‘Tis (almost) the season to be jolly… and to fret over our mounting Christmas shopping lists!
Scottish Christmas Gift Guide
From stocking fillers to Christmas dinners, the month of December often brings with it feelings of merriness mixed with utter mayhem. Worry not, however, as No.1 has rounded up some of our favourite shops, delis and amazing winter getaway destinations to steer you in the direction of gift greatness this Christmas.
Whether you’re buying for your mother-in-law, your grandad or a maybe a picky partner, we’re sure this list will help you out.
Dunkeld House Hotel
This traditional Scottish country house hotel set alongside the River Tay and surrounded by stunning Perthshire countryside is the perfect destination for a family holiday, a couple’s retreat or simply a place to get away from it all.
Choose from an array of gift experiences to suit all tastes and interests, ranging from one and two night packages, dining and afternoon tea treats and luxury spa days. Or if you’re not sure which to choose, gift vouchers give the recipient freedom to choose from any of their short breaks, dining experiences, or leisure activities.
They can be purchased from just £20 and can be delivered by post, email or text – easy peasy!
Let’s just say you’ll be very popular with your ‘Secret Santa’ should you buy them a Dunkeld House Hotel luxury gift voucher this Christmas!
Treat your loved ones to bubble bath heaven this Christmas, with luxury liquid Soap and Silk K-Boxes from Kaerlig Beauty.
These gorgeous skin-kaer products were developed whilst the company’s chef creator of bubbles was undergoing chemotherapy for grade 4 breast cancer.
Unable to find products gentle enough for her treatment-damaged skin, Amy created her own; the business was launched to show her children the life skills of resilience and positivity.
These products can now be found in many high-end stores, including Harvey Nichols. Choose from the six different variants – Black, Blue, Naked, Red, Pink and Amber – each with their very own unique fragrance (Naked is fragrance free for those with extra sensitive skin).
Plus, all of the soap is made in Scotland, the beautiful monochrome class bottles are refillable and will sit gorgeously in any bathroom. Perfect!
Quote ‘No.1Scot’ for 10% off any product on their website. Plus all shipping is free!
Karen Duncan Jewellery
Born and raised in Orkney, Karen Duncan Jewellery is influenced by the island’s nature and heritage.
After a career in the industry spanning over 30 years, her work has been accepted into The Guild of Master Craftsmen – a huge achievement and a first for Orkney jewellery.
However, if you don’t find exactly what you are looking for on her website, Karen loves to create commission pieces for Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions. Offering expert advice to all of her clients, she can also modify pieces which have been damaged or no longer fit.
This jewellery is the perfect gift for any Scotland lover, as each of Karen’s collections are extremely evocative of Orkney’s scenery and Celtic heritage!
Knock Castle Hotel
Stuck for ideas on what to get your other half? Give them an experience to remember and treat them to a night of luxury at this romantic hotel.
Just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow, Knock Castle Hotel lies in the pretty town of Crieff, offering award-winning food, relaxing spa treatments and stunning views across the Perthshire countryside.
Take the stress out of buying for your nearest and dearest – this is a guaranteed winner!
Gift vouchers for Knock Castle Hotel & Spa are available from their website or by calling the hotel on 01764 650088.
The Shop of Interest
Diana Kiernander owns The Shop of Interest, an independent lifestyle boutique selling art, fashion and unique gifts. Located in the thriving West End of Glasgow, it is a cleverly curated collection of work from some brilliant artists, makers and fashion designers from across Glasgow, Scotland and beyond.
Offering a sparkling array of seasonal charm for shoppers as Christmas approaches, the store fuses together a revolutionary retail vision with a social hub ethic.
With everything from stand-out art to stunning jewellery, statement vintage party dresses and thoughtful stocking fillers at affordable prices, you’ll no doubt be inspired when you visit.
Throughout the year, the shop also hosts Fashion Illustration classes and Maker’s Workshops and continues to be a destination store for lovers of amazing art, fashion and design.
If you need a reason to visit the stylish Belle’s Boutique in Prestwick then just take a look at their shining customer testimonials:
- “Clothes too good to keep for best”
- “So different from the High Street!”
- “Clothes feel so soft and easy to wear”
- “What, no ironing needed?”
- “I want one of everything!”
Their speciality is soft layering clothing from Britain, Holland and Denmark, although they also offer bespoke soft furnishings which are made on the premises to suit your exact requirements.
If you are after a special, one off gift for a loved one this Christmas, visit the store on Prestwick’s high street or visit their website for some inspiration.
Norton House Hotel and Spa
An elegant blend of the classic and the contemporary, Norton House Hotel and Spa sits in the country’s capital, and harmonizes perfectly with Edinburgh’s charm, beauty and grandeur.
The building was originally owned by the Usher family, who are also the experts behind Glenlivet Whisky and the Ushers Brewery. Although, in some respects, it still has the appearance of a private country home, it has certainly improved with age – just like the fine malts of its original owners.
For those who are hoping to visit the area this winter, the Hotel have special rates over December and January. Or, if you are pondering over a gift for ‘him’ or ‘her’, there are plenty of special gift vouchers available.
From a short break gift card for a weekend away, to spa and dining vouchers, there are plenty of options to indulge in this festive season.
The Cook School Scotland
The Cook School Scotland is the ultimate destination to experience new tastes and try different cuisines. With over 15 different themed classes, and new classes being added all the time, there’s one to suit every taste and palette.
Head Chef Stuart and his team make cooking fun, stress free and informative. There are a variety of ‘hands on’ cookery courses, as well as Demo & Dine evenings where you can sit back, relax and let the chefs do the hard work.
From individuals to group bookings, private dining and team building events, the Cook School is the perfect venue to enjoy a unique food and drink experience. Or, for budding little chefs the Kid’s Kitchen is a hive of activity, from kid’s group classes, to individual cookery sessions and birthday parties.
Gift vouchers are available from £10 upwards and make the perfect gift for all the foodies in your life!
Searching for something totally new and genuinely different this Christmas? Look no further than the award-winning spirits from Highland Boundary as these quality Scottish spirits are truly versatile and appeal to gin, whisky and vodka drinkers.
Highland Boundary make a new generation of botanical spirits that capture the flavours of the Scottish wilderness. The team from Perthshire rely on ancient techniques fused with a fantastic creative flair to craft modern Scottish spirits with new and remarkable flavours.
They are committed to using only 100% Scottish botanicals, are packed full of sustainable ethics and, as a result, create spirits that are wildly different. Distinctive and memorable, they are the perfect original gift.
Why not try them yourselves this party season – they come with a range of amazing cocktail suggestions that will help your party stand out from the crowd!
Established in 1983, Skyeskyns, based in Waternish on the beautiful Isle of Skye, is the sole remaining commercial and exhibition woolskin tannery in Scotland.
This family business is passionate about conserving and cherishing both artisan skills and the environment.
Lambskins have always been a by-product of farming in Britain, and Skyeskyns works closely with their suppliers to ensure their lambskins are ethically sourced and carefully selected to produce the most beautiful and durable fleeces.
Skyeskyns’s product range is vast: sheepskin rugs in multiple sizes, sheepskin bean bags, pouffes, cushions, cow and reindeer hides… There is a little something for everyone alongside a great range of woollen, leather and sheepskin clothing and accessories.
Their recent move to tanning all of their sheepskins using mimosa tree bark, a biodegradable and natural process, has led to the creation of their Mimosa Collection, a limited edition of beautiful and highly sustainable Highland sheepskins.
An ethical and sustainable gift – do your bit for the environment while you do your Christmas shopping!
Fairmont St. Andrews
The 520 acre five star Fairmont St Andrews resort encapsulates luxury, elegance and truly breathtaking surroundings in Scotland’s ‘Home of Golf’.
A truly unique and special venue that makes your visit one to remember with its lavish and stunning surroundings, peaceful setting and cliff top views of St Andrews and the North Sea.
Experience an unforgettable holiday this festive season at Fairmont St Andrews with an authentically Scottish expression of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Or enjoy the return of their Festive Savoy Afternoon Tea – a special seasonal offering for guests to get you into the Christmas spirit. The quintessential classic tea can be enjoyed from 1st December 2019.
A stay here would go down well with any golf or food lover, as the resort prides itself on its array of fabulous facilities including two championship golf courses, The Kittocks and The Torrance, as well as excellent dining experiences for every palette.
The Duke’s Deli
Surprise a loved one with a superb Christmas hamper from The Duke’s Deli Hampers.
At The Duke’s Deli Hampers, there is a stunning range of luxury Christmas hampers – all of which are packed with a selection of sweet and savoury foods, tasty drinks and extra special festive treats.
Hand packed with care, they will surprise and delight any lucky recipient, and are the perfect way to show you care. Plus, Duke’s Deli supply Christmas hampers all over Britain!
The Scottish SPCA will be celebrating their 180th birthday this December and, to celebrate this special anniversary, they’ve created their very own ‘Animal Welfare’ tartan.
The first tartan product is a beautiful scarf and they want animal lovers everywhere to wear it with pride – this is the perfect gift for a pal with a fondness for furry friends.
100% of the profits from the scarf will go towards the Scottish SPCA ‘Prevention through Education’ programme, which reaches over 250,000 Scottish school children each year which aims to improve the lives of both humans and animals.
The Scottish SPCA was formed in 1839 with a mission to prevent cruelty to animals and almost two centuries later their widespread work continues across the whole of Scotland all year round. This is a gift to make you feel good!