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Festive gifts that will support Scottish museums and galleries!

Struggling to find a unique and meaningful gift for the special museum lover in your life this holiday? Well, look no further! We’ve pulled together some unique and perfect gift suggestions from museum gift shops across the country that will help you shop small and support Scottish museums and galleries🎄.

Homeware & Decor

We all know someone for whom the railway and the age of steam still holds some romance. Glenfinnan Station Museum have stunning vintage inspired rail tour posters featuring some of the most Scenic railway journeys in Scotland that will look gorgeous framed on your walls. Are you thinking of giving someone a gift that’s going to be with them forever? The Wardlaw Museum have  unique Lobster gifts so you can tell someone that you’re their lobster. 

Forget NFTs, we’re all about the Non-Fungible Tea-towels. At the Arisaig Land Sea & Islands Centre you’ll find beautiful tea towels with designs that are unique to the centre, so you know you’re buying one of a kind. Or do you have friends that just can’t stop buying plants? Why not gift them a Phanta plant hanger from Jupiter Artland! Not only will this hanger make a statement, but it’ll create space for even more plants. If you know someone who says “they can never have too many candles” then The Highlands Travel candle at Grantown Museum will be the perfect gift. 

Accessories & Jewellery

Do you want to give someone a special piece of jewellery this year? The Pier Arts Centre have got beautiful necklaces, earrings, and brooches for you to pick from. Designed by Ola Gorie, the jewellery is inspired by the work of artist Alan Davie which he created for his wife Bili. Do you have someone in your life that loves shopping AND the Broons? Then you’re in luck! Dundee Heritage Trust have plenty of charming Broons gifts that would make any Broons fan delighted. 

Why not gift someone a beautiful wool Cameron tartan scarf to keep themselves warm and stylish all year round? Clan Cameron Museum have got three tartans to choose from! Or the National Museum Scotland have got a choice of funky dinosaur socks which guarantee that no one will be disappointed opening these up during the holidays.

A Christmas tree sitting amongst gifts on a brown table
The National Museum of Scotland's gift shop

Quirky Gifts

Do you know someone who’s fishing for a herring cushion? You can catch one at Ullapool Museum to gift during the holidays. Or maybe you have someone in your life that enjoys getting spooked all year round? Why not consider getting them the Ghost Stories of Innerpeffray booklet by The Library of Innerpeffray. 

Did you know that you can adopt collection objects? Head to Glencoe Museum website to find out which fantastic object you can adopt to help the museum towards its redevelopment plans. You can gift someone a unique Queen’s Own Highlanders money box from The Highlanders Museum to keep their coins safe from disappearing in their sofa, bag, jacket…anywhere! If you do know someone who keeps losing their keys, Paisley Thread Mill Museum have quirky Wooden Bobbin keyrings that come in a range of colours and sizes.


If lockdown didn’t destroy your love of jigsaws and you want to spend the holidays solving puzzles, then Taigh Charsabhagh’s own branded goodies will be right up your street. Or if learning a new instrument is one of your New Year resolutions, The National Piping Centre offers bagpipe starter kitscomplete with practice chanter to help you kickstart your musical journey.  

Why not treat someone to a Gift Experience at Rosslyn chapel! You and the perfect friend in your life can have an afternoon of tea and cakes with admission to their Chapel.

A publications about Rosslyn Chapel displayed on a white surface
The Experience Pack at Rosslyn Chapel

Are you searching for an exciting activity for the new year? Why not consider purchasing a gold panning licensing from Museum of Lead Mining to see if you can strike gold! But if you need a gift for a crafter, you can find tapestry and needlework kits at Traquair House. They have delightful patterns for you to pick from so you can gift something special.