Winter in Scotland is no laughing matter. Nights are long, days are often dark and rainy, and all too short. So the Scots have embraced all sorts of ideas on how to get through it. See our guide to surviving winter 2019 here!

It's only November but a canny shopper thinks of Christmas presents well in advance. Or maybe you're looking for birthday gifts that evoke Scotland? Some unique pieces? Well, I've scoured my sources to find some beautiful Scottish style gifts for you!

What is Spoopy? Spoopy is like spooky, but cuter. Halloween doesn't have to mean mean. It can mean quirky, cute, fun! As ususal, we're supporting Scottish makers here, so please don't *ahem* ghost them! (Okay, I'll see myself out)

bunting

It's been a while since I did a round up of my favourite finds on Etsy. Any of these pieces would look great in a Scottish home (or one that likes the style!). Going into late summer, early autumn with a dash of dazzle! And as a bonus, they're all Scottish makers!

Nicolas Cage novelty cushion

There are some items that just make you say "whaaaa?" and these are in that category. Nicolas Cage and Jeff Goldblum get their faces set in mermaid sequin pillows and it is awesome to behold. Plus a bonus Nick Offerman offering!

cushion covers available in Scottish Home Style's online home decor shop

Check the Scottish Home Style shop to find some new products - the amethyst and the succulent cushion covers. Feast your eyes on the new designs available for your sofa's comfort and beauty.

x Beth

One of the other best bits about Christmas is the cheer you can get with cards and decorations. Get my best of baubles, cheeky Scottish humour and the personal touch.