Shop Local This Christmas

Christmas can be overwhelming, and no one wants to be rushing around on 23rd December shopping for the perfect gifts. That’s why we’re thinking about it early and thinking local. Christmas gifts should be meaningful and high quality for your nearest and dearest and there’s no better way to ensure that than buying from local independent businesses. We love shining a spotlight on businesses in Wick and across Caithness, so if you’re visiting us in the next month here’s a selection of ideas.

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Keep Christmas magical with Mackays Hotel, Caithness.

Christmas shopping in Wick: Keep it local

Gift Vouchers & Experiences

Christmas isn’t all about material things, so why not treat someone to an unforgettable day instead. At Mackays Hotel, we make it easy for you by offering gift vouchers. You don’t have to decide when and how they will use them, making it a very personal gift – and perfect for picky people!


We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to jewellery from Wick!

Lark and Lily have designed some amazing modern pieces for that special someone. From statement earrings to delicate bracelets, you’ll find the perfect gift from this local designer.

Kelly Munro’s jewellery would be anyone’s favourite Christmas present this year. Inspired by the North Coast, you’ll be gifting a piece of this beautiful area as well as a hand-crafted silver piece of art that you can wear!

Dainty jewellery is another great place for something sparkly, and you can even get things customised!

Another recommendation for a sparkling gift this Christmas is North Rox! Find the perfect style and perfect fit for someone you care about, knowing that you’ll be gifting something that will make them happy for years.

(Dainty and Kelly Munro jewellery can be found here at Mackays Hotel, so feel free to pop in and have a look!)

Home and garden

Give a practical gift this Christmas, from Birons Ironmongers. Perfect for the person who has everything, Birons stocks lots of garden tools if you want to think ahead to spring, and you’re sure to leave with something for your own home too!

Sam’s Furniture is another great spot for gifts for the home. Known for their made-to-order sofas, there’s also plenty of smaller furniture and gift ideas. Sam’s is a great place to make Christmas a house-warming occasion too!


The classic gift that will bring a smile to anyone’s face… flowers! We love the choice and variety we have in Wick, with The Flower Patch and The Flower Shop providing all the bouquets and flower arrangements you can imagine, and more!


Whether you want to gift a cosy pair of pyjamas or a glitzy evening dress we have you covered. MandCo is the perfect place for essentials and accessories, while McAllans is the perfect place to gift someone to their favourite clothing brands! Simply Bliss Bridal is here if you want to treat someone (or yourself!) to a dress this Christmas.


So much great food comes from the North of Scotland – we should know, we serve it every day at our No 1 Bistro! But for Christmas, you can go the extra mile and gift a special hamper from Caithness Smokehouse. Their amazing smoked meats, fish and cheese can be shared with those you love. They might even let you have some!


The North of Scotland is known for its distilleries, so the perfect gift to capture the area is a bottle of something strong! Whisky is the obvious choice, from Pulteney, Wolfburn or Dunnet Bay, but there’s also Rock Rose Gin – something for everyone! Show our local distilleries and your Secret Santa some love with something from Bin Ends & The Whisky Cellar.


B’Unique is the one-stop-shop for Christmas gifts, jewellery and decorations. Share the Christmas spirit with winter lanterns and adorable tree decorations. Best of all, you’ll be supporting a local business!


A bottle of perfume they’ve been eyeing for months or a new aftershave you know they’re running out of is a great gift, and Boots and Right Medicine Pharmacy have you covered. They’re also a great stop for a magical cure the morning after your work Christmas party!

Special Touches

The finishing touches to a Christmas gift can be the most important, which is why you need to visit Best Wishes. A good gift is made great with a thoughtful card. Don’t forget about the stocking fillers! You’ll leave Gail’s Gift Box with your stockings, shopping bags and hands full of gifts for all the family.

So, avoid the stress of endlessly scrolling online and find the perfect gifts for everyone on the High Street. Give us a call on to find out more about our gift vouchers and take the stress out of Christmas shopping!

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