• Christmas is just around the corner so here are some of our ideas for festive gifting for those gearing up for the big festive shop, from Scottish food and drink-inspired ideas, books, and artisan crafts to unique artwork

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and that means it’s time to start the search for thoughtful and memorable gifts for family, friends, and loved ones.

Most people nowadays tend to relish the opportunity to do at least some of their Christmas shopping in stores which entices shoppers to walk through their doors with colourful, festive windows and Christmas tunes playing in the background helping them get into the festive spirit.

For others, including farming families who are busy, it’s easier to sit down in front of the fire or at the kitchen table and browse for gifts online. It also takes the hassle out of the Christmas equation by saving valuable time at what is always such a busy time of year. And, of course, there are those of us who are always somewhat ‘bah humbug’ when we see advent calendars, Christmas cards, and tins of chocolate in the shops in September!

From artisan Scottish food and drink to bespoke artwork featuring rural scenes, to gorgeous yet practical clothing, jewellery and accessories, books and toys, there’s a special gift for everyone this Christmas whether you make your purchases online or manage to get into the shops to browse in person.

Of course, it’s always good to support the hardworking and varied band of independent shops and artisan businesses right on our doorstep – many of them rural firms that have built up relationships with farming folk over several years, others fledgling businesses.

So, however you plan to shop this Christmas – whether in stores or online – the Scottish Farmer Christmas Gift Guide provides plenty of food for thought. So, what are you waiting for? Get shopping for the big day!