Birthday Discount

To celebrate our 10th birthday we’re offering £10 off your next order. Simply spend £50 or more and enter the code birthday10 at checkout.

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This discount can be used at any of the Macdonald Sporrans sites so be sure to check them out.

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and of course on buyakilt.com

Valid until 31st July 2014.

Learn more about our 10th birthday by visiting the Macdonald Sporrans blog.

The Path to Simplicity

We’re on a mission at the moment to make our site simpler. We want it to be so easy to use, that it just feels natural.

Part of that, is having bigger product images, and recently, we made our first step down that path by introducing a new product page design. Here’s the before and after shots:

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In with the new

New Product PageAs you can see, we made the image a whole lot bigger, and we brought the additional images onto the page below it. Previously we still had those images, but they were a little hidden away.
We hope you like the new change – the data we’ve gathered so far seems to suggest you do. We certainly love it when we browse the site – it feels much nicer.

PS stay tuned for an update to our category page coming soon….

10th Anniversary Competition

buyakilt.com started life out as Macdonald Sporrans on Ebay 10 years ago this month. A lot has changed since then including the launch of 5 different retail sites.

As part of our celebrations we’re looking for a cool new design to be engraved onto a limited edition run of our pewter hip flasks and sold on buyahipflask.com. Could your design be good enough to be chosen?

For full details of the competition view the post on the Macdonald Sporrans Blog.

Good Luck.

buyakilt.com Ghillie Brogues

Our customers are very important to us, and we want you to enjoy visiting us as much as we enjoy you popping by. So with you in mind, we have made some little changes to our brogues category. The most exciting change of all is the introduction of our buyakilt.com Ghillie Brogues. These ghillie brogues have been designed by us, especially for our customers.

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We know you want to get the best value for your money, and with leather soles, and steel quarter tips, these brogues are our best value shoes yet. We haven’t stopped there – we have also made sure these brogues look and feel amazing to wear. They have cushioned leather insoles, and a modern style, so you can feel proud (and comfortable) whenever you wear these ghillie brogues.

Finally, we wanted to make sure that you can easily compare and choose which brogues you like the best when you visit us. You might have noticed our bigger images, and we have also taken lots of new pictures of all the brogues for you to see. There is even a new product description, and some new names. So next time you’re passing by, why not take a peek at our new brogues category, and see if there is anything that catches your eye.

Maybe they weren’t such little changes after all!

Including Tartan In Your Wedding

It wouldn’t be a traditional Scottish wedding without a little tartan. From the kilt wearing of your groom and wedding party to the ribbon in the flowers.

I recommend adding a fly plaid to a grooms outfit. A fly plaid makes the groom stand out from the wedding party, and makes the grooms outfit just as special as the bride.

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It’s easy to incorporate a little of your Scottish heritage in other ways. Nothing is more versatile than tartan ribbon which can be added to almost anything. From your bouquets and invitations to table pieces and button holes, it’s shows off the beautiful colours of your tartan. It’s a great way of reminding everyone of the uniting of two clans.

For an outdoor wedding leave a few tartan rugs around. Not only will they be great for decor but when it gets cooler in the evening guests can use them to wrap up in.

A hand fastening ceremony can be part of your main ceremony. This is a Scottish tradition where the term “tying-the-knot” comes from. The hands of the bride and groom are fastened with a length of tartan. A simple tartan scarf is enough to do the trick and serves as a reminder of your wedding every time you wear it.

A Scottish wedding is full of tradition, it’s best to pick one or two to add to your wedding rather than try and squeeze them all in. One I particularly like is the family of the groom pinning their tartan onto the bride. What a great welcome to the family.

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View our Pinterest page for more inspiration and to contribute your own photos.

Top Tips for Kilt Walk

Having walked a number of marathons myself, I shall be supporting this years Edinburgh Kilt walk (11th May 2014) from the sidelines. However I’d like to offer my words of support and advice for surviving (and enjoying) the walk.

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Make new friends

Take time to chat with the people walking with you. Everyone has a story behind their training and reason for walking. To keep spirits up get a chant or song going. You’ll be chatting and singing your way to the finish line in no time.

Stop only when necessary

Whilst you need to take on a lot of fluid to complete the kilt walk you should keep your toilet stops to a minimum. You’ll waste time waiting in line for them and it also takes a little while to get into the walking rhythm afterwards, If you can, keep going and wait till the next stop.

Treat yourself at milestones

For me it was an energy sweet every 2 miles. Knowing you’ll get a treat at a marker urges you to hurry along to meet it a little faster, and also keeps your energy levels up.

Wear a budget kilt

Whilst it’s nice to wear your traditional wool kilt, it’s going to help if you wear a 5 or 8 yard budget kilt. These are inexpensive to buy and look the part. They’re ideal for sporting events as are lighter and cooler to wear, the 5 yard kilt being the one I’d recommend for this event. You’ll also want to wear something underneath for comfort.

Dinosaur Fighting A Giant Baby

On Tuesday we had a lovely customer, Kade. He livened up a cold day by asking us for a special request.

Along with his kilt order, he added a little note saying: ‘Please include drawing of a dinosaur fighting a giant baby alongside the kilt. Thank you greatly for this.’

Our artist in house, Gary, couldn’t pass up such a tempting opportunity to get involved. Here’s what he came up with:

Baby Fighting Dinosaur

Making It Simple

We have a goal here at buyakilt.com to be the best place to buy a kilt. That’s a big, scary goal, but then that’s what goals should be! Something to challenge you and make you do better.

Big goals are achieved through small steps. Today, we made some small steps to achieve that. We simplified our top navigation.

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We’ve spaced out the items a little bit, and we’ve used fewer words for each product group. For example just ‘Hose’ instead of ‘Kilt Hose’. We think this makes it easier to scan the list and find what you’re looking for.

Product Organisation

We’ve also grouped products into simpler categories. For example, previously in the Sporrans category, we had sub-categories for ‘Full Dress Sporrans’, ‘Semi Dress Sporrans’ and ‘Leather Sporrans’. Now, we show you all our sporrans, and you can filter down to the specific style if you want to. It brings the products closer to you, and therefore should make it simpler to find the product you’re looking for.

All Things Irish

With St Patrick’s Day on the horizon, we’ve made it easier for you to find the items you need with a whole new category dedicated to all things Irish.

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Visit our Irish Kilt Outfits and Accessories category today for specialist Irish outfits, including our 6 Piece Irish Outfit for under £80!

We’ve popped together a wide selection of accessories including the Irish Leather Sporran and Irish Claddagh Buckle to complete your outfit and show your heritage proudly.

For a great source on all things Irish and St Patrick’s Day visit www.stpatricksday.com

You’ll find a whole host of interesting facts and helpful articles to help you celebrate. You’ll also find a 10% discount code to use at buyakilt.com

New Product: Baby Braveheart Outfit

For babies, it is especially important that they will be comfortable in their clothes, so we’ve found a kilt outfit that is perfect for little ones. This outfit includes a Velcro fastening kilt that can be easily adjusted, a sporran that can be gently tied with a leather lace, and soft, cotton mix kilt hose and ghillie shirt, so you can be sure they will be happy, and cute as a button, all day long.

What’s even better is that that the whole outfit, (excluding the sporran and leather lacing), is machine washable, so no matter how messy your little one might get it can be easily put in the laundry ready for next time.

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This outfit is available in 40 different tartans and to fit tiny tots age 0 – 3 years. We know that a cream ghillie shirt and hose aren’t always what you’re looking for, so this outfit also offers a black option. With so much choice there’s something for everyone, whether it’s your special little guy and his first proper kilt outfit, or a little princess who wants to feel and look special, too.

This outfit all comes packaged together in a gift box, so it is also perfect as a present; we’re sure your favourite expecting parents would feel very lucky to receive this outfit. You can find it in our childrenswear category with all our other kids clothing for you to choose from.