Scottish Gift Ideas

When thinking of Scottish gift ideas and souvenirs, most of us would think of Scottish tartan. To most of the people tartan is just a fabric, but it has in fact been proud part of Scottish history and culture for generations and anyone who originates from there will know that there is a fascinating and fascinating story behind it. It started off when the Act of Proscription was brought out to make it illegal for Scots to wear tartan, including kilts and their highland dress. This was done to try and control the warrior clans by dissipating the Gaelic culture. Luckily, in 1782 along came King George III who made it legal once again. To a true Scotsman, tartan is a symbol of tradition and pride as well as historical battles.


Tartan can be found in many designs; there are all kinds of colours and patterns. Depending on what clan you belonged to, was the colour and pattern of your tartan design. Each clan has their own unique pattern of tartan and this is what identifies them from each other.

Most commonly tartan comes as a woollen blanket or a kilt. Anyone who has been to Scotland will know there are plenty of other items to be found covered in tartan designs. Some of these include hats and scarves, biscuit tins and notebooks and even teddy bears.

If you are touring around Scotland, you will find plenty of Scottish souvenirs and gifts that can be taken home for family and friends. Each city will have its own sole character and a large choice of shopping areas to choose from. Visit Glasgow and you will find designer items at Princes Square mall and a range of excellent Scottish souvenirs and crafts all over the city.

Once you get to Edinburgh there is a far different feel to the city. The designer shops can be found in Princes Street along with the department stores, some have been established for years. Stroll down to Georges Street with its boutiques stores or turn to The Grass market area and Victoria Street where you’ll find some great Scottish gift ideas.

If it is tartan you are looking for, then Leith is where Kinloch Anderson, manufacturers and retailers of the highland dress, have been established for over a century. You can find them in Leith where they have a great range of tartan on offer.

The Scots are well known travelers and due to this sense of adventure have settled in many different countries all over the world. Many have travelled and then settled in America, Asia or Europe and had families. Scotland remains, however, their first home and where their roots are. If you are buying a gift for someone from this beautiful land then why not choose something that will make them think of home and be greatly appreciated?

Look online for ideas and Scottish gifts and souvenirs for those homesick family members and friends. You will discover all sorts of amusing items, traditional Scottish products and souvenirs that can wake up tender memories of home. From the traditional Scottish items to novelty products, cheap or a higher quality, you should find something that will appeal. Buy direct online and have them delivered straight to your home. Online you can find anything from confectionary, glassware, t-shirts, stationery items or toys, even a national flag to fly from your home to proudly show everyone that you are a proud Scot.

All in all, you will find all types of Scottish gifts. If you are on the look for a novelty or fun item, try a musical see you jimmy’ hat complete with orange hair. It will play a rendition of Scotland’s favorite anthem, Scotland the Brave. If food is your preference, then try traditional Edinburgh Rock or Scottish Tablet to bring memories flooding back.

Popular items are clothing and flags or towels ideal for the beach or at home. Or write your letters home on a writing set complete with tartan trimmed notepads and a tartan pen magnificently presented in a presentation box.

Check online for novelty Scottish gifts for all ages and you are sure to find a wide choice of souvenirs and gifts.