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Traditional Scottish Themed Gifts

Updated on October 3, 2014

Great Scottish Gift Ideas

It's different, but I have had great success in giving Scottish Themed Gifts to friends and family. Unique Scottish gifts are always a talking point. Always brings a smile. Always appreciated. Perhaps you have visited on holiday? Perhaps you have Scottish heritage? Perhaps you simply like the appeal of Scottish themed gifts? There is no shortage of quality crafted items made by traditional methods. Buy from a reputable trader and you will be pleased to be assured that the gift you are giving is unique and original in idea.

Become A Scottish Laird or Lady

You really can become a Laird or a Lady with this gift. I received one from my husband as a gift and I have the Title of "Lady" and a small square of land in Scotland I could visit. I should insist my husband calls me 'Lady Cara' all the time.

How pleased would you or your friends be if they received their own Title and their little piece of Scotland.

A wonderful gift for birthday or unique present for that special couple.

So many different ideas - This is a Traditional Scottish Hip Flask

For carrying a small drink. Traditionally whisky, of course.

Hip flasks were originally made from sterling silver or pewter. In modern times they tend to be made from stainless steel.

Traditionally a hip flask fell under the domain of the gentry. These days they are often given to groomsmen as presents. I know my father-in-law enjoys a dram when he's out walking on the hills, for medicinal purposes only he tells me.

Hip flasks can be used to store whatever tipple takes your fancy. Whisky for warming up your coffee perhaps. An ideal size for putting into your sporran or jacket pocket.

Quaich

Want to impress someone with a totally genuine Scottish gift, then you could do no better than a Quaich. Quaich is a gaelic word for cup. A fantastic representation of the traditional two handled drinking cup. Used for formal toasting (ie Burns Night) or reliving a casual authentic scottish feel.

Of course, many Quaichs are decorated in gaelic style carving and make a brilliant collectors item too.Great gift idea for a wedding present, christening gift or that special birthday.

Get some inspiration for Scottish Quaich ideas and designs

Designs could be Celtic or contemporary. There are even crystal Quaichs

Kilt Pin

There is nothing quite as quintessential as the traditional Scottish Kilt Pin. Not only a practical element of any kilt wearer, but also a brilliant keep-sake or collectors item. My family possess several different designs and depending on the occasion can suit any taste. Not too expensive either for that 'different' gift.

The kilt pin is traditionally worn on the lower corner of the outside part of your kilt. This is to weight the kilt down and save the front apron blowing up in wind. The kilt pin is not used to join the lower and upper parts of the kilt.

Here are some fantastic ideas for Scottish kit pin suggestions

Not only practical Scottish atire, but also great authentic gifts.

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Scottish Shortbread

Shortbread is a crumbly sweet biscuit, easy to bake and enjoyed by many. It is traditionally eaten at Hogmany (Scottish New Year), although in most households it is eaten all year around.

If you haven't time to make your own shorbread, try some of the shortbreads below as a shortcut, they taste just as nice. You can buy shortbreads fingers or shortbread rounds.

Whisky or Whiskey?

Did you know......

It's Scottish Whisky! (derived from the Gaelic word uisce|uisge meaning water).

It's Irish Whiskey!

Other nations do produce a form of whisky/whiskey.... but..... it's the water that makes the 'experience' and it's the Scottish or Irish water that will always win.

How about investing in a bottle of whisky!

Now this is a good idea!

There are many places on the web to buy whisky, so why not order a specific bottle with that special year on the label.

We have done this several times as special gifts for friends, particularly different for a wedding gift or to mark a special occasion like a 21st birthday, a retirement gift or perhaps a milestone anniversary. Yes! It can be a good investment too. Distilleries bring out special editions or perhaps a famous distillery has closed and the remaining bonded stock rockets in value.

Perhaps a specific distillery shares your family name!

We have done this for our children. Just hope it's taken for the special purpose in the years to come and not gobbled as just another drink.

Scottish Whisky

A wee dram to wind down in the evening. Goes wonderfully well with a piece of shorbread. Remember different whiskies have different tastes so you may have to try several to find a favourite.

Scottish Whisky, has to be distilled in Scotland by law for a minimum of 3 years in oak casks. A Single Malt will usually be 8 year, 12 year or more in casks before being bottled. Whisky only matures in the cask, not once bottled.

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Always drink responsibly.

Speyside Whisky

As you may be aware, whisky from different areas of Scotland vary enormously in taste. My husband rather likes a single malt scotch whisky such as a Glenfiddich. Single malt scotch whisky has to be made exclusively from malted barley, it has to be distilled using a pot still, and must be left to age for at least three years in oak casks. Many of the better scotch whiskies are left to mature for a lot more than 3 years.The size of the oak casks must not exceed a capacity of 700 litres.

Like the idea of playing the bagpipes?

When played well, the bagpipes are a beautiful instrument to listen to. And nothing gets the blood stirred like the sounds of the mass pipes and drums playing traditional tunes.

However, to start that life-long opportunity, it best to learn on the pre-bagpipe training instrument, the traditional Scottish Chanter. A beautiful instrument in its own right.

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    • Stephanie36 profile image

      Stephanie 

      4 years ago from Canada

      There's some really cool ideas here. I'm half Scottish so I always find Scottish themed things interesting. :)

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      Giovanna 

      4 years ago from Perth UK

      I love your lens. I really fancy a wee dram now!

    • DeeDeeGee LM profile image

      DeeDeeGee LM 

      4 years ago

      Great ideas thanks.

      I am of Scottish descent and my surname is Scottish so one of the presents I get for my family is something with my family tartan on it.

      I bought my daughter a scarf in our tartan when I was last in Edinburgh and she loves it (We live in Spain).

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      Mr-Squidoo-Review 

      4 years ago

      Fantastic Souvenirs. Makes Me Proud To Be A Scotsman

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      4 years ago

      @shellys-space: Thank you. Very traditional!

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      Shelly Sellers 

      4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Love the Celtic print bowls you have showcased!

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      chrisilouwho 

      4 years ago

      great list, thanks

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      Bellezza-Decor 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Lots of great gift choices for the Scotsmen!

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      Dusty2 LM 

      4 years ago

      WoW! Awesome Scottish gifts. Dad would enjoy, and me, some of these great gifts. You have given me some more good ideas which I really appreciate you sharing. Thank You again, CaraShops!

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      tinac4242 

      5 years ago

      Now I have some great ideas for the holidays. Thanks.

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      Mary Stephenson 

      5 years ago from California

      Never knew the pin was used for keeping things from blowing in the wind. Shortbread sounds good, love that stuff.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Blonde Blythe: Thank you.

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      Blonde Blythe 

      5 years ago from U.S.A.

      Very unique and thoughtful gifts--definite attention grabbers!

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @takkhisa: That sounds a great idea!

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      Takkhis 

      5 years ago

      Indeed there are so many traditional Scottish themed gifts! I would like to collect some of these :)

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      Route27 

      5 years ago

      That is a lot of great gift ideas. I know plenty of people who would like one of these items especially the flasks:)

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, that's very kind of you!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Now I only have 20 squidlikes I have to be more selective so you've got one, at least lol. love the whisky.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @uneasywriter lm: Thank you, I agree with you. For a small country it is rich in history.

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      uneasywriter lm 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge! I find Scottish history fascinating!

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Swisstoons: Would that be with or without ice?

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      What, no Laphroaig?? I'll wait if you want to run out and get some. :)

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      LindaSueAllison 

      5 years ago

      Walker Shortbreads are the greatest cookies in the world. I used to eat one every day for lunch! So buttery and yummy. Great lens.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @graphite75: That sounds lovely!

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      Tom 

      5 years ago

      Great lens. You can go wrong with a good single malt scotch. I just had some 12yr old Glennfidich the other week.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @MarcellaCarlton: Thank you.

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      MarcellaCarlton 

      5 years ago

      What a fun and interesting lens you have put together here.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Great lens, my dad is Scottish so will make use of these ideas!

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @cmadden: Thank you.

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      cmadden 

      5 years ago

      Interesting and unusual ideas.

    • kabbalah lm profile image

      kabbalah lm 

      5 years ago

      I like the Whiskey glasses. I need to order some

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @applejacking: I agree, it can be a nice "safe" option if you're not sure what to buy someone.

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      applejacking 

      5 years ago

      Kilt Pin seems good for every Brave Heart knight lovers.

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      Deborah Carr 

      5 years ago from Orange County, California

      My husband's family has a Scottish background. They would love some of these gifts!

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @MifuneGoon: Ideal for someone with a fun sense of humor.

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      MifuneGoon 

      5 years ago

      Great ideas! My favorites were the kilt towels.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @CyclistLiam: We're rather partial to a Glenfiddich in our house.

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      CyclistLiam 

      5 years ago

      Nice ideas- I've always loved the food on my trips over the border so maybe some scottish recipe books might be up someones street?

      Would have loved to have seen a better whisky selection- I know Americans love their Johnie Walker but a real gift would maybe be a nice Islay or something from a relatively remote Island.

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      MikeRobbers LM 

      5 years ago

      I love Scotland and Great Britain in general :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! I didn't knew there were so many Schottish themed gifts :) Thumbs up!

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      Thamisgith 

      5 years ago

      Cool lens. Blessed.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      nice lens

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      Very nice, and rather unexpected, gift ideas!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping to look and click at my lenses

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      TTMall 

      6 years ago

      It looks very helpful. Thank you very much!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 

      6 years ago

      Cool gift ideas.

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      sojourner-1 

      6 years ago

      I know a person or two that would enjoy a flask for the holidays!

      Great lens.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Great ideas; we love Scotland.

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      Cara 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: What an honour. Thank you so much. This is truly an inspiration. Here's to another 1200!!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      This is my 1200th squidlike am happy this lens got it. :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Great gift ideas... Cheers!

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      Love the Christmas cards.

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      pinkrenegade lm 

      6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this lens. Thanks.

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      pinkrenegade lm 

      6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this lens. Thanks.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      6 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: Thank you, your comments are really appreciated.

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      flycatcherrr 

      6 years ago

      @Carashops: I like it. :-)

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      6 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: Absolutely, I was given one as a gift for Christmas and now my husband has to call me Lady Cara Of The Idle Rich (if only). Could be interesting booking a 'good' restaurant table.

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      flycatcherrr 

      6 years ago

      It would be great fun to have a "title" and swank it up a bit. :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, that's very kind of you.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      More of the same. I never thought of Scotland gifts. Good ideas

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      6 years ago

      @HughSmulders LM: Yes, I've got tartan blood. Glad you enjoyed the lens.

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      HughSmulders LM 

      6 years ago

      Great lens! Seems like you are Scottish. Are you?)

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      6 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Thank you very much, this is a subject I hope to expand on.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      These are very attractive gift ideas and I have a Scottish ancestry so they appeal to me very much.

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