Christmas shopping in the festive season

Argyll and Bute gift card with the winning photo by Colin Slinger

If you’re looking for the perfect present this festive season, why not buy the Argyll and Bute gift card and help support local businesses and jobs.

With over 300 businesses to choose from, the gift card is versatile and can be used a number of ways. From bespoke gifts to local producers, experience days to essential food and clothing supplies. It works just the same as a gift voucher and is available to use across a range of businesses from independent shops, cafes, supermarkets, days out and unique experiences.

You can buy the gift card online at where you’ll also find a list of businesses that accept the card as payment. The card is also available to buy in-store at Keeping It Local CIC, 15-17 Main Street, Campbeltown.

Following a photo competition launched by Argyll and Bute Council in October, the gift card will get a makeover in 2024. The card will feature the winning entry from Colin Slinger, Tighnabruaich. His image of Ostel Bay wins Colin a £50 gift card.

Councillor Alastair Redman, Policy Lead for Economic Growth and Communities:

 “Local businesses are the backbone of communities with so many people relying on them both for services and employment. We’re asking you to show your support by shopping local this Christmas. The Argyll and Bute gift card is an excellent way to do this and offers the recipient a wide choice of places to spend it.

I’m incredibly proud that we have a wide range of fantastic businesses and local producers here in Argyll and Bute. The gift card offers something to everyone whether you are looking for a gift for yourself, a meal out or simply looking to buy everyday supplies. The beauty of the card is recipients can decide where and how they want to spend it.

Thanks to everyone who entered our photo competition. We had a great response, which made judging really hard! Congratulations to Colin for his stunning picture of Ostel Bay. Enjoy spending your gift card. ”

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