Updated: Dec 13, 2021
Your guide to some of the best Scottish items to add to your shopping list this festive season; Christmas, Hogmanay and Burns Night!
Treat your friends and family this Christmas to a bespoke hamper packed with some of Scotland’s finest food and wine products and support local businesses at the same time. Here we handpick some of our favourite products on the market to help spread some festive joy. It’s just sometimes hard not to try them all yourself!
Meat and Fish
Salmon is a staple at any festive table. Having raised salmon for over 20 years in the crystal clear waters off North West Scotland, you’ll be in safe hands buying from Loch Duart based on the magical island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. The award-winning Native Hebridean Smoked Scottish Salmon company uses salmon that has been raised in its natural Hebridean environment giving it a truly unique flavour. Master curers and smokers, John Ross Jnr showcase their skills with their delicious range of premium-quality salmon from their smokehouse in Aberdeenshire. Also check out our feature on Smokehouses featuring Belhaven Smokehouse, East Coast Kilnhouse, and Amity Fish, who also provide delicious seafood boxes delivered straight to your door.
Produced by Charles Macleod butchers in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, choose an award-winning black pudding that is the real McCoy. Looking for some top quality Scotch Beef from a trusted Scottish farm? J W Galloway has everything from steaks to burgers to kebabs. We love their Beef Rib and their Silverside cuts. Another trusted Scottish farm would be Peelham Farm who offer festive meat and poultry boxes and have an ethos that is to be admired.
East Lothian-based Belhaven Brewery knows a thing or two about beer and offers an extensive collection ranging from their best-selling Belhaven Best to their award-winning range of craft beers. Have we got enough beers on the list? No. Okay Stewart Brewing, a Loanhead-based independent craft beer brewery offers a large range of cask, can and bottled beers including their new El Nino IPA and Clara Rosa tropical IPA in design-led cans. Pick up your favourite beers from Cold Town Brewery or try one of their seasonal varieties such as Christmas Pudding Ale or Chocolate Cake Stout. Can’t decide, then opt for their pick and mix box.
Gift the taste of the Highlands with a 12-year-old Loch Lomond Whisky gift set that comes with a bespoke box of artisanal Cocoa Ooze chocolate truffles. Be sure to bring the gift of Crabbies to your festive celebrations whether it’s their signature Green Ginger Wine, whisky, gin, liqueurs or their best-selling Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Another perfect gift is a blend of sweet and smoke, malt and grain, Johnnie Walker’s Black Label offers a whisky with a unique depth of flavour. The richly flavoured malt whisky with smoky notes of dark fruit, nuts and dried spice from J.G Thompson is the perfect post-dinner treat or choose a whisky with flair from Wee Smokey, a perfect ingredient in party cocktails. A gift for a relative? Matured in American oak ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, Speyburn Single Malt Whisky light and sweet whisky will be sure to please.
Now for something different. MacNair's Lum Reek Blended Malt Scotch Whisky is a multi-award winning whisky that combines single malts from Islay and Speyside creating a truly unique blend. Another whisky that you’d be forgiven for not gifting would be The GlenAllachie Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This award-winning Single Malt Scotch Whisky is well worth talking about and even better to taste!
Savora Drinks Zesty Lime & Sweet Agave is the perfect tequila mixer for when friends visit. Glasgow-based artificial-free sodas that are low on calories, that would be Rapscallion Soda who have a lovely gift box so you can mix and match to find your favourite flavour. Looking for a soda that makes use of natural sweeteners? Be sure to check out Bon Accord for some authentic sweetness, we love their rhubarb soda.
Whether its festive flavours, Christmas tea or caffeine-free comforts, the Edinburgh-based Rosevear Tea has lots of choice to help you relax and enjoy some festive TV and their shops have a magical feel to them or opt for one of the Perthshire-made teas from Strathearn Tea including one with spiced orange, rose and warming spices that bring Christmas to your taste buds.
Alice’s Kitchen’s homemade jams and cordials and jams using the finest strawberries, raspberries and blackberries grown on their family farm in Crail. Perfect at breakfast time.
The Gael Signature Gin - Created from a love of music and gin, The Gael, distilled by Gael Spirits Company at Strathleven Distillery in Dumbarton, brings a citrus tingle to your taste buds. You can’t go wrong with Glasgow Gin’s London Dry gin in their new jet black bottles. Now you’d be forgiven for purchasing festive-themed flavoured gin from Pickerings and then enjoying them yourself.
Wow your dinner guests at Christmastime with some gintastic crackers, a Berry Good gin or a Bramble & Berry Bubble Cocktail Box from Avva Scottish Gin from Moray. Have you seen the Gin Pigs from Stirling Gin? You have got to see them, they are just amazing and are the perfect gift to anyone who loves gin. Ever wondered what gin blended with mocha would taste like? Then look no further as Shetland Reel combines our two favourite tipples, gin and coffee!
Edinburgh’s Great British Vermouth captures the countryside in a bottle, bringing a completely natural flavour and a scent of the wilderness. Combine 100% natural botanical ingredients including Madagascan vanilla, Arabian cubebs and the West African Kola nut with fresh Royal Deeside water and the result is the truly unique Ron Cabezon Botanical Rum. Experience a taste of the wilderness with Buck & Birch with liqueurs crafted from foraged ingredients. Check out the Wild Festival Cocktail Selection Box offering five festive cocktails crafted from the finest wild botanicals and premium spirits with a sprinkle of Buck & Birch magic mixed in for good measure.
Hungry Squirrel Nut Butters - For vegan and naturally gluten-free butters in a variety of flavours including peanut and maple pecan butter. Trodden Black Dead Hot Sauce - If you think you can handle the heat, Dollar-based Trodden Dead hot sauces and chilli jams will spice things up! everythingCHILLI Lime Shred Marmalade - This Ayrshire-based company produces a range of deli-type gourmet chilli jams, preserves, marmalades and relishes. For 100% natural and sustainable sea salt, be sure to welcome Blackthorn Sea Salt into the kitchen. Kassells Kitchen, Perthshire-based mother/daughter partnership produces a range of flavoursome jams and chutneys including a very tasty raspberry conserve. Beet This Original Sauce is the brainchild of a Scottish mechanic, this tasty, vegan-friendly and versatile sauce pairs well with cheese, crackers, steak, burgers and even as a pizza base.
Make sure you have some handmade, flavour-packed Anster cheese from St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company on your festive cheese board. Established over 130 years ago, Marshalls are pasta experts. As Scotland’s biggest pasta brand, they offer an extensive range including a classic cheesy Mac ‘N’ Cheese and a Snacoroni, jazzed up with Monterey Jack Cheese and fiery chipotle. Millers Larder, a family-run company making chutneys and pickles including their award-winning Perfyit Piccalilli. Available at Millers Larder at Roasted in Strathaven, Ramsay at Carluke, The Duke’s Deli in Lanark, and Ramsay at Carluke.
Edinburgh Fermentarium handcrafts healthy fermented food including Xmas kimchi, Kōji Glühwein Mix and a selection of Christmas gift packs. Vinegar is a kitchen staple so why not spice things up with some flavoured vinegars from Orkney Craft Vinegar including a Sugar Kelp flavour, perfect for those post-Christmas salads. Whether it’s spreading it on your toast or a key ingredient in your baking, Alice’s Kitchen Blackberry Jam will work perfectly. For those looking for a bit of a kick in their jam, then seek out some Dodgers Chilli Plum Chutney. If you’re on the search for handmade pickles, slaws or a Kimchi Hot Sauce, then Edinburgh-based aye pickled company should be firmly on your radar.
Snacks and Desserts
Sweet tooth lovers can indulge in a heavenly range of fudge (including mint chocolate flavour), tablet, coconut snowballs and meringues from Glasgow-based Bonnie Glen. Indulge yourself this festive season with some artisanal handmade chocolate treats - candied orange peel dark, gin liqueur chocolates or cracked caramel hot chocolate - from the wonderful people at Pittenweem Chocolate Company.
Winner on BBC’s Dragons’ Den, Purely Heavenly produces a chocolate range that is free from dairy, egg, soy and palm oil and lives up to its name. If you’re looking for that wow factor then take a look at Cocoa Black Luxury Chocolates who offer a fabulous array of chocolate gift boxes on offer alongside their magical selection from Peebles-based UK Confectioner of the Year. We love their chocolate baubles and the festive tree. The perfect stocking filling is sure to be Mackie’s chocolates, surely? Don’t forget a scoop or two of Mackie’s ice cream on Christmas day too.
For meaty treats, East Coast Cured, a family-run company based in Leith, offers a range of tasty cured meats including our favourite Porcini & Truffle. Looking for something different to nibble on, try some 100% Scotch Beef biltong, marinated, cured and air-dried using traditional South African methods from Hungten Biltong. And if you want a healthy post-workout snack containing pure Scotch Beef, Big Beefys Biltong is the treat for you.