Gift initiative offers recipients A Whale of a Time

Helen Ross and Eilidh Marshall with their Whale of a Time gift boxes.

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A new gift box service dedicated to showcasing products from the Highlands and Islands was launched last week.

A Whale of a Time brings together products from independent businesses from Orkney, Wick, Moray and Inverness, to Lochaber, Wester Ross, Harris, Lewis, Islay and Skye. The range of eight gift boxes has been created to introduce recipients to products made in the region

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

Speaking at the launch last week Helen 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 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 Loch Ness Spirits, Badachro Distillery, Inverness Coffee Roasting Co., Pixel Spirits, Mix’d, Atlantic Lights, Bruichladdich Distillery, Island Bakery, Lucy Wagtail, Shore – The Scottish Seaweed Company, Pencil Me In, Cath Waters, Isle of Skye Seaweed Co., Ashers, Selkie Soap Co., Ablekids Press, Made in the Highlands, Camella Crafts, Love Tonic, Chocolates of Glenshiel, JP Orkney, Baile Mor Books and The Hebridean Tea Store.

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