Content sponsored by: A Whale of a Time
The Highlands and Islands are home to many of the best artisans and producers on the planet!
From world-famous distilleries to delicious hidden gems, from centuries-old traditions to new products, the range of delicious food and drink, crafts and artwork is amazing, and it’s all here at your doorstep.
So where to start ?
A Whale of a Time, based in Inverness, ended your Christmas literally! The company specializes in select gift boxes featuring the best of the Highlands and Islands.
The beautifully presented boxes are themed with gifts to suit all tastes and you can also make your own gift box if you have something special in mind for that special someone.
And in addition to buying a nice gift to give this Christmas, you will also be supporting local businesses and producers.
âA Whale of a Time really is the best of both worlds,â said Helen Ross, who co-founded the company with Eilidh Marshall.
âOn the one hand, we source from small producers across the region and while we have a very good local customer base, thanks in large part to the fantastic support from the local media, we also deliver throughout the UK, so we feel like ambassadors of the region, sharing the hidden gems that we know and love.
âWe present products from Shetland, Caithness, Inverness, Ross-shire, Lochaber, Wester Ross, Harris, Lewis, Islay and Skye. We are passionate about supporting businesses and local communities in the Highlands and Islands. It is important to have a thriving local economy so that people can live where they want, while still having a sustainable business that is supported by their community.
Eilidh added, âWe really believe, especially in our business of delivering, that people want something different. We don’t want any in-stock items that you can easily buy at a supermarket or large online retailer. We have a good relationship with all of our suppliers and it is about helping each other as much as possible.
“We are giving them a new avenue to market and they are making products to order for us, on time and at a fair price so that we all benefit.”
âOur relationships allow us to offer an additional element of personalization, whether it’s a bespoke message on a chocolate bar, a new cocktail or even an idea for a brand new product.
A Whale of a Time truly offers the best of both worlds – beautiful, unique and stylish gifts that support and promote incredible local businesses and producers across your Highlands and Islands.
The choice is impressive with collections to meet almost any preference including The Coffee Box which includes premium Highland Roast coffee from Inverness Coffee Roasting Co, a Cath Waters mug with its own artwork such as its artwork by the beautiful view of Skye and Raasay from Applecross, Harris Tweed coasters lovingly crafted by Lucy Wagtail, blonde Chocaccinos from Island Bakery and a large bar of milk chocolate and Highland roasted coffee by Chocolates of Glenshiel.
There is also The Tea Box, The Hot Chocolate Box, The Cocktail Box, The Gin Box, The Whiskey Box, The Craft Box and The Build Your Own Box where you can design a gift box entirely around your friend, loved one or even a business clientele. And if you want to mix things up and send a coloring book with a drink, smells with chocolate, or a box of cookies with a book as a gift, then you absolutely can.
A Whale of a Time has finished your Christmas – Visit awhaleofatime.co.uk
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