Get Cooking with Your Hamper

by Alice 11. September 2014 20:12

Lift the lid on one of our hampers, and you’ll not only find an array of tasty nibbles – you’ll also open up a world of culinary possibility!

From imaginative condiments to ingenious ingredients, the contents often inspire our whole family to get together and try making something new.   

Take the Trotters Honey Mustard and Summer Harvest Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil from our Artisan Harvest Gift Box, and voila! Simply shake these flavourful creations together and you’ll have the perfect salad dressing.

Strathearn Oaked Highland Gin

The star of this hamper may just be the bottle of Strathearn Distillery Oaked Highland Gin –we’ve found that it just needs spritz of tonic water to make a great accompaniment to your salad. 

If want to give your culinary efforts a little firepower, you’ll love the Hot & Wicked Artisan Hamper. Simply Add Chili have created a devilishly versatile melting pot of Strawberries, Scotch Bonnet and Habanero which can be used in everything from Asian to Mexican dishes.

For anyone aiming to keep their spread as Scottish as the artisan ingredients, why not combine your Thistly Cross Cider with the chilli paste to make a truly innovative broth for West Coast mussels? Go on, you might just be pleasantly surprised!

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A tad more classic, The Whisky Sauce Co.’s Scotch Whisky Syrup from our Scottish Artisan Fayre box is the ultimate grown-up garnish. We love to drizzle it over everything from haggis, neeps and tatties, to Sunday Roasts and big beefy burgers. 

Ardent bakers, fear not, you won’t be left in a pickle! In fact, we predict any cake connoisseur will be a very jammy baker indeed when they get their hands on SuperJam’s delicious Scottish preserves.

Their 100% Strawberry Pure Fruit Spread promises to be the jewel in the crown of any Victoria Sponge, and also comes in the Hot & Wicked Artisan Hamper

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If you’re feeling adventurous – or you’ve been swept up by ‘superfood’ fever – the Blueberry & Blackcurrant 100% Pure Fruit Spread from the Scottish Artisan Fayre box also goes down a treat!

Sweet or savoury, simple or daring, our hampers have the potential to bring a totally different dimension to your cooking!

Scrumptious Mackies Crisps

by Alice 12. May 2014 20:31

Here at Highland Fayre we work with many brilliant Scottish producers and right up there with the best of them is Mackies Crisps.

Formed in 2009 as a joint venture, Mackies of Scotland and potato farming-family, Taylors, joined forces to create Scotland’s first premium crisp brand.

Starting out with just three flavours, the range now encompasses thirteen; inspired by Scottish flavours and delicious foods galore.

Among the thirteen flavours is the iconic Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper, Flamegrilled Aberdeen Angus and the nice and spicy, Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper.

 

We had a chat with Rebecca at Mackies who told us that her personal favourite is the good ol’ Cheddar & Onion. As a flavour favourite, Rebecca has them on a Friday night and has been known to devour a whole pack!

If you’re looking for something a little quirky – look no further than the Mackie’s blog where they invited Martine Nouet the “Queen of the Still,” to provide pairing notes for some of Mackie’s crisps and choice whiskies. Pop over to their website for a look

Rebecca explained how this luxurious crisp can be enjoyed at any occasion; the Mackies mantra being “any excuse for a bag of Mackie’s crisps! We’ve even tried pairings which include matching the crisps with different types of sandwiches…even whisky!”

Rebecca also explained how new crisps are devised:

“New flavours are developed through brain storming in the office and lots of taste testing! What’s important is remaining true to our Scottish roots. At the moment we’re exploring how we can bring a Scottish twist to our ridge cut range. It’s all down to the taste.”

On that Rebecca, we couldn't agree more. Now, where's that bag of Ridge Cust Roast Ham?

The count down to New Year

by Stewart 19. December 2013 19:17

With the festivities almost upon us our thoughts have turned to planning our New Year’s party!
 
Planning for another celebration as soon as Christmas is over can become stressful but with these five New Year’s Eve party must-haves you can be sure that your 2014 will start with a bang.
 
1. Decorations

You’ll no doubt still have your Christmas decs up when the new year comes knocking but adding a few extra touches will really brighten the place up.
 
Some “2014” table confetti and balloons is a fab place to start when adding a bit of sparkle. 

2. A signature cocktail

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Cocktails are experiencing a bit of a renaissance at the moment and a New Year mix is a must. 

You don’t have to get too creative; there are lots of tasty and unique recipes online. Why not try mulled mojitos or a chocolate and raspberry martini?

 

3. Good food


If you’ve got fabulous drinks then you need some spectacular snacks to pair with them.

Have a hamper filled with luxury treats delivered straight to your door and cut out the hassle of shopping while ensuring that you receive the highest quality produce.

4. Fireworks

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If you’ve got a big garden and a competent adult then fireworks at midnight are a must-have.
 
There’s something completely magical about a fireworks display and with so many wonderful variety boxes for sale you can tailor your display accordingly.

 

 
5. Champagne

No party is truly complete without bubbly and a New Year with no champagne is absolutely unthinkable.
 
If you’re hosting a party make sure you have enough for re-fills and if you’re attending one why not have the host’s name printed on the label to commemorate the date.

You can find all the food and drink you need on our luxury hampers page.

Employer's guide to the Christmas party

by Mhairi MacLeod 16. December 2013 21:04

Your staff are preparing to have a festive bash and you can get excited too, but only after you’ve ensured that plans are in place to make sure everyone enjoys themselves!
 
Have a read of our employers guide to the Christmas party before the festivities begin:
 
Conduct a quick survey


Etiquette expert Thomas Farley says “if every year you are having half the staff not showing up to your office party, you are doing something wrong.”
 
Try conducting a LinkedIn poll to see what your staff would like to do. Their answers may surprise you.

Health and safety


Consider health and safety as a priority; personelltoday.com makes the point that “assessment of the risk before the event is crucial: both to reduce the risk of accidents or injuries and to help defend a claim should the worst happen.”
 
Consider limiting the availability of alcohol and perhaps forgoing booze yourself to keep an eye on everything.

Remember professional conduct


Susan Adams from Forbes.com says the Christmas party is “not the place for personal confession, expressions of frustration or speechifying about what you’d do with the company if you were in charge.”
 
Remind your staff that they are in a professional environment and should bear that in mind.

 
Dress code


The Forbes Style File has an interesting take on what to wear to the Christmas party; they suggest that we “keep in mind that a certain kind of office dress code still remains… do not wear deep cleavages, sheer blouses and dresses and skirts that are too short or too tight.”

Consider detailing the dress code in an office wide memo so that everyone knows what is expected.

 
Don’t talk shop


Zoe Mintz from the International Business Times says “try and limit how much you speak about work.”
 
Ask your staff about their families and their plans for the festive season; really listen to what they have to say and you could find that the party is great for your reputation too.

 

If you're searching for the perfect gift for your staff then visit our staff incentives and rewards page.

What staff really want this Christmas

by Mhairi MacLeod 6. December 2013 01:37

A recent survey by job site Glassdoor found that 73% of respondents wanted a cash bonus from their employers at Christmas time.
 
If bonuses aren’t realistic for your company or you’re just not on board with cash Christmas presents then you can still give your staff gifts that will help ease the financial burden of Christmas.
 
Here are our five favourites:
 
1. A food hamper

A hamper is an exciting gift to open and one that is truly practical too.
 
Give your staff a hamper filled with a couple of bottles of wine and some classic Christmas staples and it will save them some money on nibbles and drinks for festive guests.

 

2. Vouchers

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As opposed to gifting your staff vouchers for a coffee shop or the cinema why not give them vouchers to redeem on the high street?

If they need to they can spend them on their Christmas shopping and save some much needed cash.

 

3. A lottery ticket

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We’re not saying that your employees will definitely win millions but the thought of it will make for a memorable Christmas present.

Plus there’s always the chance that you’ll make someone’s Christmas if they hit the jackpot!

 

4. A day off

An extra day to see family and friends is really valuable at Christmas time!

It might even save you money in the long run if your business is winding down for Christmas and you don’t need to pay for heating and electricity for a day.

 

5. A thank you

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No matter what you give your staff this Christmas it has to go alongside a great big thank you from you to your employees.
 
A feature on hrworld.com suggests that a handwritten note can be just as effective as a big bonus when it comes to making your staff feel appreciated so make the effort and you’ll soon reap the rewards.

 

For great food hampers for staff visit our Corporate hampers and Christmas Gifts page.

Join Our Affiliate Future Programme and Earn up to 15% Commission on Hamper Sales

by Stewart 29. November 2013 12:03

Do you have advertising space on your website? Are you looking for an extra source of revenue? If so Highland Fayre wants to hear from you as we are looking for companies to join our affiliate marketing programmes! 

Companies who direct sales through to our websites will be paid a generous commission based on the value of the sales they accumulate each month.


What is Affiliate Marketing?

Using Affiliate Future, website publishers (i.e. affiliates) place adverts, banners or other links on their website. The advertiser (i.e. Highland Fayre) then pay the affiliate commission when a person on the affiliate’s site clicks on the banner, goes through to our website and makes a sale. 

To find out more about affiliate marketing and Affiliate Future click here.


How much commission do I get?

We will pay you:

- 10% commission up to £1,000 sales per month

- 12% commission up to £1,000-£1,500 sales per month

- 15% commission up to £1,500+ sales per month

For top earning affiliates there is also the opportunity to increase this commission depending on the number of sales you generate on a monthly basis.

 


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How do I join your affiliate programme?

It is simple and completely FREE to join our affiliate programme.

Once you have registered with Affiliate Future, you can join our Highland Fayre programme by clicking here or our Christmashamper.com Affiliate programme by clicking here.

The sooner you join, the quicker you can start earning money.


Contact Us

If you have any questions about Highland Fayre’s affiliate marketing or any other affiliate marketing opportunities that yourself and Highland Fayre can work together on, then please contact Stewart Donaldson by emailing stewart@highlandfayre.co.uk . Alternatively, call us on 01738 639 222.

We look forward to partnering with you.

GBEA - Highland Fayre Take Home The Special Merit Award

by David 23. November 2013 16:02

So it was the big night for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA) Ceremony last Tuesday and what a fantastic event it was. With a smooth journey down to London, 30 minutes to spare for my wife Pia to get in some retail therapy, and even a cheeky wee room upgrade in our hotel, the omens certainly looked in Highland Fayre’s favour (maybe not so much when the credit card bill comes in from Pia’s shopping trip). 

(Sir Steve Redgrave and I after receiving the Special Merit Award at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards)

For its first year, the awards were a splendid affair with no expense spared. Held at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, the atmosphere was so vibrant and it was an honour to be rubbing shoulders with some high profile entrepreneurs (i.e. James Caan was also up for two awards on the night).

I think one of the biggest highlights for me had to be the speech from Sir Steve Redgrave as he drew on the parallels between the traits of being an entrepreneur and that of a sportsman.  Such things as there being “no substitute for hard work”, “when you don’t succeed try again” and “drawing strength from others when working as part of a team” really hit home as I reflected on the trials and tribulations I have experienced as an entrepreneur.

(Pia and I at The Great British Entrepreneur Awards)

Facing some stiff competition, and despite not winning our category, I was delighted to have been singled out for the Special Merit Award

Simon Burton (Founder, The Great British Entrepreneur Awards) explained to me the essence of this award later on in the night: 

“The Special Merit Awards are given by the judges to the entrepreneurs who made them smile, applaud, gasp and cheer. These are the entrepreneurs with a great story to tell. They are the entrepreneurs who in some way capture the essence of what it means to be an entrepreneur.” 

(Fellow Award Winners)

(A view from the balcony at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London)

This award has certainly increased our determination to grow the business at home and abroad, and I envision big things for Highland Fayre when it comes to expanding into markets overseas in the future.

Birthday presents under £60

by Mhairi MacLeod 20. November 2013 19:22

If you’re looking for an extra special birthday gift this month then we have some seriously good ideas for you!
 
Here are our five favourite hampers for under £60:
 
1. A Taste of the North - £36.51

With a bottle of Señora Rosa Merlot, Walkers of Aberlour Luxury Dundee Slab Cake and a box of Duncan's of Deeside Family Recipe Scottish Shortbread amongst others this is a seriously Scottish hamper that will delight any birthday boy or girl.

Send this to a friend south of the border to give them a Scottish treat.

2. Chilli Lovers Choice Hamper - £40.93
Any fan of spice will thank you for this wonderful chilli and cheese hamper!
 
Perthshire Chilli Oatcakes and Snowdonia Cheese Company Red Devil Select Red Leicester with Chilli and Crushed Pepper will make a beautiful combination and a bottle of Ass Kisser Shiraz is ideal to wash down all that spice.

 
3. Luxury Larder - £51.67
This is the perfect hamper to fill up someone’s kitchen with high-end essentials.
 
Mackays preserves, Rendles Ginger Loaf Cake and Epicure Petit Pois & Whole Baby Carrots are just some of the wonderful goodies packed into a lovely red box for extra special presentation.

4. Luxury Red Wine & Cheese Hamper - £52.26
If you’ve got a traditionalist to buy for then why not go for a wine and cheese hamper?

A bottle of Dom Ramos Rioja and Cropwell Bishop Stilton Cheese Wedge are a wine and cheese lover’s dream while the addition of Epicure Wild Boar Pâté provides a unique twist.

5. The Lochnagar Personalised Hamper - £57.06
If you’d like to add an extra bit of sparkle to your present then a personalised hamper is the perfect idea.
 
A bottle of Las Condes Cabernet Sauvignon with a personalised label will send a special message to the recipient and Highland Croft Famous Macaroons and Mrs Bridges Spicy Tomato Salsa will give them something tasty to snack on.

 
For more hampers under £60 come and see our Hampers by Price page.

Christmas gifts for coeliacs

by Mhairi MacLeod 8. November 2013 22:15

If you have a friend or family member that is a coeliac then we’ve got some excellent news; gluten free produce is getting better and better and there are some fantastic presents to be found on the market.
 
A gluten free Christmas is no longer a chore!
 
Here are our 5 favourite Christmas gifts for coeliacs:
 
1.Chocolates & fizz


If there’s one thing that is guaranteed to make someone feel special it’s receiving a bottle of bubbly and a box of chocolates!
 
A lot of chocolates are gluten free which is helpful but you can buy specially made chocs that are equally as luxurious as non-GF options.

2.Cheese

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All real cheese is gluten free which is a massive relief for those Stilton loving coeliacs out there.
 
The challenge will be finding perfect pairings for your gluten free friend; crackers, pickles and wines are all easily available online though.
 
If the recipient is a big cheese lover then they will be blown away by this gift.

 

3. A gluten free hamper
If you want to give a full compliment of gluten free gifts then a hamper full of GF produce is the perfect idea.
 
Ordering one as opposed to building it yourself saves time on searching for individual products and guarantees that you won’t accidentally include a non-GF item.

4. A fruit basket

Photo Credit: Michael Law


Fruit is most definitely gluten free and a well-presented basket full of unusual fruit can be a showstopper.
 
If you think your recipient will love it then you could even arrange a fruit basket to be delivered to their door each month of the year.

 

5.Whisky
Distilled alcohol is gluten free so a dram or two won’t go a miss this Christmas!
 
A bottle of whisky is an ideal present during the festive season and, if you’re feeling extra giving, you can have the bottle personalised with the recipient’s name and a message from yourself.

For more Christmas gifts for coeliacs pop over to our speciality diet hampers page.

 

The Cress Company

by Mhairi MacLeod 5. November 2013 02:04

The Cress Company are based just down the road from ourselves in Dunfermline and from there they distribute high quality food products around the whole of Scotland and the North of England.

They have been expanding their gluten free range recently and now provide us with Mrs Crimbles gluten free cheese crackers for our gluten free hampers.

Joanne at The Cress Company is excited about their gluten free suppliers:

“Gluten free is a quickly growing market and we receive requests for GF produce far more now than we did even three years ago.

“We started stocking gluten free produce first to meet demand but it’s become obvious recently that there are so many great product ranges with great producers developing them that it’s important to supply their stock.”

Mrs Crimbles was founded over 30 years ago and became one of the first products to feature on the “free from” shelves at your local supermarket.

Before gluten free became as well known as it is now the company’s products were only found in health stores and farm shops; this shows just how far the industry has come in recent years.


Lucy from Mrs Crimbles spoke to us about the emergence of gluten free requirements over the past few years as well as the ethos of the company:

“Mrs Crimble’s were one of the first brands to be stocked on the Free From fixtures in the UK supermarkets and our focus is on creating the best tasting treats which just happen to be gluten free and do not compromise on taste or quality.

“The number of consumers diagnosed with intolerances has grown remarkably and increasing numbers of people are turning to a gluten free diet as part of a healthier lifestyle.”

We certainly agree that these cheese crackers are a luxury treat whether you are gluten free or not.

The excellent thing about these products is that they allow people to feel included in the dining experience and we hope our new gluten free hampers will do just that.

Pop over to our speciality diet hampers page to take a look.