Christmas is coming and it’s never too early to start your festive shopping.
Picking the perfect present for your loved ones can be a challenge, especially this year. Luckily, our talented Creative Orkney makers have been working hard to make sure there are plenty of original, handmade and special gift ideas on offer.
Our producers need your support more than ever at the moment, so shop local if you can and experience the quality and craftmanship of Orkney’s creative community.
Orkney has some incredibly talented jewellery designers and there’s always a piece that could be perfect for your loved one. Alison Moore’s Andromeda Trilogy ring has a festive feel about it, thanks to the stunning green sapphire and diamonds which take centre stage. Find out more about this special gold ring on Alison’s website.
Marion Miller makes her jewellery in Stronsay, one of our North Isles, and has a unique set of earrings on offer this year. Her sterling silver winter birds come complete with pink tourmaline pebble beads. Order your pair via her online store.
Sheila Fleet Jewellery has a fantastic selection of pieces with a winter theme. The Arctic Stream collection is inspired by the shapes and colours of glacial ice, water and rock. It features pendants and earrings, as well as a beautiful 9ct gold necklace with five diamonds in a flowing water design. View Sheila's festive favourites online.
Keeping cosy at Christmas can be a challenge here at 59 degrees north, but local textile design partnership Hilary Grant can make sure you look stylish in even the wildest weather. With scarves, gloves, hats, blankets and newly launched bed throws on offer – all made from cruelty-free 100% lambswool and designed in Orkney – you’ll be spoiled for choice. Free UK shipping and local click and collect is available too – search the range on the official website.
If you’d prefer to get creative with wool rather than wearing it then Isle of Auskerry might have the perfect solution. The team has some excellent gift suggestions, including its Christmas Bauble Crochet Kit. You can make eight baubles for your tree in a choice of festive colours, and they’re suitable for all skill levels too. You could also try the Hand-Stitched Button Kit to make buttons for your own creative projects. Visit the website to get started.
Orkney Star Island Soap & Textiles has some ideal stocking fillers thanks to its festive themed handmade soaps. The limited-edition range, all made in Stronsay, includes Funky Frankincense, Snow Cake Soap and a retro Coal Tar soap. Choose your favourites on the official website.
If you want to pick up a special piece of artwork as a treat after a tough 2020 then look no further than ArtWorks of the Earth. Artist Jeanne Bouza Rose has an incredible range on offer, including original Orkney paintings, calendars, cushion covers and cloths. Jeanne is also an Artist in Residence at the Ness of Brodgar archaeological excavation. This year, despite no dig activity taking place, she has produced some original oil paintings from the site, with limited edition prints also available. Find out more about these works and explore the full ArtWorks of the Earth range online.
Finally, the Aries Gallery has all your festive needs covered with its wide range of items. There is a huge selection of Orkney photography on offer – featuring local landscapes, seascapes and wildlife – or you can get your own images reproduced as a print or on canvas. Other pieces available include lace Christmas Tree decorations, bookmarks and hearts, Christmas napkins, coasters, embroidered greetings cards and much more. Visit the website to place your order.
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