Clans of Scotland

The May ‘Clan Gathering’ WeeBox will be winging its way soon – can you find your clan?!

The Unicorn of Scotland

Did you know that the unicorn was Scotland’s national animal? The Scots had a thing for unicorns long before anyone else! While the animal is mythological, the ideals it represents are what make it a perfect fit for Scotland – proud, pure and powerful.  This month, enjoy the magic of ‘The Unicorn of Scotland’ WeeBox!

The Coming of the Unicorn

This mesmerising book by one of Scotland’s best-loved story tellers is utterly charming and brimming with mystical tales, a joy to own! 

‘Stories are something you carry with you, something to last your entire life, to be passed on to your children, and their children for evermore.’

Duncan Williamson came from a family of Travelling People, who told stories around the campfire for entertainment and for teaching. As a child, Duncan learnt the ways of the world through stories: ‘My father’s knowledge told us how to live in this world as natural human beings — not to be greedy, not to be foolish, not to be daft or selfish — by stories.’

In this collection, he passes on some of these wonderful children’s folk and fairy tales. For over sixty years Duncan travelled around Scotland — on foot, then in a horse and cart, and later an old van — collecting tales, which not only come from the Travelling People but from the crofters, farmers and shepherds he met along the way. This collection includes tales about cunning foxes and storytelling cats, hunchbacked ogres and beautiful unicorns, helpful broonies and mysterious fairies.

The ‘Unicorn of Scotland’

The unicorn and its sacred bond with Scotland is associated with Scottish heraldry.  Enjoy this bonnie picture from a stain-glass window in St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh designed by the very talented Thomas of Brave Scottish Gifts.

Golden Chains of the Scottish Unicorn 

Scottish unicorns are always portrayed with golden chains as a symbol of Scottish kings, so we’ve teamed up with Hamilton and Young to bring you your own Scottish gold chain and bonnie glass unicorn of your own!

“The Unicorn of Scotland, milk-white with gold hooves, horn and mane, has a coronet around its neck, like a collar, with a gold chain attached. It is thought that the chain was to show a great beast had been tamed to serve the king. As with most chained beasts in heraldry, its strength is emphasised rather than diminished by its shackles” 

Unicorns and Easter Rainbows 

From one of our oldest, family confectionary companies ‘Gordon & Durward’ est’d in 1925 – indulge in Scottish fudge, perfect to bring a wee piece of Scotland to your family table.

Gordon and Durward was started in 1925, the name originating from the founders Mr & Mrs Durward, Mrs Durward having the maiden name of Gordon. They sold to George and Daisy Anderson in 1947. George was known locally as Sweetie Geordie, the business continued under the careful eye of the Anderson’s son John and his wife Pamela until they retired in 1989. The Donaldson’s, a well known Crieff family, then bought the business.

Graham and Caroline Donaldson have over the past 25 years steadily expanded the business to a point were the brand of Gordon and Durward is to be found all over Scotland and England in the finest retailers. We knew when we met Graham and tasted this, we had to share it with you!

Finally, treat your feet to a soft, unicorn embrace!

For a wee giggle, we’ve included magical socks.  So put your feet up and wear your tartan Unicorn of Scotland with pride.

Happy Unicorns and Rainbows this month WeeBox Clan!

Scottish Highland Kitchen

The Highlands beg to be explored and a wonderful way to do this is through our magnificent natural larder.  This month, WeeBox brings you a wee touch of this magical land to your own kitchen with exclusively curated, stunning gifts …. so hold your breath and dive in!

‘The Scottish Food Bible’ by Lady Macdonald, of the Isle of Skye

Scottish produce is celebrated the world over, so why not create your own Scottish feast.  So, you’ve made it all the way up to the Highlands and now the question looms in your mind, what should I eat? Why not try your hand at any of these traditional Scottish recipes, all sure to be delicious and a true Scottish experience! Lady Claire Macdonald is the author of 17 best-selling cookery books, including Seasonal Cooking, The Harrods Book of Entertaining, The Claire Macdonald Cookbook and Entertaining Solo. She is an energetic Patron of Scottish Food Fortnight and The Association of Scottish Farmers’ Markets. In recognition of her contribution to Scottish food Claire was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by National Farmers’ Union in 2011 and the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.

Your own piece of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail …

Bring authentic whisky making history to your table with the iconic, depth of flavours of Scotland and White Rose Creations whisky barrel shavings.  Ideal for your BBQ or home smoker for a true Scottish experience!

Each year, thousands of barrels that have previously contained rum, sherry, port, and bourbon are shipped to Scotland to mature and flavour our iconic drink – whisky. Once they have completed this task, often decades later, the barrels are broken apart ready to be sold as firewood.

This is where White Rose Creations come in. They handpick each piece of wood, recognising its potential to become something very special.

Run by husband and wife team Ollie & Abigail Ellis, White Rose Creations is based just 5 miles from Dufftown, the Malt Whisky Capital, where they source all of their barrels.  They are ideally situated at the very heart of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail – the only trail of its kind in the world – and are privileged to be able to offer such an authentic piece of whisky making history.

The thistle – national emblem of Scotland! 

This stunning slate, thistle coaster has been lovingly hand-crafted in Ayrshire, the perfect addition to any Highland Kitchen, no matter where you are in the world!  We first met Lesley of Slated a few years ago and knew we had to share her stunning work with you! 

She was formally trained as an artist at Edinburgh College of Art where she specialised in painting, becoming a wildlife and landscape painter.

In 2014 she became fascinated with working with stone. Enlisting the help of her husband Geoff, and his amazing cutting machine, Lesley started making her first slate designs and Slated was born!

Since those early days, they have been designing and making many slate shapes for their customers worldwide.

The Highlands … spirit of Scotland at its best

And after you have created your Scottish feast, relax with a hot cuppa in your very own adorable, heilan coo mug.  Not forgetting Mrs Tilly’s traditional Scottish tablet made to a secret recipe … and relax!

WeeBox HQ had a ball meeting THE REAL Mrs Tilly at her ‘Indulgence Factory’.  As a family run business committed to producing traditional Scottish confectionery of outstanding quality, her tablet is created by hand using traditional methods.  The wonderful tablet, made to a secret recipe, has deservedly earned a great reputation for mouth-watering flavour.  They only use the finest of ingredients and this world famous award winning confectionery is for you to indulge.

WeeBox HQ hopes you love your journey to bring the Highlands to life in your own family kitchen! 

Slate Thistle by Slated!

Part of the stunning March ‘Scottish Highland Kitchen’ WeeBox – we are proud to have included this beautiful, hand-crafted piece from www.slated-gifts.co.uk

Romantic Scotland

The heather-covered hills and the breathtaking Highlands, the  haunting cry of the bagpipes and ancient poetry … Scotland is well known as one of the most romantic places on earth.  And WeeBox brings that magic a wee bit closer to you this month! 

Pen your own Scottish Romance

Scotland’s romance has stemmed from our ancient poets and writers.  Follow in their footsteps with this genuine Waverley ‘Romance tartan’ notebook and pen by Gresham Publishing, a traditional, independent Scottish book company.

‘Your face is my heart and the love of you my soul’ …. Jamie Fraser, Outlander

Look bonnie with this stunning Heilan Coo pocket mirror by quirky, Scottish designer Cherith Harrison!  We loved meeting Cherith, a true artist with a real passion for animals.  When she was 7, she rescued an injured wild baby rabbit and ever since has been fascinated by the animals and wildlife that surround us in the countryside. She successfully captures the sense of tranquillity in our wildlife and hopes that this wee coo mirror gives you a little piece of Scotland wherever you go.

A wee ‘smourich fae Scotland’

We’ve even sent you a wee ‘kiss’ or ‘smourich’ fae Scotland with the help of award-winning confectioner Sixpenny Blue, tied with the Flower of Scotland tartan!  We are only sorry we couldn’t include one of the MOST romantic things about Scotland …. our men in kilts! 

Devilishly delicious, melt in the mouth Scottish tablet, is a type of sweet crumbly fudge, but better, even if we do say so ourselves!  Lindsay from Sixpenny Blue cuts your tablet in these bonnie wee heart shapes which are just perfect for the month of love.

Heart o’ Scotland

Embossed with the WeeBox signature thistle, your purple wee heart keyring means you can always take a wee piece of Scotland with you wherever you go.  Many thousands of young lovers, writers, painters and travellers for centuries have recognised and relished the beauty, magic, mystery and altogether special tranquility of the Scottish landscape which can be summed up in the word “romantic

‘My luve is like a red, red rose’ …. Robert Burns

Finally, based on the Mary Queen of Scots wild rose, bring the scent of Scotland closer with this bonnie, red rose scented diffuser from the oldest producer of lifestyle candles in Scotland, Shearer Candles! Delicate and romantic rose petals with sandalwood, the aroma is perfect to salute the month of love. 

Enjoy your wee piece of one of the most romantic places on earth … with love from WeeBox HQ x 

A wee coo!

The incredibly talented designer Cherith Harrison brings you this adorable heilan coo – her very own design on a perfect little pocket mirror – we want!

Happy Rabbie Burns Nicht


What day of the year combines haggis, whisky and poetry with lots of fun and laughter? Burns Night of course! There is no better time of the year to toast the bard and glorious Scotland and WeeBox has all you need to host the perfect Burns Supper, wherever you are in the world!

This month, WeeBox was lucky enough to collaborate with the only Centre for Robert Burns Studies in the world (!) to work with their experts to bring you January’s WeeBox!  The Centre was established at the University of Glasgow over10 years ago and it’s mission is the development of research, scholarship and teaching in the area of Robert Burns, editing his work for the 21st century.  Take a peek at our very special ‘unboxing’ video by Dr. Pauline MacKay on our social channels, who expertly brings your WeeBox to life!

The first Burns supper was held in July 1801 when nine of Burns’ close friends got together to mark the fifth anniversary of their friend’s death. Taking place at Burns Cottage in Alloway, the night included haggis, of course, performances of Burns’ work and a speech in honour of the great Bard (now known as the Immortal Memory). The night was such a resounding success they decided to hold it again (this time in honour of Rabbie’s birthday), beginning the tradition we still enjoy to this day.

‘The Burns Supper, a concise history’ book is hot off the press and we have it exclusively for you before anyone else! Clark McGinn is also a PhD graduate of the University and this book comes highly recommended.  Spanning the history of the phenomenon, from the year of its creation in 1801 to the present day, this book offers you everything you need to know about the Burns Supper, and the poet for whom it is held every year. From the origins of the custom to its modern day interpretations, from the rituals and traditions to the fun and fellowship, this first full-length study of the unique annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet answers every question you can think of, along with every one you can’t.

The perfect Burns Supper is all about setting the scene.  So, lay your Scottish table with these bonnie Burns napkins and hang your stunning stained glass window art of the man himself – gie the Bard pride a‘ place!  

Now to the feast – traditional haggis, neeps and tatties are a must! But as we cannae send you the real haggis, enjoy Mackie’s haggis and black pepper crisps! Try to be believed, perfectly ‘paired’ with Talikser (the single malt from the Isle of Skye) with its smokiness – not for the faint of hearts! The Mackie’s Crisps story goes back many years… to when the Taylor family began farming in Perthshire in 1927, to them teaming up with Mackie’s of Scotland in 2009, and beyond.

   Selkirk Grace

Some hae meat and canna eat, 

   And some wad eat that want it; 

But we hae meat, and we can eat, 

   Sae let the Lord be thankit.

Finally, don yer best tartan or kilt and to add a wee special touch with this exclusive Hamilton & Young Edinburgh jeweller’s necklace, bearing the Bard’s famous ‘Auld Lang Syne’ for the sing-song and remember to gie it laldie!

“Happy Rabbie Burns Nicht 2019” from all at WeeBox HQ! 


Scottish Winter Festivals – Hogmanay!


Only one nation can celebrate New Year, or Hogmanay with such passion – the Scots! Hogmanay celebrations are legendary across the globe and WeeBox has everything you need to ‘first foot’ like a real Scot …… wherever you are in the world!   

So, what is ‘first footing’? Superstition dating back to Viking days has it, that whoever comes through yer door first on Hogmanay can bring good or bad luck.  A tall, dark haired man is very good luck .. but a big, blonde Viking stranger arriving on yer doorstep spelled trouble! ‘First footing’ is still common in Scotland, so have a wee read below to see how its done!

WeeBox wishes you and yer kin a Happy Hogmanay and “lang may yer lum reek!”

What’s in your WeeBox?

Imagine cookin’ up yer winter feasts in this unashamedly, tartan kilt apron! Braw fun, this luxury apron is perfect for your Scottish Winter Festivals and celebrating Hogmanay.

‘First footing’, or visiting after midnight, is still common in Scotland.  So set off on Hogmanay and bring your host the traditional Scottish gifts of a bag o’coal (to warm your host’s fire) and Dalgetty Scotch Black Bun (to toast good food all year).

The Hogmanay bells have struck midnight, so join in the legendary Scottish sing-a-long of ‘Auld Lang Syne’.  

Auld Lang Syne is a song which thrilled the soul of Robert Burns in the 1780s, and today has become an anthem sung the world over at New Year, evoking a sense of belonging and fellowship, tinged with nostalgia. In 1788 the Robert Burns sent the poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to the Scots Musical Museum, indicating that it was an ancient song but that he’d been the first to record it on paper. The phrase ‘auld lang syne’ roughly translates as ‘for old times’ sake’, and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.  Enjoy yer exclusively designed picture by Brave Scottish Gifts, and remember to gie it laldie! 

No Hogmanay is compete without a wee dram! In days gone by, whisky makers believed angels came down and took a small amount of whisky from the casks before bottling, romantically called “The Angels’ Share”. We are proud to bring you a little piece of this magic.  Lovingly crafted by hand, this is the ‘whisky dropper’ used across Scotland to add just the right amount of water to your wee dram! Perfect for your Scottish Winter Festivities ahead – Slàinte WeeBox Clan!

A Traditional Scottish Christmas

An old fashioned, Scottish Christmas ….. that’s what we are wishing you with a WeeBox brimming with Scottish Christmas joy! Yer November WeeBox has everything you need to bring Scottish traditions to yer family celebrations, deck yer halls and create memories to last a lifetime. 

Yer Christmas ‘coo’ messages* (*shopping)

It’s the busiest time of the year! Yer rushed aff yer feet wi’all the Christmas shoppin’, so we hope yer very own wee Highland coo bag will help. Which design did you get?!

Numpty, Coorie, Jiggin’!

While yer cooking up a Christmas feast, bring a touch of festive, red tartan and some our most beloved Scots words to yer family kitchen with this Scots dictionary teatowel!

O’ yon Christmas Tree!

Trim yer tree with one of these bonnie tree decorations to evoke memories of Scotland! Which one did you get?! 

‘Coorie in’* on long, winter nights … (*get snug/cosy”)

While the hours away as ye delve into Scotland’s past and a bygone era.  This vintage 100 piece jigsaw is perfect for those long, winter nights dreaming of Scotland.  

Indulge … in the essence of Scottish Christmas

Decorated trees, snowmen, mince pies – there are some things that just define a Scottish Christmas! Mince pies somehow hold the very essence of Christmas in their crust … and WeeBox brings you the best!  Alex Dalgetty & Sons, award winning 5th generation family bakers, have created these luxurious mince pies made with brandy, using original recipes from the 1880’s at their bakery in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Eat yours warm or cold, with cream or not …. but certainly by a fire with a wee dram. 

If this just isn’t enough Scottish joy, here are our WeeBox HQ top 5 tips for a very, merry Scottish Christmas:

  1. Choose a Scottish Christmas card design with a stag or adorable heilan coo! Did you know: Christmas cards are said to be invented in Edinburgh in the mid-nineteenth century?
  2. Deck yer halls with tartan! From yon Christmas tree to yer festive table, Royal Stewart red tartan is always a bonnie choice at this time of year
  3. Gie yer guests a treat and stuff yer turkey with the best haggis you can buy!  Haggis has been eaten by Scots since the 15th century and is a braw alternative to traditional stuffing. It adds that touch of Scotland to your Christmas feast and helps to keep the turkey delicious and moist
  4. In Scotland, the bairns and granny’s alike will be watching Christmas TV favourites like Scotch & Wry, The Snowman (of Irn Bru advert fame!) and Still Game … why not gie them a try with a wee mince pie and cuppa
  5. Finally, a wee dram of yer finest whisky next to the fire is a must for any Scot on Christmas nicht! Slainte!

WeeBox wishes you and your kin a very Merry, Scottish Christmas…..  wherever you are!

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