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The best Scottish food and drink gifts for Christmas 2020 - from rare whisky to seasonal gin

With only a few weeks left until Christmas, we take a look at some food and drink gifts from Scottish producers, so you can shop local this festive season.

Published: December 15, 2020

As Christmas is only a few weeks away, now is the time where most of us are shopping for gifts for friends and family.

If you're keen to get some local produce, and have a whisky, gin or foodie friend to buy for, then take a look at our pick of the best Christmas gifts from Scottish producers.

From personalised whisky to recently launched rum and handmade goodies - there's something for everyone here.

Personalised Glasgow Distillery 1770 whisky

This Christmas you can design your own bottle of Glasgow 1770 Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Choose between two award-winning single malts: Glasgow 1770 The Original, our fresh and fruity signature single malt; or Glasgow 1770 Peated, our rich and smoky single malt.

The personalisation process is simple, just head online and enter the text you wish to be printed on the bottle label - this is limited to 30 characters.

Then enter the text you wish to be printed on the gift carton label, limited to 25 characters. Each of these messages can be different and totally unique to you.

Priced at £49, find out more here.

Old Pulteney seafood hamper

Treat a loved one that loves seafood and a single malt to this decadent hamper.

Old Pulteney, The Maritime Malt, has partnered with sustainable seafood supplier Fish To Your Door to create a sensory ‘at home’ whisky and seafood experience, ideal for nights in over the festive period or as a gift.

The seafood hamper includes fresh oysters alongside a bottle of the award-winning Old Pulteney 12 Year Old single malt to flavour and pair with.

Distilled and matured by the sea on Scotland’s most northerly shores, Old Pulteney whisky is ideal for pairing with seafood.

There are two hamoper options, one priced at £115, which includes:Old Pulteney 12 Years Old, oysters, an oyster shucking knife, smoked salmon, dressed crabs, a cooked or dressed lobster.

Hamper two retails at £225 and includes: Old Pulteney 12 Years Old, oysters, smoked salmon, fresh fish fillets, hot smoked salmon fillets, cooked lobsters, scallops, white crab meat, smoked mackerel, king prawns, dressed crabs.

Find out more and buy online here.

Glencairn gin goblet

The maker of the world’s favourite whisky glass, Glencairn Crystal, has launched a gin goblet, just in time for the festive season.

The Glencairn gin goblet is an ideal gift for gin fans, and has been made for gin serves and cocktails.

The East Kilbride based family-owned crystal glassware company is famous for creating the iconic official glass for whisky, but with the huge rise in the popularity of gin in recent years, they've created a dedicated gin glass.

The design includes a curved shape to help focus and enhance the aroma, and an elegant stem to keep your hand away from warming the gin.

The Glencairn gin goblet is available at The Glencairn Crystal online store, priced £10, and can also be personalised with bespoke engraving.

Scottish Bee Company gift pack

Launching just in time for the festive period is a ‘Trio of Scottish honeys’ by the family-run Scottish Bee Company.

Priced at £19.95, the new signature gift pack contains three 227g jars of honey, including one Scottish Heather Honey (which holds a Gold Great Taste Award and platinum award for quality at the London International Honey Awards), one Signature Blend Honey and one Scottish Blossom Honey.

Since launching the Scottish Bee Company in 2017, owners Iain and Suzie Millar have increased bee numbers in the world by around 23million, started Scotland’s first bee farming apprenticeship, won multiple awards and trained as honey sommeliers.

Find out more and order here.

Seafood Ristorante Christmas hamper 

If the celebrations are set to be a little low key this year, treat yourself and a loved one to a dinner for two at home courtesy of the Seafood Ristorante in St Andrews.

For £55, start with chicken and duck liver terrine with apple and pear chutney, before tucking into a sea trout wellington for two with smoked haddock and leek gratin.

Finish with a dessert of Valrhona Manjari chocolate fondant with vanilla crème fraiche. Customers can add extras like Tayport Distillery Wild Rose Gin, prosecco, St Andrews farmhouse cheddar and John Ross of Aberdeen smoked salmon to orders with no extra delivery charges.

The hamper is available for collection from the Seafood Ristorante on the 22 nd December or can be delivered, nationwide, by DPD on the 23 December.

For more information, please visit the restaurant's website.

Harviestoun Brewery beers

One of Scotland’s most awarded independent craft breweries has unveiled its new range of Christmas gift for beer lovers to buy online with UK-wide next day delivery.

Based at Alva, near Stirling, Harviestoun is a producer of ten high-quality craft beer and lagers, including its most famous award-winning beer, Schiehallion (pronounced she-hal-ion) pilsner, which is named after a well-known mountain in Perthshire.

Harviestoun has been brewing in the shadow of the Ochil Hills in Clackmannanshire since 1983, so they were making craft beer in Scotland long before it became a popular trend.

Still under independent ownership, they consider themselves a modern craft classic. Harviestoun’s beers are made with the soft local water and the majority of its barley is grown within eight miles of the brewery.

For more information and to buy beers, visit their website.

Magnum Cream Liqueur Christmas gift pack 

Crafted and bottled in Edinburgh using only single malt Scotch whisky and cream, Magnum Cream Liqueur has established itself as Scotland’s answer to Baileys.

For the first time this year, customers can now get their hands on Magnum’s new limited edition Christmas gift pack, which includes a 70cl bottle of Magnum, stainless steel tumbler and a pourer.

The new Christmas gift packs are now available to buy online at £29.99 per pack with free UK mainland delivery from Master of Malt and Royal Mile Whiskies.

A range of Magnum 5cl miniatures, 50cl, 1 litre and 1.75 litre bottles are also available to buy online.

Contini Christmas hamper by Victor and Carina Contini

Treat friends or family to a taste of Italy this Christmas, thanks to  hamper from Edinburgh’s renowned restauranteurs Victor and Carina Contini.

The hamper includes treats such as: a classic or chocolate Contini Panettone (specially made for the family-owned business by the same artisan Italian baker for the last 40 years), Contini Prosecco, a jar of Victor’s limited edition summer 2020 honey, and Contini Arabica coffee beans.

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The hamper is £60 with a classic panettone or £65 for chocolate.

The Contini ‘At Home’ service, which includes the Christmas hamper, is available for pick up from Contini George Street in Edinburgh or delivery UK-wide with some postcode restrictions.

To find out more and order, click here.

Social Bite brownies

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Satisfy a sweet tooth with a box of delicious, ethically made chocolate brownies recently launched by Scottish homelessness charity, Social Bite.

100 per cent of the proceeds made from the 'boxes of joy' go to the organisation’s efforts to end homelessness in Scotland.

A limited-edition Christmas Bundle gift set is on sale now and is priced at £30.

It features a glass reusable KeepCup, a box of four festive flavoured brownies and a 250g bag of Social Bite Blend Dear Green coffee.

There will also be an option for tea lovers, too. The normal boxes are filled with four brownies in a variety of flavours can be purchased directly from Social Bite online for £12 per box, with vegan and gluten free options available and UK-wide delivery.

When you buy online, you are also given an option to ‘pay it forward’ so Social Bite can distribute brownies to people experiencing homelessness on its free food handouts.

As a social enterprise business, Social Bite exists to achieve social objectives and is driven by a cause, rather than profit. Its brownie delivery service helps to sustain its enterprise model and support more people into jobs to help break the cycle of homelessness.

To order, visit their website.

Eusebi Deli Christmas gift hampers

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Glasgow’s much-loved Italian deli, Eusebi’s, is offering an extensive range of Christmas hampers in all shapes and sizes for the festive season.

Choose the Italian Goddess Edit for £60 which includes decadent treats like a chocolate and black cherry panettone, chocolate cherub and
hand-poured Timeless ‘spirit of Christmas’ scented candle.

Or, perhaps for the ‘Capo’ in your kitchen, recreate iconic cinematic meals with the ‘Like a Boss’ hamper, also £60. This includes red wine from the Godfather director Francis Ford Cappola, as well as a “leave the cannoli, take the gun” t-shirt and pasta arrabbiata and pistachio cream-filled cannoli biscuits.

For chocolate lovers of any age, choose the Chocolate Chaos hamper for £55, including double chocolate panettone, novelty cutting board with chocolate salami and chocolate cheese and pistachio chocolate spread.

Celebrate Christmas like an Italian with an artisan selection of traditional cakes and confectionery with the Dolci Christmas hamper for £45 or go gluten free, including panettone, Gianduja and pistachio truffles, Cantucci biscuits and bronze pasta for £40.

Finally, for £60, the Dirty Truffle hamper is the perfect indulgent treat for truffle lovers. Create a showstopping larder with white truffle balsamic and oil, truffle honey, rich truffle mayonnaise, ready to make truffle risotto and chocolate truffles.

For more information please visit the Eusebi Deli website.

Hidden Lane Brewery gift pack

This  little brewery, which is tucked away down the namesake lane in Glasgow's Finnieston area, produces small batch, high quality organic beer.

This year they have a 12 pack, priced at £32.99, available to order online for home delivery. The pack contains three cans from each of their four main lines, Tropical Ale, Raspberry Saison, 88 Shilling and Lager Lager.

A great gift for any beer fan, and a chance to support a local business. Find out more and buy here.

Prep Cook Eat Repeat cookbook

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This charity cookbook by celeb chef and legendary Glasgow DJ Michael Kilkie is packed with more than 120 recipes covering everything from fakeaways and seafood to meat and starters, and everything in between.

Kilkie's chatty, lovable charm oozes through as he walks you through recipes simply, making this a great gift for budding cooks.

Priced at £20, all profits go to The Catherine McEwan Foundation, which supports those with Crohn’s or Colitis.

Farmhouse Gin gift bags

The team at Farmhouse Gin have a range of themed gift bags available to buy online for this Christmas.

With prices starting at £30, bags include a couple's night in, which consist of two Farmhouse Gin 10cl pouches (enough for 8 G&Ts), one 500ml Fentiman's pink grapefruit tonic, one Isle of Skye Sea Salted Caramel bar and one Cranachan Raspberry and Whisky Bar by Quirky Chocolate, Edinburgh, three wax melts from The Ivory Wax Company, Loanhead, two Christmas paper straws and one garnish bag with citrus garnishes.

The range of gift bags can be viewed and ordered here.

Farmhouse Gin has the tagline - Middle East inspired, crafted in Scotland - a nod to the founder's time in Dubai (which is also seen in the camel on the bottles).

The gin is London Dry in style and has sumac, a Middle Eastern ingredient that gives warmness and hints of pepper to the overall finish.

Old Mother Hunt rum

Scottish rum has been getting a lot of love recently, and is often tipped as the 'next big thing' after the gin boom.

With this in mind, husband and wife team Becky and Matt, set up Old Mother Hunt rum during lockdown, after Matt lost his job.

Speaking of how the company came to be, Becky said: "We created the company at the beginning of lockdown after Matt lost his job as a captain at Flybe, two weeks after we moved house.

"We both felt so despondent and hopeless as it’s not looking very likely that Matt will ever be able to return to his career.

"Our lack of household income made lockdown and the entire situation so stressful and demoralising. There were no jobs and we quickly realised we’d have to create our own jobs and future.

"We decided on rum as it’s well known enough for people to be interested but not so well known that people are bored of it. Old Mother Hunt has given us an opportunity to be busy again and focus on a future."

This Christmas, why not treat the rum fan in your life to one of their two rums?

There's Winter Spiced - a rum bursting with Christmas flavours and sweetened with homemade caramel.

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The main  notes are orange and cinnamon with hints of festive spices, which go well with ginger ale and an orange garnish, as a Daiquiri or a Spice 75 cocktail.

Smoky Oak- is a drier rum that will appeal to whisky drinkers who want to try something new.

Naturally sweetened by virgin American oak casks, it’s very easy to drink and is beautifully smoky.

This one is best served either neat, over ice with premium cola and lime or in a rum old fashioned.

To find out more and buy, visit their website.

Stirling Distillery Pink Lady Gin

 

Stirling Distillery has recently released a new gin, The Pink Lady.

Made using the distillery's still, which is named Flora after owner June's mother, The Pink Lady is a refreshing gin ideal for fans of a G&T this Christmas.

The 12 botanicals that make up the flavour profile include rose petals, pink peppercorn and pink grapefruit.

The perfect serve is over ice, with a slice of pink grapefruit and a premium tonic such as Fever-tree Mediterranean tonic.

Priced at £30, The Pink Lady is available from the distillery shop, the distillery website.

Glengoyne fine and rare collection

Glengoyne recently announced a competition to win a dram of their oldest whisky - a 50 year old - which joins the fine and rare collection from the distillery.

This range includes a new 30 Year Old Glengoyne and the present 25 Year Old whisky, which showcase the distillery's 'unhurried' approach and distinctive flavour.

Both whiskies are presented in beautiful glass bottles, with wooden embellishments and boxes that feature an industry-first 'second use' idea that encourages the drinker to personalise the box and remove the inner fitments, ready to cradle another keepsake once the whisky has been enjoyed.

The 25 year old is £250 and a price for the 30 year old is by request. For more information, click here.

East Coast Cured charcuterie hampers

Edinburgh charcuterie maker, East Coast Cured, has teamed up with some of their favourite producers to introduce a set of hampers to enjoy this Christmas.

Customers can have hampers made up to order or choose from a small (£25) or medium hamper (£40) containing a selection of the award winning salamis and sliced meat.

In addition, East Coast Cured has also teamed up with some selected independent producers to create two sharing hampers which include:  Savoury Sharing Hamper (£50): a selection of award-winning salamis and a pack of sliced meat as well as marinated olives, cheese sablés, handmade Scottish oatcakes and a savoury onion marmalade.

Sweet & Savoury Sharing Hamper (£55): a selection of award-winning salamis and a pack of sliced meat, as well as marinated olives, cheese sablés and a savoury onion marmalade. Two bars of chocolate from East Lothian’s Chocolate Tree and a tin of locally made Scottish shortbread are also included.

Produce included is made by Edinburgh producers Shortbread House and luxury savoury biscuits maker Pea Green Boat; family bakery Barnetts from Fife, Galloway Lodge maker of fine preserves from Kirkcudbrightshire and Silver & Green marinaded olives from Cumbria.

To find out more and order, visit their website.

Rapscallion Soda highball boxes

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Specialist soft drink manufacturer Rapscallion Soda have expanded their online offering on the lead up to Christmas this year.

The fresh fruit evangelists have handpicked a small selection of premium Scottish spirits to compliment their small batch sodas.

Their first cases, launched last month included two Scottish spirits and an assortment of their cans of premium, fruity soda to help customers create delicious cocktails at home.

Utilising 200ml aluminium bottles, Rapscallion have repackaged some well known producers into small portions, allowing you to build your own perfect serve at home.

The first boxes will include brands such as Porter’s Gin and BenRiach 10yr Single Malt and consist of -

The Lowballer kit - £48 and 16 serves - which has two 200ml ofScottish Spirits and eight 250ml Rapscallion Sodas.

And the Highballer kit - £86 and 32 serves - which has four 200ml Scottish Spirits and 16 250ml Rapscallion Sodas.

To find out more and order, visit the Rapscallion Soda website.

Harris gin tweed jackets

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Harris Tweed is now as popular as ever, but this Christmas you can treat loved ones to a Harris Gin tweed jacket.

The distillery created its own tweed back in 2018, when the Isle of Harris Distillery set out to discover more about the art of weaving, and the skills of the people who create the historic island textile.

The distillery, along with Harris Tweed Hebrides and the Harris Tweed Authority, worked closely with schools across the island and set local schoolchildren the challenge of designing the Isle of Harris distillery’s very own tweed.

The eventual winner was 14-year-old Scott Murray from S3 at Sir E. Scott School in the Isle of Harris.

This tweed can now be made into bespoke jackets designed by Judy R Clark, who worked with Alison Macleod of Tiger Textiles in the Isle of Lewis. Alison was tasked with embroidering the hidden message in the back collar of the jackets.

The price of the made-to-measure jacket is £750.00 plus postage which includes a consultation and a fitting, with an opportunity for minor customisations, with Judy at her Edinburgh studio or in the Isle of Harris Gin pop-up shop in Glasgow.

To find out more, visit the Isle of Harris Distillers website.

The Third Sin tablet

Tablet is a traditional Scottish treat that many love to (or try to) recreate at home.

But if you haven't quite mastered it, and would love to buy some for a sweet loving friend or family member then newly launched company, Third Sin Tablet, is offering just that.

Ann Dunning set up the Third Sin tablet company during  lockdown having spent 12 months sourcing the finest ingredients and perfecting her home-made recipe.

This recipe uses a combination of different artisanal sugars, unsalted butter as recommended by top chefs, an intensely creamy condensed milk and pure, fresh vanilla from the pods of Madagascar orchids.

The result is a delicious, fresh tablet that can be enjoyed at its best at home within a few days of being made.

The 800g trays of tablet are made to order in Ann’s kitchen on the West Coast of Scotland.

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To find out more and order, please visit Ann's website.

Charlie´s Whisky Tray

This home accessory - Charlie's Whisky Tray -  is ideal for whisky fans.

Charlie´s Whisky Tray is based on the collaborative work by Charles and Sheila MacLean, and features text derived from common whisky descriptors used by Charles over the past 30 years.

It's available to order online, priced at £40

SMWS membership

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Dram loving family members or friends will appreciate a membership to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, which recently opened the doors to its latest venue in Glasgow.

Members can enjoy the ever-changing range of the Society’s one-off whiskies, released each month in the comfort of the Edinburgh, London or Glasgow bars, as well as a calendar of UK-wide tasting events.

A year’s membership to the Society costs £65 and provides whisky-lovers with benefits throughout the year, including access to the multi award-winning monthly Outturns of around 20 new single cask whiskies; free subscription to digital magazine Unfiltered, its award-winning monthly digital members’ magazine; and a calendar of colourful events and intriguing whisky experiences to share alongside other like-minded members.

The Society has adapted to its members’ needs with an extended programme of at-home entertainment over the festive period.

The SMWS gives festivities a twist with virtual tastings, masterclasses, live music, podcasts, video content, music playlists and much more, all available to members.

To buy membership to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society as a gift this Christmas, visit their website here.

Smokehead Whisky tin

Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky has launched a Smokehead Skull Gift Tin, which includes the core range in miniature bottles, ideal for cocktails this Christmas.

The 5cl bottles of Smokehead original, High Voltage and the brand-new expression Rum Rebel, are the ideal measure to sample and enjoy Smokehead neat or mix it up in cocktails, such as a Smokehead snowball, Smokehead grinch and a butter rum punch.

The tin can be bought online, priced at £22.99, here.

Blackthorn sea salt

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Blackthorn Salt Crystals

Described as a salt unlike any other, Blackthorn is an artisan sea salt produced on the shores of Scotland's West Coast.

Reviving centuries old techniques, Blackthorn Salt is made using an impressive and wholly unique blackthorn tower - a striking 8m high, 25m long structure - that harnesses the natural elements to create a one-of-a-kind sea salt.

A handmade product utilising the elements and the single ingredient of Scottish seawater, Blackthorn Salt is 100 per cent natural, suitable for vegans, those with allergies and discerning tastes alike.

Best sprinkled by hand, Blackthorn Salt provides a distinctive crunch and burst of flavour to home cooking, and the beautifully decorated box is an ideal gift for foodies this Christmas.

A 240g box is £6.40 or £3.90 for a 120g box – and these are available from Not On The High Street, Amazon and directly from the Blackthorn Salt website.

Tayport Distillery Christmas gift box

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This Christmas gift box from Tayport Distillery is perfect for a couple or shared amongst friends.

The gift box, priced at £39.99 includes 50cl Wild Rose Gin, four Franklin & Sons Tonics, one Fudge Kitchen Cracker and four Wild Rose Gin Mince Pies; delicious mince pies infused with Wild Rose Gin and produced by Barnett’s Bakery, a family-owned bakery based in the East Neuk of Fife.

These mince pies are securely packaged and ready for you to warm up in the oven and enjoy with a side of cream.

Kecia McDougall, director and distiller, Tayport Distillery said: “All our products are packaged by hand with care at Tayport Distillery.

"You can include a personalised note to send with your Christmas gift and we can also put a reminder on the outside ‘Not to open until Santa arrives’ so the lucky recipient will open on the special day.”

To find out more and order, please visit the distillery website.

Lerwick Brewery Fair Isle knit gift pack

Lerwick Brewery, the UK’s most northerly and remote brewery based on the Shetland Isles, has recently launched a Christmas gift pack that celebrates their island home.

The Lerwick Brewery Fair Isle Bottle Cover gift pack contains two of their pale ales, Azure, a branded glass and a Fair-Isle knit bottle holder, handmade on the island by Alexis Bruce of Lexknits.

The bottle covers are knitted locally by Alexis Bruce, who produces bespoke bottle covers for the brewery to sell alongside their beers for a true Shetland gift.

The Fair Isle Bottle Cover gift pack is available to buy online, or at their brewery shop in Lerwick.

The Farmer's Son hamper

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Give the gift of an award-winning fry up this Christmas, with a hamper from the Farmer's Son.

Based in Fife, the team use all-natural Scottish ingredients, to produce their award-winning artisanal Haggis, Black Pudding, White Pudding and Lorne Sausage.

The Christmas hampers include everything you need for a proper breakfast, and more, with produce from other Fife and Scottish producers.

Inside you'll find: The Farmers Son Sliced packs (Haggis, Black Pudding, White Pudding and Lorne Sausage), Pittenweem Chocolate Co Chocolate Spoon and Candied Orange, Aye Pickled Pickled Slaw, Your Piece Baking Co. Classic Scottish Shortbread and Findlaters Fine Foods Smoked Salmon Pate and Mini Oatcakes.

Priced at £35, it's available to buy here.

Old Curiosity Christmas gin

Old Curiosity Christmas gin

Scottish craft distillery, Old Curiosity, has launched a new limited-edition, colour changing Christmas Gin.

The new gin is created by blending classic aromatic spices and naturally coloured with botanicals, which combined make an eye catching red coloured gin.

The Secret Garden Christmas Gin (50cl, 39% ABV) is distilled with botanicals grown in the distillery’s Secret Herb Garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom are distilled to create a distinctly festive flavour, while hollyhock petals give the liquid a natural festive red colouring.

The Secret Garden Christmas Gin comes in three sizes to suit a range of gift ideas. Starting from a perfect stocking filler size of 5cl (£5.95), 20cl (14.95) to 50cl (£35.95) – ideal for a gin lover’s present.

The range also includes a festive gift set of a 20cl bottle of Christmas Gin paired with the distillery’s Wild Gin (20cl, 40% ABV), priced at £29.95.

The Secret Garden Christmas Gin is available now online.

 

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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