It’s the last weekend of Christmas shopping before the 25th and we know you’ll appreciate a shopping game plan before you hit the shops or go online shopping.
Here are five gift suggestions from us that we think you’ll love. We’ve gone for Irish-made gifts of the best quality that we’re sure will bring a smile to your loved ones’ faces.
Christmas Spiced Candles
Is there anything that brings a cosy atmosphere to a room more effectively than a scented candle? Snuggling up with Love Actually, a crackling fire and some scented candles is our idea of an evening well spent.
This Christmas Spiced Candle has all of the quintessentially Christmassy scents: orange, warming cinnamon and a dash of clove, without being overbearing. This candle is made of paraben-free soy wax and organic essential oils so you know you’re not inhaling any of the nasty toxins you find in most candles—which means it’s an excellent hostess gift if you’re visiting friends or family for Christmas nibbles.
VOYA Christmas Mitts
Give your loved ones a hand with some much needed TLC with this Christmas Mitts, Hand Care Set. The kit contains some of VOYA’s bestselling products: Clean Me Up, Handy to Have as well as a travel-size bar of our Invigorating Seaweed Soap.
The Happy Pear
Most people spend the Christmas/New Year period struggling to find the balance between celebrating the holidays and starting the New Year off well. We reckon the solution is to find some really good quality, healthy and delicious food and enjoy it.
To save you having to scan through the nutritional information yourself, health food enthusiasts The Happy Pear have done the legwork for you. Behold, the The Happy Pear Christmas Indulgence Hamper! This bad boy is full of the most amazing Irish produce including festive baked goods, tea, crisps, preserves and their very own Cool Jim’s Granola which is quickly becoming an Irish favourite.
If your in the West, why not try our friends in Kate’s Kitchen in Sligo, their amazing hampers and beautiful gift boxes can be made to order, with all sorts of artisan goodies, specialty teas coffees, homemade jams and chutneys, wine fines you name it! They come in all shapes and sizes and really are the ideal gift!
Two Wooden Horses
From the same neck of the woods as The Happy Pear in Wicklow comes a company with a passion for wood. So much so that it’s called Two Wooden Horses. This company makes handmade wooden chopping and serving boards from a variety of different timbers, tones and grains.
Each piece is a one-off and would make the most beautiful gift your friend can treasure for a lifetime. Fun fact: these boards have been used in cookery books by the likes of Donal Skehan and other celebrity chefs.
Wild Atlantic Way Experience
Giving the gift of an experience is like giving two gifts in one. The recipient is first delighted at the gift when all is revealed on Christmas Day and then they get to relive the joy all over again when the day out comes around.
Why not treat someone to a seaweed bath experience in Strand hill County Sligo? Buying a voucher from a spa away from home lets you turn a day’s activity into a mini-break.
We love Irish shopping and supporting the amazingly skilled creators around this fair green isle. By supporting Irish craftsmanship, you’re supporting local employment and helping small but fiercely passionate businesses grow. And in a country as small as ours, chances are you’re probably only ever one or two connections away from each business owner.
Irish-made gifts are also perfect for friends and family living overseas. Ex-pats love nothing more than a reminder of home and will enjoy seeing the creativity and new entrepreneurship.