Stuck for Christmas gift ideas?
Why not visit some of the e-commerce websites NB Communication has developed for some of Shetland's best known businesses. If you're in Shetland you can, of course, just pop along to the shop too. If you are ordering online make sure to check the last posting date for Christmas.
Taste Of Shetland
Shetland is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful island chains in the world. Its unique location makes for a very special food and drink offering. A Taste of Shetland proudly promotes Shetland’s wonderful produce to the world. It is part of Shetland Food and Drink, the membership organisation which represents Shetland’s leading producers. Our members represent Shetland’s heritage, its identity, its independent spirit. Ultimately the online website aims to bring Shetland’s wonderful produce to the widest possible audience and, with that, grow production for this, and future, generations.
Uradale yarn is 100% native Shetland sheep wool that has been scoured, spun and dyed organically. We hope to bring our very old product to new customers, whether you prefer the natural fleece colours that remain unbleached and undyed, or the colours used on the yarn to reflect the flowers and mosses of Uradale Farm. You can buy our jumper weight, double knit, aran and chunky yarns online.
BAKKA's garments are a modernisation of traditional Fair Isle knitwear using luxury 100% extra-fine merino yarn. There are scarves and wristwarmers in a variety of patterns so you can choose the one that best suits you. With a brand new website launched just in time for Christmas 2016, you can be one of the first to get your hands on these unique luxury products.
Helen Robertson’s jewellery is inspired by textiles and Shetland knitting. She lovingly hand-crafts her jewellery to last a lifetime of memories. You can browse the collections and all the ranges of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and other pieces on her website.
Shetland Reel Gin & Whisky
For those who wish to stock up their drinks cabinet, Shetland Reel has a range of gin variaties and a blended Scotch malt whisky. The products have grown in popularity over the last year and are now stocked in over 200 shops, bars and restaurants all over the UK. The new site has an interactive map to check your nearest retailer. The presentation box is an ideal gift which includes a small bottle of original gin, a Shetland Reel glass, cocktail stirrer and recipes. They also have their own Christmas-themed product - Holly Days Gin.
Shetland Soap Company
The Shetland Soap Company is a successful handmade soap and skincare manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer with a thriving shop at the Market Cross, Lerwick. The company's innovative ranges of exclusive handmade soap products are made using traditional and contemporary methods, with an emphasis on natural ingredients.
The Shetland Times
The Shetland Times Bookshop is a long-established "bricks and mortar" bookseller with many years of experience of mail-order and online sales. The company tries to offer every 'Shetland' book currently in print, including their own extensive list of publications. They also stock a large selection of music CDs which you might find difficult to buy elsewhere.
Shetland Fudge Company
Who can resist a sweet treat at Christmas time? The Shetland Fudge Company has a huge selection of sweet treats and hampers to stock up with this Christmas. There's obviously a mouth-watering range of fudge flavours (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), but you can also find a selection of preserves, candles and the world-famous puffin poo. A perfect treat or present for the family.
Thule Ventus - Shetland Salt Cod
We're all used to Turkey at Christmas time so you might be in the mood for something a little different. Thule Ventus produce a high-quality Shetland salt fish in small batches using traditional methods. They also have a range of recipe ideas on their site to inspire you in the kitchen.
Visit the site for Shetland Salt Fish.
Ocean Tackle Store
Sea angling might not be at the top of your list of things to think about at this time of year, but there has never been a better time to buy fishing tackle and equipment online from Lerwick-based Ocean Tackle Store. They have a huge range of rods, reels, line, rig components and clothing on offer.
Fraser Knitwear is a small company owned by Joan Fraser, which specialises in luxury scarves. The designs are all inspired by Shetland and feature classic Fair Isle patterns. These luxurious products are offered in ranges in pure lambswool and pure cashmere, and would be a beautiful gift for a true lady or gentleman this Christmas.
Hazel Tindall offers a selection of unique Shetland and Fair Isle knitting patterns, available for immediate download. Hazel is a Shetlander with generations of family knitters that inspired her work, she was also the World's Fastest Knitter in 2004, and her beautiful range of different product patterns are a wonderful gift for any creative and fashionable person.
The Peerie Shop
The Peerie Shop offer things they love, create and covet for their beauty, colour, design and usefulness. You can find a range of different items for special Christmas gifts, some ideas include candles, kids items and clothing, mugs, recycled products, knitwear and their own brand products.
How about a taste of Orkney instead?
Ola Gorie Jewellery
Crafted in Orkney, Ola Gorie's jewellery designs range from classical to contemporary in a range of Orcadian and Scottish styles. The website was a very recent launch for NB and has so far garnered a great deal of positive feedback. Check it out for yourselves, and if you order before the 8th December, there is currently a free shipping offer in place.
Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin
A wonderful new addition to the increasing canon of Scottish craft gins. Kirkjuvagr is distilled in Orkney by hand in small batches using traditional copper stills in a process defined by passion, commitment and attention to detail.
Jollys Of Orkney
Jollys offer the finest selection of Orkney produce including their famous fish selection. Highland Park Whisky Smoked Salmon can add a real touch of class to your Christmas breakfast. There's also a range of fudge, cheese, preserves and hampers on offer. All products are available from their recently updated website and include free shipping to the UK.
Many of us will tuck in to some lovely cheese over the festive period but it needs a suitable base to match it. Stockan's Orkney oatcakes come in a range of shapes and sizes but most are the distinctive crescent shape. There's also mini oatcakes, flavoured versions and oat thins, all available from their online shop and in many supermarkets nationwide.
Orkney Crafts Association
If you're looking for that special something for your loved one, the Orkney Crafts Association has a brilliant selection of jewellery, textiles, pottery, woodwork and more. All are available from the collective's online store which allows you to browse a range of Orkney crafts all in one place.