While we can’t be sure if Anne perused the gift shop herself or was given the bag as a present, one thing is certain: there are some real treasures to be found at gift shops all around the UK.

Often stocking local artisan brands, and specially-commissioned pieces, they are a great place to find items that are a little different to what you might find on the rest of the high street, and that, surely, you’re unlikely to spot on someone else. 

Here are some of The Telegraph’s favourite gift shops, for unexpectedly stylish shopping. 

Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire

Star buy: Balmoral Blue Jura Handbag, £80.95,

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