This year has thrown up no shortage of challenges, and with Christmas on the horizon, it’s safe to assume we all have concerns regarding the festive season.
With so many wonderful Scottish businesses still working away this autumn and winter, however, there are definitely some fairy lights at the end of the tunnel.
Take a look at just some of the fabulous food, drink and gift ideas readily available to you and your family this year; although it may be slightly different to any festive season you’ve had before, these shops and services are sure to get you rocking around your Christmas tree this December 25.
Full of Zing
This holiday season, Full of Zing are adding a fun and festive twist to their popular fruit and grazing platters.
As well as their usual array of fruits and antipasti, their festive feasts will include mini mince pies, nuts, candy canes and Christmassy Lindt Chocolates!
The perfect gift for friends, family, teachers, colleagues and everyone in your life that deserves to be treated this Christmas, these beautiful and delicious platters are also a great addition to your festive nights in as you gather together to celebrate with your bubble!
Specialising in vibrant, fresh and delicious platters with a creative twist, their products are as beautiful as they are delicious.
To find out more and to place an order, visit their website.
Lyndsey Currie designs a range of beautiful and unique knitted headbands, snoods and scarves. She designs and creates all of her products at her home in Dundee, Scotland, on a hand-powered knit machine.
Having always been extremely interested in Brutalist architecture, Lyndsey particularly loves to pair bright and bold colours with architectural shapes in her pieces.
All of her products are made from 100% lambswool; passionate about living sustainably, lambswool suits Lyndsey perfectly as it is a natural, sustainable and renewable fibre.
Her stylish headbands and snoods would make perfect Christmas gifts while her scarves are a definite winter wardrobe staple.
Browse her Etsy shop now and see what she has to offer!
Achray House Restaurant
Achray House is a restaurant with rooms based on the banks of Loch Earn in St Fillans, Perthshire.
This festive season, they are offering restaurant quality, festive feast boxes delivered straight to your door.
Their boxes will have you covered for the most important of days over the Christmas period – Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day – allowing for extra quality time spent with family around the table.
The hearty feasts are all prepped for you and ready to go; all you have to do is follow the Chef’s simple instructions, heat up, plate up and tuck in!
Delivered on the 23rd December to areas within a 25-mile radius of St Fillans, and to Edinburgh too!
Family owned Toll House Spirits in Arbroath produces a range of award-winning spirits and liqueurs, including their renowned Redcastle Gin.
Offering free UK-wide delivery, they’ve got Christmas covered. Their website, with a wide range of gift ideas to suit all budgets, will be hosting several virtual shopping events over the festive season, showcasing their award winning products alongside some local producers who they have collaborated with this year.
Also on offer are individually-hosted virtual gin tastings; a great opportunity for you to connect with family, friends and colleagues during the festivities.
Kate’s Bespoke Catering
This year has not been without its difficulties, and sadly, social restrictions may mean we are not able to celebrate Christmas with our usual festive traditions.
You can still treat yourself and the ones you love, however, with a Christmas dinner delivered by Kate’s.
For every Christmas dinner sold, Kate’s will donate the cost of one meal to the Trussell Trust Food Banks across the northeast of Scotland. The donations will be split between the foodbanks depending on where orders are placed.
So, hang up your apron this December and let Kate’s take care of your Christmas Dinner. Not only will you be completely satisfied with the high quality cuisine, you can rest easy in the knowledge that you have made someone else’s Christmas a little brighter this year.
Silver & Cream
Silver & Cream is a small family run business based in Kirkcaldy, Fife. Having built up their business with a loyal customer base over the past five years, they pride ourselves on their excellent customer service.
Selling quality women’s clothing, jewellery and accessories at affordable prices, their ranges feature on-trend designs and fabrics you are sure to love.
You can also find the perfect gift or finishing touch for any outfit in their range of scarves, necklaces, pendants, bracelets and brooches.
Support local this festive period and take advantage of Silver & Cream’s glorious winter collection!