Not that we're bragging or anything, but we really think that the Scottish Borders is a paradise for Christmas shoppers. That's because our beautiful region offers quality food, crafts and fabrics galore.
So if you're planning a trip here in winter, then why not take time out for a festive shopping spree? To make things easy for you, here are a few bright ideas for gifts:
1. For arts and crafts fans
An original piece of art for someone's wall is a very thoughtful gift. The Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery in Kelso would be a great place to start looking, as you'll be spoiled for choice. It is actually five galleries in one and includes paintings, sculptures, woodwork, metalwork, glasswork, textiles and even furniture — something for everyone, in fact. As well as this, there's also a coffee bar where you can sit down and have a nice cuppa afterwards.
Or you could head to the Hirsel Arts and Crafts Centre, which includes gorgeous glass, wood (some of which is from our own Border Woodman) and ceramic creations. In fact, why not make a full day of it by visiting the museum and tearoom too, then going on a country walk?
2. For good time guys and gals
Everyone knows at least one person who's really into their wine, or is serious about craft ales, or a bit of a gin aficianado. So why not treat them to a bottle of something lovely this year? You'll have plenty to pick from in the Borders.
For instance, Beer Craft in Kelso offers a great range of local craft brews and artisan Scottish gins. Or you could pop over to Borders Wines in Coldstream, which specialises in Greek vino as well as many other labels from across the world. And if you'd like to surprise someone with a bottle of botanical gin, then the Born in the Borders produces its own small-batch Lilliardbrand.
3. For the style conscious
The Borders is generally seen as the top region for Scottish fabric and textile production, with tweed, cashmere and knitwear all taking centre stage. A great starting point would be the Johnstons of Elgin visitor centre at Eastfield Mills in Hawick — the capital of Scottish textiles.
There you can have a nosy at stylish jackets, soft sweaters and cosy scarves, as well as other smart accessories and even soft furnishings. Plus as Johnstons is a supplier to HRH The Prince of Wales, you know that you're getting top quality.
4. For chocaholics
Imagine handing someone a box of something sweet on Christmas Day and telling them it was made by the official UK Chocolate Master, no less? You can do just that by heading to the Cocoa Black Chocolate Boutique in Peebles. Run by chocolate wizard Ruth Hinks, the shop offers a range of candied delights like boxes of chocolate truffles and caramel, apricot & pecan bars.
For even more cocoa-based shopping, The Chocolate House in Jedburgh is also well worth a look, and also stocks traditional boiled sweets, gifts and crafts.
5. For the lover of lovely things
Not sure what the perfect gift will be until you see it? Then head to the treasure chest that is The Mole House in Kelso. The shop's owner, Claire, is a world traveller and craftsperson who has a real eye for the beautiful, unusual and unique.
As well as her own ceramic tiling products and driftwood lamps, you can browse for everything from designer jewellery to pottery to soft toys. So if you're stuck for gift ideas, you might well find inspiration in this charming shop.
6. For just about everyone else
Of course, we couldn't not mention our own well-stocked farm shop at Airhouses, which offers plenty of thoughtful gift items. Know someone who loves knitting? Then you can surprise them with wool from our very own alpalcas and llamas. Or got a true foodie in your life? Then they'll love our local marmalade, jams and chutneys , or even a bottle of cold-pressed rapeseed oil from Stevenson Mains Farm in Haddington.
We also have beautiful candles and diffusers from Love Scottish Candles, as well as mounted prints, cards, notebooks from local artist, Hannah Longmuir. Come and have a browse...
Hopefully, you've found some inspiration for your Christmas shopping trip in the Borders. But if you're looking for a truly show-stopping gift idea, then why not treat someone to a luxury break in one of our five-star self-catering lodges?
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