We explore some of the best Christmas gift ideas for farming folk this year – from crooks to whisky and foodie delights and handcrafted ceramics, there’s something for all members of the family

It’s time to get organised for Christmas and while farmers and their families the length and breadth of Scotland might not have much time to plan for the festive season, far less even think about it, everyone deserves to have a smile on their face on Christmas Day – and remember, it’s always the thought that counts.

You can never go wrong with food and drink and as Scotland is renowned for its rich culinary traditions, what better way to celebrate the season than with a hamper filled with locally sourced, artisanal delights?

Consider gifting a selection of fine Scottish cheeses, or a bottle of single malt whisky from a nearby distillery. If you’re looking for a more unique twist, you could opt for a selection of handcrafted preserves from local producers – and you’ll find plenty of choice in farm shops.

Or how about cosy knits featuring Scottish wool and cashmere? Hand-knit sweaters, scarves, and hats pay homage to the nation’s rich textile traditions, support local craftspeople and retailers, and are also practical for the colder months.

There’s also outdoor gear such as waxed jackets, hiking boots, and fishing tackle for those who enjoy activities in the open air – gifts that are both practical and thoughtful.