Opening its doors in the heart of Broughton Street in August 2011, the Dragonfly is a wonderful independent gift shop and boutique specialising in the unique. Gifts are sourced from near and far, from artists and specialist suppliers with the aim of introducing you to a mixture of classic, retro, vintage and chic. An exciting range of items, each carefully chosen by Louise and her team. You’ll always find just the right thing for any occasion.

Meet the Team



For many years Louise dreamed of owning her own gift shop and boutique in Edinburgh and it’s finally become a reality.
She has two main aims. The first is to create a great shopping experience every time you visit the dragonfly. The second is to offer refreshing new gift ideas for every occasion and is constantly seeking quality affordable products for her valued customers.
The relaxed atmosphere in the Dragonfly does not match the fast pace Louise is used to of a Sunday. Racing motorbikes for over twenty years sets Louise apart from the crowd.

See Louise’s staff favourites posts for more info!



Sales assistant

Alice started at the Dragonfly in September. She loves the shop’s independent clothing lines, and the vintage tea cups. Designing the shops window displays and thinking of new creative ways to show off our products is her favourite part of the job. Alice also works as an illustrator, specialising in drawing and printmaking. She makes prints using traditional techniques, such as lithography, etching and monoprinting, all from her studio in her flat. Alice’s work is often inspired by her surroundings, so expect to see some Broughton Street based illustrations coming in to the shop soon!   You can see Alice’s work here!

See Alices staff favourites post for more info!



Sales assistant

Elfreda joined the Dragonfly team in July. Her favourite items are the quirky gifts, children’s books and the unusual selection of greetings cards. She enjoys arranging displays and helping customers to find great gift ideas and combinations. See Elfreda’s staff favourites post here.

Elfreda works as a book designer and illustrator – check out some of her work here – She also teaches illustration and history of art with Edinburgh City Council’s Adult Education department.