Supporting Small Scotland: No. 4: We are Brave

May the 4th be with you! And welcome to the 4th edition of ‘Support Small Scotland’ where we shine a light on our wonderful Scottish artisans in these unprecedented times.

This week we are proud to feature Thomas and Brave Scottish Gifts!  We approached Thomas back in 2016 to be part of our New York launch showcased at the St. Andrew’s Society 260th Banquet to salute St. Andrew’s Day. 

The rest is history and Thomas continues to be a braw part of the WeeBox family of artisans to this day.

“I’m delighted to have been asked to be there at the very beginning and still as happy being asked to design and make bespoke products to this day for WeeBox. 

Brave Scottish Gifts make original, unique and funny Scottish gifts and t-shirts.  Since I was a bairn, I have been obsessed with our wee country – inspired by pop culture, our scenery, history and wildlife and aim to bring you modern Scottish gifts.  

To celebrate our 10th birthday we are proud to announce our support of CHAS, a very special Scottish charity that cares for children with life-shortening conditions.  In these times, more than ever they need our support. 

That is why we are donating £5 from every t-shirt sale and 20% from all other products in our GALAXY range for the full month of May.

Take a peek here at our Galaxy range :

https://bravescottishgifts.com/unique-funny-original-scottish-t-shirts-brave-scottish-gifts?category=Galaxy%20for%20CHAS

We hope everyone is staying safe and thank you for supporting us and all the WeeBox artisans at this time”

Thomas, owner and Founder of Brave Scottish Gifts.

Ewan McGregor, proud Scot, CHAS Ambassador and Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenob wearing Brave’s Galaxy t-shirt

✨Thank you for supporting Thomas by liking and following his pages✨

📣Facebook: @BraveScottishGifts

📣Twitter: @BraveScotGifts

📣 Instagram: @BraveScottishGifts

🛍Shop at www.bravescottishgifts.com

Supporting Small Scotland: No. 3: Kevin Hunter, Scottish Artist


Welcome to the 3rd in the “Support Small Scotland” Series where we salute our local, Scottish suppliers and support in these challenging times. 

This week we are proud to feature acclaimed Scottish artist, Kevin Hunter who is featured in our May ‘Outlander-inspired’ WeeBox and recently auctioned his work to raise £1,500 for the NHS! 

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with WeeBox since the beginning and it’s been a real delight. Not only to see my artworks travel all around the world as part of the Clan but Amy and the team are just a joy to work with. Like most Scots, I am very proud of our country and its beautiful scenery so to know my painted versions of the landscapes are landing in many homes around the globe along with many other great Scottish artisans is just amazing.” Kevin 

Kevin is currently working on many commission requests and also is launching a new square format of artwork, perfect for overseas shipping!

✨Thank you for supporting Kevin by liking and following his pages✨

📣Facebook: @kevinhunterScottishArtist 

📣Twitter: @kevinhunterART 

📣Instagram: @kevinhunterartist 

🛍 Sign up for Kevin’s newsletter www.kevinhunterartgallery.com 

Supporting Small Scotland – No.2: Shearer Candles

Welcome to the 2nd in our “Support Small Scotland” Series!  We are proud to bring you Shearer Candles, Scotland’s oldest purveyors of artisan candles, lighting up lives for generations and featured in May’s “Outlander-inspired” WeeBox.

“Shearer Candles has been working with WeeBox since the very beginning and it’s been a joy to connect with the global WeeBox Clan, to see the happiness that WeeBox and our candles bring.  

Our scents are carefully created to connect you with Scotland, evoking a journey and transporting you through the powerful sense of smell.  We’ve worked in partnership with Amy to create bespoke candles to fit perfectly with that month’s theme and are really proud of our brand new ‘Sassenach’ candle, inspired by the love letter to Scotland that is Outlander.  

We hope you love it as much as we do and thank you for supporting us and all of the other Scottish artisan suppliers that get inside WeeBox, especially in these very challenging times” Stephanie Barnett, Head of Product Development

Featured in the lead photograph is Victoria (Retail Manager), Rosie (Scent Specialist) & Stephanie (Head of Product Development)

🎉To say ‘thank you’, the team at Shearer Candles would also like to offer you a wee discount 🎉

Use DISCOUNT CODE: WEEBOX15 for 15% any order (including international)

Use DISCOUNT CODE: SHIP4FREE for FREE UK shipping on orders over £15!

✨Please support Stephanie and the team by following and liking Shearer Candles✨

📣Facebook: @ShearerCandles

📣Twitter: @ShearerCandles

📣Instagram: @ShearerCandles 

🛍 Sign up for their newsletter www.shearer-candles.com

Scotland Forever!

We are proud to bring you the APRIL ‘Alba gu bràth’ or ‘Scotland Forever’ WeeBox!

This WeeBox salutes all that makes Scotland glorious – unicorns, tartan, Scottie dogs, shortbread and not to mention the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath! We hope you love it as much as we do!

“As long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.” From The Declaration of Arbroath 1320.

The 6th April 2020, marks the 700th anniversary of one of Scotland’s most important historical artefacts.  But what was the Declaration of Arbroath? Who wrote it and why?  For Freedom Alone” The Declaration of Arbroath, curated as part of your April WeeBox, is a fascinating book perfect for exploring the history and significance which the US Senate have claimed the US Declaration of Independence was modelled on.  

The Declaration of Arbroath was a letter from the Barons of Scotland to the Pope, demanding freedom for their nation and recognition for King Robert the Bruce.  The letter was worded skilfully, forcefully and with some elaboration. But its message was straightforward: we must be recognised as an independent country with its own legitimate king.

April this year also sees the 1st ever ‘Virtual Tartan Week’ and as part of the celebrations WeeBox Founder, Amy McCusker, was asked to be part of the braw ScotWeek broadcast line up!  A day long series of podcasts where the ScotWeek team salutes glorious Scotland with an array of inspirational speakers, performers and interviews – in case you missed the excitement, you can take a peek here:  https://scotweek.org/news/virtual-tartan-day-2020-a-resounding-success/ 

Alba gu bràth WeeBox Clan!

Supporting Small Scotland – No. 1: Scottish Sea Glass

Welcome to the 1st in our ‘Supporting Small Scotland’ Series as part of ‘Lifting the Lid’ on WeeBox!

Supporting our local, Scottish artisans at this time has never been more important! Your support of WeeBox lets us support them! Here’s our 1st in the ‘Support Small Scotland’ series with Gaynor owner of Scottish Sea Glass, featured in the May ‘Outlander-inspired’ WeeBox

“I am so delighted to have my work included in this month’s ‘Outlander-inspired’ WeeBox.

The struggles and beauty captured in the Outlander story, highlights the strength, bravery, determination, authentic nature and proud character of the Scottish people. I feel these are qualities which are captured in the sea glass I collect and use in my work. The sea glass I gather has been broken and beaten down by the Scottish sea over the years. Never-the-less with time, determination, strength and patience it rises to the shoreline no longer beaten or broken…..but with a natural, unique and magical character all of its own. Just like the Scottish clansmen and woman in Outlander, the true beauty of sea glass lies in the history, the struggles and the strength it endured to become the wonderful creation it is today.

In these unique and challenging times we are all experiencing from Scotland to North America and throughout our world, remember this…..
Even the bottle, thrown away, then broken by the forces of the currents and tides, finally returns to us in time as beautifully shaped treasures. Folk then by chance or mindfully see the broken glass’s worth and take pleasure to pause and admire its quiet beauty. The process may be scary and harsh for the bottle – but the results can be wondrous. I hope you stay safe and calm during these times of change and find time to admire the small beauties this world has to offer.” Gaynor

💜🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Please support Gaynor by following and liking her pages🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿💜

📣Facebook: @Scottish Sea Glass – Sea Glass Jewellery
📣Twitter: @Scottishseaglas
📣Instagram: @Scottishseaglass_
🛍Website: Scottishseaglass.co.uk

Your WeeBox Clan Heroes

Thank you everyone who has nominated their loved ones as heroes! We have truly been moved and inspired by your stories – we just wish we could give a WeeBox to each and every one of them.

Nurses, health care workers, grocery store staff, a granny celebrating her 80th, doctors, pharmacists, children’s hospital workers and best friends – just some of your heroes that we are delighted to honour!

It has been so hard to choose 10, so in recognition of your heroes, we have doubled the amount of Scottish happiness we will share – sending 20 heroes selected a special WeeBox, shipping next week.

Congratulations to all, your heroes will be receiving Scottish happiness: 

Pamela Boyd Shield

@Meliss5670

Donna Travis

Amy McCollister McDaniel

Alexa Janelle

Michelle Gregan

Shelly Penberthy

Julie Paul

Donna Wither

Vicki Ma

Janine Thatcher Duncan

Steffie Bambi Hill

Christina Reeves 

Kathie Crowther

Lisa Cody Durant

Courtney Wright

Jen Prier Klimack

Lynn Shipley

Trina Marie 

Please email your heroes full name and postal address to us at [email protected] by close of play Sunday 5th April and we will do the rest!

Take care and stay safe WeeBox Clan 🙏💜🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

WeeBox joins LA’s Scots Stars for the braw Burns Bash!

If ever there is a Burns Supper to be at, this is most definitely the one!

WeeBox was honoured to be part of the annual Burns Bash LA to raise finds for Bafta LA’s Scottish Scholarships which provides financial support to Scottish students studying the creative arts in the US.

The star-studded event to toast the Bard, Robert Burns was held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.

Each guest received a specially curated WeeBox brimming with Scottish joy from our braw Scottish Makers! Luxury Scottish Gold Hart candle, SixpennyBlue tablet, The Burns Supper book by leading expert Clark McGinn, Ross’s of Edinburgh rock, Burns gifts from D&C Supplies not to mention a very special consignment of 1901 Irn Bru which WeeBox arranged for guests to enjoy.

The Fairmont Hotel was transformed into a Scottish castle by the inspirational events designer Charley of Bluebell Events for the annual Bash, hosted by Scottish TV presenter, actor and writer Ross King MBE.

A highlight was sitting next to Sam Heughan who debuted his brand new whisky Sassenach Spirit! Sam, star of the hit TV series Outlander gave a riveting rendition of the ‘Address to the Haggis’ a traditional part of any Burns Supper.

The iconic Scottish singer Lulu sang for us, including Auld Lang Syne accompanied by Robert Burns’ fiddle brought all the way by The National Trust for Scotland.  The Selkirk Grace was given by John Reid, Elton John’s manager and of course the wee drams were provided by Sam and Sassenach Spirits.

A night to remember and it‘s safe to say, we gave it laldie!

“The WeeBoxes were the cherry on top of the cake that took the party to another level – thank you so much coming out here and all the effort that you put into making them all perfect” Charley, Bluebell Events

Fàilte 2020

WeeBox helps you toast 2020, Scotland and of course Robert Burns this January!

With Burns Night on the way and preparations taking place around the world, WeeBox decided to take a nostalgic trip to Burns Country and walk in the footsteps of the Bard!

On the 25th January 1759 Robert Burns was born in a small cottage in Alloway, Scotland.  He would become Scotland’s favourite son and national Bard – his legacy has held strong over the centuries and his memory will be celebrated this month.

From Los Angeles to Singapore and from Canada to Hong Kong – this year, WeeBox is helping Scots-at-heart across the globe celebrate Burns Night …. and we’ve channelled inspiration from our visit to his birthplace, Alloway.

Robert Burns Cottage

The most picturesque village and made famous by Burns, Alloway is pristine, thick with history and a story (or ten!) to tell.  Every inch seemed to nod to the Bard – from the sign posts, street plant pots and street names such as Shanter Way.  We followed in the footsteps of the adventures of Tam o’Shanter, had afternoon tea at the Brigodoon Hotel and popped in to ‘Poets Corner’ coffee shop for a blether and a natter.  

When WeeBox visited, the village was preparing for a host of unique events on and around the 25th January.  One which captured our imagination was an exclusive Burns Supper in Burns Cottage where it all began.  What an unforgettable night it promises to be with piper, toasts, recitations, music and speeches, in the most remarkably preserved thatched cottage.

Why not throw your own Burns Supper?! Your January ‘Fàilte 2020’ WeeBox is curated to help you have a night to remember – so gather your friends and family around for haggis, whisky,  poetry with lots of fun and laughter.  

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.

Slàinte mhath WeeBox Clan and Fàilte 2020!

Happy Hogmanay 2019!

Only one nation can celebrate the New Year, or Hogmanay with such passion – the Scots! It is the BIGGEST party of the year and WeeBox has everything you need to ‘First Foot’ like a real Scot …… wherever you are in the world!   

Celebrate, reminisce and Fàilte 2020! Hogmanay is steeped in tradition – celebrated like nowhere else on earth.  

Its origins are viking – Norse invaders celebrated the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, with wild parties in late December.

So, here’s our WeeBox guide to celebrating like a true Scot!

  1. Share Hogmanay with your nearest and dearest: it’s all about being with the ones you love and having a party to end all parties. 
  2. Redding’ the House:  Have a good clean out to ready the house for the New Year!  In days gone by, sweeping out the fireplace was very important and there was a skill in reading the ashes, the way some people read tea leaves.  
  3. First footing:  it is considered a great honour to be the ‘first foot’! This is where the first person to enter the house after midnight – ideally a tall, dark man – brings gifts such as a black bun, whisky and coal. First footing is supposed to affect the household’s fortunes for the coming year, so make sure you have a tall, dark pal to hand!  It’s also a great excuse to get round to your neighbours and Fàilte 2020!
  4. Singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’: accompanied by the linking of arms and singing with great gusto!  Be prepared, even for the second verse (which most people realise they don’t know!) with the words below:

Auld Lang Syne

First verse: 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
and auld lang syne? 

Chorus: 
For auld lang syne, my jo, 
for auld lang syne, 
we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, 
for auld lang syne. 

Second verse: 
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup! 
and surely I’ll be mine! 
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, 
for auld lang syne. 

Chorus 

Third verse: 
We twa hae run about the braes, 
and pou’d the gowans fine; 
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit, 
sin’ auld lang syne. 

Chorus 

Fourth verse: 
We twa hae paidl’d in the burn, 
frae morning sun till dine; 
But seas between us braid hae roar’d 
sin’ auld lang syne. 

Chorus 

Fifth verse: 
And there’s a hand, 
my trusty fiere! 
and gie’s a hand o’ thine! 
And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught, 
for auld lang syne.

And, finally eat, drink and be merry this Hogmanay … lang may yer lum reek!

Slàinte mhath WeeBox Clan and Fàilte 2020!

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