Crieff has a brilliant selection of independent shops from greengrocers to butchers, florists to jewellers. If you are looking for inspiration for the perfect Christmas gift for the men in your life here are just five of the best shops to visit.
Valentines of Crieff
Valentines is a gem of a shop and in some ways reminiscent of a small department store in that it stocks such a huge range of items for both men and women. It’s also a bit of a tardis inside with a series of interconnecting rooms and a second floor too. The men’s clothing department stocks an immense range of clothing and accessories for the men in your life from smaller items such as pocket handkerchiefs and scarves to boots, outdoor jackets and suits.
Must haves for this season include the new twists on classic tweed jackets from Santinelli, the huge range of colours and patterns in non-iron Egyptian cotton shirts from Olymp, the super stylish and practical Chelsea Boots from Barbour and the range of bamboo socks, warmer, softer and more environmentally friendly than cotton. Other quality brands include: Weirdfish, Bugatti, Dubarry, Gant, Cheaney & Co.
J L Gill
J L Gill are probably best known for their incredible selection and knowledge of single malt whiskies although they do also stock a wide range of gins, ales, rums and spirits too. The vast selection of drink is displayed on wooden shelves which go from the floor to the ceiling, everywhere you look there are bottles upon bottles – quite a sight to behold! The friendly knowledgeable staff know every inch of these shelves and are very happy to discuss favourite tipples and make suggestions, the whole experience is incomparable to shopping in a supermarket.
Gill’s also stock speciality teas, coffees, herbs and spices and offer a range of Scottish produce gift hampers.
House of Tartan
If you are looking for a more traditional gift for any of the men in your life, then look no further than House of Tartan. There are more than 11000 registered and unregistered tartans and these chaps really do know there Stewarts from their Sinclairs!
Choose from a range of off the shelf shoes, socks, ties, neck scarves, kilt pins, cufflinks, cross body bags, baseball caps and much more. If you would like to take a more bespoke approach you could buy a gift voucher for a bespoke item in a tartan of your choice. You can choose from large items such as a pair of trousers to smaller items such as a tie, pocket handkerchief or cufflinks. Bespoke items can take around eight weeks to make.
Harrisons Fine Wine
Harrisons is an independent wine merchant with a huge variety of stock from across the world with almost as large a price range to match it, although you may be surprised to know that they can give supermarket prices a run for their money! They have wines from the Old World, the New World and more unusual countries which you may not think of as being a wine producing country such as the Lebanon. Try one from Chateau Musar, whose range of wines are described by Decanter Magazine as being “stellar”.
Harrisons friendly and knowledgeable staff know their stuff and are very helpful and informative and happy to make suggestions or recommendations. They are also not stuffy about price point so don’t be afraid to say how much you are wanting to spend.
Although most of the shop is dedicated to wine, champagne and sparkling wine Harrisons do also sell port both vintage and non vintage, gin, cognac, whisky and other spirits.
Blue Spirit stock a wide selection of gifts, watches and jewellery including their own hand made unique jewellery range. They have a wide range of beautiful pewter items including hip flasks, pocket watches, magnifying glasses and bottle coasters. They also have cufflinks, tie pins and watches to choose from. For something truly special you can commission a unique one-off piece from them.