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 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!

A Royal Highland Gathering

Summer in Scotland means Highland Games! WeeBox transports you to Braemar, the most famous and arguably best Highland Games in the world! There have been ‘Gatherings’ of one sort or another at Braemar since the days of King Malcolm Canmore 900 years ago and WeeBox brings you all you’ll need to enjoy all the fun of the Games! 

Royal Deeside, home of the world famous Braemar Highland Gathering!

This wee book shares stunning mountain scenery, beautiful glens, castles and why it is a firm favourite with the royal family.  Royal Deeside follows the River Dee into the heart of the Grampian Mountains, with some right royal sights along the way, including the royal family’s favourite Balmoral Castle.  Royal Deeside is a fine-looking area that captivated Queen Victoria with its characteristic Scottish blend of moody mountains, lofty crags, tumbling rivers, moors, forests and neat chocolate box towns and villages.

What to wear to a Royal Highland Gathering? 

Royal Stewart of course! The best known of all Scottish tartans and the personal tartan of Her Majesty the Queen.  This luxury 100% lambswool Ballantrae scarf is a bonnie accessory together with a stunning Hamilton & Young scarf ring to help look the part.  Not sure how to wear your scarf ring? Take a peek at our Facebook page @insideWeeBox for some ideas!

Recognisable all over the world and the best known of all Scottish tartans, Royal Stewart is the tartan of the Royal House of Stewart and the personal tartan of Her Majesty the Queen. In the same way that clansmen wear the tartan of their chief, it is appropriate for all ‘subjects’ of the Queen to wear the Royal Stewart tartan.  The Royal House of Stewart trace their roots back to the 11th century and are the distant ancestors of the current Royal family, the Windsors.  Tartans have drifted in and out of British dress, especially in the mid 18th century when the Jacobite Rebellion nearly caused them to be discarded altogether.  Thankfully, tartan endured and today Royal Stewart is incredibly popular with celebrities and Scots all over the world! 

A wee treat while you watch the Games

What is a Royal Highland Gathering without a satchel of rock to enjoy while you watch the games? Sweet, nostalgic and full of heritage, Ross’s of Edinburgh has preserved this iconic Scottish sweet for generations and WeeBox is proud to have partnered to bring you a wee taste of hame.

Record your memories…

… In this exclusive notebook designed to commemorate the Braemar Highland Games 2018, just for WeeBox subscribers. 

Let the Games begin!

The Outlander Effect

A ‘love letter to Scotland’! That is what your Outlander-inspired WeeBox brings you this July! Just like Claire, the World War II nurse of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books, be transported back in time to 18th century Scotland and the time of the Jacobite risings – standing stones, clans, ancient recipes and of course tartan!

Standing Stones, Clan Fraser, Dragonfly? Which charm did you get?

Exclusive jewellery designers Hamilton & Young on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh bring you their collection inspired by the romance of Jamie and Claire in 18th century Scotland.  Their collection of exclusive jewellery is inspired by that romantic tale of two people in love – Jamie and Claire – while Scotland weaves its magic in each stunning piece.

Tartan and Clans

Widely regarded as being the authority on Scottish clans and tartan, this very special book is close to the hearts of both Scottish natives and the millions of people across the world who have ancestral connections with Scotland!

One of the bestselling books on the subject, this title by Ian Grimble is widely regarded as being the authority on Scottish clans and tartans. A comprehensive guide to this ever-popular aspect of Scottish culture, featuring 150 tartans in full colour. Alongside the tartans are histories of the origins of each clan and their plaids – we know it will be the perfect way to bring your Scottish heritage alive.

The world famous Selkirk Bannock!

Often seen in Mrs Fitz’s kitchen, the famous Scottish Selkirk Bannock is still handcrafted today – most famously by Alex Dalgetty & Sons in the heart of the Scottish Borders! Enjoy sliced with a spread of butter, scrumptious!  

In Scotland, where the term originates from the Gaelic bannach, meaning cake, bannocks were originally round, medium-sized flat breads made from a wet dough of barleymeal and/or oatmeal.  (Meal is an unsifted powder, coarser than flour, ground from any grain.)  They were cooked on a girdle, or griddle, and were cut into scones, or wedges.  Dalgetty‘s world famous Selkirk Bannocks are the benchmark for all others to be judged, and we believe that none come close.  Handmade to a recipe well over 100 years old which involves long dough fermentation to produce flavours that you would not believe possible from a fruit bread.  Using the sweetest sultanas and lashings of creamy butter, only Alex Dalgetty & Sons know how to make a true Selkirk Bannock.  Best served sliced and spread with butter, or even try it toasted for a change. For something extra special why not try making a sumptuous bread and butter pudding.

Exclusive Brave Scottish Gifts ‘Standing Stones’ Postcard

Inspired by the Outlander heroine Claire’s magical encounter in the Scottish Highlands – an event that changes her life, share these Standing Stones or let yourself be transported to our bonnie land. These Calanais (or Callanish) Standing Stones, are located on the west coast of Lewis and you can’t help but wonder at the motivation of our ancestors to build such monuments over 3000 years ago.

Je Suis Prest! Are you ready?

Brave Scottish Gifts bring you this exclusive ‘Je Suis Prest’ t-shirt to salute Jamie and the Fraser Clan! WeeBox HQ first met Thomas, the creative genius behind Brave Scottish gifts 2 years ago.  We love his often irreverent take on Scottish humour and his absolute commitment to producing high quality Scottish gifts for Scots-at-heart all over the world!

Andy, the Highlander!

Is it your dream to visit Scotland? Well, WeeBox has the perfect tour guide for you! We highly recommend Andrew McAlindon, Andy the Highlander – unique, incredible insights and fun as you take part in the action too! Having filmed in Outlander Seasons 2 & 3, Andy transports you as one of Jamie Fraser’s Highland men 💪. And that’s not all – Andy delivers scenic, historic, whisky & custom tours too – so something for everyone, no matter what it is YOU 💜 about Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Just for our WeeBox Clan this month – an exclusive discount offer inside your July WeeBox! www.highlandertours.co.uk 

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!

 

St Andrews Day 2017

We Scots love to party, and there’s no better time to do that than St. Andrew’s Day – Scotland’s national day celebrated on 30 November! This month, WeeBox is brimming with Scottish gifts curated to help you and your guests celebrate like a Scot!

Celebrating is what Scots and Scots-at-heart are famous for. This St. Andrew’s Day there will be parties galore and WeeBox has all you need to make your St. Andrew’s Dinner the best shindig ever.

Bring on the food!

Why not go all out this year and prepare a Scottish feast for your friends and family! If you’re a true Scot, you’ll know that Maw Broon, Scotland’s favourite matriarch is the best cook! WeeBox has included her Cookbook to help you create an authentic Scottish family St. Andrew’s Night for you and yours! The Broons are the cartoon characters who’ve entertained Scotland for 80 years and known as ‘the happy Scottish family that makes every family happy’. So jings, crivvens and help ma boab – create your St. Andrew’s feast with a wee hand from the Broons!

What to wear?!

A Scottish party is never complete without traditional tartan dress, kilts, sporrans and a wee touch of heather! And to add that sparkle to your event, the jewel in your St. Andrew’s WeeBox is a stunning gift from leading Scottish jewellery designer, Euan McWhirter!

WeeBox is honoured to bring this exclusive collaboration with Euan McWhirter who has famously dressed the fingers of many celebrities … including Kylie Minogue! Retailing at £35 these luxurious ‘St Andrew’s blue’ earrings will look bonny on you or the lassie in your life! And Euan hasn’t stopped there …. He has included a special discount in your WeeBox for you to own more of your very own Scottish luxury jewellery. Simply visit www.euanmcwhirter.co.uk and use your code – enjoy you lucky WeeBox subscribers!!

Deck the halls!

So, raise the saltire bunting, greet your guests wearing the iconic “See you Jimmy” hat and announce your Scottishness year round with your Scottish flags lapel pin!

And fer the morning after… we have even thought of your wee drouth! Beat the dreaded hangover with this classic Scottish hangover cure – Irn-Bru, the unique nectar of the gods, made in Scotland from girders!

Here’s a few subscribers getting into the spirit #wheresweebox!

Happy St. Andrew’s Day from all at WeeBox! 

Burns Supper 2017

Burns Night the WeeBox Way

Haggis, whisky, poetry and pride! Burns Night, celebrated on and around the 25th January to mark the Bard’s birthday, is recognised around the globe by Scots and Scots-at-heart. Centred on auld traditions, here’s our WeeBox guide to Scotland’s famous annual shindig with tips on how to use your January WeeBox curated especially for the occasion.

January Burns WeeBox

Who was Robert Burns?

One of Scotland’s most iconic literary figures, Robert Burns was born in 1759 to a farming family in the small town of Alloway. He gained a reputation for his pioneering views on religion, politics and class-inequalities. Interestingly he lived a fairly impoverished life and his work only really gained fame after his death. We’re sure he would be stunned to know his words, ‘Auld Lang Syne’ were sung around the globe every Hogmanay!

How to Celebrate Burns Night

A night of friends, family and steeped in tradition, your Burns Supper will be a night to remember with WeeBox! Don your Brave ‘Scottish Alphabet’ apron to get in the spirit and get ready for a night of poetry, feast and fun.

Setting your Burns Supper table is an important part of creating the right atmosphere – be sure to have tartan napkins, thistles and red roses on display and lots of crystal whisky glasses! We have included a beautiful ‘Auld Lang Syne’ tea towel straight from the Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway for you to display as part of setting the scene.

Poetry and Scottish charm aside, Burns Night wouldn’t be the gathering it is without the gastronomic delights that are celebrated throughout the evening. And of course, before the feast is served, its traditional to recite the Selkirk Grace:

Some have meat and cannot eat,
Some cannot eat that want it;
But we have meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit

Satisfying Scotch broth, or Scottish soup, typically starts off the supper, with crusty bread and lashings of butter. Alternatively, cock-a-leekie, or ‘Scotland’s national soup’ is another delicious choice.

The best part of Burns revolves around the spectacle of the haggis. This ‘great chieftain o the puddin race’ is revered and celebrated like no other dish. For the grand entrance, get dressed in your best tartan, and pipe in the haggis on a silver platter! The haggis must of course be addressed with a riveting rendition of Burns’ poem ‘Address to the Haggis’. Remember to have your knife poised at the ready, and on cue (His knife see Rustic-labour dight), cut the haggis along its length, making sure to spill out some of the tasty gore within (trenching its gushing entrails). The address must finish with a raucous whisky toast ‘To the Haggis’!

But where do you find haggis? In the majestic Highlands? Roaming the lochs? Or ….. at a Scottish butcher?! If you’re not lucky enough to live near a traditional Scottish butcher, you can lay your hands on traditional haggis online. It can be baked or boiled, and there are innumerate versions, from vegetarian to venison. One brand WeeBox can vouch for is Stahly Scotch Haggis and the good news is that they have distributors in North America for example, who you can order from direct. Take a keek at www.haggis.com for more information and a free downloadable haggis recipe book in response to the age old question ‘what do you do with it!?’ We are keen to build up a knowledge of haggis around the world, so do let us know where you get yours in the comments below.

The haggis should be served with neeps and tatties: a famous and glorious union. This fluffy serving of mashed potatoes and mashed turnips can also be served with a deliciously rich, whisky sauce and of course, a dram.

Finally, pudding is typically Scottish cranachan, a delicious fusion of whipped cream, toasted oats, honey and raspberries soaked in a dash (or more!) of whisky. Whisky or a robust red wine make a good accompaniment to your Burns Supper.

Other recitals on the evening include a speech commemorating Burns and a toast to the great man, known as the ‘Immortal Memory’. The ‘Address to the Lassies’ and of course ‘The Reply from the Lassies’ are a highlight and normally written especially for the evening. Each Burns Supper is individual, so have fun, add in other elements for your guests – a quiz, a treasure hunt – anything goes, we don’t think the Bard would mind!

Dress code for a Burns Supper can be a nod to tartan or the full traditional kilt outfit. Often a tartan scarf wrapped like a sash is effective but if you do want to get fully kilted up, our WeeBox friends at MacGregor & MacDuff www.macgregorandmacduff.co.uk can help! Just tell them WeeBox sent you….

The soundtrack to your evening could be anything from bagpipes to more modern Scottish music. Nevertheless, a rousing chorus of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ at the end of the night is a must.

And when the night is over, WeeBox has even thought of your morning after. Beat the dreaded hangover with the classic Scottish hangover cure and Scotland’s iconic national drink, Irn Bru. And what about a wee slice of toast and marmalade? Thanks to our friends at Pipsqueak Preserves, we bring you this delicious home-made marmalade from Glasgow.

So, from WeeBox HQ in Scotland, we wish you a wonderful Burns Night 2017! Slainte!

Happy Hogmanay! How to Celebrate with WeeBox

Celebrate, reminisce and bring in the new year! Hogmanay is the most important date in the Scottish calendar – celebrated like nowhere else on earth.

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

Hogmanay Box

Share Hogmanay with your nearest and dearest – its all about being with the ones you love and having a party to end all parties. Of course, there are a number of traditions to observe and which make it really special and nostalgic as a Scot.

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.

First-footing: This is where the first person to enter the house after midnight – ideally a tall, dark man – brings gifts such as a black bun or 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 wish them well (something many now rarely do!)

Singing Auld Lang Syne: at the end of the night, 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

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And old lang syne?

Chorus

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
And surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus

We two have run about the slopes,
And picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
Since auld lang syne.

Chorus

We two have paddled in the stream,
From morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
Since auld lang syne.

Chorus

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus

And, finally eat, drink and be merry this Hogmanay!

All the best for 2017 from WeeBox

WeeBox in the Big Apple

What better place to launch WeeBox than at the historic 260th St Andrew’s Banquet in New York City, USA!

We are honoured to be attending the event hosted by journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Wark and are looking forward to seeing our beautiful purple WeeBox’s as table gifts for guests.  One lucky bidder will also win a 12 month subscription to WeeBox – receiving inspiring Scottish discoveries delivered straight to their door for the whole of 2017!

The Scottish expat community here in the US is vibrant and very proud of their Scottish heritage.  For over 250 years the St Andrew’s Society of the State of New York and its distinguished membership has provided charitable relief, academic sponsorship, community and identity to the natives of Scotland and their descendants. As one of the oldest not-for-profit organizations in the country, the St. Andrew’s Society celebrates Scottish heritage and tradition through fund-raising and other social events, fostering the good will, understanding and communication between the people of New York and the people and leadership of Scotland. 

So, as the song goes ….. if WeeBox can make it here …. we can make it anywhere! Thank you New York City from your friends at WeeBox.

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