Christmas and New Year
Posted by Kiana Greenan - November 01, 2022
Already deciding which Christmas market to visit this year? If you are heading across the border, don’t forget to stop off at Gretna Green for your Christmas Market essentials…
Dress for the occasion
What better outfit to wear to a Christmas market than a stunning piece of cashmere, whether you’re opting for a traditional shawl to fully immerse yourself in traditional Christmas markets, or a traditional Scottish tartan cashmere scarf perfect for Edinburgh markets! Don’t forget to buy your accessories as well, including our range of hats and gloves.
Snacks for the road
When travelling anywhere, it is key to have snacks for the road… There is no better treat in the winter than some Scottish fudge. Stop by and stock up on your Scottish fudge, with various Gretna Green brand flavours, including chocolate orange, clotted cream and white chocolate. The perfect snack to enjoy with that baileys hot chocolate… Or if you’re going for a more traditional car journey, don’t forget to pick up your Gretna Green own brand mint selection of travel sweeties.
Make a weekend of it
Whether you are travelling North or South of the Border to explore your Christmas Market, split the journey up either way and enjoy an overnight stay at the Home of Romance, Gretna Green. From just $112.90, enjoy an overnight stay in either our Gretna Hall or Smiths hotel. Enjoy a crisp wintery walk around our beautiful countryside, treat yourself and your loved ones to gifts in our retail attractions and visit our newly opened Gretna Green Experience.
Posted by Kiana Greenan - October 30, 2022
Tartan and Tweed
As seen in New York Fashion Week earlier this year, Scottish Tartan has returned with a bang this winter. And what better place to buy your Scottish Tartan and Tweed for your Christmas presents than Gretna Green?
If you’re looking to gift a staple item of clothing, that you can’t go wrong with, then our stunning range of cashmere scarves is the perfect gift to give a loved one. It is not just tartan that has been making the catwalk this year; we have also seen an increase in popularity for Tweed. Our range of Harris Tweed fulfils all your Christmas wishes. With various items and styles, you are sure to find a tweed that suits the one you love.
Food and Drink
Foodies unite… Christmas time is here. We have created a list of must-have Scottish food and drink to get and give this Christmas.
There is nothing better than curling up on the sofa on a cold December evening and tucking into some Scottish Shortbread! Our Shortbread tins are the ideal gift; with various brands, including Walkers, Chrystal’s and the new brand Hiker Herdy there is plenty to choose from. Do you have a fudge or toffee fan in your family? Our delicious Gretna Green Vanilla Fudge is mouth-watering and comes in a luxury fudge tin, the perfect gift for a fudge lover! If your recipient opts for toffee, our colleague's favourite is our Gardiners of Scotland Scottish Toffee. Our Scottish Sweet Treat Gift Box is for those in love with a little bit of everything! All your Scottish favourites wrapped into one, including Irn Bru, Edinburgh Rock, Macaroons and much more! The perfect Sweet Scottish gift to give this Christmas.
Nothing says Scottish drink quite like whisky, and at Gretna Green, we have a huge line of all the best Scottish Whiskys. Firstly we have to start with our very own Gretna Green Blended Scotch Whisky, designed and distilled locally in Annandale Distillery, making the perfect balanced blend of malts. Trying to convince that relative that they DO and WILL like whisky? Why not gift them with Laphroaig Tasting Selection which includes 3 x5cl variations of Laphroaig the perfect gift for those who are looking to try something new.
We love all things Scottish at Gretna Green, and that does not stop at jewellery. We have a spectacular range of Scottish jewellery available now. Some of our favourites include… Our range of Heathergem jewellery makes for the ideal gift to those looking for something uniquely Scottish. Heathergems Tree of Life range represents a fresh start on life, positive energy and good health - so it is stylish and meaningful. For those looking for more traditional Scottish jewellery gifting, then Hamilton & Young is for you. With our gorgeous range of necklaces, pendants and earrings, you will find the perfect gift for a loved one.
Look no further than our Christmas hampers if you’re looking for a Scottish gift that is all wrapped up. With various styles and price ranges, you are sure to find something for yourself or a loved one. Our Scottish Larder Luxury Food hamper is the perfect Scottish hamper to gift someone who has everything this Christmas. With a range of Scottish food, including Scotch Haggis, Honey, Jam and other Scottish foodie items. Placed in one of our wicker hampers, this luxury food hamper has a little bit of everything. If you are looking for a more festive smaller hamper, we have also created a Scottish Christmas Treats Hamper, including all of your favourite Scottish foods, such as Haggis and Marmalades. We also sell our personalised clan hamper, the perfect personalised gifting experience this Christmas. Incorporating your very own clan name, our gift set includes; a clan scarf, mug, glass, book, coaster, badge and tea towel.
Posted by Kiana Greenan - October 26, 2022
As a fifth-generation family business, we know how much your parents and grandparents mean to you! This Christmas, we want to help you show the ones you love the most how much you care, and celebrate properly. With this in mind, we have carefully selected products and placed them in specific categories, including mum, dad and grandparents. To make the process easier, however, we have selected our top picks for gifting your parents and grandparents this year.
One comfort we can always find in our parent's and grandparents' homes, is the homey smell. What better scent to bring into the family home than one of our Gretna Green candles and diffusers. We have made gifting this simple, by creating candle and diffuser gift sets, hand-picked and wrapped with love.
Gift your loved ones with presents which last this Christmas
We could not think of a better gift than our stunning range of cashmere, from jumpers and scarves to our Lona Scott blankets. Treat your loved ones to our exclusive range of Gretna Green cashmere scarves and accessories, available in various colours and tartans. Our stunning range of Harris Tweed is also a gift to last a lifetime. With our range of wallets, purses and handbags, you are sure to find the perfect tartan to suit your loved one.
What is gifting without a tipple?
This year, we want everyone to celebrate together… so what not gift our exclusive range of Gretna Green alcohol. From local distilleries, our Gretna Green gin and whisky are perfect for your parent or grandparent this year. Pair it nicely with our new range of glassware, including champagne flutes and cocktail sets.
Do your parents and grandparents have everything?
Then we advise gifting them with one of our bespoke Christmas 2022 gift sets. We have carefully selected a new range of His and Hers gift boxes. Our ladies' gift box includes our GG drop earrings, our large Gretna Green candle and diffuser, Gretna Green scarf, Gretna Green chocolate and 20cl of Bottega Rose Prosecco, the perfect gift experience for your mum or grandmother. We have also selected a men's gift set perfect for your dad or grandfather, which includes; our own Gretna Green, hipflask, scarf and cufflinks.
Posted by Kiana Greenan - October 23, 2022
Santas elves have been working hard to prepare for Christmas; however, our team at Gretna Green have also worked tirelessly to make sure Christmas is as easy and successful this year! We have carefully selected products that the kids in your life will love, in our Gifts for Kids category. So whether you’re gifting a son, daughter, niece or nephew at Gretna Green, we have you gifting ready.
When shopping for children, the best rule of thumb is one thing they want, one thing they need, one thing they wear and one to read… However, we have included a number five, and a little sneaky 6…
1. One thing they want
This year we launched our new range of Katie Loxton, which has a fabulous kids and baby selection, with stunning gifting options. The range includes soft plush toys, which come in a cute little box ready to be wrapped and placed under the tree. We also have a range of Keel toy teddies, including our 70cm Henry Bear.
2. One thing they need
Kids always need backpacks, whether for school, sleepovers with friends or just to carry around all their toys! This year, why not treat the kids in your life to a Harris Tweed backpack, with a practical yet stylish design? These backpacks make for the cutest gift, available in a variety of colours.
3. One thing to wear
Alongside Katie Loxton, we have also introduced sister brand Joma Jewellery, creating the sweetest range of kids' jewellery. With sentimental pieces, including ‘Sweetheart’ ‘Lucky Star’, and ‘Bright Spark’. And for those little adventurers, we have an exciting range of Keycraft toys, including snap-on watches.
4. One thing to read
We have various top kids' books to gift this Christmas, including Scottish favourites such as Greyfriars Bobby and the Hamish McHaggis series. We also stock the bestselling kids' book The Wonky Donkey this book is not only great for kids but also for adults, with the line;
Cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky, tonky, winky, wonky, donkey
No one will have a straight face!
5. Stocking fillers
Christmas shopping for kids is not complete without some additional sweeties… and our new range of Gretna Green sweets is an adorable gift. Designed in traditional sweetshop packaging and a range of the ‘old favourites', including dolly mixtures, your children are sure to love. What is Christmas without an Elf… Our Keels Christmas Elf is the perfect stocking filler or night-before gift, paired with one of our other Keels Chrismas range, including our Keeleco Christmas Penguin.
6. One wee extra won’t hurt…
The night before is not the night before without one of our Christmas Eve boxes, all wrapped up in either a hamper tray or a white ‘shoe’ box. Let us make Christmas special and easy this year.
Posted by Kiana Greenan - October 21, 2022
Gifting for him has never been easier with our help at Gretna Green… We have created a gift for him category that will steer you in the right way. We have also come up with some of our favourite products to help get those ideas for the men in your life, flowing.
Fashion and accessories
Whether you’re shopping for your friend, dad, boyfriend, husband or brother, gifting clothes can be one of the most difficult tasks. At Gretna Green, we supply a range of men’s clothing, from new ranges of Barbour to the safe option of socks and quirky underwear! Our Barbour range is perfect for the outdoorsy man in your life, with various options, including the famous Ashby jacket available in various colours. For those looking to gift something a bit more formal, look no further than our new Joules shirts.
At Gretna Green, we believe that in true Scot form, you cannot go wrong with a wee dram of whisky at Christmas. This year we were excited to launch our brand Gretna Green Blended Scotch Whisky, locally distilled in Annandale Distillery. We also sell a variety of other favourites, including Speyburn, Old Pulteney, and for those looking to spend a little bit more, we also have our 40-Year-Old Dalmore. Don’t forget to make your gift a set by including one of our brand Gretna Green hip flasks
Our handpicked, bespoke hampers are the perfect gift for the men in your life who have everything. Our personalised Scottish Clan Hamper, is a unique gift to give this Christmas. Personalised with your clan surname, our clan hamper includes various items, including a whisky tumbler, mug, scarf and other small Scottish gifts. Or, for those with a sweet tooth, our Scottish Sweet Treat Hamper has wrapped up all of your childhood favourites, including traditional Scottish tablet and fudge.
Posted by Kiana Greenan - October 08, 2022
We are all trying our hardest to become more eco-friendly; however, with the busiest shopping and eating period fast approaching, Christmas time can be one of the hardest periods to be sustainable. This does not need to be the case, and by shopping at Gretna Green, you can help make Christmas that little greener.
You are supporting a fifth-generation family business when you shop at Gretna Green. Due to the nature of our size, our carbon footprint is much lower than that of a larger corporation. With this, we hand wrap all of your orders and try to implement paper bubble wrap where we can. When packing orders, we make sure and used recycled cardboard from our supply, and our suppliers. You can read more about how we are becoming more sustainable here.
This year we launched an exciting range of our brand, Gretna Green products; where possible, all of these have been supplied locally. This includes our new Gretna Green Scotch Whisky distilled just down the road at Annandale Distillery. Using local suppliers can cut our carbon footprint while supporting local businesses. Our Gretna Green sweets are sourced from both sides of the Border, making them the perfect addition to a Christmas gift. Our Gretna Green cashmere scarves come in various colours and tartans, perfect for gifting.
As well as being eco-aware when buying our brand products, we are also conscious about what big brand products we bring in. This Christmas, a key way to become more sustainable is to buy gifts that last. Our range of Barbour and Joules are perfect for this as these brands have been carefully designed to support the environment, and are both designed for the outdoors. As well as this, our range of Harris Tweed handbags, purses and wallets are ideal for gifting. Using natural, sustainable and recyclable products makes for a sustainable gifting experience. In terms of smaller suppliers, we also buy in with sustainability at our forefront. We have recently launched products from the Scottish Fine Soaps Company, which prides itself on its sustainability pledge.
Posted by wanshu chen - October 25, 2018
Here at Gretna Green, Scotland’s original Home of Romance, we love Christmas and we know this is the best time to show your loved ones how much they mean to you.
So, our very own Christmas elves have been busy preparing a host of beautiful gifts to surprise and delight your mums, dads, brothers, sisters, partners, kids or best friends. Christmas is the time of year that brings people and family together. Here at Gretna Green, we’re giving you the opportunity choose special gifts and exclusive experiences to make happy memories that will last a lifetime, not just a day. Here is a list of our top picks this festive season:
Posted by Ami Brough - December 07, 2017
The Story of 'Old Saint Nick' - The origin of Santa Claus and Father Christmas
Posted by Ami Brough - January 06, 2014
Ah well - sadly it's time to pack away the decorations again for another year! Not sure about you but our office is somehow looking a little less cheerful without the sparkles and colour of the mini Christmas trees that graced several desks.
Many of us wage battle with emails (how do quite SO many manage to arrive when many are 'off on holiday'??) as we start back to work this week. Here at Gretna Green, we've been busy throughout the season but we're now looking back on some of the high points and successes we've seen here over the last year!
Posted by Ami Brough - November 21, 2013
It may be hard to believe but Christmas is only a MONTH and FOUR days away......where has time gone?!?
Regardless of whether you're a fan (we've all spotted them eagerly awaiting the first decorations in shops!) or dreading the crush of crowds, it's getting to be time to tackle that Christmas shopping!
If you're anything like us, you traipse through shop after boutique after stall trying to find presents that are unique! Well, this year you're in luck - we think we have the perfect suggestion here at Gretna Green for a wee stocking stuffer or even a decoration for your own tree/mantelpiece! It is even heartwarming....
Posted by Ami Brough - November 29, 2012
Here at Gretna Green, we know Christmas! What better way to kick off the Festive Season than to treat your loved ones with a delicious Scottish Christmas Hamper from Gretna Green. Filled to the brim with yummy Scottish fayre these xmas hampers will be sure not to disappoint this Christmas...
Lovingly hand-wrapped here instore in the Hamper & Home Shop and with many sent worldwide every year, there's a great range for you to choose from starting at as little as $41.90...