First footing is one of the most famous Scottish Hogmanay traditions. Traditionally friends and family head over to each other's homes just after midnight on New Year's Eve, usually with a bottle of whisky in hand ready to share a dram.
Bringing a gift for the householder is a must when you're first-footing. Popular gifts include coal, black bun (a traditional Hogmanay fruit cake topped with pastry) and - of course - whisky.
For an extra special gift, our beautiful handmade quaichs are the perfect way to "tak a cup o kindness" with loved ones and bring the New Year in with style.
Or show some warm Scottish hospitality by pouring your guests a dram from one of our handmade Glencairn glass decanters, finished with a whisky-coloured stopper in the shape of a pot still. Warm up chilly visitors with a delicious hot toddy. As a first-footing gift, why not bring some celestial luck, with a wee dram contained in a miniature Angel Decanter?
A 'first foot' is the first person to cross a house's threshold in the New Year, bringing all the luck for the next year. Tall dark-haired men bring the most luck, but blonds are definitely not welcome, a throwback to Viking times when tall fair-haired strangers were usually bad news. Red-haired men, doctors and ministers are a no-no as first-footers too. Good news for all those tall dark-haired men out there - the first foot can claim a kiss from all the women in the house.
So pour a dram to toast 2018 and make the most of one of our most enjoyable Scottish traditions!