Scotland is famous for producing many high-quality items, from Harris Tweed to Edinburgh Crystal… and of course, don’t forgot Scotland’s larder, one of the finest in the world, boasting award winning cheese, meat, fish, biscuits and whiskies to name a few. When it comes to the written word, Scotland also shines, with authors such as JK Rowling, Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh and Arthur Conan Doyle all having connections.
So, what should you buy for your nearest and dearest’s stocking this Christmas? Well here are some ideas that may help… (to make it a little more fun, tongue is firmly in cheek when it comes to the descriptions)
Scottish Gifts for Kids
Angus the Highland Coo Beanie Boo
Nothing says Scotland like a Highland Coo. And these guys are cuter than the real thing plus so much easier wrap. Maybe it’s the huge eyes or the soft feel but there is something that kids love about these little guys, our daughter has a collection of 50. (NOT.EVEN.KIDDING). Make your little one’s day and click here!
Fantasia the Unicorn Beanie Boo
Not only is it pink and fluffy but it’s also the symbol of Scotland! What other reason do you need to buy this mythical furry bundle? Don’t worry the horn has been made safe for kids of all ages. Check out this larger than life 41cm tall unicorn (and yes, our daugher has this one too).
Scottish Piper Rubber Duck
I find that you can’t have enough rubber at bath time, so this Scottish piper rubber duck is just perfect. It doesn’t sink and thankfully the pipes are not working, plus there is tasteful tartan everywhere. Just in case you forget that there is a Scottish theme here. Also works for adults too.
Scotland Monopoly Board Game
It’s the classic after dinner board game but with a cunning Scottish twist. Invented by the English but perfected by the Scots. You will find all the familiar London landmarks replaced with more important names such as Iron Brew Avenue and Haggis Gardens. Well almost. Please note that the game does not include Nicola Sturgeon.
Hamish the Highland Cow Book by Natalie Russell
If you’re looking for a great bedtime story, then buy this book. Curl up in bed and read all about the heart-warming story of a cow, who has a major toffee problem. Why not even read it to your children?
The colouring book of Scotland by Edith Muldoon
Are you fed up with doing everything for your kids, then why not get them to colour in their own books? A brilliant selection pictures that will keep them busy for hours, ideal for long car journeys.
This a proper Scottish DVD for kids, it features the voices of Kelly Macdonald (from Trainspotting) and the legend that is Billy Connolly. It’s set in a highland castle, there are kilts and ginger hair, how much more Scottish can you get?
Gifts for whisky lovers
Harris Tweed Hip Flask
Here we have a completely unisex gift that can be filled to the brim with malt Whisky or Baileys Irish cream. If you find yourself lost up a highland mountain, then this is the only friend you will need, that is until it runs dry. Then you should phone mountain rescue immediately. Enjoy the feel of the tweed exterior and relish in the easy to clean stainless-steel interior.
Luxury Whisky Advent Calendar
No need to wait until Boxing day for a Christmas hangover, drink all of these and you will feel terrible the next day. A whisky a day keeps the doctor away I always say, so enjoy 24 sick free days. Better than a flu jab.
Traditional Whisky Glass
Are you having a bad day? Well this glass encourages you to drink your troubles away, which probably won’t help. Luckily once you own this glass everyday will be a good day.
MY Whisky Stone Gift Set
Sit back and chill, it’s time to get your rocks off, or rather put them in the freezer. Enjoy whisky without diluting it with horrible frozen water, it only rusts anyway. Store your rocks in the velvet pouch provided when not in use
101 Whiskies to try before you die book
It’s probably best to pace yourself little when working your way through this list or might never make it the end. Unsurprisingly this book lists 101 whiskies which should tasted by all lovers of the water of life, you get a photo and a detailed tasting notes of each bottle.
Whisky Barrel Picture Frame
This gift is more desirable than becoming the next Brexit minister. It combines two of the finest materials known to man, Harris tweed and oak which was once soaked in Whisky. Its handmade too, so each frame is unique.
Scottish Gifts for the Home
Nessie Ladles (set of 2)
Have you ever found yourself in the embarrassing situation, of being unable to serve your dinner guests a piping hot bowl of cock-a-leekie soup? All this because you don’t own a colourful plastic Nessie shaped ladle, then rush out and purchase this set. They are even dishwasher safe so no more scrubbing ladles all night.
Nessie Family Straining Spoon
What could make your kitchen more special, than a family of Loch Ness monster straining spoons? With three colourful spoons to choose from, there will never be a dull moment, happy straining.
Deer Head Sculpture
Don’t worry no animals were harmed in the making of this cutting-edge wall decoration. As it doesn’t look much like the real thing, we like to call it ‘abstract’. Think outlander meets stormtrooper and you will not be disappointed.
Became a Laird or Lady
There is no need to win a clan war to earn the prestigious title of Lady or Laird, simply buy this gift set. So, relax, put your Claymore away and within a couple of clicks, you will have your very own aristocratic title and a slice of a Scottish castle.
Scottish Reflections Calendar
Remind yourself of the most beautiful place in the British Isles. Turn a new page every month, to reveal a beautiful photograph of Scotland. This one is for 2019 so it’s best to use it before it goes out of date.
Scottish Heather Soap
If whisky cleanses the mind, then why can’t heather cleanse your body? Give it a try and clean up your act with this fine heather-based soap. And best part is, it’s made from all-natural ingredients.
Scottish Tartan Mug
Novelty mug with the words “Och wheesht and get oan with it” which basically translates as “I like iron bru on my fish and chips”. Only joking! It actually means “stop moaning and get on with it” – a slogan made famous by Theresa May in recent times.
Scottish Slang Tea Towel
This tea towel is great for drying dishes and comes with a translation, so you will be able to understand it. Once you have read the whole towel you should be able to communicate like a local when visiting Scotland.
Tain Pottery Online Shop
Browse the Tain pottery online shop to find your ideal pot, me old china (Cockney accent required). The pottery is hand made in a small highland workshop, buy anything from an egg cup to a dinner set. A great range of beautiful colours and designs are available.
Gifts for Lovers of the Great Scottish Outdoors
Munro Bagging Map
It’s a bit like a lottery scratch card. You just need to climb up a massive mountain in the pouring rain before you get to reveal. Once you have completed all 282 Munros, you won’t be able to walk, but you do get to look at this fantastic map on your wall.
The Scottish Bothy Bible
An estate agent would describe a bothy as, detached, traditionally built, open views, private outlook and would benefit from some modernisation. In other words, it’s a cave in the middle of nowhere. But if the weather turns nasty whilst you are Munro bagging, it will feel like a night at the Ritz.
Wild Scotland Book
Kilted Yoga Book
If you hate yoga and despise kilts, this is not the book for you. But if on the other hand, you are open to pictures of men exercising in tartan, use your flexible friend and buy now. Also, some lovely pictures of the Scottish countryside.