Christmas Gift Guide
We aren’t endorsing these products or suppliers in any way, but at SRUC we have spent an enjoyable lunch hour seeking out some of the more interesting and quirky gift ideas around at the moment, to give you some ideas for your Christmas shopping.
Here’s a handy gadget, excuse the pun. A hand-warmer which also doubles as an emergency phone charger!
Sweeties and chocolates always go down well of course, and there are some lovely ones by Choc on Choc with an appropriately agricultural theme. Take a look in the “gifts for kids” (not only for kids, say us) for Chocolate tractors, sheep, cows, ducks, pigs, and Brussels sprouts amongst other delights.
Dora Design is a brand you see at a number of Agricultural Shows and retail outlets. How cute is this for example: Highland Cow Draught Excluder – or these patchwork doorstops which come in a range of different forms: Highland Cow Doorstop
SRUC Alumni Frances Tophill has a couple of lovely gardening books to choose from – if your gift recipient has a small garden, The Container Gardener in particular has some beautiful photos and quirky ideas.
For kids, there are some great books out there… If you haven’t got “There was a Wee Lassie who swallowed a Midgie” at home, it’s a great and much loved read in our house. There’s also The Gruffalo (and The Gruffalo’s Child) in Scots or a number of other local dialects to be enjoyed. Younger children may also enjoy “N is for Nessie“, and Katie Morag (read here for SRUC’s links with this) is still a popular choice.
Eat Haggis have some great gifts, particulary their quirky “famous Scots” mug range (pictured).
Scottish Fine Soaps do some really nice toiletries, for example their Thistle and Black Pepper range for men.
Made from Scotland is a site which gathers products from a number of Scottish artists and producers.
For more inspiration, have a look at some of the gift sections on the websites of the National Museum of Scotland, or National Galleries or other similar sites. Since 2017 was the year of the new Queensferry Crossing, this tea towel is quite a nice wee gift for someone who won’t be offended by the implication that they are doing all the washing up!
Of course you can rarely go wrong with offers of food and drink. Take a look at Visit Scotland’s site for some inspiration. Have a look at what Scottish Hampers offer, and either source one of theirs, or put your own together from the supermarket. Shops like The Works often sell inexpensive baskets and nice boxes you can use for this.
Finally, everyone can use an extra hoodie, and these and other delights can be purchased from the SRUC shop!
It’s not much but we hope that helps – if you spot anything else, please share it with us in the comments!