Handsels

The store has many different gift lines - such as Willow Tree, Our Name is Mud, Britto glassware, Jim Shore - as well as a variety of souvenir items, mugs, and jewellery. We would like to welcome you to our store and hope that we can help you find that special gift you are looking for.

The word 'Handsel' in late Middle English language was a gift that was supposed to give luck and was given to mark a new year or enterprise. Handsel Monday was generally the first Monday in the New Year in which gifts were given. Auld Handsel Monday is traditionally celebrated the first Monday after the 12th of January, mostly in rural Scotland and Northern England.

Our family is mostly Irish, Scottish and English and in choosing a name we really wanted something that would reflect that heritage. It was only coincidence that our last name was 'Hand', and we really liked the sentiment that the word Handsel represented - so Handsels it was.