Stocking Fillers to Secret Santa – your SKC gift guide to making Christmas extra special Whether you’re Santa’s Little Helper or Ebenezer Scrooge, the Christmas season is well and truly under way and the countdown is on, with just over a week to go until the big day. If you’re anything like me, I’m your typical man; that is to say I’m not exactly what you’d call a Christmas Planner. I think it’s safe to say I fit into the ‘man dash’ category of shopper; usually panic buying on Christmas Eve, running around the shops in a festive frenzy (did you know 70% of shoppers on Christmas Eve are men?) with a burnt-out credit card making the obligatory impulse purchases. The sad fact is that, unfortunately, many gifts given on Christmas Day will shortly end up either being returned or appearing on eBay for re-sale. In 2012, research from the Daily Mail reveals that the average UK adult received two unwanted presents; with friends, mothers and work colleagues being the main culprits when it comes to giving duff gifts. So you’ll be warmed and comforted to know that central to our ethos here at the Scotland Kilt Company is that we take the time to make sure all our gift items are hand-selected for their quality and individuality. Working with specialist, elegant designers and local Scottish craftspeople – including the likes of bag and accessory guru Catherine Aitken – you can take comfort that any gift you give this year from the Scotland Kilt Company will be treasured forever. Based in Leith just north of here, Catherine uses heritage cloths - including Harris Tweed, Fife Linens, waxed cottons from Dundee and Scottish deerskin – to produce uniquely classic-looking, bespoke timeless pieces which make ideal Christmas gifts. For those in your life who can’t resist a wee dram or two to warm those chilly winter evenings, treat them to a beautifully crafted Glencairn Flight Tray Set with water jug, two classic Glencairn whisky glasses and a neat oak carrier tray. Made purely with the whisky fan in mind, this family-run company based just south of Glasgow prides itself on giving customers ‘the spirit of Scotland in a glass of its own’. For more ideas and inspiration, make sure you take a peek at our Gift Page, whether you are looking for a last-minute stocking filler or secret Santa surprise. And don’t forget! If you request UK Special Delivery you can order right up until the 23rd December in time for Christmas. So as 2014 draws to a close, we wish all our customers a very happy Christmas and New Year with health and happiness for 2015.