Affectionately known for its tartan, Tunnock’s teacakes and tots of whisky, gifts from Scotland are an obvious choice for friends and family who pine for Pitlochry or go gaga over Glencoe. Here is a jam-packed guide to gifts from Scotland as well as Alba themed gifts for homes, wardrobes, bellies and bodies. Updated for Christmas 2018 and now features Scotland gifts for women, men, new babies, weddings, and Outlander fans!
Scottish Gifts For Her
1. Plaid Poncho
I absolutely adore the versatility of ponchos. They can cover up in cold weather, be used as blankets for picnics or cars, and bags when cut short at the shop (avoid paying 5p!) Check out this striking red tartan poncho [UK only] for under £20 or this lovely tartan version by Yeokou for U.S readers. If you follow Two Scots Abroad you will know that we are mad for the plaid!
2. Harris Tweed Bags [No Pipes!]Harris Tweed bags are an immensely popular gift idea from Scotland. The sturdy yet stylish Harris wool material is teamed up with leather straps, brass rivets, and a magnetic fastener to keep the contents of the handbag safe. We bought my Mum one a few years ago which came with Harris Tweed gloves to match.
3. Scottish Themed SoapsHighland Fling Soap is a handmade 100% natural skin care bar made with honey and oatmeal. The unscented soap comes in a metal tin (yay, not plastic) with a Scottish bagpiper print on the front. Perfect for travel as there are no spills.
4. For Yer Whisky-lovin’ Wimmin
These silly message socks gave me a giggle. The soles of the socks say – if you can read this bring my whisky. That’s my Gran’s birthday sorted (with the addition of a bottle!). Why not make a whisky hamper and team it up with this wedge ice cube mould?
5. I Love Bru
The quirky Scot in your life may find these Irn Bru earrings by Joe Cool amusing. Canny beat a bottle of ginger even if they are hingin’ from yer lugs.
6. Buckfast at Tiffany’s Drinks Coaster
Oh, I do love a wee play on words and this coaster is the right balance of cheeky and class. Oor Audrey would be turnt in her grave.
7. Donald Where’s Yer…
Craig’s favourite, tartan ties. I bought him one for his 30th birthday and his brothers followed suit (I’m on a roll!) for our wedding party at the Leith Theatre in Edinburgh. A modern alternative to the stuffy old wide ties worn by mad tour guides on the West Coast is the skinny tartan tie. Craig has worn his tartan tie to many weddings and festive events.
8. Saltire Souvenirs
Sometimes the St Andrews Cross items make the best Scottish souvenirs. We travel with our Scotland flag all over the world and use it in our images. Other alternatives include these cuff links, for the foodies –kitchen apron, coffee/tea mugs, for music fans see these guitar straps, and even car plates!
9. Cashmere Socks
10. Oor Wullie Colouring Book
Every year my uncle used to get the annual Oor Wullie book for Christmas, it brings back fond memories of festive times. Did you know the Oor Wullie was featured in Dundee’s D.C. Thomson newspaper, The Sunday Post? You do now! There are two different types of nostalgic colouring in books available, Oor Wullie and The Broons.
Scotland Presents For the Home
11. Tea for two
We all know how much us Brits love a good cup of tea so what about these Nessie tea strainers? The silicone strainers break apart at the bottom for tea to be inserted. Guess what? There hasn’t just been one Nessy spotted in the Loch! This gift comes in a family of three! Team up with Edinburgh Brodie tea, a thistle teaspoon and Walkers Scottie dog shortbread for the true Scottish teaxperience.
12. Stop Nessin’ About
Kid you not there is a monster range of these Nessie kitchen items. The mysterious beast even comes in a family of spoons, perfect for sipping up soup for a cold day.
13. Gin Bottle Light Shade
Gin is allll the rage in Scotland just now and what better way to recycle an empty bottle than to pop at Harris Tweed lampshade on top? Since gin bottles from the likes of Edinburgh Gin and Isle of Harris gin are super attractive these days (sorry Gordon’s), they really compliment the bold coloured light shades. We got the green shade for my Mum’s birthday (she has mustard decor). The kit comes with the shade and light fittings, all you need to add is the bottle – empty of course. Winning combo present for Scotland gin lovers! I’ve YouTubed how to do it yourself, not worth the effort.
14. Thistle do nicely
No Scotland themed gifts guide would be complete without some mention of the national flower! This wood metamorphosis art piece displays the thistle silhouette cut out of wood (obviously) and framed. This piece is 11 inches in height and 15.3 in width. UK shipping only annoyingly, sorry.
A nice alternative print is this unusual thistle sketch on a vintage dictionary. I actually got my friends something similar (skeleton print) for their wedding gift.
15. Scotland Beer Map
I first saw the American States version of this a year or so ago and thought – genius. I’m really pleased to see a Scotland edition now since the country is craft beer daft! Pop your beer tops in the correct location slots and display the Scotland beer map with pride.
16. Glasgow Record Clock
This really unusual wall clock is handmade from vinyl with a Glasgow city skyline at the top of the clock. Sweeping font runs over the front of the clock spelling out Glasgow in a rock ‘n’ roll fashion which is very apt considering Glasgow is one of UNESCO’s city of music. U.S readers check out prices here, U.K click here to check availability and prices.
17. Hey Ho Glasgow T!
This is right up my Sauchiehall Street. Plain white T with black text on the chest. Perfect Glasgow gift for your hipster pals. Click to check availability.
18. Glasgow Map Art
This Glasgow vintage map print comes in a black and white print, subtle yet effective for the Glasgow fan who likes stylish things. There are ten sizes available including, A4, A3 and A2.
19. Glasgow Monopoly
Move over Mayfair! The mean streets of Glasgow have their own version of Monopoly. Advance to Princes Square, Renfrew Street or George Square but avoid the clink!
20. Colouring Glasgow
21. Society6 Glasgow Skyline Carry-All Pouch
I love love love this , perfect for make-up storage, stationery or money. Annoyingly only available at U.S Amazon.
Glasgow Music Tours
Since Glasgow is the city of music why not test your knowledge of Scottish rock, pop and indie at the Glasgow Music Tour? Jonathon and the team really put on a good show while sharing their stories of music journalism and their experience of the Glasgow music scene while taking you around the cool venues in the city. I learnt a lot during my tour which I was genuinely surprised at!
Glasgow West End Whisky Tour
Although Edinburgh may be better known for its tours, Glasgow really packs some punches with its uniqueness, and we wouldn’t expect anything less of Scotland’s coolest city. Moving away from the city centre landmarks, this whisky tour takes you to bars with personality to taste a tott or two (four whisky bars to be exact).
22. Edinburgh Map Art
I can’t advertise Scotland gifts for the biggest city without discussing the capital, Edinburgh! Meet this high-quality art print of an Edinburgh map. It really is a neat and stylish present which would go with many decors.
23. Edinburgh Castle Rock(s)
Not to be confused for a box of chalk crayons, comes in pastel colours and a variety of fruity flavours (not like your traditional mint rock). This childhood throwback is guaranteed to crumble and also get stuck in your teeth!
24 Beer Soap – Tae Wash Yer Mooth Oot WiEdinburgh Beer Soap (U.S only) is made with Innis and Gunn Scottish Ale. Other ingredients include sandalwood and musk, balanced with lavender, jasmine, and oakmoss. Can be used to bathe, shave and wash to wash your hair. U.K readers, check out this hipster looking alternative on Etsy – six-pack beer soap set (vegan). Disclaimer, not actually for consumption.
25. Colouring Book of Edinburgh
23 of Edinburgh’s iconic landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, the Grassmarket and Calton Hill are featured in this delightful paperback colouring-in book. Edinburgh souvenirs don’t have to be tacky!
Harry Potter Walking Tour
Diagon Alley, Hogwarts, Quidditch! This 2-hour Harry Potter walking tour of Edinburgh bring the books to life and takes you to the original locations where J.K. Rowling started the story!
Unusual Ghost Tour On Wheels!
Edinburgh is not shy of a ghost tour or two but this 60-minute Ghost Bus tour is new and quite unique! The bus itself is a beautifully refurbished vintage double-decker but the conductor (and guide) is creepy! Expect tales of grave robbing, plague victims and spooky stories based around Edinburgh Castle, the Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile.
Old Town Brewing Heritage Tour (with Beer Tastings)
Edinburgh is craft beer daft now and luckily for you, there is an Old Town walking tour that tops you up with history and craft beer! Learn just how much Scotland’s capital has relied on the beer revenue and how it shaped the city we know today. Multiple beer stops included of course!
Edinburgh Secret Food Tour (Whisky Included)
Fancy more than just beer? Don’t be put off by the sound of haggis, Edinburgh has an eclectic dining scene and this 3-hour guided food tour will introduce you to the traditional Scottish food and something extra special. Whisky fans will like this tour, malt tasty is included.
More Whisky Gifts
26. Scratch + Sniff
Please don’t hang me for advertising a whiskey with an ‘e’ product but this book was too good not to share – a scratch and sniff guide to learning whiskey! The witty, illustrated book takes you on a path of discovery – not self-discovery quite yet (three tots in maybe) to educate you on Scotch, Rye, Irish and Scottish. A fun way to become a connoisseur.
27. A Bar on a Barrel
The whisky cask is sought after for home interior design and this barrel is nicely decorated with a map of the whisky regions so you can plot your next ‘water of life’ road trip (with a designated driver) while you have a swally. The glasses sit on the Outer Hebrides sourced Harris Tweed mat to avoid harming the barrel and to add that splash of Scotland.
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Funny Scottish Gifts
28. Cheeky Claire Draws
One of my favourite artists is a Scottish lass called Claire Draws. She creates a whole catalogue of funny Scottish gifts such as tote bags with ‘top ginger’ on them and ‘Aye’ necklaces in bold colours. Very cheeky and full of Scottish banter.
30. Whisky Flavoured CondomsMcCondom ‘fun products of a serious nature’ – enough said!
Unless you were one of the lucky 200 at Glasgow Pride to get their hands on one of these babies you winnae get wan. But never fear the West End of Glasgow ‘Patter Merchants’ have a lot more to say through their greetings cards (such as Ma Wee Pal and Sassie Lassie – there are over a hundred, click here to check them out), cooncil juice water bottles, and braw baby’s bibs. U.K delivery only – sorry folks.
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Scottish Wedding Gifts
32. Quirky Wedding Portrait
If you are looking for an unusual yet unique wedding gift consider a custom drawn couple portrait. This quirky gift was my new sister in law’s favourite (winning!) wedding present. All you have to do is send Claire Barclay Draws some images of the happy couple and a list of things that mean something to them. I requested that their dog, Lacy, was also featured as well as the wedding proposal location, wedding venue, date and first dance. You can choose how ‘Scottish’ you want it so if tartan isn’t their scene (you should disown them now), you can go for pastel instead. Portraits aren’t just for weddings, Claire covers a variety of life milestones. Just give her a message.
33. Congratulations Tae A Right Couple O’ Belters…
This is the card we bought for my brother in law’s wedding. I think it sums up Kyle and Ashley very well! Created by the Gie It Laldy fae Glasgow.
34. Outlander Colouring Book
Feel the curves of Jamie and Claire as you render the blank scenes from Outlander. Made from good quality paper which can withstand water pens (but not Sharpies). Click here to check availability.
35. Outlander Cookbook
If the colouring booking didn’t whet your appetite consider the cookbook! Forget the lonely bowl of porridge Claire consumed and turn the pages for pancakes, beer-battered cord fritters and Black Jack Randall’s Dark Chocolate Lavender Fudge. Outlander Kitchen is created by professional chef Theresa Carle-Sanders.
What are the odds of getting an Outlander fan in secret Santa at work this Christmas? Be ahead of the game and order your 2019 Outlander 18-Month Weekly Planner – stay orderly with Outlander!
37. Outlander Note and Card Set
Swept off your feet with the romance in Outlander? Now you can create your own love story with this . The set includes 192-page ruled journal, 20 elegant notecards and envelopes, and 20 stickers – all inspired by the show.
I could honestly go on and on researching and recommending Scotland inspired gifts, especially the ones from the young creatives like me! I hope you have enjoyed reading this guide to Scottish gift ideas and have managed to purchase something for your loved ones. Apologies that most of the Scottish gifts made in Scotland don’t deliver outside of the U.K but now you have (yet another) excuse to come and visit Caledonia.
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