This year we started sharing interviews with our ‘People of Scotland‘ feature, which gave us the opportunity to get to know a bit more about some of the incredibly talented creatives and business owners that live and work all over Scotland. While doing so, we discovered a lot of incredible products that are made with so much thought and love, and we felt it was a great time to share some of these products and businesses in order to help inspire you while you are on the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift for your nearest and dearest. Browse below for some of our favourites.
Cairn Candle Co.
Cairn Candle Company is located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, and ran by mother and son duo Angie & Fergus. Their hand crafted earth-first luxury candles are available in a varied range of scents & styles, which are all inspired by their beautiful surroundings in the Cairngorms. Having tried many of the candles that Fergus and Angie have crafted, although it was incredibly hard to choose, I would say that a favourite was definitely ‘Wild Lemongrass’, which also looks beautiful in its minimal jar packaging. To read the interview with Fergus & Angie click here and then check out their gorgeous range of candles in their online shop below.
2021 Calendar – Scotland Landscape and Wildlife Photography by TravelTwo
‘Scotland For All Seasons’ is a 2021 photography calendar that showcases Scotland’s stunning landscapes and the wildlife that call it their home. Each month features a seasonal photograph from some of our favourite places around Scotland. These include Loch Awe, the Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, and many more! It also includes some of the best wildlife we’ve been lucky enough to photograph, such as deer and puffins.
Róis Scottish Sea Glass
Having known Róis from meeting in Glasgow many years ago, it was such a joy to reconnect and discover her beautiful Scottish Sea Glass jewellery. Róis handmakes the jewellery made from pieces of sea tumbled glass collected from shores all over Scotland. The different pieces are all unique and collected from different locations, which makes an ideal gift to give to remind someone of a special place. To read more about the process in Rios’ interview click here, but then don’t forget to view all the different items on offer in her shop below.
Trakke are well known for their high quality waxed canvas bags that they make here in Scotland. They have bags and accessories that are crafted with travel & adventure in mind, and are guaranteed to last a lifetime. Their products are available to buy in their online shop and they offer shipping worldwide.
Linton & Co.
Linton & Co is a recent discovery for us, and we are so glad that we have. Owners Alex and Lara specialise in making brownies and coffee, and we can’t think of a better combination! In this gift guide we are focusing on the brownie boxes, which instantly found themselves in our shopping cart when we saw the photos online. With a selection of flavours to choose from, as well as gluten free available, this surely has to be the perfect gift for anyone that shares our love of brownies.
Mac & Wild Scottish Cocktails
The Mac & Wild drinks cabinet has something truly unique on offer this Christmas for anyone who loves to try out different cocktails. These however are of course Scottish inspired with different choices on offer such as “Bonnie Spritz”, Foraged Old Fashioned” and “Wild Fizz” (pictured above).
Tartan Blanket Co.
The Tartan Blanket Co has been a gem of a find for us this year. Upon discovery and looking through the pages and pages of different scarves and blankets on their website, as well as reading about their process and values, they were an instant hit. This year they have added ‘gift boxes’ to their offering which make the most special gift for life’s celebrations and milestones. They have a choice of pre-made boxes for different occasions to help you get started, or you can tailor them to suit and build your own. Choose from the many scarves and blankets, as well as adding on extra gifts, such as books, sweet treats, mugs, cashmere socks to name but a few. We were even more delighted when the opportunity came along to include the Hidden Scotland magazine as an optional addition to these gift boxes.
Edinburgh: A Year in Prose & Pictures calendar
A very special calendar for 2021 has been created by one of our favourite photographers gisforgeorgina, showcasing the beauty that Edinburgh has to offer. The stunning calendar features seasonal images from all around Edinburgh and an accompanying literary quote for each month.
Juniper Press is owned by illustrator & printmaker Laura, who creates beautiful prints, cards, ceramics and other products, like the brilliant enamel mug pictured above. All of Laura’s products feature her beautiful botanical inspired designs, with some featuring positive quotes to help spread some joy this year.
Walker Slater are specialists in Tweed and offer tailoring with a creative, personal & made to measure service. With garments available for men, women and also your dog, Walker and Slater can certainly promise a unique gift for someone extra special this year.
Natalie, owner of Nebo Peklo is the creator of the most gorgeous and bold illustrated maps of Scottish areas. These maps are available as prints, tote bags and tea towels and has many Glasgow inspired designs available.
Style Your Spaces // Christmas Wreaths
Owner Katie, creates the most beautiful dried flower wreaths for your home, and is always updating her online shop with different designs for you to choose from. Katie is also amazing at curating the most gorgeous candles and vases to complement your beautiful blooms. These are available for UK delivery which means that it can be delivered straight to your door.
Wee Wine Club
Another new discovery is Aberdeen based company the Wee Wine Club. Owner Julia has made a business that promises “All the fun and none of the fluff” when it comes to wine tasting from the comfort of your own home. A virtual tasting is very fitting with the current climate, and means you can come together with friends virtually this festive season. All you need to do is sign up online and the wine samples will be sent in the post in a gorgeous presentation box. Then enjoy discovering and tasting the wines through the virtual tasting.
Springbank Madeira Wood 17 year old
Scotland’s oldest independent family-owned distillery has just recently launched the Springbank 17 year old Madeira Wood, which is the latest in their Wood Expressions Annual Release and follows the 2019 Rum Wood Edition. It is a limited release of 9,200 bottles and was matured for 14 years in a combination of Rum and Bourbon barrels before being finished in fresh Madeira Hogsheads for a further 3 years and bottled at the cask strength 47.8% ABV. An ideal gift for whisky lovers.
Distinct Tours of Scotland Prints
Scottish photographer and tour guide Bryan Millar Walker has a collection of stunning prints available of iconic Scottish locations and wildlife. With choices such as the famous Jacobite steam train to the much loved Highlan’ Coo, these prints are ideal for making a statement in the home.
Social Bite Box of Joy Brownies
Social bite are on a mission to end homelessness and this Christmas they have put together the yummiest festive brownie boxes that are ethically sourced and handmade. By purchasing a box you will be helping to provide jobs, permanent homes, love and support to people experiencing homelessness. These would make the perfect gift or a treat for yourself, so why not support their mission of ending homelessness this year.
Hidden Scotland Magazine Autumn/Winter Issue No.1
Last but not least, we have included our very own magazine, that we launched at the end of September this year. The magazine is our first ever step into the world of print, and we will be launching our next issue in the Spring. Issue No.1 is our Autumn/Winter magazine that features brilliant articles, photography, interviews, travel tips, roundups and ideas on any future trips, complete with notes pages to help with your panning. We are now also offering a Christmas gift wrapped option to gift to your Scottish loving friends and family. Christmas gift wrapping comes complete with a Highland cow gift tag that can be personalised or left blank for you to write your own message, as well as an A5 print of the front cover image, and a Highland cow bookmark.