Whith less than two weeks to go, Christmas is really coming closer and it's time for many of us to buy gifts for our loved ones. Why not keep Islay in mind when you try to find some nice gifts and support the local community. Becky Williamson used a very nice phrase... Think Christmas - Think Islay. There are more and more shops with an online presence who are very happy to welcome you. Some have their own shop and others joined the Online Islay Shop which opened this year and where you can find very interesting locally produced gifts. The choice is all yours and I have made a summary of available online shops below:
Ailsa opened her new shop in Bowmore offering a wide range of Spirited Soaps and she also offers online shopping facilities at www.spiritedsoaps.com.
The Islay Quilters, as the name already says, manufacture and sell wonderful quality quilts. Their website is loaded with great examples of their fine hand-crafted quilts and other related products.
Gordon from the Islay Woollen Mill has an online shop with some very nice items such as find first class tartans, blankets, rugs and other products.
Elizabeth Sykes has an extensive collection of Batiks for sale online with prints in several categories: Islay Distilleries, Scottish National Trust properties, flowers, (islay) landscapes and birds and flowers.
C&E Roy - The celtic House sells various Islay products online. The product range varies from books, glasswork, jewellery, t-shirts and prints.
Mark Unsworth from Islay Studios Photography sells his beautiful pictures online. All prints are available mounted and framed. Mark also published his first book, "Islay Past and Present", which is a beautiful gift and for sale in the Islay Shop of through Mark's Website.
New this year is the Online Islayinfo Shop with beautiful drawings from Nicola Stein, magnificent glass work from Susan Eastwood, a very nice book called The Tale of Ailsa the Cat, Norma Munro sells her latest CD "Scotia's Gold" here and you will find several other Islay related items.
What would christmas be without a fine Islay Malt Whisky or Ale brewed on the Isle of Islay. Bruichladdichs Laddie Shop and several other Islay distilleries offer online shopping and so does the Islayales Brewery.
The Islayinfo bookshop offers a fine collection of Islay books and maps to get prepared for your visit to Islay next year, or just to learn more about the Queen of the Hebrides and it's interesting and rich history. New is a PDF Guide for the island, which is available online as well. All proceeds of this guide benefit the Islay Museum.