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The Highlands and Islands are home to many of the best artisans and producers on the planet!
From world-renowned distilleries to delightful hidden gems, time-honoured traditions to brand new products, the array of delicious food and drink, crafts and artwork is amazing, and it’s all right here on your doorstep.
So where to start?
A Whale of a Time, based in Inverness, has your Christmas all wrapped up ‒ literally! The business specialises in curated gift boxes featuring the very best of the Highlands and Islands.
The beautifully presented boxes are themed with gifts to suit all tastes and you can also build your own gift box if you have something particular in mind for that special someone.
And as well as buying a beautiful present to gift this Christmas, you will also be supporting local businesses and producers.
“A Whale of a Time is the best of both worlds really,” explained Helen Ross, who co-founded the business with Eilidh Marshall.
“On the one hand, we are sourcing from small producers all over the region and, although we have a very good local customer base, due in no small part to the fantastic support from the local media, we also ship all over the UK so we feel we are ambassadors for the region, sharing the hidden gems we know and love.
“We showcase products from Shetland, Caithness, Inverness, Ross-shire, Lochaber, Wester Ross, Harris, Lewis, Islay and Skye. We are passionate about supporting local businesses and communities in the Highlands and Islands. It is important to have a thriving local economy so people can live wherever they want, while having a sustainable business that is supported by their community.”
Eilidh added: “We really believe, especially for our business which is all about gifting, that people want something different. We don’t want stock items that you can easily buy in a supermarket or big online retailer. We have a good relationship with all of our suppliers and it is about helping each other as much as we can.
“We are providing a new route to market for them and they are making products to order for us, within good timescales and at a fair price so that we all benefit.
“Our relationships mean that we can offer an added element of personalisation – whether that’s a bespoke message on a bar of chocolate, a new cocktail, or even an idea for an entirely new product.”
A Whale of a Time really does offer the best of both worlds – beautiful, unique and stylish gifts that support and promote the incredible local businesses and producers right across your Highlands and Islands.
The choice is impressive with collections that cater for just about every preference including The Coffee Box which features Inverness Coffee Roasting Co’s premium Highland Roast coffee, a Cath Waters mug featuring her own artwork such as her illustration of the beautiful view of Skye and Raasay from Applecross, Harris Tweed coasters lovingly handcrafted by Lucy Wagtail, Blonde Chocaccinos from the Island Bakery and a big bar of milk chocolate and Highland roast coffee by Chocolates of Glenshiel.
There is also The Tea Box, The Hot Chocolate Box, The Cocktail Box, The Gin Box, The Whisky Box, The Craft Box and The Build Your Own Box where you can design a gift box entirely around your friend, loved one or even a business client. And if you want to mix things up and send a colouring book with a tipple, some smellies with some chocolate or a box of biscuits with a book as a gift then you absolutely can.
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