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The Ultimate Guide To Scottish Gifts

Written by: Hamish
Published: 15th December 2018

Did you know there are more people in America with Scottish ancestry than there are people in Scotland?  The number of people in America thought to have at least one Scottish ancestor is estimated to be between 9 and 25 million.

Clearly, there are lots of people in the world who might appreciate a Scottish gift.  But which type of Scottish gift should you buy when there are so many to choose from?

Types of Scottish Gift

Scottish gifts generally fit into four main categories.

Celtic Gifts

celtic love knot

All Scottish people ultimately descended from the Celtic speaking Picts and Gaels who were around in the 9th Century.  Celtic symbols are usually a mix of knots and swirls and are prevalent in Scottish jewellery.  They can also be engraved onto metal objects such as hip flasks.

Scottish Clan Gifts

Scottish clans date back to medieval times, and they have an ancient and bloody history.  Clans took their wealth and power from two sources: their numbers and their land. Many clans are associated with a specific area of Scotland.

Each clan has its own name, crest and tartan, all of which are featured in a wide variety of Scottish gifts such as kilt pins and badges.

Tartan Gifts

The official register of Scottish tartans has over 4000 entries, but fewer than 500 tartans have ever been woven.

Tartan features heavily in the Scottish gift trade.  You’ll find it in clothing, accessories, luggage, cuddly toys…. Everywhere really!

Whisky

Scotland’s most famous export is known all over the world.  Not many people know that in order for whisky to be called ‘Scottish’ or ‘Scotch’ whisky, it has to be made in a certain way as dictated by the law.  Like the Scottish clans, whiskies are usually associated with a particular region of Scotland.

Anyone who has walked down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh will have noticed there are lots of shops that sell these things.  The internet isn’t short of choice, either. It’s all a bit same old same old.

There is a different type of Scottish gift!  

There is also a very different, very popular Scottish gift that is

Meaningful  

It carries a strong message and strengthens your connections with Scotland.

Everlasting

You can’t break it. It can’t be thrown away.  It will still exist long after we’re gone.

Fun 

With more than 7000 reviews, it scores an average of 9.6/10 on the independent review site Trustpilot.  People just LOVE receiving this gift.

Green and Eco-friendly

Buying this gift helps to fund important conservation work.  Since its beginnings more than 12 years ago, this gift has helped flora and fauna to thrive in Scotland.

Unique

You can’t buy this gift anywhere else and every one sold is different.

Personalised

This Scottish gift doesn’t come off the shelf.  It always personalised.

For Him or For Her

Both men and women (and children!) love this gift.  Hundreds of thousands of these gifts have been sold, and there’s even a huge and thriving community that has been built upon it!  Not many gifts can say that.

What is it?  It’s a piece of Scotland itself.  

That’s right!  

You can buy a plot of land in Scotland from £30.

The law in Scotland specifically defines souvenir plots of land.  These gift-sized plots can be as little as 30cm x 30cm. This is the minimum size of plot which can be uniquely defined using latitude, longitude and OS grid reference co-ordinates.

Highland Titles has been selling these plots of land in the beautiful Scottish Highlands for over 12 years.  The relevant documentation and information comes in a beautiful, luxury gift pack.

Tens of thousands of landowners (affectionately known as the Lairds, Lords and Ladies of Glencoe) have visited their plots of land over the last 5 years.

A team of volunteers based at the land can – by prior appointment – meet you there, give you a guided tour of the estate and show you to your plot.

The land itself in on the Highland Titles Nature Reserve.  According to Trip Advisor, this nature reserve has become the most popular nature reserve in Scotland and the 4th most popular thing to do in the entire Scottish Highlands.

Clearly, the Lairds, Lords and Ladies enjoy seeing the conservation work their support has made possible.  In fact, the Highland Titles Nature Reserve is an official 4-star tourist attraction!

Highland Titles Review

 

It gets better!  Highland Titles is a real community.  Approximately 100 Lords and Ladies of Glencoe attend the Highland Titles Gathering every year.  This two day event is based near to the land in a local hotel. It features informative talks, traditional Scottish food, drink and dancing and – of course – a visit to the land.

They also sell a range of associated accessories.  So if you still want to buy a different type of Scottish gift, you can buy one that’s associated with your plot of land!

Scottish Accessories

Highland Titles has its own official Scottish tartan and buckler, and we sell a whole range of Scottish gifts and accessories including hats, scarves, bags, key-rings, plaques and mugs in that unique style.

For those who are particularly proud to join the Highland Titles community, we have the exclusive Award of Arms.

So if you’re looking to buy a high quality, unique and personalised Scottish gift, look no further.

Buy A Plot


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Written by: Hamish


Comments on this post

  • Bradley Burrell
    22/12/18 - 01:29

    I was looking for something special for my wife for our anniversary. She has Scottish ancestors and I was frustrated in trying to find something different for the occasion. I happened across Highland Titles and my search was over. I sat at my computer while she laid down for a nap one afternoon. She awoke with a computer print out showing that she was a land owner in Scotland! Needless to say, she was impressed! She was so excited about it that she insisted that I get a plot as well. We have enjoyed following the happenings at the two reserves over the internet. We are very impressed with their progress in the area of conservation and also the professionalism of their staff. I recently found out that I too have some Scottish ancestry. We just purchased a plot for my two sons and their wives for Christmas. We can’t wait to present this to them. Thanks Highland Titles for a truly unique gift that won’t wear out or get old.
    Brad Burrell
    Marion, Ohio

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