Eteaket teas: I only recently discovered Eteaket teas. They have a lovely cafe on Frederick Street, but also a store on Rose St where you can sample their huge range of teas, Coco chocolates and accessories, there is something here for every budget and taste. After a tea tasting session (recommended) I won a subscription to their tea club which I'm really enjoying trying a selection of different teas which arrive magically in the post each month.
Vouchers and experiences:
Afternoon tea at the Balmoral: absolutely the best afternoon tea in Edinburgh I think (and I've tried a few). The glamorous setting in Palm Court, plus the care put into making all the delicate pastries and sandwiches which can be served with an amazing silver needle tea grown in Scotland really makes this a special experience. From £40. you can book online
Giant Lanterns of China at Edinburgh Zoo: this installation of over 450 dazzling giant lanterns illuminates the Zoo spectacularly each night and continues until February 25th if you are looking for something to do in that awkward week of school holidays after Hogmanay. I took the 6 year old to the opening night, and we both absolutely loved it. Created by 150 artisans and using 16,000m of silk and 20,000 low energy lightbulbs, the lanterns create a totally magical atmosphere as you walk around the trail, but also highlight the Zoo's work as a conservation charity. Tickets from about £10 and under 3s go free.