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 2022
The Taste of Shetland Christmas gift guide 2022 showcases the incredible range of festive-themed food and drink gifts available from our member businesses this year.
1. Shetland Reel Home Tasting Kit
The Shetland Reel Home Tasting Kit is perfect for holding your very own home tasting with family or gifting a loved one this Christmas.
The pack contains three x 200ml bottles of our core gins: Original, Simmer and Ocean Sent along with a set of tasting cards to guide your evening (or maybe mid afternoon).
The pack will outline what mixers and garnishes you'll need as well as explaining how to ‘nose’, taste neat and jot down your thoughts for comparison with your ‘tasting mates’ later.
It’s an evening of fun while learning a little more about gin and Shetland Reel in particular.
Order yours via the Shetland Reel website here.
2. Festive Hampers: The Island Larder
Need a gift for someone this Christmas? Why not send them a gift voucher to spend in the Island Larder on anything they wish from hampers to Christmas bottle cookie kits!
Hampers: Selections of Shetland Fudge Company items along with produce from other local businesses, all delivered in a hamper or gift box to give to your loved ones.
Christmas Bottle Cookie Kits: Bake delicious Christmas cookies at home without the stress! Just add Shetland Milk & butter to our bottle kits and bake for 10-12 mins! Perfect every time, but be careful they are addictive!
Visit islandlarder.co.uk for more Christmas inspiration!
3. Food Made in Shetland: Marian Armitage
Beautifully photographed in the south mainland of Shetland, this collection of Marian’s favourite recipes shows clearly how to get the best out of Shetland ingredients. Local lamb, beef and pork - and in particular the more economical cuts feature strongly as do tasty recipes using favourite fish - especially the lesser used species.
There are plenty of recipes using fruit and vegetables as well as lovely pies, tarts, cakes, bread, bannocks and puddings.
Lots of recipes too, suitable for getting bairns into the kitchen!
Of course, if you are Sooth or overseas, you can use your own local produce while enjoying peerie stories from Shetland.
For further inspiration visit marianarmitage.co.uk
Food Made in Shetland is available in many local outlets in Lerwick - The Tourist Office, Ninan, The Museum and Archives, Shetland Times Bookshop, the Peerie Shop, also in Mainlands, Mackenzies and The Bigton Shop. Online too, from shetlandwooladventures.com and tasteofshetland.com online shop.
4. Festive Collection: Island Deli
Brie Wreath - A creamy Scottish Brie base topped with charcuterie, pickles, fresh and dried fruit served with fig chutney and crackers
Festive Graze Box - a festive cheese & charcuterie platter, filled with delicious produce including: Morangie Highland Brie, Manchego, goats log, Cornish Yarg, black pepper venison & pork salami, breseola, salami, olives and pickles, fresh seasonal and dried fruit, assorted gourmet crackers, selection of nuts, fig chutney, cranberry sauce and our homemade mincemeat pies.
Festive Christmas Tree - the Island Deli signature festive tree filled delicious cheese & charcuterie, served with fig chutney & crackers is perfect addition to your Christmas table.
Sausage Roll Tear and Share - homemade pork & apple sausage rolls with cranberry dipping sauce, perfect for sharing with family and friends
To order visit www.islanddeli.co.uk
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. Gift Packs: 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.
This year, they have two gift packs available for nationwide postage as well as in their shop for Christmas.
The first is a reestit mutton and bannocks gift pack alongside their 60° North Lager. The pack contains 300g of Anderson Butcher's reestit mutton and 1kg of flour from Johnson & Wood bakery in Voe, as well as recipe cards on how to make both the bannocks and reestit mutton & tattie soup. Two bottles of their flagship beer will be included to wash it all down! *Please note that there will be two shipping dates for these*
The second is a Tushkar gift pack with a Lerwick Brewery beer shampoo bar and branded beanie. A toorie kep is as much of a winter essential as Tushkar Oatmeal Stout, so they've paired the two together as well as a shampoo bar from Love from Shetland! The pomegranate and raspberry scented shampoo bar also uses Tushkar as well as goat's milk from their very own goat, Connor.
Gifts can be purchased online through the brewery’s website or by visiting the brewery shop – open 2-5pm Monday to Friday.
7. Coffee: Blyde Welcome
As the weather turns chilly and the evenings draw in, it's time for a pot or two of something warming and extraordinary. Delight in every sip as your cockles are warmed with our brand new range of Shetland inspired beach blend coffee.
Whether you prefer the lighter roast of St Ninian’s, or the darker blends of Fethaland and Peerie Spiggie, with eight different roasts from Columbia to Peru to Indonesia, Blyde Welcome has the perfect coffee for you and your loved ones this Christmas. Also available for wholesale.
Buy online today via the Blyde Welcome website or shop local and visit our stockists ‘Scoop Wholefoods’ and ‘The Bigton Community Shop’ to give the gift of great coffee!
8. Nort Finest gift boxes
Nort Finest is a family run business based in the north of Shetland's Mainland
Struggle to find that perfect gift?
Why not send a Shetland Hansel to that special person.
Select the size of box you want and fill it with Shetland made produce and products. From hand-made candles to jam, knitwear and chocolate, there is something for everyone.
If you don't need a gift box, you can also order items individually.
To order your own Shetland hansel please click here.
(Prices from £25.00)
9. Chutney: MacKenzie's Farm Shop
Beetroot Chutney - 380g
Using local Shetland Beetroot and an old family recipe, MacKenzie's Farm Shop Beetroot Chutney is a delicious accompaniment to any meal and is especially delicious with cheese and Shetland Oatcakes. Or you can eat it on it's own - it really is that good! Awarded a 1 Star from Guild of Fine Food Awards in 2019 for it's Great Taste!
Ingredients: Shetland grown beetroot, apples, onions, sugar, MALT vinegar, salt & spices.
£4.30 each (sold in 2's) = £8.60
Spiced Tomato & Pepper Relish - 440g
This tangy relish won a '2020 Great Taste Award'. It is freshly made in the Mackenzie's Farm Shop kitchen and is the perfect accompaniment for cheeses and cold meats. Transform any sandwich into a tasty treat!
Ingredients: Tomatoes, Mixed Pepper, Onion, Sugar, White Wine Vinegar, Garlic, Salt, Paprika, Coriander, Cayenne Pepper.
£4.50 each (sold in 2's) = £9.00
Available online from www.mackenziesfarmshop.co.uk
10. Christmas Cakes from the Waas Bakery
This year the Waas Bakery have 4” and 7” Xmas cakes decorated in white with a cute edible red ribbon and bow and sprinkled with some gold edible dust. The rich Xmas cake from the Waas Bakery is infused with Stewart’s spiced rum and presented in an Xmas cake box.
They have a large selection of mince pies available this year from your regular shortcrust to iced pies and puff pastry pies, and they also have their Xmas boxed pies available in Stewart’s spiced rum or irn bru, both are topped with cream and a pastry star dusted with icing sugar.
The Waas Bakery have a great festive range of cakes and biscuits to choose from this year including their Bakers special black bun, white chocolate and cranberry cookies, Xmas cookies, Snowman cupcakes, Xmas tree cupcakes, Xmas empire biscuits , Xmas pudding cakes, mulled wine cupcakes, Xmas ginger traybake, Xmas cake squares, Madeira cake, cherry cake, hot chocolate lollies and shortbread infused with Shetland Reel whisky.
This is all in addition to their usual selection of oatcakes, shortbread, bannocks and beremeal bannocks.
The Waas Bakery can also provide sandwiches, traybakes and much more for all your Xmas events.
For more info and to order email [email protected] or phone 01595809308
11. Leia's Selection Boxes for Dogs: The Traditional Butcher
100 % Natural Pet treats, no additives, no preservatives, just dehydrated meat product.
Prepared by the Traditional Butcher especially for your pets.
Producing a healthy, additive & grain free, no chemical treatments product from the by products of the meat industry.
These products are not only healthy, but they are environmentally friendly in that they are utilising a product that would otherwise go to landfill.
Plus, the packaging is 100% Compostable.
A selection of the most popular products from The Traditional Butcher for your dogs Festive treat.
Two sizes Medium £15, Large £25.
To order contact The Traditional Butcher on Facebook/Instagram or contact 07540 449174 or email [email protected]
12. Festive Chocolate: 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 on 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.
Visit The Chocolate Box website to place your order!
13. NEW: Taste of Shetland merchandise!
This season Taste of Shetland have launched a new range of merchandise in their online shop!
Our gorgeous 'Shetland' design by artist Gilly B is now available on a sturdy canvas tote bag and double oven gloves.
Shetland tote bag £12.99
Our canvas tote bags are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags. These heavyweight 100% cotton canvas tote bags with long handles will make an excellent gift.
Shetland double oven glove £20
Made with 100% 1/2 Panama cotton outer with a polyester inner, the Shetland double oven glove offers heat protection for up to 250 °C (15 secs contact heat only). Perfect for making bannocks or taking that roast lamb out of the oven.
Visit the Taste of Shetland online shop to find out more!
Much more to discover
Looking for something extra specific? Still stuck for ideas? Our 2022 Food and Drink Guide showcases the full range of Shetland produce and related services from all of our Taste of Shetland member businesses.