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Ross-shire producers aim to have Christmas all wrapped up with launch of gift box initiative to counter Covid-19 setbacks; Chocolates of Glenshiel and Badachro Distillery amongst firms taking part

By Hector MacKenzie

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Helen Ross and Eiligh Marshall with the gift boxes.
Helen Ross and Eiligh Marshall with the gift boxes.

INNOVATIVE Ross-shire businesses looking to find a way over hurdles created by the Covid-19 crisis are amongst those taking part in a new gift box service launched today.

A Whale of a Time showcases independent products from the Highlands aimed at ticking all the right boxes for a variety of demographics.

A Whale of a Time was founded by Helen Ross and Eilidh Marshall, who run Highland PR agency Whale-like-fish, as a way to connect Highlands and Islands businesses with consumers throughout the UK.

Helen Ross said: “2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. However, adversity is the mother of invention and we were inspired to create something that would help businesses in the Highlands and Islands get their products out there and spread a little bit of joy to people all over the UK.

"By selecting some of our favourite local products and bringing them together in our curated gift boxes, we hope these gifts will help connect people again, even if they can’t be together in person.”

Eilidh Marshall added: “There are so many independent businesses in the Highlands and Islands making brilliant products, so we’re really excited to bring some of them together in our gift boxes. We’ve made each box with the aim of creating an experience that the recipient will love, whether it’s to spend quality time with the family, to help them relax or so they can celebrate a special occasion, and each box can be personalised with your own special message. We really hope you love them as much as we do.”

Producers included in A Whale of a Time gift boxes include Shore – The Scottish Seaweed Company, which has a base in Alness; Chocolates of Glenshiel and Badachro Distillery.

Also featured are Loch Ness Spirits, Inverness Coffee Roasting Co., Pixel Spirits, Mix’d, Atlantic Lights, Bruichladdich Distillery, Island Bakery, Lucy Wagtail, Pencil Me In, Cath Waters, Isle of Skye Seaweed Co., Ashers, Selkie Soap Co., Ablekids Press, Made in the Highlands, Camella Crafts, Love Tonic, JP Orkney, Baile Mor Books and The Hebridean Tea Store.

The range of eight gift boxes has been created to introduce recipients to products made in the region and includes:

The Family Box gets the whole clan involved with activities to spend quality time together.

The Coffee Box is the perfect indulgence for caffeine addicts.

The Tea Box is a hug in a mug for the lucky recipient.

The Craft Box will kickstart your creativity.

The Gin Box is every gin lover’s dream.

The Whisky Box guarantees a dram good time.

The Cocktail Box gets the celebrations started.

The Self Care Box will help recharge body and mind.

Find out more about A Whale of a Time and browse the selection of gift boxes at www.awhaleofatime.co.uk.

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