May 5 2019 Clan Gathering With ancient origins, Scottish Clans are celebrated across the world and this month WeeBox is brimming with gifts to help you create your own ‘Gathering’ no matter where you are! So set the scene with gifts to eat, experience and fill your senses, taking you on a journey to glorious Scotland! Create the ambience of an ancient Highland Gathering Light your bonnie candle for a walk through Highland landscapes with the aromatic unity of moss under foot, fresh citrus and greenleaf all inspired by Shearer Candles’ Scottish heritage. Can you find your Clan Crest? Ancient Scottish Clans are celebrated the world over and we are proud to bring you this bonnie Glen Appin teatowel, perfect to display in your kitchen or even frame! The tribal instinct is as old as mankind. The Scottish Nation, which came together between the 6th and 14th centuries, was to absorb many immigrants in the process of its creation. Few aspects of Scotland’s fascinating history were as colourful, or as bloody, as the clan system. From ancient origins in the Celtic, Norse or Norman-French traditions, by the 13th century, the clans had grown firm roots in the Highlands of Scotland. While the term ‘clan’ means family or children in Gaelic, not everyone in the same clan was actually related to each other. The clans lived off the land, with cattle being their main source of wealth and, along with border disputes, the prime cause of inter-clan unrest. Today, many clans can be traced back to a specific part of Scotland, for example the MacLeods of Skye, the MacNeils of Barra or the MacNabs of St Fillan on Loch Earn. If you have ancestral ties and a clan history in Scotland, a trip to your clan’s homeland is an incomparable and moving experience like no other. Toast your Clan! Slainte! “Too much of anything is bad. But too much whisky is never enough” Mark Twain What’s a Clan Gathering without our national drink?! This luxury tartan hipflask from Couthie Gifts is perfect for the guid stuff whether you’re rambling in the Highlands or jigging at a ceilidh. WeeBox HQ love working closely with Craig and his team at Couthie to bring you special wee gifts. There’s always a hot cuppa and a wee biscuit too when we pop into their showroom to browse their stunning gifts! Salute World Whisky Month and take a journey through whisky country ….. Ever wondered where your favourite wee dram comes from in Scotland? Did you know May is whisky month? And what better way to salute this, than with the brand new ‘Whisky Pocket Guide’ by expert and founder of World Whisky Day, Blair Bowman. Blair is an in-demand whisky writer and consultant and has created a this whisky map which is a wee bit different. It focuses on flavours instead of regions, concentrating on the tastes and textures of the tipples … braw fun to read! Scottish artisan oatcakes from the Kingdom of Fife! We guarantee these are the tastiest oatcakes you will ever have! Hand-rolled, rugged and multi award-winning ‘Your Piece Baking Company’ is famous for Fife oats and ‘Fife Cut’ (classic triangular shape) used by generations of Fife bakers – ideal for serving at your Clan Gathering! At Your Piece Baking Company they take their baking very seriously and are proud of Scotland’s culinary heritage (‘piece’ by the way is another word we use in Scotland for ‘sandwich’!!). All the oats are sourced from farms in North East Fife and they never use any artificial additives or preservatives. The recipes are based on those used by Scottish artisan bakers for centuries. Crafted by hand they create unique, delicious products that are enjoyed all over the world. So, finally, light your Highland Collection candle, pour your favourite dram, sit back and dream of Scotland! Slainte from all at WeeBox HQ!