Crieff has a brilliant selection of independent shops from greengrocers to butchers, florists to jewellers. It also has a great selection of shops to chose from to buy that perfect Christmas gift. Here are just 5 of the best shops to visit if you’re looking for something special.

If you can’t decide on a present then why not give the gift of choice to your loved one by giving them a Crieff Card to spend on whatever they choose?

Tangled Up in Blue

Tangled up in blue is a contemporary craft boutique and jewellery studio which is run by jewellery designer Jenna McDonald and her partner Thomas Woods. The pair source work from the best independent Scottish designers and makers and set out to celebrate everything that is created, crafted and inspired by Scotland. If you pop in to take a look there’s a good chance you will find Jenna working on a new piece of jewellery as she has a studio space within the boutique. Jenna hand crafts her collections of contemporary jewellery and metalwork from anodised aluminium and Stirling silver. She also offers jewellery making workshops if you fancy trying your hand. Read more here

Carnelian Crafts

Carnelian Crafts is an Aladdin’s cave stuffed to the brim with lovely gifts, both contemporary and more traditional. Owner Jane Drysdale creates beautiful items out of fused glass, from candle holders to dishes, hangers to baubles. She also stocks a wide range of glass from other makers including Peter McDougal, Paul Barcroft and the famous Perthshire Paperweights. Jane also sells a wide variety of contemporary jewellery from glass to aluminium or silver, including Cath Waters unusual and very lovely “wearable art” jewellery. Once you’ve found your perfect gift you can also choose from a wide range of cards and wrapping papers or gift bags. Find out more here

Planet Soap

Walking into planet soap is quite an experience, the heady aromas of lavender, lemongrass, patchouli, orange and countless other scents tickle your nose. Planet soap pride themselves on using only the highest quality ingredients in all of their products. Essential oils are used for scent, whilst colour and exfoliating ingredients come from only natural sources such as roots, seeds and leaves. The soaps are a thing of beauty and are hand made using the traditional cold process which retains all the skin nourishing goodness of the ingredients. They also make bath bombs, soy candles and even a natural dog soap for your canine friends. Find out more here

At Home Gifts

At Home Gifts is a treasure trove of unusual design led present ideas and home accessories. You can find everything from candles and diffusers to throws, seasonal decorations and table settings. At Home Gifts also stock beautiful contemporary Danish jewellery by Dansk Smykkekunst. They also have an extensive range of blue and white pottery, glass tea light holders, stationery and a range of leather accessories for the men in your life, the list goes on and on. If you’re looking for a gift for someone special or think you deserve a treat this is a great place to start! Read more here

Victoria Bloom

Granted, flowers may not be the most original gift idea in the world but they’re certainly a lovely thing to receive, especially from Victoria Bloom. Victoria describes herself as a ‘Design Florist’ and boy does she know how to work with flowers! She uses unusual colour combinations and blooms to create stunning hand tied bouquets and arrangements. If you’re looking for a longer lasting gift, Victoria offers a subscription service where she delivers a hand tied bouquet every month. To see some examples of her work and find out more click here