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!

A very Scottish Christmas

A warm, Scottish family Christmas ….. that’s what we’ve curated for you to celebrate with a WeeBox brimming with Scottish Christmas joy! Create family memories that will last forever, with Scottish traditions old and new.

Recreate fond memories of yer granny’s Christmas clootie dumpling!
The Christmas WeeBox is proud to bring you the Scottish family bakers Alex Dalgetty & Son’s famous clootie dumpling – founded in the 1800’s. They make their dumplings from scratch and steamed for several hours in their Scotch ovens which are 120 years old! This ensures that the full flavour of the original recipe is retained.

“We stay true to the traditions of the bakery, using high quality ingredients and traditional recipes to create world famous products.” The name ‘clootie’ comes from the cloth, or ‘cloot’ in Scots and we searched Scotland to bring you the finest! So why not bring it hame to your own family and keep the tradition alive.

Since we shipped our Christmas WeeBox, we’ve had many subscribers tell us that they’ve never heard of a clootie dumpling! So it is our great honour to share a wee bit more here. The clootie dumpling is a moreish, spiced pudding made with sultanas, cherries, raisins and vegetable suet, wrapped in a cloth and simmered in water for a good wee while. Best served with cream, custard or even ice-cream, your clootie should be piping hot and steaming.

Scottish grannys used to hide pennies inside and lucky lads and lassies would search for the prize! There’s no tradition of setting the dumpling alight with brandy (or even whisky) as we Scots like to keep the dram in the glass!

Your Christmas WeeBox is all about bringing a touch of Scotland to your Christmas celebrations wherever you are. So, while you’re cooking up your Christmas feast, your festive, red Royal Stewart tartan tea-towel will be a reminder of Scotland to grace your hame over the winter festivals!

What could be more Christmassy than the luxurious scent of frankincense and myrrh? Brought to you by Shearer Candles, proud Scottish family candlemakers since 1897, this rich Arabian fragrance combines oils of precious woods, spices, musk and vanilla, perfect for creating a welcoming aroma for yer pals and kin.

O’ yon Christmas Tree!
Trim your tree with a beautiful, tartan thistle decoration to evoke memories of hame and the WeeBox thistle, of course! You may not know this, but Christmas in Scotland was until recent times very low key and in fact didn’t become a public holiday until 1958! Nevertheless, the Scots have made up for lost time and a Scottish family Christmas is joyous, warm and full of fun!

Finally, pour a wee dram, light your candle and take a moment for yer kin
Share Scotland with your WeeBox luxury Christmas cards and wish your kinfolk Yuletide love!

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

 

Ae Fond Kiss

Inspired by Shearer Candle’s Scottish heritage, the new Highland Collection is perfect for celebrating ‘gaol’ with a nod to Robert Burns beautiful love song

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