How to have a Traditional Scottish Christmas

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Many of us have had to cancel trips to Scotland this year, but that doesn’t mean we cannot bring a little Scotland into our home this Christmas!

I, for one, won’t actually be in Scotland this year [the Haggis and I will be spending Christmas and New Year in New Zealand] but it got me thinking of ways we can still integrate a bit of Scotland into Christmas overseas.

From decorating your Christmas tree and neat Scottish gift ideas to Scotland Christmas traditions- here are some fun and super easy ways to have a traditional Scottish Christmas.

How to have a Traditional Scottish Christmas
Merry Christmas, from Scotland!

10 Ways to Have a Traditional Scottish Christmas

Give your Christmas tree a Scottish theme

One of the easiest ways to have a traditional Scottish Christmas is to decorate your tree with Scottish decorations and ornaments.

I’ve seen lots of cool decorations for sale on Etsy– here are some of my favourites:

Tartan is also easy to get ahold of around Christmas time. An easy way to have a traditional Scottish Christmas is to decorate your Christmas tree with long threads of tartan ribbon, or even create bows out of tartan to put on your tree [see how to tie below].

You can even go one step further and wrap all your presents with Scottish themed wrapping paper or use tartan eco Christmas gift bags.

How to tie a bow

How to have a Traditional Scottish Christmas

Have a traditional Scottish Christmas meal

I don’t mean to burst your bubble at the offset, but Scots traditionally eat turkey for Christmas dinner, however, there is nothing stopping you from having a Scottish themed Christmas lunch or dinner.

Scottish food is hearty and delicious- and belongs on any table where there’s a celebration! You can find a local butcher that sells haggis [except if you live in the United States where haggis is actually illegal] or try one of these traditional dishes:

Be sure to wash your meal down with a hot toddy or dram of Scottish whisky!

How to have a Traditional Scottish Christmas
Haggis, neeps and tatties

Don’t forget dessert!

Switch up your usual Christmas dessert for a Scottish dessert such sticky toffee pudding or cranachan. I think sticky toffee pudding is particularly good if you celebrate Christmas during winter, and cranachan is lovely if you celebrate Christmas in the summer.

You could even serve up some sweet treats, including shortbread or tablet. Both recipes are super easy to make and a great activity for the kids.

>> Listen to our podcast about celebrating Christmas in Scotland. Also available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Buy unique Scottish gifts

Why not spoil yourself or your loved ones with some Scottish themed gifts?

This year it’s even more important to buy from small business owners verses big companies.

Here are some unique gifts I love that are made by Scottish small business owners.

How to have a Traditional Scottish Christmas

My favourite shops on Etsy

My current obsession is finding Scotland based creators and artists on Etsy and filling my home with beautifully unique, handmade items. Here are some of my favourite Etsy shops I’ve purchased Christmas gifts from:

  • Brooches and jewellery by Miriam Emerton – I adore her brooches [they go perfect on your blouse or beanie] which feature images of her own paintings.
  • Photography and postcards by local Edinburgh photographer, Burc Ates.
  • Blue Ranchu Designs – I love Laura’s Scottish Terrier accessory bags. She designed the graphic herself and makes them by hand!
  • IDrewThis – I adore Ilona’s Scotland designs! She has a wonderful range of prints, cards, tea towels, coasters and more.
  • LBUK – Lorna Brown makes gorgeous Harris tweed accessories and handmade bags.
  • Hame Made – I love Ashleigh’s contemporary and cheeky Scottish slang prints. I have her ‘Haggis, Neeps & Tatties’ print hung up in my lounge!
  • Jewellery By Katrina – Katrina has a variety of lovely Scotland-inspired jewellery. I love her tartan necklaces in particular.

Online shops

Online shopping is a lot more attractive this year, for obvious reasons. Here are some of my favourite online stores I love to browse [and the perfect place to do some Christmas shopping].

Dreaming of Scotland – Scottish Clothing + Gifts – travel blogger Kay from The Chaotic Scot started her online shop this year when Covid-19 decimated international travel. She has really unique gifts including hoodies, beanies, candles, prints and more inspired by her travels in Scotland!

Sandwick Bay Candles – Megan is a Kiwi living in Stornoway the Outer Hebrides and makes delicious smelling handcrafted soy candles.

Kevin Sean O’Connell Landscape Art – I am a huge fan of this artist and have already picked out some goodies picked out that I want to hang in my house!

Browse online Scotland Christmas markets

I love the Christmas markets in Scotland that are held each year. Due to Covid, the big Christmas markets have been cancelled, however, some smart cookies decided to create online markets on Facebook!

Here are some of my favourites:

How to have a Traditional Scottish Christmas
The Haggis and I at the Edinburgh Christmas market in 2019. You can attend this year’s christmas markets online!

Scotland Christmas Care Packages

Every year I sell Scotland Christmas Care Packages, which feature 7 surprise artisan items. I lovingly select each item and buy only from small business owners. I post the care packages in time for you to place them under your Christmas tree. They’re the perfect gift for yourself, a friend or family member!

While I’ve finished taking orders for 2020, keep me in mind for 2021 and have a wee bit of Scotland under your tree next year.

You can email me at if you’d like me to contact you next year when I start selling the care packages.

I hope this post has inspired you to have a very Scottish Christmas, no matter where you are in the world. Be sure to tag me on Instagram @wayfaringkiwi11 if you include any of my suggestions in your Christmas celebrations this year!


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Hello, I’m Yvette and I’m from New Zealand. In 2016 I left home to travel the world; I met my husband after hiking the length of Scotland, and now we live in a wee Scottish village with our pup, Angus. I’m a full-time blogger and travel Scotland for a living! Read more about me here.



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