Christmas is almost here, and if you’re still looking for that perfect gift or something a bit different, why not have a look at the products created by some of our clients? We’ve created websites for many of Shetland’s best known businesses, so have a look at what’s on offer.
If you’re in Shetland you can pop along to the shop too, but remember if you’re ordering online to check the last posting date for Christmas.
Taste Of Shetland
The Taste of Shetland website is part of Shetland Food and Drink, the membership organisation which represents Shetland’s leading producers.
The site shop showcases the very best of Shetland’s food offerings – from oceanic oatcakes to reestit mutton, butter and chutney to jam. This year, this has been updated with a gift pack of jams, and they also have some quirky homewares in stock – a Food Wirds tea towel or apron, for example, and a range of beautiful cook books from Shetland authors.
Shetland Reel Gin & Whisky
Shetland Reel have made a name for themselves among Scotland’s craft gin.
From the most northerly distillery in the UK they produce award winning gins inspired by their natural surroundings, which are now stocked in over 200 shops, bars and restaurants all over the UK.
Their Rhubarb & Bramble gin liqueur would make a perfect festive gift for the gin lover in your life. Launched in November, this is the first liqueur to their range – the perfect accompaniment to a glass of fizz.
Shetland Fudge Company
Who can resist a sweet treat at Christmas time? The Shetland Fudge Company has a huge selection of sweet treats. From festive themed hampers to suit any budget, a mouth-watering range of fudge flavours (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), to a selection of preserves, candles and the world-famous puffin poo, they’re the perfect choice for sweet-loving family members and friends.
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.
We're thinking of swapping the traditional prawn cocktail for some of their new Salt Cod Pate as a starter on Christmas dinner this year. Who's following suit?
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 – especially with their 10% off online offer. They have a huge range of rods, reels, line, rig components and clothing to choose from.
There is always the bathtub to practice in until the weather improves.
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.
The Peerie Shop
The Peerie shop is an Instagrammers paradise – bursting with beautiful homeware, design led pieces and Shetland inspired gifts to add that extra special touch to a space. You'll find a brillaint range of special Christmas gifts. Some ideas include candles, quirky kids’ items and clothing, cosy blankets, mugs, recycled products, knitwear, books and their own brand products.
BAKKA's garments are a modernisation of traditional Fair Isle knitwear using luxury 100% extra-fine merino yarn. There are scarves and wrist warmers in a variety of patterns and colours, so you can choose the one that best suits you. This year, Bakka is offering an extra 20% off when you buy 3 or more items – the perfect excuse to kit the entire family out with their unique luxury products.
Uradale yarn is 100% native Shetland sheep wool that has been scoured, spun and dyed organically. Hoping to reach new customers with their very old product, they can choose whether they 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 their jumper weight, double knit, Aran and chunky yarns online – the perfect gift for a knitting lover!
Helen Robertson’s jewellery is inspired by her childhood experiences with textiles and knitting.
She lovingly hand-crafts her jewellery using a range of materials, 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.
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 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. As well as local publications, they also stock a large selection of music CDs, Shetland souvenirs, maps and calendars.
How about products from our Orcadian clients?
Ola Gorie Jewellery
Crafted in Orkney, Ola Gorie's jewellery designs range from classical to contemporary in a range of Orcadian and Scottish styles, all handmade in their workshop in Kirkwall.
Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin
Launched in 2016, this gin is a true Orcadian spirit – hand crafted using traditional local botanicals. Named after Kirkwall in the old Norse language, their range of gins represent the essence of Orkney. Ideally, they have just launched their range of Kirkjuvagr branded merchandise, just in time for Christmas.
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.
Or from our Edinburgh office...
Handmade in their studio in Stirling, art futuro, design and produce beautiful slate and acrylic lamps. As each lamp is handmade no two are the same, but all bring a unique edge to any room.
The Orry Mill
The Orry Mill has incorporated their Danish heritage into their site, which stocks the finest yarn from the United Kingdom and Europe, and supplies for knitting, crochet and crafting.
With a fabulous range of colours and kits, there will be certainly something for the craft lover in your life.