Maybe you’ve got all your presents bought this year or perhaps you have still got a few left to get, if you are still looking for some brilliant gift ideas for you and your loved ones in Dumfries & Galloway then here are 10 Amazing Gift Ideas in Dumfries and Galloway may help you finish your shopping and at the same time support some brilliant local businesses.
1 – Shauni Brown Designs – Illustration & Poster Design.
Shauni Brown is a Dumfries based Graphic Designer whilst Shauni does alot of corporate graphic design work and wedding stationery she also has a great little online shop selling some fantastic poster & illustration designs. My particular favourite is her Smiths Lyrics poster (a must have for any die hard Smiths fan!) So if your in the market for a personailsed poster or custom maybe illustration then look no further!
2- Georgia Buckley Make Up Artist.
It’s that festive time of the year with lots of nights out and party’s to go to and you want to look your best. Georgia Buckley is an amazingly talented Freelance Make Up Artist from Annan. Specialising in bridal, special occasions and party make-up Using a wide range of well known, high-end make-up brands, Georgia’s aim is to make you feel as amazing and as confident as possible – no matter what the occasion!
3 – Solway Tours.
Mark Turner and Lesley Watson of Solway Tours are both former history teachers in Dumfries and Galloway. Both have strong links with the local area providing unforgettable experiences through their extensive knowledge and insight into the History of Scotland which will create memories and smiles that last a lifetime.
They also have a 5 Star Tour rating from the Scottish Tourist Board! An excellent gift for anyone you know who may be visiting the area or for locals wishing to find out more about their own History!
4- Ae Bike Shop & Cafe.
This is a gift perfect for the adventurous thrill seeker as well as anyone who just loved to be in the great Outdoors. Ae Forest is situated just 10 miles from Dumfries and has many different activities for all young and old. From world class mountain bike trails of the 7 stanes to some picturesque walks around the forest.
The Forest also has an amazing bike shop & cafe so if your looking to hire out a bike for the day or you would just like a lovely warm cup of tea and delicious home made food then Ae Bike Shop & Cafe are your first stop for a Great outdoors Adventure!
Ae Bike Shop & Cafe | 01387 860805 | https://www.facebook.com/AeBikeshopandCafe/?fref=ts
5- Annandale Distillery.
Don’t worry for all you people who love a tipple we have you covered too! It’s been a while (90 years in fact) but the re-awakening of Annandale Distillery means that fine Single Malt Scotch whisky now flows again from Dumfries and Galloway. Why not take part in a one of their amazing Distillerys tours. They serve some of the best Scottish food, wine, Scottish and local craft beers and ciders and and an extensive whisky selection!
”We hope that whisky lovers, people of Scottish origin from around the world and, indeed, anybody of good cheer will enjoy being part of Annandale Distillery’s future.”
6- Hemera Visuals – Couples Photoshoots.
Couples can be incredibly hard to buy for but Hemera Visuals have an amazing gift that caters to all couples as well as creates some lasting memories from them to treasure forever A couples photoshoot!. The shoots last an hour and can be done in locations that really describe you as a couple, a romantic walk down the beach or a stroll through the woods with your favourite dog they’re are so many amazing locations in Dumfries & Galloway!
If your trying to buy a gift for a couple you know maybe one who has even recently got engaged! or perhaps you would like to treat your significant other to an amazing day out they will remember forever then a Couples Photoshoots gift voucher from Hemera Visuals is the perfect Gift.
7 – Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine.
Looking for a gift for the person who has everything? A subscription to Dumfries & Galloways premiere Magazine is a brilliant idea for anyone who loves to be kept up to date whats happening in our region. The region’s favourite award-winning magazine with news, features, homes and gardens, food and drink, arts and leisure, walking, wildlife, history, sport and a great Out & About social section plus stunning photography covering this great part of Scotland.
The magazine are also running a fantastic #shoplocalDandG campaign promoting our amazing local businesses and the importance of supporting the local economy. With a ‘Subscribe & Save 50%’ on the magazine for 2016 it’s a great time to get a subscription.
Dumfries & Galloway Life Magazine | http://www.dumfriesandgallowaylife.co.uk/ | 01228 612760
8 – Kilnford Farm Shop & Farmhouse Kitchen Cafe.
This is the place to go for all you foodies out there it could be something for yourself or someone in your life who loves great local produce, you can find it here at the Kilnford Farm Shop. Situated just a few miles out of Dumfries they raise and number of animals including their prized belted galloways and black-face sheep, they also have a wide range of products to offer from their butchery, deli, larder, craft store and not to mention their delicious onsite restaurant!
9 – Blooms Florist.
Nothing is quite like a gift of beautiful fresh flowers. Dawn Robson owner of Blooms Florist continually strives to create truly beautiful, bespoke, inspiring and innovative Floristry. Using only the finest flowers and materials available she consistently produces beautiful floral works of art to the delight all clients.
With stunning gift ideas such as hand-tied bouquets, baskets, aqua packs, beautiful arrangements in vases, hand made chocolates, lily flame candles and much more let the people in your life know how much they mean to you with some stunning flowers.
Blooms Florist | http://www.bloomsfloristdumfries.co.uk/ | 01387 256192
10 – Cocoa Bean Factory.
Please don’t think we have forgotten about the kids ! A unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable, At the Cocoa Bean Factory children can make and decorate chocolate slabs, marshmallow treats and shaky shape animals and best of all, everything they make is theirs to take home. Workshops are suitable for children from 2 years up to 18 years old and are available seven days a week. But don’t think mums and dads have been left out of some chocolate making with a truffle making workshop for adults only, a must do for all those with a sweet tooth!
(Tip for Dads! – Next to the Factory is David Coulthard Museum so if you like living life in the fast lane then why not have a go on Scotland’s only full motion race car simulator not only do you sit in a real cockpit, the whole car moves to create a real life driving experience!)
11 – Bonus Tip : The Gift of Giving.
II would first of all like to give the team at Dumfries & Galloway’s What’s Going on a mention for their continued support of local business and keeping our community up to date with local stories, event’s and much more!
It’s that time of the year we spend with our families and are thankful for what have as well look forward to the year ahead. They’re are many in and around this region whom have very little so I just want to mention the gift of giving. With many charity shops helping causes both local, national and internationally and other brilliant causes including the food train, salvation army , canine rescue and cats protection too name a few.
If you can give anything back in the form of your time volunteering, donations of unwanted items or money every little truly helps to make Dumfries & Galloway and our world a better place! I hope everyone reading this has a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2016!
Cameron Pagan – Hemera Visuals.