We’re lucky enough to work with some really amazing businesses, from brewers to designers. So, we’ve curated a handpicked Christmas list featuring a few of our clients to make your gift shopping a breeze. And what better time to support local and small businesses than Christmas?
Read on for our top picks!
For the design lover
Contemporary design studio Tom Pigeon creates beautiful prints, stationery, jewellery and homeware items. Tom Pigeon’s Kirsty Thomas is passionate about designing simple crafted objects for people to enjoy. Her minimalist designs play with colour, and the tentative push and pull between balancing shapes and forms. Collaborating with brands such as The Barbican, The V&A and Made, Kirsty’s versatile, beautiful products will make the perfect Christmas gift or addition to any modern home. We love the Shipwreck triptych, the clocks, the cushions, the stationery… (oh, we just love it all, really!).
For the adventurer
Meander Apparel is an Edinburgh-based clothing brand on a mission to simplify the life of the modern adventurer. Their versatile collection is designed for both style and performance in equal measure, inspired by a love of adventure, travel and minimalist Scandinavian design. Their stylish, functional pieces will make the perfect Christmas gift for outdoorsy types. Designed with innovative anti-odour technology, their garments can withstand a weekend’s worth of wear without needing washed, perfect for camping trips or sports. We love The Everyday Meander Sweat (available in both men’s and women’s sizes) and The Adventure Trouser (smart enough to wear to the office, and we can also confirm they’re comfy and durable enough for a bike ride!)
For the cocktail lover
Sweetdram is a progressive, flavour-driven spirits company based in Edinburgh. Their products are focused on original flavour, driven by a demand for resolute quality and a unique drinking experience. The perfect addition to any drinks-lover’s cabinet, Sweedram’s range of products are truly unique and versatile for a range of different cocktails. We highly recommend the Smoked Spiced Rum!
Run by husband and wife James and Deborah, Mackintosh Gin is an exciting start-up making a splash in the Scottish gin industry. Their award-winning gin is produced and bottled in the County of Angus. Handcrafted using a total of nine botanicals, the finished product is a smooth, floral gin with notes of citrus, perfect for the gin fanatic in your life. The brand is inspired by Scotland’s rich heritage of Viking invasions and Roman, Pict and Celtic culture, infusing a passion for local tradition with the couple’s love of botanicals.
Founded by Marian and Simon, Highland Boundary is a new generation of botanical spirits capturing the flavours of the Scottish wilderness. Combining botanicals from the Highlands with grain spirit from the South, their spirits are distilled using ancient techniques and creative flair for hand-picked Scottish flora. Their Birch and Elderflower Spirit is made using distilled birch buds and elderflowers to produce a smooth, tantalizing and surprising flavour with a long, warm aftertaste, perfect for gin and vodka lovers!
For the craft beer lover
Brewing modern craft beer in the heart of Dundee, 71 Brewing engineer beers with balance and consistency that you will want to enjoy time and again. Their drinks are packed with flavour and character, both sessionable and familiar, funky and weird, but most importantly, with balance and consistency. Their beers have won a whole host of awards and make the ideal gift for any craft beer connoisseur. And their brewery tour was recently ranked number 1 of things to do in Dundee on TripAdvisor, and makes a great Christmas gift for friends or loved ones. Here’s a list of their stockists.
For the golf lover
Noah’s Ark Golf Centre
Noah’s Ark Golf Centre is a golf range and golf shop based in Perth and a haven for all golf lovers! Treat the golf fanatic in your life to a Lesson Gift Voucher. Whether it’s a gift voucher to spend in the retail store, or a voucher for some golf lessons to improve their game, this is a gift that will really hit the spot!
For the clothes lover
Cartocon is an independent, forward-thinking fashion and menswear store, stocking minimal, design-focused apparel and footwear. As well as selling their own clothing, they also stock a selection of hand-picked, high-end clothing and accessories to suit even the best dressed. We particularly love the Instrmnt Watch and their selection of Rains backpacks!
Abandon Ship Apparel
Located in Dundee’s thriving Creative Quarter, Abandon Ship Apparel is an independent clothing brand using art as a catalyst to create opportunities and positive change for others. Their quirky clothes, arty aesthetic and playful ethos make their pieces the perfect gift for the apparel fanatic in your life!
For the garden lover
Gillies & Mackay
Gillies & Mackay specialises in handcrafted, bespoke log cabins and sheds, creating innovative garden designs which will last a lifetime. The team at Gillies & Mackay live and breathe sheds. They are passionate about providing something better than your average shed, something worth more than a neglected garden utility, with a focus on quality and bespoke craftsmanship. From garages to sheds and summer houses, treat yourself or a loved one to a beautiful and completely bespoke garden building.
If you fancy getting your ShedLife at a fraction of the cost, Gillies & Mackay are doing a Christmas Sale on display sheds and summer houses starting on 1st December 2019!
Et voilà! We hope you enjoyed our Christmas list and that it’s given you a few extra ideas for gifts this year!