If you haven’t got everything you need for Christmas, whether its food, drink or gifts, don’t panic Crieff has everything you could want to make this festive period special. If you’re planning on making a trip to visit Scotland’s only Santa’s Post Office with your little ones why not spend a little time in the town exploring all it has to offer. You may be pleasantly surprised!
Set amongst glorious Perthshire countryside, Crieff is a compact town with a high number of independent shops selling a wide range of unique gift ideas, perfect if you’re looking for something a bit different. We’re also a dog friendly town with a host of great walks and dog friendly cafés, so you can easily combine shopping with a walk and something to eat in one of our many cafés, bars, restaurants and takeaways.
Here are some other great reasons to visit……
Gifts for the kids
If you’re looking for gift inspiration for your wee ones, look no further than Fun Junction, a great independent family run toy store which stocks a wide range of toys, books, puppets, games and puzzles. Don’t be deceived by the small frontage of the shop, it’s much bigger than it looks and is piled high with toys and games for children of all ages.
There’s also plenty of places to buy a last-minute sweet treat for your little ones. Gordon & Durward specialise in traditional Scottish sweeties including tablet, fudges, macaroon bars and sugar mice, while Crunch Munch stock a wide range of American goodies and favourite big brands.
Gifts for your 4 legged friend
Alan’s pet shop is piled high with gifts and every-day items for the animals in your life, whether your chosen companion is feline, canine or avian. From toys, beds, chews and day to day food to edible Christmas cards, Christmas outfits and selection packs Alan’s got it covered!
Food and drink
Crieff is developing quite a reputation as a foodie destination and deservedly so. As well as a wide range of cafés, bars and restaurants Crieff has a brilliant range of independent food and drink retailers.
If you are looking to buy some last minute fruit, veg and herbs head to The Handy Shop on East High Street. For fresh and smoked fish and seafood, award winning Fish in Crieff, which is also chef Nick Nairn’s favourite, is the place to go. Traditional butchers, D Gourlay stock a wide range of locally sourced meats and also make a mean chipolata! Head to The Crieff Food Company for a brilliant selection of food gifts, cheeses, home-made pies, vinegars and flavoured oils. It’s also a great place to stop and refuel in their café, which makes a range of delicious homemade fare including some of the best cakes I’ve ever tasted!
If you’re worried that you haven’t got quite enough wine in to see you through the festive period head to Harrisons Fine Wines. 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!
If a wee dram is essential to your festivities then JL Gill is the place to go, they have an extensive collection of whiskies to choose from and are extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their subject. For a wide selection of beers, ciders, mixers, wines and spirits Ellies Cellar is the place to go.
There’s lots of places to choose from to buy stocking fillers. Planet Soap have handmade cold pressed olive oil soaps, bath bombs and candles. At Home Gifts have an extensive range of home based gifts and contemporary jewellery by Dansk Smykkekunst. Carnelian Crafts have a wide range of gifts especially glass. House of Tartan, CeeGees and Valentines all stock a wide range of accessories such as scarves, hats, socks and gloves which make the perfect stocking filler.