Gone are the days when soap was something you only bought your granny (or to drop a not-so-subtle hint to that whiffy colleague in the office secret Santa).

The Highland Soap Company ( has hand washes that include wild nettle and heather, bog myrtle and Hebridean seaweed (£7.50). The Lochaber firm, run by Emma Parton and her two daughters, also sell bars of soap such as a sublime Scottish raspberry cranachan (£4.95).

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Speyside-based Mary Jean ( has developed a soap and skincare range that uses natural and organic ingredients. Highlights include honey and oatmeal soap (£5.49) suited to those with sensitive skin and a Highland midge lotion (£6.99).

Hebridean Soap Company ( owner Linda Sutherland collects "angel's tears" – the soft Lewis rainwater – to mix her handmade creations which draw inspiration from the machair flowers and marsh orchids that are native to the area. Prices start from £3.80.


The Isle of Skye Candle Company ( was set up by James Robertson in a converted bothy near Portree in 2006.

Newly unveiled is a festive-themed spruce and fir fragrance which is perfect for those who love that nostalgic Christmas tree smell without the pesky dropped needles clogging up carpets and vacuum cleaners (from £12).

Another yuletide treat is the winter warmer candle which features a delightful combination of orange and cinnamon with a hint of clove (from £12). There is also a Scottish range with fragrances such as Highland gorse, raspberry and white ginger, and bluebell (£20).

Not only do the candles smell good, they contain a natural and toxin-free wax made from soya and botanical oils. The brand doesn't use any products that are tested on animals and guarantees its wax is free from pesticides, herbicides or genetically-modified material.



Orkney-based knitwear designer Hilary Grant ( is sure to brighten up the gloomiest of winter days with her adorable pom-pom hats, cosy gloves and sumptuous scarves.

She works with a family-run manufacturer in the Scottish Borders to produce her collections using high-grade lambswool yarns (although every pom-pom is still handmade in her studio).

Designs includes a stunning "Reykjanes" shawl (£130) with a subtle geometric patchwork design. Check out the gorgeous "Brackish" wrist warmers (£42) and matching hats (£56).

Rosie Sugden's luxurious cashmere accessories ( include plush beanie hats and turbans (both £99). The designer, who has her studio in Edinburgh, works with a mill in Hawick.

Begg & Co ( products are made and woven at their factory base in Ayr. The super soft scarves, stoles and throws (from £95) make ideal outdoor and coorie-in attire alike.


The phone has been ringing off the hook at Scottish label Strathberry ( ever since Meghan Markle was spotted carrying one of their bags on her first official royal engagement with Prince Harry earlier this month.

The tri-colour "Midi Tote" in burgundy, navy and vanilla (£495) sold out in minutes with customers also snapping up the same style in a variety of different colours.

Created by husband and wife design team Guy and Leeanne Hundleby, Strathberry was launched in 2013. Their leather bags are designed at the firm's headquarters in Edinburgh and handcrafted in Spain. Each bag takes up to 20 hours to make and are available only in limited numbers.

Although you may need to get an IOU from Santa Claus: there are currently more than 4,000 people signed up to be notified when the "Midi Tote" sported by Ms Markle comes back into stock. And according to a spokeswoman: "The list is growing every hour."

Strathberry also offer a stylish backpack (£475), clutch bag (£395) and oversized tote (£625).



A joyous cat wedding, kooky dog fancy dress party and cheeky foxes enjoying a midnight feast are among the fantastical worlds conjured up by Karen Mabon ( for her beautiful silk scarves, pyjamas and cushions.

The illustrator, originally from the Black Isle but now based in Edinburgh, describes her work as "everyday lux kitsch". Her products are designed in Scotland and made in Italy. Christmas fans will love her limited edition Deck the Halls scarf, available in gold and blue (£48).

When Emma MacKenzie ( is working in her Aberdeen studio, the colours and shapes found in nature are always at the heart of her designs. Think the pigment shades of delicate flower petals or the geometric patterns on the skeleton of a leaf.

She makes eye-catching cushions (£85) with each one individually hand-dyed to create a unique pattern. Materials used include a silk velvet front panel and an oeko-tex linen reverse.

Urban Reivers ( – the brainchild of bestselling author Sara Sheridan based in Edinburgh – includes a range called Bide which centres on accessories such as swish bow-ties, pocket squares and scarves featuring vintage maps of Scotland (from £55).

The design is an homage to navigational guides printed on parachute silks and dropped behind enemy lines during the Second World War allowing resistance fighters and Allied troops to escape to safety.



Urban Reivers (see above) also has a Reek fragrance line which memorialises "heroic, unapologetic and passionate women" from history through artisan perfumes.

The signature scent Damn Rebel Bitches ( is a tribute to the lives of the Jacobite women with hints of blood orange, hazelnut, pink peppercorn, clary sage, malt and an amber accord (£75 for 50ml).

Earlier this year the brand released Damn Rebel Witches – a woody and fresh concoction with hazelnuts, blood oranges, twigs, leaves, leather and tobacco – which "commemorates witches burnt at the stake, prosecuted today for witchcraft and people who identify as witches".


The Paulin sisters – Eleanor, Charlotte and Elizabeth – launched their eponymous watch company in 2014. All their products are designed and assembled in Glasgow.

A contemporary twist on classic styles make Paulin ( the perfect wrist candy. Signature pieces include the Geo Mini (£140) with its bright Italian leather straps. More recently the brand has expanded into clocks and leather goods such as wallets and card holders.

They are also breathing fresh life into a waning industry. Timex – the last major watch manufacturer based in Scotland – closed its Dundee factory in 1993.



Stationery aficionados will love the bold and playful patterned cards, notebooks, gift wrap and calendars from Risotto ( Led by designer Gabriella Marcella, all the company's paper goods are handmade in a zero-waste workshop in Glasgow.

Specialising in risograph print – a technique similar to screen-printing used to create tactile and vibrant designs – Risotto also offers T-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags with funky graphics. Prices start from £4 for a pick'n'mix stationery set.

Glasgow textile and graphic designer Iain MacDonald creates bright and bold wearable pieces of art for his clothing label Sleekit (

Certain to bring a smile are his fleece-lined sweatshirts with prints inspired by the tale of The Tiger Who Came to Tea (£40) and jolly Christmas jumpers (£35).

Lisa Donati is the woman behind the brilliant Glasgow-based Gie It Laldy! ( which has coasters (£3.50) and mugs (£9.95) emblazoned with colourful Scottish colloquialisms such as "Gaun Yersel", "Gallus" and "Yer Da Sells Avon".

She recently collaborated on a Buckfast flavoured lip balm (£5). Perfect for the wine connoisseur.