With over 100 members offering locally-produced food, drink and more, there’s a special idea available for every family member! From gin to hampers and hotels to brewers, you’ll find all the inspiration you need to celebrate Christmas with the best Shetland produce.
Taste of Shetland Christmas Gift Guide 2021
The Taste of Shetland Christmas gift guide 2021 showcases the incredible range of festive-themed food and drink gifts available from our member businesses this year.
1. Lemon Fest Bundle: Shetland Reel
Where else to be-gin our festive gift guide than with this year’s special edition gin from Shetland Reel: Lemon Fest. The spirit is the first from the company to feature lemon as the key botanical and, with a suggested serve of tonic and lemon peel, the gin provides the perfect post-dinner pairing for a freshly made lemon posset or cheesecake.
For the first time Shetland Reel has also developed a gift bundle for their Christmas special, offering a bottle of Lemon Fest and a sustainably made candle for just £44. The candles, which offer a refreshingly citrus scent to accompany the gin, were produced just a mile from Saxa Vord distillery in Unst by local producer Mella Handmade Soap.
Lemon Fest Bundles are available via the Shetland Reel website here.
(Prices from £30, bundle mentioned £44)
2. Festive Range: The Chocolate Box
Launched at the end of 2020, The Chocolate Box uses high quality Belgian chocolate and local ingredients, whenever possible, to make a wide variety of tasty treats.
Their festive range includes a selection of hot chocolate bombs – available individually or in family packs - Christmas crackers and winter puffins. For something extra special, hampers are available this year too, made to your chosen value.
With each small batch created by hand, the company can cater for a variety of allergies and dietary requirements including vegan, dairy free and soya free options.
To contact The Chocolate Box and place your Christmas orders, you can email [email protected] or visit their Facebook and Instagram pages.
(Prices from £3.50)
3. Shetland Food and Cooking: Marian Armitage
Shetland Food and Cooking, written by Marian Armitage, contains over 100 recipes and is packed with photos, stories and information about Shetland’s local produce. Recipes celebrate the wide variety of food that is caught, reared and grown locally.
Originally published by the Shetland Times in 2014 and now reprinted for the third time, this award-winning book will make a terrific present for anyone with a love of food, cooking or Shetland.
Shetland Food and Cooking can be bought from the Taste of Shetland website as well as from the Shetland Times Bookshop and many other local shops.
4. Festive Graze Box: Island Deli
Perfect for a cosy night in with family and friends, Island Deli’s Festive Graze Box is packed full of several cheeses including creamy French Brie, Wensleydale and cranberry, and Manchego cheese.
All paired with cured meats, seasonal fruits, antipasti, nuts and crackers, the graze box removes the stress of shopping, leaving you with nothing to organise except a few bottles of wine to complete your perfect evening at home.
(Prices from £35)
5. Gift Vouchers: Busta House Hotel
Standing over the Busta coastline for over 400 years, Busta House Hotel offers one of the best bases for exploring all that Shetland has to offer.
The hotel offers gift vouchers from just £20, which are redeemable across all accommodation options and the restaurant. Each voucher can be personalised with any message and posted or emailed directly out to recipients.
Vouchers can be arranged by telephone at 01806 522506 or via email at [email protected].
(Prices from £20)
6. Two Jar Gift Pack: Shetlandeli
Choose any combination of savoury preserves for a wonderful little gift for friends or loved ones from Shetlandeli - an award-winning local social enterprise and registered charity.
Whether you prefer something sweet and mellow, sharp and tangy, or a hint of spice, Shetlandeli have chutneys and relishes to suit. Their range is all produced locally by the team at Shetland Kitchen Co, part of COPE Ltd.
The preserves go well with a range of cheeses and cold meats, perfect for jazzing up some of that leftover turkey or atop a cracker and cheese.
Shetlandeli’s products can be ordered online or found in a variety of stockists both local to Shetland and on the Scottish mainland.
7. Various: Lerwick Brewery
Lerwick Brewery produces a range of award-winning craft beers. From lagers to IPAs and oatmeal stouts, they have something for everyone! In addition to their bottles, they also have a range of gift options including 5l mini kegs allowing you to pour a pint from the comfort of your own home, as well as gift packs, gift vouchers, tours and merchandise.
Gifts can be purchased online through the brewery’s website or by visiting the brewery shop – open 2-5pm Monday to Friday.
(Prices from £2.50)
8. Shetland on a plate: Blyde Welcome
'Shetland on a Plate' is a series of online cookery tutorials featuring Chef Andrew Spence and the very best of Shetland’s produce.
A fantastic gift for cooks and food lovers alike, the two-hour tutorials focus on several dishes including several dishes including Pan Fried Beef Fillet, Braised Beef Shin, Braised Short Ribs, Osso Buco, Rolled Shoulder of Lamb and Vanilla Panna Cotta with Poached Rhubarb and Crème Patissiere.
Each of the videos can be bought individually, however this Christmas you can also pick up all films together as a set. The videos are stored on a USB stick and delivered in a presentation gift box.
The videos, and Christmas gift set, can be bought directly through Blyde Welcome's website
(Price £50 for the set, individual video downloads £5)
9. Catch of the Day Fish Boxes: Thule Ventus
Thule Ventus’ Catch of the Day fish subscription boxes are perfect for fish lovers or those looking to introduce more fish into their diet.
Each box contains a variety of local seafood, all of which comes from family-owned Shetland boats. The boxes can be purchased as a one-off or as part of a subscription, with gift vouchers also available.
Each order is delivered well insulated in packaging using wool sheets which are excellent natural insulators, and in fully-recyclable boxes.
Boxes can be ordered online through the Thule Ventus website.
(Prices from £60, gift vouchers from £25)
10. Gift Sets: Whalsay Made
A company that began in founder Donna Polson’s kitchen on the island of Whalsay, Whalsay Made produce a range of sauces, preserves and chutneys.
All of the products can be purchased individually, however for the perfect festive gifts you can browse the range of gift trays, baskets and bespoke hampers. All you need to add is cheese and wine to complete a cosy Christmas supper.
Orders can be placed online at whalsaymade.com, with collection available in Whalsay and Lerwick. Note that last orders for Christmas must be submitted by December 14th.
(Prices for gift sets from £10)
Much more to discover
Looking for something extra specific? Still stuck for ideas? Our 2021 Food and Drink Guide showcases the full range of Shetland produce and related services from all of our Taste of Shetland member businesses.