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Have you planned a trip to Scotland and you’re already thinking of how many Scottish souvenirs you can fit into your luggage? When we visited Scotland souvenirs were on the top of my “to-do” list. Even if I still had no idea what to buy in Scotland, I knew I wanted to find cute things, possibly locally made, that would always remember us of the days spent day-tripping from Edinburgh and finally exploring one of our bucket list destinations. This useful list will help you to pick the best gifts from Scotland, whether you’re visiting on a budget or not. It includes traditional items, the more touristy options, where to buy, cheap gifts, expensive ones and… a few tips if you’re planning to buy a cute gift for your furbaby!
Scottish gifts for the whole family
While I’ve divided this long list of Scotland souvenirs into smaller chunks (as you might have realized, I tend to write quite a lot!), you can absolutely mix and match as much as you want.
If your brother is addicted to aromatic toiletries, buy him some handmade soap! And if your sister likes to enjoy a good glass of gin, then by all means, get her a nice bottle of the Scottish stuff: she’ll thank you for the rest of her life!
These are just a my tips to get an idea of the things to buy in Scotland!
The following Scottish gifts are meant for a wider audience, which can be a good thing when you don’t want to be too personal or too specific with one of the souvenirs in the other categories.
Ideas for the coffee and tea addicted
While, like in so many other houses, our fridge is completely covered in magnets, there’s something else I have been collecting for years.
I know, you might be thinking that it’s definitely not among the Scotland souvenirs you’d have thought about, right? And yet in Scotland my collection became larger… and larger (to the point that Al was glad there was no more space in my carry-on).
You will find lovely mugs in many shops in Scotland. I bought the cutest one on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. While they are a little bit more expensive than the ones you will find in the smaller Scottish villages, they were perfect for my collection.
Starbucks in Scotland is almost everywhere. We have found beautiful Glasgow and Edinburgh mugs with the Starbucks logo.
The Starbucks Scotland mugs collection is often enlarged with special edition mugs for the holidays so check them out!
There are also generic Scotland mugs and some with Aberdeen images.
Speaking of mugs, tea and coffee immediately come to my mind (as you might know the art of coffee in Naples is a thing so I’m a coffeeholic).
If you’re looking for Scotland souvenirs for a tea addicted but are worried a mug won’t fit in your carry-on, there’s something else you can buy.
Not far from Edinburgh Castle you will find a huge shop. At Tartan Weaving Mill I found a lot of cute Scottish souvenirs, from fridge magnets to tartan, to a nice teddy bear we bought for our nephew. And then cookies, fudge (keep reading for more!)… and tea.
While you might think that tea is a “boring” gift from Scotland, we found a very… particular fragrance (we bought ours at Tartan Weaving Mill). Have you ever heard of whisky tea before? Neither had we!
They sell these small boxes with 10 enveloped tea bags and the Edinburgh Logo on the top. Not only you can fit them in your purse if you don’t have enough space in your carry-on, but it’s also one of the budget souvenirs from Scotland that you can buy in large quantities without going broke!
We tried the whisky tea: don’t worry, it’s absolutely not alcoholic! It only has a very strong Scotch whisky fragrance. Al said he could smell the barrel! At least in our case it was a well appreciated gift, especially because we don’t have whisky tea in Italy!
I must confess that being Italian, even if I’ve been speaking English since primary school, I found it a bit difficult to understand the Scots.
Why do you ask? Because Scottish English uses completely different words. Someone thinks of it as a dialect, but since we live in Naples, we are well aware that some so-called “dialects“, like Scottish or Neapolitan, are languages of their own.
When we speak Neapolitan sometimes even people from Northern Italy can’t understand us!
In Scottish “bBrolly” means umbrella.
Since the weather in Scotland changes quite often (as in: you can have 4 seasons in one day), it’s common to see tartan umbrellas sold all over the place. They can have different Scottish plaid (“tartan“) designs.
It’s one of the cool Scotland souvenirs you can fit into every bag, provided you buy a foldable umbrella. I also find it particularly useful, so it’s perfect if you’re looking to buy a gift that is both classy and functional.
Full disclosure: when we visited Scotland in winter not many people used umbrellas, because it was pretty windy and it would’ve been useless.
Scottish treats and drinks
I’m not sure it’s just me, but I love to eat the best dishes in Italy as well, so when I’m abroad I always try to find traditional foods and yummy treats (which were also a large part of my stash of souvenirs from Japan) that I can bring home.
Be aware that in some cases, as for other items in this list, import restrictions might apply. Always check what you can bring back beforehand or you will be forced to leave your items behind when you leave!
Some of the easier to carry Scottish souvenirs for all of those who have a sweet tooth are Edinburgh rock and shortbread.
Edinburgh rock is a traditional Scottish confection that from the outside looks a bit like a colorful marshmallow. Yet it has a completely different texture, almost between candy and chalk. It’s pretty crumbly once you bite into it, and sometimes it can be named “Castle Rock“, with a picture of Edinburgh Castle on the top.
The Edinburgh Rock Factory has been producing this treat since 1947: if you’re looking for Scottish souvenirs that have a history, that’s the thing.
While you can find Walkers Shortbread also in the rest of England (I never leave without buying some boxes that I carry home with me), this manufacturer is very much Scottish. You can recognize their boxes because they have a Scottish plaid design and it’s pretty easy to find them all over Scotland.
You’d be surprised to know that last time we spent a couple of days in London we realized that shortbreads are more expensive over there than in Edinburgh! So you can add them to the list of budget Scotland souvenirs.
Another brand we loved is Dean’s. They make delicious butterscotch cookies, and Al also tried their lemon shortbread. To die for! It’s another made in Scotland brand that you should absolutely try.
If you’re planning to visit Edinburgh Castle, there’s a shop inside that sells them!
Mrs Tilly’s tablet is yet another (much appreciated) item you should add to your “what to buy in Scotland?” list. I’m sure you’ll see a lot of fudge and butterscotch sold on the Royal Mile but nothing compares to Mrs Tilly’s. They make traditional Scottish confectionery by hand, using traditional methods.
Once again you’ll see the tartans of Scotland on the boxes that indicate that it’s another made in Scotland original product: bonus points because they’re so easy to recognize!
Mrs Tilly’s Confectionery is a family run business that still uses a secret recipe to make fudge, toffee and the delicious Scottish tablet.
Whether you’re planning to buy Scotland souvenirs on the cheap or bigger boxes that you can share with your family and friends, they’ve got you covered. They have a wide variety of flavours, both in single bars (which are pretty cheap) or in bigger bags, up to 1kg of tablet and fudge!
Scotch pies are yet another thing you should eat at least once in Scotland. They are double-crust pies usually filled with meat. Yet if you want to bring some at home you should be aware of the fact that they won’t survive a long flight and it’s easier for them to be on the list of things you can’t bring back home.
You should be fine in Europe for the time being, but some of the ingredients are off limits for many other Countries.
One of the most popular cakes in Scotland is the Black Bun, a fruit cake completely covered in sweet pastry. If you’re shopping for gifts from Scotland in Edinburgh, you can buy a slice of black bun at Jenners: they have delicious treats and lots of Scotland souvenirs!
One of the best kept secrets, that not many tourists know about, is Edinburgh’s chippy sauce. Absolutely add it to your list of things to buy in Scotland if you’re allowed to bring it back home!
Chippy sauce is a brown sauce that is traditionally found in Edinburgh. A unique blend of fruit and spices, used on fries or fish and chips. It looks like gravy but please, don’t offend the Scots by asking them if it’s the same thing: it’s not!!!
Chippy sauce can be also used for sandwiches, potatoes, fried chicken… and someone uses it on pizza.
Yet you’ll have to excuse me if I’m not fond of eating my pizza with chippy sauce: pizza in Naples is completely different!
By now I’m sure you’ll be thirsty (and hungry). Another one of the Scottish things people like to buy is Irn Bru, a Scottish soda, often described as “Scotland’s other national drink” (after whisky). It’s produced in Glasgow, and sold throughout the United Kingdom.
Unless you pack it in your checked-in baggage, being extra careful in wrapping it in a lot of layers, you won’t be able to bring it back with you on a plane because of the restrictions on liquids.
If you’re lucky you’ll find Irn Bru after the security controls at the airport.
Many people choose to bring back an empty can of Irn Bru that they can use as a pencil holder on a travel-themed writing desk!
There are many souvenirs you can buy if you are interested in Scottish craftware. All over the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, but also in thousands of shops in Glasgow and Aberdeen (as well as in the smaller villages), you will find lots of cute things you can buy for your own home or as a Scottish gift for someone you love.
Horn is also used for lots of different spoons. We have seen horn porridge spoons and even horn egg spoons all over the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Of course they’re not a budget option and you should make sure to wrap them very carefully if you don’t want them to break (maybe it’s better to put them in your carry-on!), but they’re definitely traditional gifts from Scotland that you won’t find anywhere else.
A different kind of kitchen tool, which you can put in your checked-in luggage, is the wooden spurtle. This Scottish tool dates back to the fifteenth century and it’s used to stir porridge, soups or stews.
Sometimes the spurtle (or “sprirtle“) is carved with a thistle decoration at the top: these are a bit more expensive than the plain ones, but also nicer.
Being in love with Highland cows, I was looking for a souvenir from Scotland that would remind me of these beautiful animals, that we don’t have in Italy. Well, on the Royal Mile I found some super-cute wooden sculptures of a Highland cow. There were several sizes and came at cheap prices, so I got quite a few of the tiny ones for my friends and family. Everyone loved this very Scottish gift!
Greyfriars Bobby trinkets
Everyone knows about Hachiko, the loyal dog that has walked to the train station in Shibuya (celebrated by a statue that you can visit in Tokyo) every day for 10 years after the man he loved died at work. Yet not many people know about Bobby, the Skye Terrier who spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner in Edinburgh, until he died. Bobby has been buried just inside the grave of Greyfriars Kirkyard, not far from his owner’s grave.
At the junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row you’ll find a statue representing Bobby, the smallest listed building in Edinburgh, once a drinking fountain for humans and dogs. All over Edinburgh you will find mugs, ornaments and keychains with Bobby’s image, sold as Scotland souvenirs: the perfect gift for every pet lover!
If you intend to visit Scotland in summer you’re definitely in for a surprise. The moors will be completely covered in pink and purple flowers. The Heather (Calluna Vulgaris) is a low-growing, evergreen kind of shrub that you will find everywhere in Scotland.
Heather is an icon of Scotland and many people like to buy seeds so they can plant it at home. It’s another one of the budget Scottish souvenirs you can think of, but only after making sure you won’t get in trouble at the airport in your homeland.
Check if you can import Heather seeds before you decide to buy them!
A Luckenbooth brooch is a Scottish heart-shaped brooch. It’s one of the Scotland souvenirs meant for the whole family because it has different meanings. This jewel is a traditional love token that people wear as a wedding brooch, or it can be given to a nursing mother. Some even pin it to a baby’s clothing to protect them from harm.
The Luckenbooth brooches are typically made of silver and can be engraved or set with stones. Of course the most intricate designs will be very expensive but you can find some budget options.
The motifs on the Luckenbooth brooch are similar to those you’ll find on the Irish Claddagh ring: they both use the heart and the crown!
While I can imagine your eye roll, I had to add the mighty fridge magnets to this list of gifts from Scotland!
Even if they are touristy and sometimes tacky, so many people (us included!) collect fridge magnets. To our defence, we actually like to see our fridge completely covered by magnets showing all the places we’ve been to. It’s like a trip down memory lane every time that we look at them!
If you really have no idea what to buy in Scotland and you don’t have a big budget, then by all means get a few fridge magnets that you can also offer as a present to your family and friends!
Almost every shop on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh sells fridge magnets. They usually start at £3!
Scottish tartans: not just kilts!
When people think of what to buy in Scotland, the first things that come to mind are the beautiful Scottish tartans.
Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. You might know it as “plaid“, which is the common word used in the United States, but that isn’t just the right one you should use. In Scotland in fact a “plaid” is a large piece of tartan cloth that is worn as a shawl, or an ordinary blanket. In Italy “plaid” has the same meaning!
If you’re looking for unique Scotland souvenirs, you really should think of buying something tartan. As you probably already read above, even many cookies and candy producers are using tartan on their boxes to show that it’s an original Scottish product. We even found little teddy bears wearing tartan jumpers: our nephew loved the one we bought for him!
A nice Scottish gift for a man could be a tartan tie: you will find them in different colors and some shops will also tell you which colors belong to the different Scottish clans.
Shopping in Scotland is awesome, especially if you’re looking for traditional tartan designed for modern Scottish clothes. A tartan scarf is very much trendy nowadays and buying an original one would be the perfect way to look stylish and remember your trip to Scotland!
Other tartan items you could buy are hair bows, shirts, bags, purses and so much more.
You can find some of the best tartan clothes at Ness in Edinburgh. They sell original designs made in Scotland, and have a nice Outlet section where you can buy super cute Scotland souvenirs for yourself or your friends on a budget.
When we visited I’ve found some beautiful tartan scarves at less than £9! Make sure you pay a visit if you’re looking for a budget souvenir designed in Scotland!
Buying a Scottish kilt is a bit more complicated. One of our friends who is absolutely in love with the Scottish culture has bought a traditional tartan kilt and he claims it took one full carry-on bag to bring it back to Italy! Sure thing, he also bought a sporran, which is a small bag worn around the waist, over the kilt. But still, it was bulky and very expensive.
You can find a lot of nice kilts in Scotland, including those using the Pride of Scotland Tartan, which is a modern version with colors that indicate all things Scottish (blue, white, green and purple).
To avoid the tourist traps you should make sure that it’s a “made in Scotland” product. Be aware that it’s a particularly expensive gift!
Scottish gifts for her: quirky and interesting ideas
Both me and my mother loved shopping in Scotland. There’s a ton of things you can buy for a girl and nope, not only for the millennials! You can buy Scottish gifts made in Scotland for your grandma, for your mum, sister, best friend: believe me if I say you won’t be disappointed!
The best part of it is that your Scotland souvenirs don’t have to be super expensive. Let me offer a few tips, with budget ideas you can copy to buy gifts and souvenirs without splurging too much!
Scottish clothing – not so obvious!
In Edinburgh we found lots of shops selling cashmere items as “Scotland souvenirs“. Provided that cashmere products are also particularly expensive, there’s something to be said about Scottish cashmere.
While cashmere has been woven in Scotland since the 1800s, nowadays quite a lot of manufacturers import raw cashmere from abroad (mostly from Mongolia and India) and then weave the products in Scotland, so they can apply the “made in Scotland” tag.
Of course cashmere is timeless, smooth and silky on your skin: perfect for the cold winters in Scotland. Beware, buying cashmere clothes will spoil you for the “regular” wool items, and it can be expensive! Yet if you fall in love with a cashmere jumper, buy it with the knowledge that it’s not really “Scottish”!
In our opinion, we didn’t find worth investing so much money for something that isn’t even really from Scotland. So unless you have a large budget, my suggestion would be to stick to Scotland souvenirs like wool items (we’ll get there in a moment).
If you want to buy a nice gift to yourself or someone else and the price tag isn’t an issue, check for clothes at Hawico, in Edinburgh, which has been producing cashmere clothes since 1874, always in the same factory, or at House of Cashmere in Glasgow.
As I already mentioned, there’s no need to splurge too much for a cashmere jumper, considering that it’s not even 100% Scottish. For way less you can buy wool items like scarves, fluffy jumpers, cardigans, hats, socks, gloves and so much more!
One of the best tweeds you can find is Harris Tweed. The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, with stores throughout the Country (have a look here at the store locations so you can check if you can find one during your trip), has some very nice items. You’ll find a ton of Scottish gifts made in Scotland that you can buy for yourself or your loved ones. Especially if they’re girls!
Modern Scotland souvenirs
If you’re looking for modern souvenirs from Scotland, you should head over to Anta, a Scottish shop that has showrooms in Edinburgh and the Highlands.
They sell ceramics and textiles in contemporary Scottish tartan patterns.
From hand decorated pottery to carpet rugs, from scented candles to teapots and mugs, with a few bonus items like shirts and bags.
Anta really has the best modern Scottish gifts for her if you’re planning to buy something nice and not too cheesy.
You will need to have some space in your luggage and a nice budget, because while items sold at Anta are pretty expensive, they’re also so nice that you will keep on piling them into your shopping basket: been there, done that!
Heather Jewellery: only in Scotland!
As you probably already read in this article, the heather is an evergreen shrub, renowned for its cute blooms, that is pretty common in Scotland. What you probably don’t know is that you can buy handcrafted jewelry that actually uses this plant to make unique gems!
Heather gems are made from the stems of heather. They gather, dye and then actually compress them into gemstones in a long process. Every gem is unique, because of the colors and patterns: you will be able to buy Scotland souvenirs that no one else has!
This kind of stone is usually fitted into sterling silver jewelry. We have found a lot of shops selling them both in Edinburgh and in the smaller Scotland villages.
It’s a gift that people won’t expect, great if you want to stay away from the usual tartans of Scotland, to buy something that has a deeper meaning. Some cool ideas might be bangles, brooches or pendants. I’d avoid buying earrings unless you know for sure that the person you’re buying them for isn’t allergic.
Rings are particularly nice too. They come in a variety of designs, including many Celtic ones that we’d never seen before, not even during our road trip to the Connemara National Park in Ireland!
Aromatics toiletries: I’m in love!
In case you’re following me on Instagram you probably already know, thanks to my IG Stories, that I’m in love with beauty products, especially if they are natural and nicely scented.
Well, while I was looking for nice and uncommon Scottish things I could buy during our trip, I’ve found one of the five Arran stores in Scotland. And… Oh. My. Gosh! It was love… at first sniff. I didn’t know it was a thing until I stepped in and the mixed scent of lavender, sea salt, patchouli and rose hit my nostrils. Thank gosh they also sell online, because I’d feel lost without their products now!
The Arran products are Scotland souvenirs for those who want to buy something that reminds them of their trip to Scotland whenever they’re taking care of themselves.
For 28 years this brand has been creating evocative scents in a dairy farm on the Isle of Arran. While nowadays the factory is much bigger, the scents have stayed the same. Their philosophy is that crafting the aroma always comes first, and then they decide what they’re going to use it with.
You’ll find soap, scented candles, body moisturizers, massage oils, salt scrubs (which are amazing). The best part of it? Their price! The Arran toiletries are pretty cheap!
If you are worried that you can only carry tiny bottles of liquids, be aware that they also sell inexpensive soap bars (the quality is absolutely good), and that you can also order online. Shipping might no be absolutely cheap, but I’m sure that once you sniff these products you won’t be able to consider them only as “souvenirs from Scotland“: they’ll become part of your beauty routine!
Cookbook with Scottish recipes
You’re only traveling with a hand luggage and you can’t bring too many liquids with you. Nor delicate things that might break while you return home. Does it mean you won’t be able to shop for Scotland souvenirs? Absolutely not!
If you or someone you know like to cook, how about you buy a cookbook with the best Scottish recipes? There are some very simple ones like potato scones, oatcakes, the delicious Scottish red lentil soup, and the super-famous shortbread cookies, which I’ve prepared at home as well: they were surprisingly good!
Provided that you, or the person you’re buying the book for, understand English quite well, there are quite a lot of recipes that you can prepare at home and that will make you think of your trip. Definitely a nice thing to add to your list if you still don’t know what to buy in Scotland!
Scottish gifts for him: whisky and more
I must confess that unless I’m shopping for Al (who is a nerd like me, so I always know what to buy), I find it difficult to buy little somethings for men. So when I was thinking of Scotland souvenirs I could get to my dad and to our best friends, I knew that there had to be something more than liquor. After all, if you’ve read until now you’ve surely understood that Scotland has so much to offer!
So once in Edinburgh I started to go over the shops like a woman on a mission. Here’s all the interesting Scottish things you can buy for your men. Just as usual, we’ll have something for everyone, regardless of their age and of your budget!
A vintage map of Edinburgh
While you’ll be able to find a lot of homeware at Anta, buying a vintage map of Edinburgh (or of Scotland) will please all of those who have a love for history and home decor.
I’m sure it’s not the first thing that comes to your mind when you’re thinking of Scotland souvenirs, but a vintage map can be framed and hung on a wall. Always a reminder of your wonderful trip to Scotland.
The perfect Scottish gift for your dad’s office or study.
I have a small confession to make: my mom loves history and Scotland so she’d love to have a framed, vintage map of Scotland at home! So it doesn’t have to be specifically a gift for men !
As with many other suggestions in this list, always keep an open mind!
Oor Wullie comic strip: nerd alert!
Oor Wullie is Scotland’s favorite comic strip. Written in Scot’s slang, it follows the adventures of Oor Wullie, a Scottish fellow who lives in the fictional town of Auchenshoogle.
You can find these comic strips in the Sunday Post, they’ve been a weekly insert for over 80 years. Some shops in Edinburgh, included a few in Victoria street (where you’ll find more nerd Scotland souvenirs, from Harry Potter to wizardry stuff), sell interesting Oor Wullie merchandise: it’s a cheap gift that can be perfect for every comic collector and geek out there!
Harris Tweed Items: the best shopping in Scotland
If you scroll up, you’ll see that I’ve already suggested Harris Tweed as a very nice Scottish clothing tweed for girls. Well, there are also clothes for men and they’re quite nice.
You can find proper Harris Tweed in several shops all over Scotland, especially in the Highlands and, of course, on Isle of Harris.
Malt Scotch whisky – a staple of the Scottish souvenirs
I’m quite sure there’s no need to tell you that a bottle of whisky is one of the most appreciated gifts from Scotland you could think of. There are so many distilleries in Scotland, and they sell the finest whisky selection. So much so that choosing the right one could be a bit difficult, especially if you’re not much of a whisky drinker (just like me)!
The Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from malted barley and it’s Scotland’s biggest export. In Edinburgh you will find tons of shops selling all kinds of whisky, but more often than not they will also let you taste a little bit, so you will be able to decide if you like it or not.
While visiting Edinburgh Castle, we also found a quite lovely whisky cream at their shop. It was a bit like the Baileys Irish Cream, but with a different scent and taste (a little bit stronger, too). It can be a really nice alternative if the person you’re buying it for isn’t too fond of strong liquors.
An important tip for those of you flying with only a carry-on: you can buy a bottle of Scotch whisky also at the airport! Once you’ve gone through the airport security, at Edinburgh airport you’ll find quite a lot of nice shops. Those selling liquors have very nice offers on whisky.
If you buy it in this area (remember: after you’ve gone through security!), they will ask you to show them your passport and flight ticket. Then the bottle will be sealed in a bag and you will be allowed to bring it with you as a hand luggage!
Scottish spirits that aren’t whisky
Since I’m not really a drinker, I was unaware of the fact that there are actually quite good spirits in Scotland that aren’t whisky. Al on the contrary is passionate about good quality liquors and wines (as you probably got already from our souvenirs list for Italy where he suggested lots of wines), so he was very interested in tasting Cairn O’Mohr wines.
These outstanding Scottish wines are unique because they’re made with fruit. As in, you can really taste strawberry, raspberry, bramble, elderberry and oak leaf wine. Not only that, the Cairn O’Mohr wines are colorful, so you’ll find a bright pink raspberry wine, and a bright green oak leaf wine.
These are unique Scotland souvenirs not many people think about, but they’re sure to surprise everyone once you unpack them at home!
Made from the freshest ingredients, the Cairn O’Mohr wines attract people from all over the world… just like Aldo, who was super curious!
Another amazing spirit you can buy in Scotland, which is worldwide famous, is the Edinburgh Gin. This multi-award winning gin can be found also at the airport, as I mentioned above (in the whisky chapter), so you can also buy a bottle before to leave. Perfect way to buy some souvenirs from Scotland also if you’re only visiting with your carry-on!
Quaich – a piece of history
Just like other gifts from Scotland mentioned in this guide, the Quaich has a rich heritage and is a unique drinking bowl. Different from all the other drinking vessels in Europe, it was used to offer a guest a welcome cup and a farewell drink (usually whisky).
Travellers were known to always carry a quaich, so it could be a great gift from Scotland for every traveler you know!
Quaichs are Scotland souvenirs that come in different sizes and materials. The price changes considerably: I’ve seen quaichs that costed about £15 and others that were well over £150, engraved with special messages or a clan crest.
Sgian-dubh – you must check if you can carry it!
The Sgian-dubh is a small, single-edged knife worn as part of the traditional Scottish Highland dress, along with the kilt. It was originally used for cutting meat, bread and cheese, but it also served for protection.
While it’s part of the traditional Scottish kilt ensemble, you absolutely must ask if you can import it, before you buy it. And of course it can’t be packed in your carry-on!
It’s one of the Scotland souvenirs that many people buy and then pass as a legacy to future generations. If this is your main goal, don’t be cheap and buy a good one! They can be pretty expensive if you want the real thing, which is why I can’t stress enough that it’s important to make sure you can carry it back home: otherwise it will be confiscated at the airport!
Bonus: Scotland souvenirs for your pets
Please, don’t tell me I’m the only one who always buys a little something for her furbabies whenever she is away from home!
Our pets are probably spoiled rotten, but I absolutely don’t mind, so I wanted to buy something nice for them in Scotland.
In case you’re like me, let me offer a few ideas: our cats and dogs appreciated them!
You can buy wool dog clothes (I once bought a nice fleece jacket for my very old cat and she couldn’t pur loud enough to thank me) with a Scottish tartan design, or also tiny tartan bow ties, if your furball is a little Lord!
Our cats absolutely loved the tartan-like blanket we brought back from our trip, it’s still their favorite place to go when they want to nap. Super soft and quite warm, just the way they like them!
You can buy nice Scotland souvenirs for your pets at Pets at home in Edinburgh, which is a pretty big shop that sells a lot of interesting things, including several kinds of treats.
In case you like the smaller shops, you can find some cute dog clothes and toys at House of Hound, also in Edinburgh!