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 a mixture of classic, retro, vintage, upcycle and chic. A super exciting range of goodies, each carefully chosen by Louise and her team, ensuring you’ll always find just the right thing, every time.

At the start of this year, 2020, we were looking to continue to grow our family of artists ensuring we carry on offering a choice of unique, beautifully crafted originals, re-discovered gems and traditional, familiar items from our favourite suppliers. Things have taken a slightly unusual turn and although we, like so many others, are in lockdown, our search for the unusual and curious continues. Hopefully, as we start to emerge, you’ll still find as wonderful a range of extraordinary items that spark a joy.

Meet the Team

The Dragonfly Team include Louise, Elfreda, Ingrid, Marie and Brian



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

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.



Sales assistant

A little update from Ingrid will follow soon