With only a few short weeks to go until the festive season is upon us, many of you will already be starting your Christmas shopping.
Here in Orkney, we have an incredible array of food, drink, and crafts makers, all creating some fantastic products that could be key to completing your gift list.
We’ve picked out some of our favourite new items that are available now from our Creative Orkney and Taste of Orkney members – take a look and pick a present from Orkney this Christmas.
By popular demand, Orkney textile design studio Hilary Grant’s colourful and cosy 100% lambswool blankets have been miniaturised in the form of baby blankets. They're part of the new Autumn/Winter 22 collection of accessories and home textiles, which is full of beautiful hats, scarves, throws and more. For the baby blankets, some of the most popular designs have been adapted to a smaller scale and are available in the ‘Keel’ and ‘Dovetail’ designs, and in eight colour ways.
If you’re looking for a perfectly-packaged gift for a gin lover, Orkney’s Deerness Distillery has the answer. You can pick up luxury hampers featuring 20cl or 70cl bottles of the distillery’s three gins – Sea Glass, Vara, or Scuttled – as well as a selection of complementary tonics and a garnish pack.
The seas surrounding Orkney have inspired these stunning pieces of fused glass art from the Orkney Glass Hut. Liz Rickard’s studio overlooks Scapa Flow and many of her creations are influenced by the quickly changing weather, especially at this time of year. Each piece is unique and hand-made, with a curve used to represent the dynamic nature of the elements.
This new release from Orkney’s rum distillery is an unaged pure rum that comes with tasting notes of fresh cotton, marshmallows, green apples, and liquorice. Named after a two-tonne cannon adapted for use on the sea in the 16th century, Culverin definitely packs a punch - drink it neat, with a tonic, or in your favourite cocktail. You can also pick up a taster set gift pack of miniature bottles of rum - the perfect stocking filler for spirits lovers.
If you have an old piece of jewellery that you’d like to give a new lease of life then Sheila Fleet Jewellery is on hand to help. They can take your old gold and platinum pieces and create a stunning Standing Stones ring, inspired by one of Orkney’s most dramatic Neolithic sites. Keep your design simple or add a bit of sparkle with a diamond, evoking the moon shining over this ancient stone circle. To find out more about this process contact the workshop via firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0)1856 861 203.
This festive-themed gin from the Orkney Distillery was originally an exclusive in collaboration with the Craft Gin Club last year, but now Yuletide Gin has become a permanent seasonal addition to the distillery’s award-winning range. It comes full of winter spices, fruit, and subtle floral notes inspired by Orcadian Christmas traditions.
If you’re gifting a bottle of something special from Orkney this Christmas, then why not add a beautiful bottle bag from the islands too? Aries Gallery has produced these velvet bags which come available in a number of designs and Christmassy colours.
Marion Miller’s seashell collection is hand-made in her Stronsay studio, inspired by walks on the island’s beautiful beaches. The latest addition to the collection is this limpet shell shard bracelet – each one is cast from Marion’s own seashell designs so every piece is as unique as its wearer.
If you’re looking for a festive present for the foodie in your family, one of JP Orkney’s food and drink hampers is bound to be a winner. The hampers feature home-made jams, chutneys, sweet treats and more, bringing together some of the finest local ingredients and products. Everything is crafted with care from the JP Orkney base in Birsay, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and the hampers offer a real taste of Orkney this Christmas.
This latest collection from talented glass artist Carrie Paxton features some fabulously retro oranges and lemons designs, full of colour and character. Carrie uses flat, clear glass before adding colour and kiln firing three times. Each firing adds depth of colour, detail, and texture. The designs are inspired by 1960s fabrics and wallpapers, and ceramics from the 1970s. The collection features small dishes, origami-shaped dishes, large deep bowls and large vases.
Looking for a special festive tipple? These treat boxes from the Orkney Gin Company give you the chance to pick your award-winning spirit of choice along with carefully selected mixers, UK-sourced sweet and savoury snacks, and a special Orkney Gin Company cotton bag. The products come in a lovely branded magnetic closure box – perfect for gifting and reusing in your home.
The result of a new collaboration with Orkney womenswear designer, Kirsteen Stewart, the Elements range from Aurora Jewellery combines Kirsteen’s years of experience designing clothing and accessories with Aurora’s skilled master craftsmen. The range, inspired by the Orcadian elements, is brought to life with sterling silver and accented by rose gold details. Each element is available in small, medium, or large, and can be combined on a single pendant too.
Browse our Shop Online pages for more products from our talented Taste of Orkney and Creative Orkney members.