There are certain things Scots miss intensely when away from Scotland at Christmas – family, friends, a peat fire and food. Especially traditional Scottish food and drink.
It’s not surprising really when you think there is an estimated 50 million people around the globe with an affinity to Scotland. They are bound to miss the comforts of home.
Our family run business has nearly fifteen years’ experience championing traditional and modern Scottish brands and sending them within beautifully presented gift hampers to UK, Europe and worldwide.
In our experience here are the Scottish food and drink most wanted as a gift this Christmas.
To the inexperienced, the Tunnock’s teacake might just look like a dome of marshmallow covered with milk chocolate, but to the traditionalist, this sweet treat, wrapped in its iconic shiny foil, is a national treasure. The mere mention of Tunnocks sends Scots back to their childhoods.
Once rumoured to be flavoured by Falkirk’s iron girders, this bright orange pop has an extra special place in Scottish hearts. When MacDonalds opened in Scotland, local Scots picketed the restaurants until the American giant agreed to sell their favourite ginger.
Whether it is a wee dram for Santa on Christmas Eve or to toast family and friends on Christmas Day, whisky is an essential ingredient to a Scottish Christmas.
For the whisky connoisseur, the Malt Whisky Lover’s gift hamper is a great Christmas Gift. Or you might prefer the The Islay Malt Selection. Alternatively, we stock a variety of whisky flavoured treats including haggis, honey and marmalade. Add these to a gift box or wicker basket to create your own unique hamper selection.
A slice of deliciously light clootie dumpling will transport many back to the days when their granny steamed dumpling over the fire. The whole house would have been filled with a lemony orange fug.
Award-winning clootie dumpling features in our impressive Inverness Hamper which is a perfect Christmas gift for large groups and extended families. Remember you can create your own Scottish Christmas hamper selection too.
Shortbread is a biscuit ‘shortened’ with glorious butter. It is crisp and snappable- hence ‘short’. History suggests Scottish bakers used the name “shortbread” to escape the government’s tax on biscuits. Whether true or not, this “bread” is great with a cuppa or dram of single malt whisky.
Scottish Ales and Orkney Beers
While perhaps not as well known outside Scotland as whisky, Scottish ales and Orkney Beers have a sophisticated taste all of their own. Each sip is a gentle reminder of the landscapes in which they were crafted.
Our Beer and Savoury Gift Hamper is a fine selection of beautifully crafted beers. You might also like to add some Scottish ales when you create your own Christmas hamper.
What food would you miss when far from Scotland? We’d love to hear them.