Scottish Craft Focus: Christmas Gift Guide (& GIVEAWAY)

AHHHH!! CHRISTMAS IS HERE!! I’ve been wanting to put up my tree for weeks but since it’s my birthday soon, I’ll wait till after that. I’m definitely in the festive mood though and already munching my way through a ridiculous amount of mince pies. Oops. Anyway, I’ve decided to produce three Christmas Gift Guides this year and this is my first instalment.  If you read my blog, you’ll know how passionate I am about supporting Scottish crafters so I’ve picked out a few of my favourite items (some of which I’ve been using myself) that I think would make perfect gifts this year. I strongly recommend reading this post with a cup of gingerbread chai tea and a mince pie just to get you in the festive mood.

Unique Creations

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I can’t even think back to a Christmas that I haven;t been giving or receiving soaps/bath bombs – they are just a Christmas staple! My favourite this year comes from Unique Creations at the very reasonable price of £12.00. The set itself is beautifully presented in a box, all wrapped and ready to go. And the products themselves? They smell as good as they look.

psx_20161122_125134Unique Creations can customise each box to suit your fragrance preferences (they have so many fragrances to offer, including their best-selling whisky soap which I need to get my hands on next). My snowflake shaped soap pictured above is Japanese Cherry Blossom – one of my favourites. The bath bomb was so good – lots of fizzing action and the warming scent of patchouli, vanilla and sandalwood filled the bathroom. Utter bliss.

I’ll be featuring a full interview with Unique Creations on my blog very soon but I honestly can’t recommend this set enough – it’s beautiful.  I’ve had so many compliments from people who have spotted the soaps in my bathroom who love them even more themselves once they’ve tried them out. If you’re shopping for a soap/bath bomb lover this Christmas, you really can’t go wrong with this box of goodies.

The Beauty Apothecarist

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I’m telling you – The Beauty Apothecarist can do no wrong in my eyes! If you haven’t already read my review of their face masks it’s definitely worth a read because they too would make great gifts for anyone who loves their skincare and looking to try organic, natural products. However, the product I HAD to include in this post is their Gingerbread Sugar Scrub. (£8.00).

img_20161122_124840If there was ever a body scrub made for Christmas, this is it. It smells exactly like warm gingerbread men who just popped out the oven! ‘I’ve been using this scrub myself as a body scrub and it’s quickly become my new favourite.  It’s great for removing dead skin cells and leaves my skin feeling oh so soft (even Mr Blues commented!). At £8.00 I think this is a complete bargain that any beauty lover would like to wake up to on Christmas Day. Oh, and The Beauty Apothecarist also offers  a free gift wrapping service and free UK Mainland delivery. They really are the gift that keeps on giving.

Jessica Stafford Cameron

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One of my favourite items in this guide is The Tale of Jessie the Highland Cow Colouring Book (£4.99) by Ray Cameron & Jessica Stafford Cameron. I myself have an obsession with highland cows (along with hedgehogs) and think this would make a great gift for children of all ages this Christmas. Not only can they follow Jessie on her adventures over and over again, they can be creative colouring in each of the illustrations.  I’ve been enjoying colouring in my copy – what do you think?!

img_1057As well as The Tale of Jessie the Highland Cow, other titles are available including Harry the Hairy Hamster. It’s also worth noting a range of their books (complete with coloured illustrations)  are available in German and even though I can’t speak a word of German, I really want Harry der haarige Hamster (just in case any of my friends or family stumble across this post, haha). So if you’ve got a budding artist on your hands who enjoys bedtime stories, these books tick all the boxes (and they’re an absolute bargain!).

You can order the books on Amazon and see more of Jessica’s work on Etsy where she offers free UK Mainland delivery.

Crafta La Vista

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Sticking on the theme of encouraging children to be creative, I had to include this Christmas t-shirt (£20.00) from Craft La Vista – it’s adorable! When I was a child (back in the days I believed in Santa), I would spend hours colouring in a picture to put under the tree next to his glass of milk and cookies. My mum has always given us little gifts on Christmas Eve and I wish this had been one of them. What could be more fun that colouring in your own elf t-shirt for the big day ahead?

colouringboxChristmas Eve boxes have become huge and I think this one of the best alternatives out there. Each of these 100% cotton t-shirts comes in a box containing six fabric pens that easily fits through the letterbox (always a bonus!). I just think this would make a fun, unique Christmas Eve gift to keep the kids entertained whilst the turkey is being stuffed, potatoes peeled and Santa sets about wrapping those final gifts. And it gives children the chance to wear their very own creations on Christmas Day.

Wee Bobbins

I first discovered Wee Bobbins when I was looking for Christmas gifts for those budding crafters out there. My gran loved knitting, cross stitching and crochet and as much as she tried to teach me her craft, I wasn’t exactly the best student! Over the years, I’ve become a lot letter and I  find cross stitching so therapeutic.

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There ‘s a  good range of cross stitching kits available but the one that really caught my eye was John Clayton’s Christmas Toy Shop(£29.99) which I fell in love with – it’s the prettiest Christmas scene. Each kit comes with everything you need: Zweigart fabric, charts, instructions, needle and DWC stranded cottons. My gran would have loved  this. What I really like is that once you have completed the design, it’s something you can put on display every Christmas, showing off your cross stitching talent!

A little birdie also told me that on Black Friday (November 25th) they are offering 25% off everything on their website – woohoo!!

Framed Scrabble Art

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I was spending far too much time playing Words with Friends ; so much so that I had to delete the app so I could actually get things done. Scrabble has always been one of my favourite board games (alongside Monopoly, as long as I’m the banker, haha) and I think these boxed frames from Framed Scrabble Art would make a beautiful gift for any Scrabble fan like myself.

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You can contact Framed Scrabble Art for bespoke, personalised orders but two of my personal favourites are their Christmas Noel Joy Love(£19.99) and Family Tree (£24.99).  I’m always drawn towards with anything with stars so I have a soft sport for Christmas Noel Joy Love. If you’re celebrating an extra special Christmas (maybe it’s a baby’s first Christmas or you’re first Christmas together as a married couple), this is a gift you can treasure forever and for that reason, I had to feature these in this post (Christmas really brings out the soppy side of me, which Mr Blues will testify to!).

Unique Designs by Spike

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Last but by no means least in my first Christmas Gift Guide this year is Unique Designs by Spike. I first discovered Angela’s creations on Facebook and I instantly thought of my sister, who loves her chocolate lab Bailey plastered across cushions, bags, coasters…you get the picture. I personally find printed images of pets on items a little bit tacky (sorry sis!) so when I found Angela’s page, I couldn’t wait to show my sister.

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Based in the heart of the Scottish borders, Angela creates 100% uniquely designed, handcrafted bags and accessories from a wide range of fabrics including Harris tweed, tartan, cashmere and vintage/locally produced wool. I think her bags are adorable and I know so many dog lovers – like my sister – who would love to wake up to one of these on Christmas morning.  And as for me, well I can never resist a new bag!

I’ve teamed up with some of the crafters featured in this post to offer you the chance to win a bundle of my favourite Christmas goodies from Scottish crafters  to try yourself (not all the items shown here but a great selection!). As well as this, I’ll also be including a few treats that I’ve bought from my own pocket to say a huge thank you for supporting my blog. I can’t even begin to explain how much it means to me and I’m so grateful for every comment, message, share and like. Thank you so much!

You can enter via the Rafflecopter below (sadly it’s UK only – sorry!) and one winner will contacted when the competition closes on 15th December.  The winner has 48 hours to provide an address or another well be selected.  Prize package will be posted via recorded delivery and ^fingers crossed* it arrives just in time for Christmas.

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What are you hoping to find under the tree from Santa this year?

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