Gift Ideas from South Scotland

by Scotland Starts Here, 16th December 2020
Gift Ideas from South Scotland

Still looking for ideas on what to get your loved ones for Christmas? Fear not, we have searched across the South of Scotland to bring you a fantastic selection of gifts from the area. Because this Christmas, buying local is more important than ever. Not only will you be supporting makers on your doorstep, you can also be sure that the warm and fuzzy feeling from doing so will linger far beyond Christmas Day.

So, read on for a variety of treasures you will only find in the South of Scotland. 

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Candles and Home Decor by Love Scottish

Gifts for Getting Cosy

We have all been spending a lot more time close to home lately — more than enough reason to get extra cosy on the couch or when taking the odd trip outside. 

Brighten those dark winter nights! Lovescottishcandles offers a range of handmade artisan scented candles as well as reed diffusers and home accessories, all made exclusively in the Scottish Borders.  

Wrap up warm with colourful, award-winning knitwear designs. With sustainability and eco-conscious living at the heart of their brand, pieces from Eribé will immediately put a smile on the wearer’s face. 

Independent knitwear brand Collingwood-Norris offers not only handmade pullovers and scarves. Owner Flora also advocates for mending to keep those much-loved pieces in your closet for longer. So why not gift one of her crafting kits to learn the art of brightly coloured darning and mending.

The Borders town of Hawick is famed for its cashmere industry. So what better to get cosy with this Christmas than locally made cashmere pieces, including socks, scarves and even hot water bottles.  

Give the gift of relaxation or even a pampering session with artisan soaps and body butters by Purealba. Handmade at the beautiful Drumlanrig Country Estate in Dumfries & Galloway, all products are palm-oil free and eco-friendly. 

The award-winning bookshop and deli has put together a whole range of Christmas hampers. So, why not give a book subscription this Christmas, or perhaps a foodie box with seasonal reading material? Whatever you choose, it will go down a treat. 

If your loved ones enjoy adventure, treat them to Findra’s sustainable and environmentally-friendly Merino outdoor wear. They will always stay cosy, even on the coldest winter days. 

Owner Alan Miller has created an especially cuddly way to bring Langholm to your home. His special ‘Muckle Toun Tartan’ is now available as teddy bears, reindeer and a variety of other home accessories.

The Whitehouse Gallery

Gift a Piece of Art from South Scotland 

The South of Scotland continues to inspire artists and artisans, making Christmas the perfect opportunity to present your loved ones with a piece of the area. 

The inspiration behind Solway Silver’s handmade jewellery is undeniable. Beautifully crafted necklaces evoke the soft ripple of ocean waves and the landscapes and wildlife of Dumfries & Galloway.

Artists Laura Walker and Deborah Copeland create a range of original paintings, art prints, cards and more, inspired by and often depicting townscapes of South Scotland.

Elevate your festive table with hand-blown, made to order glassware by Lindean Glass. In their Borders workshop, Annica Sandström and David Kaplan, two pioneers of the studio glass movement in Scotland, create a range of pieces, from candleholders to tumblers and plates. 

Those looking for a unique take on the goldsmith craft might enjoy pieces by the Celtic Goldsmith. Influenced by the mythology of the North, their jewellery brings together ancient decorative art with a modern fusion of coloured golds and silver. 

Roslyn lovingly creates card holders, wallets, journals and page holders, inspired by the surrounding landscapes, the Eildon Hills and River Tweed. 

Made from disused Whisky barrels, these stunning, handmade photo frames can be personalised to suit. Another bonus: The origin of each frame can be traced back to the barrel it was made from.  

Not sure what kind of art piece you’re looking for? You can head to one of the many galleries in the South of Scotland and discover even more artists:

Pay a visit to award-winning photographer Phil McMenemy’s gallery, showcasing high-quality, local art. With a range of smaller and larger pieces on show, you will find plenty of gift ideas.

A must-visit for top-quality fine art and craft, this contemporary art & craft gallery in the historic artist town of Kirkcudbright, exhibits sculpture as well as jewellery, prints and more, from established as well as up and coming artists. 

Looking for an eclectic and enticing range of art, ceramics, sculpture and more? Head to the Flat Cat Gallery in Lauder where you will find works by a number of Scottish Borders artists.

Take the opportunity to buy quality handmade products from artists across Midlothian. Made by and for creatives, the Made in Midlothian online market showcases a wealth of products, including eco-friendly beauty products, jewellery and decorations. 

Borders Distillery Foodie Hamper

Treats for Foodies

Whether you’re looking to raise a loved one’s Christmas spirits or want to indulge their sweet tooth, there’s lots of choice in the South of Scotland. 

Surprise your nearest and dearest with handmade Christmas chocolates. Cocoa Black have a range of selection boxes on offer. And if they enjoy getting creative in the kitchen, vouchers for chocolate classes are also available. 

You can be certain to find tasty creations for every taste with the delicious offer from Land o’ Tastes. From cheese to cured meats, sauces and chutneys, the products are perfect for creating a mouth-watering hamper. 

Looking to bring that extra bit of spice to a foodie gift? Try adding Ooft! ‘s hot scotch bonnet or smoky chipotle sauce. Handmade and aged slowly to develop the perfect flavour, these sauces are award-winning for a reason. 

Get a range of handmade Christmas chocolates delivered directly to your door. From personalised chocolate slabs to traditional chocolates, the Cocoa Bean’s offer is always a hit. 

Those with a passion for unique tipples will enjoy Old Curiosity Gin. The range includes classic Apothecary Rose colour-changing gin and even a special edition Christmas Gin. 

Delight an aspiring mixologist with a gift box by The Paper Mill. Each one comes with two glasses, a cocktail shaker and your choice of Christmas-themed cocktails. 

While well-known for all sorts of shopping delights, Restoration Yard is also a foodie paradise. Pick up one of their themed hampers for coffee or tea lovers, or create a bespoke one from the amazing products in store.

Gift a bottle of gin from 2020’s Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year! Choose from Crafty Dsitillery’s Hills & Harbour Gin, the world’s first Smokey and Citrus Distilled Cocktail or one of their limited edition tipples. 

If you are looking for a boozy gift that puts a twist on gin, look no further than Solway Spirits. The small-batch craft distillery offers a unique range of flavours, including Turkish Delight Gin and Apple Caramel Gin. Perfect for creating festive drinks. 

Enjoy a variety of the Borders Distillery’s favourite food and drink with a hamper. There are a number of options available, though the Foodie’s Hamper is the most extensive of them all, featuring delicious treats such as whisky cake, handmade chocolate, shortbread as well as the distillery’s whisky, vodka and gin. 

Family-run Selkirk Distillers have the perfect decoration for your tree: Small star-shaped bottles of their delicious Bannock Gin. Those looking for a more substantial gift will also find a festive mini hamper. Featuring gin, mixer and a selection of cheeses and oatcakes, what else could you possibly need for a Christmas feast? 

Looking for fizz but not of the alcoholic kind? Or perhaps you’re looking for something different for a tea lover? A taster pack of this handcrafted, multi-award-winning kombucha could be the gift idea you’re looking for. 

Photoshoot Scotland with Rose and Julien

Gift Experiences

Struggling to find the perfect gift for those who have everything? These gift experiences are sure to delight.

Surprise a loved one with the gift of a relaxing spa experience at Stobo Castle. Leave the choice to them with a monetary voucher or choose from a variety of experiences such as Evening Escapes or a full Spa Day. 

Turn dreams into reality this Christmas! Gift an equine experience day with Les Amis Stunt Team, where participants can learn everything from Horseback Archery to Medieval Skills. 

What better to give a loved one for Christmas than a memorable photoshoot? From family portraits to couples shoots, Rose and Julien will expertly guide participants around a variety of Borders locations for stunning photos. 

Gift a day out at one of Scotland’s most mysterious locations. This memorable experience includes admission for two, a souvenir guidebook as well as coffee and cake in the onsite visitor centre. 

Looking for a gift for the beer enthusiast who’s tried everything? With Stewart Brewing’s Craft Beer Kitchen, they can now brew their own beer on professional kit. The fun-filled experience includes everything from label design to deciding the bottling date for a truly bespoke beer. 

Give a journey through history! The Whithorn Trust’s new ticket includes entry to the site as well as access to a range of digital content.

Give the gift of a good time with the Scotland Starts Here Advent Calendar. Behind each door, you will find unique experiences and products from businesses across the South of Scotland that are only available here and only this December. 

Support Local Businesses this Christmas

Remember to Support Local

Whether you head to town or online to do your shopping, make the most of the #ScotlandLovesLocal campaign. Communities across Scotland are highlighting a range of fantastic initiatives to put the spotlight on their independently owned shops. 

From dressed up windows to giveaways and special offers, ‘Love Galashiels, Love Local’ is the message in this Borders town. Check out the local shops on a day out for even more gift ideas.

Until the 24th of December, The Guild are highlighting 70 local indie designers, creatives and producers. So, head to the Loreburne Shopping Centre for gift ideas ranging from jewellery to homeware and more.