Advertising feature: Shop local on Bute for the perfect Christmas gift

Do all your shopping on Bute for the perfect gift this Christmas.
Do all your shopping on Bute for the perfect gift this Christmas.
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Still stuck for the perfect Christmas gift idea? Well, don’t worry - because whether it’s for family, friends of work colleagues, Bute is bursting with great Christmas presents to suit all tastes, styles and budgets.

With the extra time involved travelling to and from the mainland via Gourock this winter, many island businesses have stepped up to the mark, and are offering great quality and exceptional value to ensure you get the maximum from your Christmas shopping experience on Bute - and to encourage you to support the island’s economy too.

Whether it’s food, drink, candles, fashion, accessories or something a little quirky, you’ll find everything you need to put smiles on faces on Christmas morning - right here on Bute.

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Bute Brew Co’s locally-produced Bute Red, Scalpsie Blonde and Maids of Bute would make the perfect gift set for anyone who has been bitten - or who you’d like to see bitten! - by the craft beer bug. But Bute Brew Co isn’t just about beer - branded T-shirts and hoodies make the ideal fashion statement, and you can even buy Bute Brew Co branded glassware too! See www.butebrewco.co.uk or the Bute Brew Co Facebook page for more.

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Louise Nicol from the Isle of Bute Candle Company says: “Because each one of our candles is hand poured on Bute, your candle is as unique as our beautiful island. We use the best natural soy wax and the finest quality fragrances to create candles that allow you to relax and recharge.”

Check out www.isleofbutecandles.com for the full range.

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The Isle of Bute Discovery Centre’s Winter Garden Wonderland, complete with Santa’s grotto, is on December 5, 6, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23. Gifts are available in the Centre and we also have our first ever Christmas Market.

There’s also the puppet show ‘Cailleach Beria - Queen of Winter’, based on ancient Celtic legends, on December 20 at 7pm, and on December 21, 22 and 23 at 5.30pm. Cinema tickets are also available - including the midnight premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

See discoverycentrecinema.blogspot.com for details of forthcoming films - and contact (01700) 507043 to make advance bookings and find out more about what the centre has to offer.

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Print Point has more than 4,000 books in store for Christmas, including all your favourite Christmas annuals and a great choice of adult colouring-in books to choose from. Book orders are placed daily with free next-day delivery, while you can also buy personalised calendars for just £6.49.

Orders for CDs, DVDs and vinyl are placed every week, and with DVDs in store, seven-day opening, and National Book Tokens to order, there’s no shortage of ideas!

See Print Point’s Facebook page to keep up to date with all the latest news from the store.

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Denise McMillan at Good Things in Argyle Street says: “We’re all about good quality and good prices this Christmas - we have a great choice of shoes, bags and accessories for ladies of all ages, as well as a small selection of gents’ wallets and gifts. If you’re finding the winter weather hard to get used to we have hats, gloves and scarves too!”

Email goodthings@btconnect.com or call (01700) 505802 or 0779 359 7152 to find out more.

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Barbara Lynn, owner of Butterflies in Victoria Street, has an eye for the unusual Christmas present that you won’t find anywhere else on Bute: from mugs to Ness handbags, candles to scarves, jewellery to quirky decorations, Butterflies is a real treasure trove of festive gift ideas.

A new stock of LED lights from Think Gadget arrives this week - make sure you don’t miss out! Call (01700) 505393 to find out more.

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The Bike Shed is about much more than bikes this Christmas! Owner David Kilpatrick has a range of clothing which can be embroidered for that extra personal touch - anything from polo shirts to Mitre sportswear and Glenmuir wool golf sweaters.

There are golf buggies and golf balls, footballs and rugby balls, shinpads, goalie gloves, scooters and skateboards - plus a great range of bikes and cycling equipment and accessories. See The Bike Shed on Facebook to find out more.

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Local butcher Macqueens of Rothesay deliver their top quality Bute beef and lamb free of charge on the island, and there’s a fantastic range of special Christmas deals available - with cooking instructions too.

But make sure you order soon to avoid disappointment - find out more at the ‘Macqueens Butcher of Rothesay’ Facebook page or at www.scottish-island-quality-meats.com.

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The Dressing Room has a fantastic choice of fashions in the latest styles, along with Christmas gifts for ladies of all ages. Gift vouchers can be purchased for any sum - and arranged by phone on (01700) 505288 - and there’s a complimentary gift-wrapping service too, to ensure your present has that personal touch. Full details at The Dressing Room Bute on Facebook.