Friday, 7 November 2014

2014 MTV EMA Awards

The music world arrives in Glasgow this Sunday for the 20th Anniversary of the MTV European Music Awards. The show kicks off at 8pm local time and welcomes a whole host of A-list stars including Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Slash, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris ... the list goes on! 

The impressive Hydro Arena is honoured to hold such an important music event and everyone in the city is fighting to get their hands on some tickets.

Glasgow is known for being a top UK shopping destination and we like to think that if the music superstars were to hit the town then they would definitely stop by Maia. So we got thinking. If any of the EMA nominees or presenters were to wander on down our pretty little steps on Bath Street - once we got over the excitement - which Maia gift could we present them with?

Here is a list of our favourite gifts that we think would be perfect for the music icons ... 

First up, hostess with the 'mostess' Nicki Minaj. When Nicki graces the stage this Sunday millions of viewers across the world will probably share a similar thought:

Oh my gosh, look at her butt. 

This quirky card really does say it all Nicki.
 Nice Ass Card 

Next up, pop sensation Taylor Swift. Taylor just can't seem to shake off those bad boy relationships. So we thought that our Stay Away From Assholes Soap would be a great reminder for Taylor to steer clear of the celebrity romances. Those assholes just aren't worth it.

2014 saw Ariana Grande burst onto the music scene. However it seems that despite her catchy single, Ariana does indeed have one more problem. It seems that the pop princess has let fame get the best of her with reports of backstage diva behaviour. Rather than fight it we think Ariana should embrace it. After all, acting like a diva is just part of the job! How perfect is this She Who Must Be Obeyed Wine Glass for Ariana? Who knows after her EMA performance she could use it to enjoy a lovely glass of Glasgow's finest Buckfast Tonic Wine.

She Who Must Be Obeyed Glass

Ah Pharrell. Ok this might cause some controversy. As much as we love Pharrell and lets face it who doesn't? The man is the definition of cool. We think that it may be time for a different look. As happy as that hat makes us it would be nice for Pharrell to mix it up a bit. With that in mind we present to you this handy little pack of party hats to try out. Who knows maybe the pirate look will be the next fashion trend! 
Arguably the greatest pop performer of all time, Beyonce, is up for three awards, nominated for Best US Act, Best Live Act and Best Female.

I'm sure like most of us the music superstar has started to think about her Christmas shopping. What could you possibly get husband Jay Z that he doesn't already have?

We know!

Since Bey is the official Queen B of Music, we thought it might be nice for Jay to experience - just for a day - what it's like to be on the same level as his Mrs. So we figure this inflatable crown is the perfect present for the hip hop legend.
These are just a few of the fabulous gifts we have in store and online. Slash, Ozzy if you are feeling left out don't worry pop by Maia and I am sure we can sort something out! 

If you manage to get to the event here in Glasgow or watch it on the TV then we hope you are as excited as we are to see the celebs strut their stuff on the night and enjoy some tearful award winner speeches. I am off to stalk Enrique! Bye for now! 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Save the planet and 5p ...

You may have noticed a small charge at the end of your shopping this week. Retailers across Scotland are now required by law to charge customers 5p for all carrier bags. Here at Maia we think this is long overdue and a great way to help reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste.

I know what your thinking ... all those 5ps add up over time! Why not think positive and treat yourself this pay day and Save 5p every time you shop with one of Maia's lovely shopper bags. These bags will sure last a lot longer and look a lot cuter than any carrier bag! With everything from fold away shoppers to large tote bags here at Maia we have a bag to suit every shopping need.

From Left to Right 

Dear Alice Shopper Bag
Scottie Dog Shopper Bag 
Grumpy Owl Large Shopper Bag 
Puddles Fold Away Shopper
Poppy Wood Fold Away Shopper
We Can Shine Fold Away Shopper 

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Back to School ...

Summer 2014 has just flown by and hasn't it been awesome? 

We have had the Commonwealth games, festivals and even a whole week of Sunshine here in Glasgow. However like all good things it sadly must come to an end. August is now upon us and in just a few short weeks time the little nippers will be tucked up in bed early ready to start the new school year. Parents I salute you! You have almost made it through the whole Summer of kid madness. 

With that said, Back To School shopping can bring a whole other level of craziness - trust us we've been there! To think of the horror we put our folks through. 

Poor Mum and Dads!  

Avoid the last minute stress and arguments here at Maia. We have a wonderful selection of School Bags, Pencil Cases, Pens, Pencils, Highlighters, Notebooks, Purses, Keyrings, Diaries and lots more in our fun and quirky Back To School collection both in store and online. 

School shopping has never been this easy, fun AND all under one roof.

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Great Ideas Yellow Notebook
Nerd Owl LED keyring 
Star School Vintage Badge 
Paws Ditsy School Bag 
Owl 2015 Diary 
Havana School Backpack
Happy Jackson Glasses Case 
Woodland Fox Pencil Case 
Chameleon Pencil & Eraser 
Gorjuss School Rucksack 
Gingerbread Zip Purse 
Owl Keyring 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Love to explore ...

The Summer holidays are finally here and it is time to unleash the explorer in you. I know it will be tough to leave Glasgow this year as it seems like the place to be in 2014. If you do however fancy starting an adventure further afield why not take along some of our wonderful travel inspired gifts now in store and on the Website

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The Adventure Begins Hip Flask
You Are Here Flask
Lost & Found Luggage Tag
Lost & Found Passport Holder
You Are Here Mini Tablet Case
Scratch Map
Swivel Globe

Monday, 14 July 2014

Sew In Love ...

I love that the Great British Sewing Bee has inspired Britain to dig out their needles and threads and start sewing again.     

Sewing classes are popping up everyday now and I really recommend checking out Sew Confident based in Glasgow. I went along to one of Jenny's classes as a beginner and by beginner I mean that I had never used a sewing machine before! Lucky for me this wasn't an issue. Jenny was a great teacher and was very patient. Her classes are fun and I left feeling very inspired! 

So, if like me you have caught the sewing bug and love anything to do with it you will absolutely love our new & Sew range we have both in store and on the Website. A collection of beautifully illustrated Bags, Wallets, Wash Bags and more! 


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& Sew On Mini Bag
& Sew On Wallet 
& Sew On Wash Bag

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Summertime style ...

Dare I say it but it feels like Summer is finally here at last, Yey! 

Pastels are huge this season and here at Maia we always love to be bang on trend. For those who love to rock a bright yellow and lets face it who doesn't? We have a beautiful new Carnaby Collection from Disaster Designs that just screams sunshine. So whether its a funky wallet or a pretty hip flask stay in style all Summer with Maia! 

Check out all these fab items and more over on the Website

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Because you're Gorjuss ...

We have been busy bees here at Maia adding all our new Gorjuss items to the website so you can now see the whole collection online.

So if you love the cute designs you can now shop all Gorjuss bags, purses, wallets, cards and lots more all on the Maia Website

Our favourites are these iPad and iPad Mini cases. Too cute! <3

Friday, 11 July 2014

A perfect Wedding gift ...

Whilst the Bride and Groom are planning the most magical day of their life finding the perfect gift for them can be very overwhelming. 

Here at Maia we have beautiful gifts and cards for the special couple on their big day. If you are looking for something traditional we have a wonderful selection of gifts including horseshoes, lucky sixpences, pretty garters and stunning champagne glasses. 

For something a little different we have Memory books and Boxes, Wedding Planners, Wedding inspired Books, Mr & Mrs trinkets and lots more!

So if you are struggling to find the perfect gift why not pop in store or visit our Website for a truly special collection of Wedding Gifts.   

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Festival Feet ...

Who can believe it is that time of year again when thousands of music lovers arrive in Balado for the biggest festival of the Summer. T in the park is celebrating it's last year on the Balado site with an amazing line up. Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini and Pharrell Williams to name a few this year looks like its going to be a good one! Although weather forecasts are predicting good weather us Scottish folk know that rain can threaten at any point. We have some super funky rain ponchos and festival feet that will keep you looking totes cool when jiving the night away. So if your heading to Buchanan Bus Station on Friday, Saturday or Sunday remember to stop by Maia and pick up your quirky poncho!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Summer In Glasgow - Maia Recommends

2014 is an exciting year for Glasgow, and there is definitely a buzz in the air! As proud host of this year’s Commonwealth Games all eyes are on the city we call home. With not much longer to wait until the games begin we present our list of the top spots and attractions to visit whilst in Glasgow.

Glasgow’s West End

Hop on the subway to Hillhead station and you'll find yourself in the heart of the West End. Take a stroll along the famous Byres Road and you are bound to stumble upon some of the city’s best independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bars!

Situated just behind the subway is Ashton Lane, a beautiful cobbled backstreet which bustles both day and night. Popular with the locals, here you will find a variety of bars and restaurants including the infamous Ubiquitous Chip. We recommend heading for the bar on the roof to enjoy a drink in the open air!

The lane has something for everyone, and once you’ve tucked into lunch or dinner in one of the lane’s independent food joints, you could even head to cosy Grosvenor Cinema to catch a movie!

If you fancy some theatre at lunch why not head to the Oran Mor at the top of Byres Road opposite the Botanic Gardens. The famous A Play, A Pie and A Pint impressively takes place every lunchtime and gives exactly what it promises. A unique experience located in a charming setting.

The Great Outdoors

We must advise you not to be alarmed to see shirtless men roaming the streets on a sunny day. We have a tradition here in Scotland - When the sun's oot..TAPS AFF!

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Glasgow on a sunny day, the city has many beautiful parks which come to life in the sunshine. Grab a picnic blanket and some sunscreen and head to the Botanic Gardens or the much-loved Kelvingrove Park in the West End, Glasgow Green in the City Centre or Queens Park if you are in the Southside. We like to make the most of our summers here in Glasgow so there are many festivals of all kinds which take place in parks throughout the summer months.

For those who need a cool down a trip to West Brewery next to Glasgow Green in the city centre is a must. Located in the iconic Templeton building, enjoy a home brewed beer whilst basking in the Glasgow sunshine.


The UK's largest and most successful shopping location outside the London's West End, Glasgow has an amazing selection of both high street and major department stores covering Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street.

However for those wanting something a little different, the city centre has many wonderful independent and specialist shops waiting to be found. Just a step off Buchanan Street you'll find Maia, a treasure trove of gifts and lovely things. It is the perfect place to find that special wee souvenir from our city to take home with you! Whether you are treating yourself or picking a gift for someone you'll find it all here at Maia.

You may think we are a little biased, but our customers tell us every day that we have a great selection of lovely gifts, and many are particularly delighted by our collection of Scottish gifts and things designed by local talent!

Other highlights include Fat Buddha, a super trendy menswear store on St Vincent Street which stocks an amazing range of shoes, clothes, books and home accessories. For those looking for the finest bottle of Whiskey to take home from Scotland, the Good Spirits Company is the place to go. With friendly staff, a beautiful store and a very impressive knowledge of all kinds of alcohol, they also hold tasting events. Why not make an evening of it and learn all about your souvenir bottle of Whiskey, Gin or Scotch!

Glasgow History

Whilst Glasgow is moving on from its industrial background, it still is and forever will be the backbone of the city. There are many sites and museums to visit that allow you to delve into the rich history of Glasgow and understand why us weegies are so proud of our city. One of the best places to do this is at the Peoples Palace next to Glasgow Green.

Structures on the River Clyde are where old meets new. The famous Finnieston Crane stands tall beside the impressive new Hydro arena. Further up the Clyde you'll find the home of Glasgow’s transport history at the Riverside Museum. Winner of the 2013 European Museum of the year, the building is worth a visit alone. A few other highlights include Glasgow Cathedral, the Necropolis and Tenement House.

Architecture lovers should look up - us Glaswegians take for granted how beautiful our buildings really are.


Glasgow is an amazing city for eating out. Despite what you read it's not all about deep fried mars bars.

Glasgow has everything. From burger joints to fine dining the city has it all. For those after a traditional Scottish meal check out Sisters or Ubiquitous Chip both in the West End and why not try some traditional Scottish Haggis? You'll either love or hate it!

In the city centre there is an abundance of choice. To satisfy that pizza or pasta craving, head over to Glasgow’s oldest Italian Restaurant, O Sole Mio, on Bath Street. We also recommend La Vita if you are near George Square. If you fancy a curry Glasgow has a few spots that rival London’s Brick Lane, including Mother India and Shish Mahal. However a visit to Balbirs on Church Street is a must offering heavenly tasting and surprisingly healthier Indian dishes in a beautiful setting!

Glasgow has many wonderful Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants and cafes spread throughout the city. The 78 cafe bar on Kelvinhaugh St offers a very yummy range of dishes and snacks, and is a lovely place to hang out with friends. We cannot recommend the falafel burgers highly enough! Get there early to grab a seat on the sofa near the fireplace, and stick around after you have eaten as some evenings the 78 hosts Open Mic nights where you can enjoy a little music or comedy from the locals, and even take the mic yourself if you feel inspired!

Mono, 13th Note, the CCA and Stereo are all a little more central and also offer delicious veggie food, not forgetting desserts!


Glasgow’s nightlife truly has something for everyone. Sauchiehall Street, Bath Street and the Merchant City are the most popular areas in the city centre to explore on a night out in Glasgow and all offer different experiences with probably the same outcome - chips at Blue Lagoon!

Sauchiehall and Bath Streets run parallel and offer a mix of restaurants, bars and clubs. The area is a great place to bar hop. You might find yourself in a Cocktail bar and cross the road into a quirky dive bar. Highlights include the Variety bar on Sauchiehall Street, a sticky old man pub by day and crammed with electro rock lovers by night. The famous Nice'n'Sleazys never disappoints, a grungy bar and club with loads of personality and a great place to catch a band or two aswell.

The Merchant City is arguably the most beautiful area of Glasgow. Stylish bars and restaurants are surrounded by stunning architecture. Bar 91 and Blackfriars are buzzing most nights.

Music lovers should check out the iconic King Tuts Wah Wah Hut and Bloc+, which offer live music every night of the week, and if it’s dancing you want don’t think twice about making your way to the funky Buff Club!

These days more and more big artists are including Glasgow in their tour, check out the line up at the brand new Hydro Arena! For those who prefer a more intimate gig the famous Barrowlands offers an atmosphere like no other.

Arts and Culture

Glasgow is an amazing city for art and culture. Three recent Turner Prize winners and three of this year’s nominees have all studied art in Glasgow. The proof is in the pudding!

The city has many Art Galleries and Museums, ranging from big to very small, which showcase both world and local artists. Visit the GOMA for free in the heart of the city on Royal Exchange Square, and spend the afternoon admiring the installations and artwork spread throughout before making an important stop at the Gift Shop! Outside you will find the famous Duke of Wellington Statue, lovingly adorned with a traffic cone on his head. The local council are not as impressed by the Dukes fancy headwear as the locals, and have attempted several times to take measures to put a stop to his ways, but the people of Glasgow are very committed to the Dukes quirky fashion and the statue has become arguably the most famous spot in Glasgow.

Charles Rennie Macintosh was a Glasgow Art Nouveau artist and architect of international significance. He designed the famous Glasgow School of Art building which sadly part of which now no longer exists due to a recent fire. This has devastated people throughout the world and robbed Glasgow of a stunningly beautiful piece of design and history - Once the top tourist destination in Glasgow the buildings future remains in the balance. Macintosh fans however can still visit the House for an Art Lover situated at Bellahousten Park or Kelvingrove Art Gallery to appreciate and give support to the work of one of Glasgow’s finest artists as we wait in hope of the Art School being restored.


For those visiting the city with kids there are many fun things to do that won't break the bank.

The Science Centre at the River Clyde offers a fun day out with interactive games for both the kids and adults. For the adventurous family a trip to Xscape at Braehead is a must. With indoor skiing, cinema, bowling, arcade, restaurants and shops you'll struggle to fit everything in!

Adventure Planet is a great option for families with younger children, with a Baby & Toddler area as well as the Main Arena which has all sorts of fun apparatus, including a 20ft drop slide for kids who want to brave it! Mum and Dad can use the time to grab a coffee or bite to eat in the Café.


Glasgow is very passionate about its football. Stadium tours at Hampden Park, Ibrox Stadium and Celtic Park are the perfect places to learn the rich and colourful histories of Scotland’s top teams.

If football is not your thing why not support Glasgow’s other sporting clubs including the Glasgow Rocks Basketball team, Braehead Clan Ice Hockey team and the Glasgow Warriors Rugby team. Head along to a match to get a taste of Glasgow’s passion for their team, you are sure to be impressed!


On 23rd July the world’s best athletes will arrive in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth games. With 17 sports across 14 venues it is bound to be an experience like no other! The opening ceremony will take place at Celtic Park in the East End of the city. For those lucky to have tickets take time to explore the 14 Venues and soak up the atmosphere.

We hope you will enjoy your visit to our beautiful city, and that you get a chance to visit some of the attractions we have mentioned! We are a stone’s throw from Buchanan Street and very close to the Bus Station and both Queen Street Station and Central Station, so make sure to pop in to check out our range of lovely gifts. With a huge range of jewellery, handbags and purses, childrens toys, home accessories and of course plenty of Scottish goodies, you will find your perfect souvenir at Maia. We would love to hear how you are spending your time in Glasgow! #glasgow #whattodoinglasgow #glasgowsightseeing #commonwealth #2014commonwealthgames #2014glasgow #bar78 #ubiquitouschip #goodspiritscompany #fatbuddha #fatbuddhastore #glasgowshopping #glasgowblog #glasgowlife #weloveglasgow #visitglasgow #maiagifts #maiaglasgow #bathstreet #ashtonlane #wheretogoinglasgow #visitscotland

Friday, 13 June 2014

New additions to our Disaster Designs Collection

Here at Maia we love our bags and fashion accessories, and we have loads of new items now available in the shop and also on our website!

These gorgeous bags and scarves are new to our beautiful woodland themed Heritage and Harlequin range, and they have been getting lots of attention already! Click on the links below to view these lovely things on our website, or pop into the shop for a closer look!

And there is plenty more where that came from! Keep your eyes peeled for lots of lovely new purses, wallets, washbags, handbags, satchels, and plenty more new products online and in store!

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Saturday, 24 May 2014

It's almost that time of year when Dads get spoiled rotten by their kids, and we have put together a selection of our best presents for Fathers Day to suit Dads of all ages and personalities!

Dads are not always the easiest to buy for, but we have taken the struggle out of shopping for Fathers Day this year! Why not pop into our Glasgow store or have a look at our website to view our full range of goodies for Dad, you are bound to find the perfect pressie for your old man!

View our Fathers Day collection here.

giftsfordad fathersdaygifts fathersdaypresents fathersdayinspiration presentsfordad golfgifts drinkinggifts harristweed hipflask fathersdaycard diydads footballgifts footballdads cufflinks woodencufflinks handmadegifts cyclistpresents cyclistgifts bicyclegifts golfersgift whiskeyglasses scottishgifts scottishsouvenirs whiskeygifts daddy fathersdayideas uniquefathersdaygifts funnyfathersdaygifts unusualfathersdaygifts quirkyfathersdaygifts giftsfordad presentsfordad coolfathersdaygifts fathersdaypresentideas fathersdaycards

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Valentines Gifts Ideas

Love is in the air as February 14th approaches and Maia is your one stop Valentines shop! We have lovely things for her and great gifts for him, not to mention the cutest cards! Here is a little taster of what we have in store and online now!
Valentines for her

Valentine for him

Sunday, 12 January 2014

New Gorjuss Doll Collection

New Year means loads of exciting new stock for us at Maia Gifts and the first drop was from Santoro with their adorable new collection of 14" Dolls. 
Gorjuss Dolls

These are a fabulous addition to our existing range of Gorjuss collectable dolls and have already been flying out the door! The attention to detail is excellent with beautiful little outfits and their own attached accessories. Picking a favourite is impossible! You can view more details on the whole collection here

We have knocked £10 off the RRP and if you would like all 3 we have a special price of £209.97, that is a saving of £60 on RRP!

To order your doll or take advantage of our deal contact us by phone today on 0141 333 1356