For the men in your life…
GPH Builders Merchants
Don’t forget about the man in your life this festive season. The builders merchant, which has bases in Inverurie, Westhill and Stonehaven has extensive ranges of power tools and equipment, but if you don’t know what to buy, why not pick up a gift voucher? While you are in the shop, pick up the company’s 2016 calendar for a small donation – all proceeds go to CLAN and Alzheimer Scotland. Visit gph.uk.com
If you know someone looking for a new tattoo or body piercing in 2016, then look no further than Rebel for gift ideas. The leading Aberdeen tattoo and piercing studio, which is based on the city’s George Street, is one of the longest running studios in Aberdeen. For more information about Rebel Ink and to see examples of the work produced at the studio, visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rebelinkaberdeen or its Instagram at @rebel_ink.
For the ladies in your life…
Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa
Buy a gift voucher for the luxurious hotel, situated on the outskirts of Aberdeen, and you will definitely be in the good books in 2016. There’s so much to choose from including dining in the award-winning Blairs restaurant, being pampered in the hotel’s spa, or relaxing over a champagne afternoon tea. You never know, play your cards right and you might get to go along when they decide what to spend their gift on…….Visit www.ardoehouseblairs.co.uk for more information.
Linton & Mac:
The perfect present for those party queens this Christmas, the Linton & Mac Partners in Crime experience for two. Why not treat someone to a fantastic hair and make up lesson accompanied with fizz and nibbles, with the leading creatives in the salon. Or, what about indulging in the infamous style bar vouchers or the salons popular Windle and Moodie products, the outcomes are endless! Visit www.lintonandmac.co.uk for more information or call the salon on 01224 641664.
Help the special lady in your life feel De-Zireable this Christmas. The luxurious shop stocks a range of quality and affordable lingerie brands covering cup sizes from A-H, including Maison Lejaby, Aubade, Prima Donna and Charnos. If you need help picking the perfect present, fear not, as boutique owner and lingerie Queen, Susan Evans will be on hand to help. Alternatively, why not buy your loved one a gift voucher so she can treat herself. Visit www.de-zire.co.uk for more information.
For the foodies in your life…
From festive hampers and butchery classes, to artisan goodies and the perfect roasts, The Store has something for everyone this Christmas.
Looking to treat a loved one to an once-in-a-lifetime experience? Put their culinary skills to the test with a half-day butchery course. Start the day with a coffee and bacon roll, followed by a tour of the farm where you will end up in the butchery. Our first-class butcher, Grant, will demonstrate his craft and then coach guests as they try their hand at being a butcher for the day. Guests are then treated to a meaty lunch at The Store to finish off the rewarding experience full of memories.
The Store also has a number of home-dining options throughout the festive period including breakfast boxes, roasts, chef prepared meals, festive feasts and banquets fit for a king, bringing you the perfect Christmas dinner. Visit http://www.thestorecompany.co.uk or call The Store on 01358 788083 for more information.
Beetroot Restaurants (The Adelphi Kitchen and CUE)
Looking to impress the foodie in your life, then look no further because a gift voucher for The Adelphi Kitchen is all you’ll need to please this Christmas.
No plans for New Year yet? Check out the Adelphi Kitchen’s Hogmanay party sponsored by Dark Matter Distillery. A seven-course meal with rum libations on arrival and local musician Oliver Richards performing, what more could you ask for this Hogmanay!? Tickets are £75 per person. To book a space contact the restaurant on 01224 211414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking to put an Italian twist on your gifts this Christmas, well you’re in for a treat as one of Aberdeen’s longest established Italian restaurants is set to cook up a storm in January, offering a unique dining experience, which has been devised to take people on a journey throughout three regions in Italy.
The exclusive event, which takes place on Thursday 28 January, will include a three-course meal, wine and prosecco paired to different seasonal dishes provided, a welcome drink on arrival, and the chance to ask questions and get top cooking tips from head chef Peppe Lepre, and wine sommelier Marco Cremonesi. To purchase tickets contact the restaurant on 01224 213223 or email email@example.com. Alternatively, you can also purchase gift vouchers.
JK Fine Foods
Cook up a storm for a loved one this Christmas with JK Fine Foods, an exclusive fine dining website that allows you to source Scottish produce and fine treats to be delivered straight to your door within 24 hours. Choose from a large selection of succulent meats, seafood, wines and treats to entertain family and friends at home over the holidays. Impress them with some of Scotland’s finest delights, including St James Smokehouse flavoured infused salmon! There’s gin & tonic, whisky & honey, champagne & orange or mojito smoked salmon to choose from…tasty!
Or why not treat that special friend to a festive hamper this Christmas? Our top pick is the Fizz & Fancies hamper packed full of handmade delicious desserts and a bottle of its finest prosecco, perfect for a girly night in. Visit www.jkfinefoods.co.uk to discover your newfound love of fine food and put your culinary skills to the test this festive season!
Friday 30th October 2015, Aberdeen, Scotland. A range of hand-picked luxury produce carefully selected by JK to help you create show-stopping dishes. Pictured: John King (Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)
For the craft beer lover…
Loch Ness Brewery
Stuck for a present for the craft beer lover in your life? Look no further than Loch Ness Brewery. The brewery harnesses the power of Loch Ness at its source to brew award-winning ales to be enjoyed by free thinkers and beer drinkers everywhere.
Occasionally the brewery produces a beer to reflect the changing seasons and this year it has produced a cracker of a Christmas beer, FestiveNESS. The beer, which made it into the Herald Scotland’s Great Christmas Beer Guide, is mahogany in colour and has aromas of caramel and chocolate, as well as ginger. Making it a perfect stocking filler for all those beer enthusiasts everywhere…Visit http://www.lochnessbrewery.com to order yours now!
For those interested in health and fitness…
Christmas is traditionally a time of over-indulgence in food and alcohol, with nasty hangovers being all too frequent.
But do not fear, Juicy-Ness is here to get even the naughtiest of us back on track to kick-start a healthy and happy 2016.
Choose from a five-day or three-day detox juice and soup clean living programme, which can be delivered straight to your door fresh each morning or conveniently frozen – Juicy-Ness delivers to homes all over Scotland. With up to seven vegetables packed into just one of Juicy-Ness’ morning breakfast juices, you can relax in the knowledge you are getting all your vitamins and minerals. Benefits of the programme include weight-loss, improved skin and hair, better sleep and increased energy. Visit http://www.juicy-ness.co.uk for more information.
Loch Ness Water
Still searching for that special gift for someone at home or abroad? What about a bottle of Loch Ness Water, which is like no other bottled product? It stands proudly alone due to the uniqueness of where the water is sourced and the premier glass bottle. Extracted straight from the body of the world famous Loch Ness itself, the water is then prepared and bottled in the Scottish Highlands.
Fresh, free from any impurities and with a little bit of mystery in every bottle, Loch Ness Water could have your Christmas all wrapped up.
Making an excellent addition to any Christmas dinner table, Loch Ness Water compliments the ‘water of life’, whisky, perfectly. Or it will serve as great talking point to refresh guests at the dinner table in between alcoholic beverages. Go to www.ness.scot to place an order now.
The Gift of Giving
Christmas is a time for giving, so if you or a special one has everything they need, why not make a donation to a worthy local cause?
North East Sensory Services (NESS) has been supporting blind and deaf people in the North-east since 1879. The charity provides rehabilitation services as well as teaching practical living skills to those who were born deaf and/or blind. From parent and baby groups to teen camping trips, blind bowling teams to fitness classes, NESS cares for sensory impaired people of all ages. Contact NESS on 0845 271 2345 to make a donation in your name or on behalf of a friend or family member. To find out more about the work of NESS visit http://www.nesensoryservices.org.