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!

O’er the Sea to Skye

The Isle of Skye, or Ant-Eilean Sgitheanach in its native Gaelic tongue, is an almost mythical place to many Scots and arguably the most magnificent our Scottish islands.

“Let WeeBox take you ‘o’er the sea to Skye!”

The most magnificent of Scottish islands ….

WeeBox HQ have included a bonny wee book for you to take a journey to the Misty Isle with its romantic castles, magnificent sea-scapes and alpine peaks of the famous Cuillin Ridge.

O’er the Sea to Skye exclusive bag!

We have something braw for our WeeBox Clan this month and any Outlander fans!  An exclusive bag designed by Brave Scottish Gifts lets you own the haunting Outlander adaption of ‘The Skye Boat Song’ and brings to life the beautiful, iconic score….. simply breathtaking! 

To ‘Ewe’ from WeeBox 💜!

Wee, fluffy, black-faced sheep are everywhere on Skye, in fact there are more than 100,000 of them! So we thought we would bring ‘ewe’ your very own to love!  Which bonny design did you receive?

Indulge …. straight from a Skye lochside kitchen!

Ooooh does WeeBox have a sweet treat for you! The Isle of Skye Fudge Company has created this traditional Scottish tablet straight from their kitchen on the west coast of Skye! Heaven! For most Scots, tablet is our favourite sweet and dates back to the early 1700s.  This long history was first noted in ‘The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie’ and today is our traditional after dinner sweet and features in many Scottish weddings or functions as the finale to a special event.  Enjoy!!

Your Scottish ‘Loving Cup’

Tracing its origin to distant Scottish chivalry, the Quaich (from the Gaelic word ‘cuach’ meaning ‘cup’) is a timeless reminder of the enduring values of friendship and hospitality on The Isle of Skye.

WeeBox HQ hopes you 💜 your WeeBox as much as we did curating it for you, o’er the sea to Skye! 

Scotland of your Imagination

Heilan coos, ancient castles, romance, breathtaking views … the Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination. So let your March WeeBox weave its Highland magic!

The Highlands beg to be explored! Often portrayed as a romantic part of Scotland, this is not at all strange given the mind-blowing views and fairytale castles. The haunting cloak of mystery that covers the Highlands must be experienced. Due to the ever and fast changing weather, there is a mystical feel, coupled with the rich and often bloody history.

Your WeeBox this month, transports you to the “Scotland of your Imagination” with stunning gifts exclusively curated just for our subscribers …. so hold your breath and dive in!

The Highlands … spirit of Scotland at its best
Loose yourself in the evocative landscapes, stunning unspoilt nature with rugged mountains, deep blue lochs and empty glens with this picture book by Scotland’s most prolific landscape photographer.

Your very own Highland Cow to love!
A sighting of this majestic, Scottish icon in the Highlands never disappoints! So WeeBox brings you this adorable, hairy heilan coo just for you. And for a wee laugh, we’ve even included some (delicious!) Highland Cow Poo straight from its Highland playground 😂

Scotland in Your Pocket
An exclusive from renowned Scottish artist Kevin Hunter, WeeBox brings you his stunning depiction of 13th century Eilean Donan at Sunset, one of the most romantic castles in the world.

Ceud Mile Failte!
Straight from The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Hamilton & Young Jewellers share their ‘a hundred thousand welcomes’ neckwear for lads and lassies!

WeeBox HQ hopes you 💜 your journey through time and history this month in the “Scotland of your Imagination”!

Romance of Scotland

Anyone who knows Scotland, knows it’s the most romantic place on earth! From the passionate Highlands to the passion of Robert Burns love poems, Scotland is full of romantic places and to salute February, the month of love, WeeBox brings that romance to wherever you are.

My love is like a red, red, rose …
To help you create the perfect romantic atmosphere, WeeBox has teamed up with luxury Gold Hart candles, selecting this very special ‘Wild Rose’ scent. Inspired by the ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ wild rose of Scotland, this royal blended bouquet of velvet petals & rosehip oil is truly indulgent. You may remember their ‘Shore’ scent included in your Isle of Harris WeeBox last year – well, it was so popular that we knew we had to bring you that Gold Hart luxury again.

WeeBox 💜’s Gracie J!
WeeBox HQ met Jackie, the owner and creative behind Gracie J jewellery and we just knew our subscribers would adore her stunning work! You will love to wear or gift this beautifully handmade bracelet straight from the Scottish Borders with purple hues to reflect the ancient Scottish heather that grows there. Just for you, a special discount to WeeBox subscribers also included! Not only will you be supporting a local, Scottish business, but you will love their unique designer pieces.

Which Scottish “Love Badge” did you get?
Do you remember ‘Love Heart’ sweeties as a bairn? Well, WeeBox brings you our own Scottish version by Glasgow designer genius, Lisa Donati! ‘Pure Stoater’*, ‘Ye Dancin’?’*, ‘Awrite Doll’*, ‘Gonnae No Dae That’*, ‘Ye Blether’* … just some of the Scottish phrases for true romantics and some for the less romantic Scots oot there too!! Which one did you get?

100 Scottish Love Poems
The best collection WeeBox HQ could find! Immerse yourself in traditional and modern Scottish verse and be transported to inspiring, romantic Scotland.

A wee breakfast in bed?
What’s more romantic! Exclusive to WeeBox, Pipsqueak Preserves has created a twist on traditional Scottish marmalade by adding a splash of champagne! Handcrafted in Glasgow, create a special breakfast for you or the one you love.

* ‘Pure Stoater’ – someone who is fantastic, excellent, handsome, beautiful. Undiluted joy!
* ‘Ye Dancin’?’ – fancy a wee dance with me?
* ‘Awrite Doll’ – a term of endearment used to talk to a pretty girl / doll face
* ‘Gonnae No Dae That’ – don’t do that! Wee phrase often associated with a sketch in Scottish genius comedy, “Chewin’ the fat” (a must watch!!)
* ‘Ye Blether’ – someone who babbles on, talks nonsense!

Scotland’s Greatest Celebration

Happy Birthday to our national Scottish Bard, Robert Burns!

Scotland and the world celebrate his birthday on the 25th January with whisky, haggis, poetry and song.  This month, WeeBox HQ was honoured to collaborate with the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow to bring you a very special Burns WeeBox.  And we have a real treat for you! Here is Dr. Pauline Mackay, Lecturer in Robert Burns Studies, unboxing your Burns WeeBox giving a magical insight into the man, the gifts and how to salute his birthday like a real Scot! Enjoy! #CheerstoRabbie 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🥃

 

Legendary Hogmanay

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!

Hogmanay celebrations are legendary across the globe. So, to help you bring that Scottish magic to wherever you are, WeeBox has curated a box to help you gie it laldie!

The Hogmanay bells have struck midnight, so pass around yer WeeBox ‘Auld Lang Syne’ song sheets and join in the legendary Scottish sing-a-long! Robert Burns, world famous Scottish poet, published his version of this auld Scots song in 1788. Arguably, there can be few songs more frequently sung throughout the world, perhaps only ‘Happy Birthday to you’ exceeds its popularity.

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 don your WeeBox beanie hat, fill your exclusive hipflask with whisky and set off to bring your host the WeeBox bag o’coal (to warm your host’s fire!) and delicious Dalgetty shortbread to toast 2018!

Finally, settle down on Ne’er Day, pour a wee dram and enjoy reading Clan MacScotch & The Angel’s Share to gie ye a grin and forget yer drouth, Happy 2018!

WeeBox wishes you and your kin a Happy Hogmanay and a braw 2018!

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! 

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