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5 unique Christmas gift ideas made in Scotland

© Supplied by ShutterstockHand holding a wrapped Christmas gift.
Ready for Christmas?

This year, we’ve got some unique Christmas gift ideas from Scotland that you’re going to simply adore.

Twas the month before Christmas, the period when we all start to plan and dream of decorations, Christmas carols and tables adorned with festive scran.

It’s also the time to shop for Christmas presents and gifts galore.

But don’t panic buy a useless item at the check-out line.

Instead, have a look at these local and independent businesses for unique Christmas gift ideas from Scotland.

Where to shop for unique Christmas gift ideas in Scotland

Acair Books

Selection of books by Acair Books © Supplied by Acair Books
Whether it’s a romantic adventure or historical epic, there’s nothing better than receiving the gift of a book for Christmas.

Acair Books publishes a wide range of books in Gaelic, English and bilingually, catering for all ages. Books are wonderful gifts to receive and Accair Books has plenty to choose from!

The late Murdo Alex Macritchie, who was known as ‘The Hebridean Chef’, created HAAR ‘Pop Up’ restaurants to showcase his innovative style of cooking using traditional ingredients. Motivated by the quality of produce available and inspired by the rugged Hebridean landscape, he created a modern Hebridean cuisine. HAAR The New Hebridean Kitchen contains some of his recipes as well as photographs of many of his dishes and of the stunning island landscapes that were so important to him.

The multi-award winning Crann-fìge | Fig Tree by Duncan Gillies offers a new collection of short stories, bringing sharp wit and observational skill to this evocation of Lewis life and people from last century, intertwined with stories situated elsewhere. This is his fourth published collection of short stories and the first book of his in which Gaelic and English appear together, side by side.

Acair Books also offers a range of Gaelic originals and translations of popular children’s books.

Have a browse at Acair Books and stock up in time for Christmas! 

Jewellery from Karen Duncan

Jewellery by Karen Duncan on a model and a close up of a necklace. © Supplied by Karen Duncan Jewelle
Choose from elegant and unique designs by Karen Duncan Jewellery, made on the island of Burray.

Karen Duncan creates distinctive pieces inspired by Orkney’s landscape and heritage. Karen Duncan was born in Orkney and grew up on Burray, one of the southern isles of Orkney.

While still at school she started making jewellery. Her hobby grew into a passion and then a full-time profession spanning over 30 years.

From her workshop on the island of Burray, Karen creates distinctive and beautifully finished pieces, which incorporate geometric shapes and intricate detail, inspired by the shapes and textures of the Orkney landscape and its rich heritage.

With stunning views overlooking Water Sound and one of the Churchill Barrier’s which link her home island of Burray to the Orkney mainland, Karen’s workshop is where she is happiest.

The view from the window provides daily inspiration for new designs, allowing Karen to experiment with different textures and colours, perfecting each piece before it is crafted, finished and packaged up ready for sale. Her versatility, understanding of materials and attention to detail result in jewellery made with passion, care and precision, delivered from her home to your home.

Enjoy a little piece of Orkney when you purchase jewellery by Karen Duncan

An experience at Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel in winter covered in snow. © Supplied by Rosslyn Chapel
A visit to Rosslyn Chapel is the perfect opportunity for a Christmas day out. Why not browse the gift shop for unique gift inspiration?

Choose from a wide variety of books, cards and gifts from Rosslyn Chapel this Christmas, from candles and decorations to gin and jewellery.

The gift experience pack gives admission for two to Rosslyn Chapel, tea or coffee and cakes for two, and a guidebook. The experience makes for a great day out which can be enjoyed at any time of year.

Every purchase from the gift shop and website shop helps conserve Rosslyn Chapel for future generations to appreciate.

Treat yourself to a visit this winter and discover the history and mystery of this amazing medieval chapel, just seven miles south of Edinburgh. Enjoy a visit by candlelight at Christmas but be sure to book ahead as reservations are essential.

Start planning your visit to Rosslyn Chapel.

Bùth Bharraigh

Buth Bharraigh candles © Supplied by B?th Bharraigh
Bùth Bharraigh have a unique array of gifts including handmade candles.

Bùth Bharraigh (Barra Shop) is based in Castlebay on the Isle of Barra.  The Isles of Barra and Vatersay are beautiful places to spend time walking the beaches, spotting the wildlife or taking part in some watersports.

Shop with Bùth Bharraigh this Christmas and buy unique hand-crafted gifts from the Isles of Barra and Vatersay, including beautiful knitwear, soap, felted soaps, candles, original art and prints, books and guides.

There are so many wonderful gifts to choose from.  That’s why Bùth Bharraigh offers a free personal shopping service over Zoom or FaceTime and can give a personal tour.  The staff also do complimentary gift wrapping and can make up hampers.

Buying Christmas gifts with Bùth Bharraigh will help support local producers and the community hub which helps to provide visitor information and other services for the local community.

Learn more, start planning your trip and visit Bùth Bharraigh.

Harris Tweed®

Selection of unique Christmas gift ideas in Scotland from Harris Tweed, including a backpack, purse, slippers and hat. © Supplied by Harris Tweed
Harris Tweed® is a family-run business and produces some of the finest tweed in the world, so much so that it is the only tweed in the world protected by an Act of Parliament!

Harris Tweed® is handwoven in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland from pure virgin wool.
Not only is the wool spun and dyed on the island, the tweed has to be handwoven at the weavers own home. Harris Tweed® is the only tweed in the world governed by an Act of Parliament 1993, which safeguards the fabric.

Nestled in the bustling heart of Tarbert, Harris Tweed® Isle Of Harris is a family business that specialises in all things Harris Tweed®.

It stocks a wide range of cloth, ladies and gents jackets, slippers and shoes, hats, bags and a wide range of accessories – perfect gifts for any occasion.

The bags and accessories are made with Harris Tweed® and real leather apart from the vegan collection. Harris Tweed® also sells the cloth from 1/4 of a metre that’s suitable for various craft projects. Worldwide shipping is available.

Browse the gifts available from Harris Tweed® today