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Best of Scotland: Scottish Gift Ideas

Updated on August 21, 2014

Stylish Gifts From Scotland - Perfect For Every Occasion

If you love Scotland, or know someone who does, these Scottish gift ideas are designed to help you select just the right item for loved ones... or for yourself.

This page is designed to showcase quality Scottish souvenirs, by highlighting classic and unusual items that make perfect presents. From Scottish themed weddings to Christmas, birthday and christening gifts, this ancient land has far more to offer than haggis!

Whether you are buying for a movie lover, keen golfer, or someone who appreciates the finer things in life, everything here is unashamedly devoted to the the highlands and lowlands of Scotland. Great Scots from Rennie Mackintosh to Sir Sean Connery feature alongside Mary Queen of Scots, Aran and Fair Isle knitting, and Celtic treasures.

So join me, if you will, for a whirlwind tour of some of the best Scottish gift ideas produced in and inspired by Scotland, to remind you of your own special connection to this wild and beautiful northern land.

Thistle image and other images on this page courtesy of morgueFile.

Gift Ideas for Bookworms - Curl up with a book and dream of Scotland

If you love books and Scotland, you'll be spoiled for choice!

Scotland has many popular authors continuing a long literary tradition. From Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott to crime writer Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith (of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency fame, whose Isabel Dalhousie series is set in Edinburgh), there will always be a Scottish author writing about his or her homeland.

Books about Scotland abound too, fiction and non-fiction alike. Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series has caused many a reader to fall in love with the history and landscape of this northern land. For truth as strange as fiction, the life and death of Mary Queen of Scots makes for a fascinating read.

Outlander
Outlander

The much loved book by Diana Gabaldon, telling the time travel story of Claire and her Highlander, Jamie. This book and its sequel have many fans around the world.

 
Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles: A Novel
Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles: A Novel

Mary's life reads like fiction, but it's hard to get a true impression of this remarkable monarch from dry history books. Here, acclaimed novelist Margaret George breathes life into the queen's story.

 

Learn the lingo!

blether (gossip or chat)

dreich (dreary, wet weather)

greeting (crying, weeping)

Gift Ideas for Movie Lovers - Great Scots and famous films set in Scotland

For a Scottish gift idea for film fans, how about a DVD? Many movies have been made about the history of this land and its people. Here are some of the best known movies set in Scotland.

  • Mrs Brown

  • Braveheart

  • Rob Roy

  • Brigadoon

  • The 39 Steps

  • Highlander

  • Trainspotting

  • The Winter Guest

  • Greyfriars Bobby (Disney)

  • Whisky Galore

  • Gregory's Girl

  • The Last King of Scotland

  • The Wicker Man

  • Dog Soldiers

Who is your favorite Scotsman? If there's one thing it's got, Scotland certainly has its fair share of well-loved actors. Sir Sean Connery, now a Hollywood legend, was once an Edinburgh milkman who delivered pints to a former colleague of mine. Ewan McGregor has become one of modern cinema's greatest stars, recently been joined by fellow Scotsman James McAvoy.

Other highly-regarded Scottish actors include Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, Trainspotting, The World is Not Enough), David Tennant (Dr Who), John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Sliding Doors, The Mummy), Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives, Mission Impossible), Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter), and Gerard Butler (The Phantom of the Opera, P.S. I Love You).

While the women are under-represented, silver-screen star Deborah Kerr (The King and I) hailed from Helensburgh. Ballerina movie star Moira Shearer, best known for The Red Shoes was from Dunfermline.

Her Majesty Mrs. brown
Her Majesty Mrs. brown

The widowed Queen Victoria retreats to her beloved Scotland where her servant John Brown becomes a trusted friend.

 

Gift Ideas for Jewelry Lovers - Precious gifts from Scotland

As an Celtic country, Scotland has both produced and inspired beautiful silver Celtic jewellery.

Brooches and cloak pins make classic gift items, or perhaps a celtic knot ring or pewter bracelet would be just the thing for someone special.

Pledge your allegiance with a Scottish themed gift - cuff links are a good choice for the man who has everything.

The beauty of the lochs

The beauty of the lochs
The beauty of the lochs

Gift Ideas for Knitters and Crafters - Scottish themed knits, crafts and scrapbooks

For making memories of your travels in Scotland, there are many Scottish-themed items you can use in your crafts. Here are some suggested themes:

  • Tartan - nothing could be more Scottish, but there are many beautiful variations you can try to keep it interesting. A simple tartan ribbon can often give an elegant and understated Scottish touch.
  • Classic symbols of Scotland - for a fun look, think Highland cows, bagpipes, the St Andrews cross, thistles and kilts.
  • Celtic theme - perfect for this ancient Celtic land.
  • Rennie Macintosh style - this beautiful theme that looks good on any project.

For knitters, use the Highlands and islands as your inspiration for projects using tweed yarns, luxurious cashmere, or Aran knits. Or try a beautiful Fair Isle design. The colors of Scotland are the purple of heather, the blue-gray of the sea, and muted greens.

Celtic designs for creative people

keek (look, glance)

midden (garbage heap)

oxter (armpit)

Gifts Ideas for Food Lovers

Scottish food gifts everyone will love!

Scotland has a rich and plentiful larder. Why not cook a loved one a meal to remember? Here some wonderful Scottish recipes to inspire a special menu.

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Starter: Cock a Leekie Soup or Scotch Broth

Main: Mince and Tatties or Pheasant Casserole

Dessert: Cranachan or Typsy Laird

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For gifts, traditional shortbread, in rounds or petticoat tails, is always a favorite. A wedge of mature Scottish cheddar cheese goes down a treat on an oatcake. Or, for a special meal, how about smoked salmon?

Highland Cow

Highland Cow
Highland Cow

Gift Ideas for Jokers

Try the Scottish sense of humor

Scotland has plenty of funny men and women to tickle your funny bones. Comedy began with vintage comedians Harry Lauder, Jack Buchanan and Jack Milroy.

Their modern counterparts continue the uniquely Scottish humor. Visit their official websites, catch them on YouTube or check out their books and DVDs as a treat for someone who loves to laugh:

Billy Connolly

Frankie Boyle

Danny Bhoy

Rhona Cameron

Did You Know: Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy began his career in Glasgow, delighting the notoriously difficult to please audience!

fair puggled (tired out)

shoogle (shake)

wifie (woman)

Gift Ideas for Art and Design Lovers - Scottish artists, architects and designers

When it comes to design, I have just one name for you, and it's the only one you'll need: Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

This Glasgow-based architect designed some of Scotland's best-loved buildings, including The Willow Tearooms in Sauchiehall Street and the Glasgow School of Art.

His timeless style of design included the use of strong right-angles and squares, often in combination with curving flower motifs.

Scottish scenery

Scottish scenery
Scottish scenery

Gift Ideas for Golfers - Scotland is the Home of Golf

It is said that the game began on the site of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, where shepherds knocked stones into rabbit holes in the 12th century. St. Andrews remains today the home of golf, with the oldest golf course in the world. The rest of Scotland enjoys many excellent golf courses (according to Golf Digest 2005, it has the most golf courses per capita of any country in the world).

A St. Andrews inspired gift makes a fitting tribute to the golfer in your life, even if Tiger Woods has little to fear from the competition!

Scottish Wedding Gifts - Capture the Highland romance

Scotland is picture perfect wedding location. Marry in a castle or an old Scottish kirk, serenaded by pipers. Indulge yourselves in the romance of the Highlands, which form a wild and ancient backdrops for your photographs. Or enjoy the elegance of a fine Edinburgh hotel, from which you can explore the capital once you've tied the knot. And what better to tie it with than a Celtic wedding band.

For couples planning a Scottish themed wedding, the right music is a must. Conjure up the misty glens with bagpipes or celtic-inspired music.

What is it that you love most about Scotland? Is there a Scottish gift that brings back memories for you?

What's YOUR favorite thing about Scotland?

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    Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

    A great lens. I really enjoyed it - I feel as though I've visited Scotland now! Thanks

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    montanatravel52 4 years ago

    What a unique and varied display of awesome "Scottish" gifts... I thoroughly enjoyed reading your page and wonderful ideas and pics, thanks!

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    CraftaholicVete 5 years ago

    The scenery is beautiful and I love the accents as well. It is a beautiful area.

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    JoshK47 5 years ago

    I love kilts! And the accents! And this lens! :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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    GreatWestern 6 years ago

    Thanks for this! Scotland is an amazing place, especially Glasgow.

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    Southernemma 6 years ago

    I love all things Scottish. Thanks for sharing!!

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    Road-Traffic-Expert 6 years ago

    As a Scotsman, currently living in the USA, I love looking at the wonderful range of products you have

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    ashroc 6 years ago

    such a great lens! I love the heather in Scotland.

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    Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

    Excellent lens. You can't really go far wrong when you think of Scottish gifts, so many great ideas. Blessed by an angel.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Wonderful lens! So many beautiful items to peruse, and such a lot of information about Scotland, too. I've always been fascinated by Scotland, and would you believe one of the things on my "To Do" list is learning to play bagpipes! (and let me just say, if Sean Connery had been MY milkman, I'd have been drinking a lot more milk!) Thanks for a great lens.

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    Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

    Aye anither gid lens here, yer a braw wee laddie wi awe this stuff. Favorite thing aboot hame is the mince and tatties made by my Maw!

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    elfingirl326 6 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE Scotland! Hope to go back again sometime soon! You have some great info. here! Keep it up!

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    Katherine Tyrrell 6 years ago from London

    A really excellent example of how to merge good content and sales modules. Well done

    Blessed by an angel

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    Newskyes 6 years ago

    Wow great Lens, much longer than i usually make them.

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

    So many beautiful suggestions! I love the jewelry and you already know I adore the Scottish scarves. My Scotland scarf travels the world with me. I wouldn't leave home without it :) I had no idea greeting meant weeping. I shall have to change my salutation to you from now on. Certainly wish for no weeping!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @KarenHC: Hope you can come and visit soon! Won't get Sean Connery delivering your milk these days but you'll love it here just the same. :)

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    Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

    I'd love to visit Scotland some day (it's on our list of places to visit) -- but in the meantime, I can make do with some of these Scottish gift ideas. My husband and I both like Celtic designs -- when he lost his first wedding ring (!) we replaced it with a ring with a Celtic design. And, oh yes, Sean Connery is quite fine!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @LisaAuch1: Thanks Lisa, so glad this made you proud to be a Scot! I think the world is fascinated by the idea of a kilt... :)

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    Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

    Don't you just feel as though you could burst with pride! We were married in Jamaica where the men wore the Kilts! What a stir they caused when we went out for the night...and they all remembered us for the rest of our holiday as "the men who wear skirts"

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @TreasuresBrenda: Oh admit it, Brenda, you like the men in kilts! ;)

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    Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

    Can I get back to you on that question???

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    mrsm54321 7 years ago

    Scotland is an amazing place but I've not been for about 15 years :( ... maybe next year.

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    JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

    I've never been there, but every picture I've seen looks beautiful!

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    Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

    The beautiful countryside.

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    ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

    Great gift ideas.

    Thanks for sharing

    Lizzy

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    KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

    My family descends from the Gunn Clan, so we have quite a few tartan items. I also love the Highlander TV series with Adrian Paul. Very nice lens... Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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    Patricia 8 years ago

    Hi great gifts. I am part Scottish. I think I told you that already....

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    ulla_hennig 8 years ago

    You make me wish I was there in Scotland - sigh! Great lens!

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    nickupton lm 8 years ago

    My best Scottish memory is drinking whiskey and eating my mother's tea cake in a bothy next to Loch Curuisk.

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    pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

    Another super lens and as I spend a lot of time visiting Scotland on Business I know you have captured some of the magic of the wonderful country. Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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    AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

    Our cousin has cattle and that Highland cow is awesome. Beautiful lens. 5 stars*****

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    Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

    Oh great, you've made me homesick for Scotland! Love all these gifts.

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    religions7 8 years ago

    Another great lens. That jewelry looks great.

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    Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

    This is an excellent lens filled with the Best of Scotland Gifts. Stornoway is our Sister City and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit there. Lensrolling to my Stornoway lens and leaving you with a blessing!

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    julieannbrady 8 years ago

    Oh my! I've got some friends who would really love some of these gifts.

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    julieannbrady 8 years ago

    Oh my! I've got some friends who would really love some of these gifts.

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    Andy 8 years ago from London, England

    I love going to Scotland, particularly the highlands, but I usually fly up to Edinburgh for the weekend, from London, or get the over-night train, then rent a car from there.