Christmas Gift Ideas – Buy Irish

Last year a lot of you enjoyed my blog on buying irish for Christmas. A lot of small businesses struggle to stay open and really count on the Christmas period to make some sales. If we all made a conscious effort  to buy irish we really could make a huge difference to our own economy. There are always irish alternatives to choose from, for example even start by buying more of your Christmas food shopping in Dunnes Stores or your local grocery etc.  Lets face it we all spend a lot of money at Christmas and I personally think I would feel a little bit less guilty knowing I was supporting irish businesses.     CHILDREN The Irish Fairy Door Company I shared this one last year too but its a personal favourite of mine. I got one of these for my nieces last year and they still write notes to their fairy 'Kitty' all the time. The Irish Fairy Door Company is probably one of the cutest gift ideas I have come across. You basically choose from the big selection of fairy doors and a your very on fairy magically moves into your house. It is a magically idea and remember if a fairy lives in your house you always have to keep your room tidy and be a good girl or boy 🙂 For more information check out the website : http://theirishfairydoorcompany.com Prices start at €23.95   Door-Plaques-300x300img_2942    

Totes Amaz Bags

I got these before for my two neices and they still take them everywhere.  All bags are hand painted and personalised to fit your requirements. You must allow 4-5 weeks for delivery so if you are looking to get these for Christmas get your order in soon at www.totesamazbags.ie Prices: mini lunch bags €8, mini kids €15 medium €25. Large €35 xl pink or blue trim €40 309944_10150935849558380_2063688674_n   The Elf on the Shelf Another cute Christmas gift 'The The Elf on the Shelf' is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts a scout elf and gives it a name, the scout elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day's adventures. Each morning, the scout elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their scout elf each morning. I personally would use this all year round if i had kids. I have seen childrens reactions to this first hand and its so cute. Price : €34.99 I have seen these in Arnotts and you can also buy them online  www.elfontheshelf.ie (Little Gifts Ltd, a Cavan-based family business retailing personalised Christmas ornaments and gifts, is the Irish distributor of The Elf on the Shelf)   WOMEN   Chupi Chupi is an Irish designer, making delicate jewellery inspired by the beauty of natural and wild things. I recently got a gift of this swan feather ring and love it. I also love the initial necklace, You could have the initials of you and the man in your life, your children or someone you have lost. I personally think this is a lovely idea. The price of the silver necklace is €69 and the ring is  €89. Have a look on her website as there is lots of gorgeous pieces to choose from. www.chupi.ie http://www.chupi.ie/2858-thickbox/say-my-name-sterling-silver-initial-necklace-with-two-initials.jpg   The Gate Theatre A Christmas Tradition of mine is to take a trip to see the Christmas Play at The Gate Theatre. The Gate is one of the most magical places in Dublin in my opinion. A Gift Certificate would be a really thoughtful gift for parents,grandparents or a friend. Gift certificates have no expiry date and will be honoured for all current and future performances. The Gate Theatre Gift Certificate allows you to give the very special gift of theatre to your friends, family or colleagues all year round. Let your loved ones choose from our diverse programme of Irish and international plays. BOX OFFICE+353 1 874 4045 / 874 6042 EMAILboxoffice@gate-theatre.ie   A Gift Voucher for your local Beauty Salon or Hairdresser A gift that is always going to go to good use is a gift voucher for your local beauty salon or hairdressers. You really can't go wrong.  I get my hair done with Hessions in Drumcondra and my salon where I get everything done is Allure Beauty and Spa in Drumcondra. Like most salons you can either go in and buy a gift voucher directly or buy online. If you don't have a local salon or haven't a favourite hairdressers I highly recommend both of these places.     Buff Contour Palette A really nice Christmas gift is a contour palette! My fave one is by Buff Makeup. It contains 6 powders including a gorgeous highlighter. I used the lightest and darkest ones in this look to contour my face and I used the highlighter on my cheeks and brow bone and I even used the highlighter and medium brown on my eyes. Price : €65 www.buffmakeup.com           MEN  A Piece of Art Something that we rarely buy for ourselves is art, myslef and my boyfriend treated ourselves to this piece for our new place and we love it. Its by talented artist Shane Berkery who's prices are reasonable considering that you are getting a one off piece. Irish Coin Cufflinks These handmade cufflinks are made from genuine old Irish Coins. The are handpolished and brought back to their former glory to make the perfect unique gift. Our old currency is a reflection of our history so I feel these are a really nice gift for any man that is proud to be Irish. To see all products check out the website : http://www.irishcoincufflinks.com

Postage delivery time to

US & Canada 5-6 days/ Ireland 2-3 days/ Europe 3-5 days/Rest of world 6-8 days.

Prices start at €39

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The gift of music

There are loads of amazing irish bands out there at the moment who regularly play gigs around the country. There is a gig coming up on New Years Eve featuring collaborations with Cathy Davey, Neil Hannon, Lisa Hannigan and Jerry Fish to name but a few. I for one am always looking for something different to do on New Years Eve so this would be a good bowling ball present..hehe..

Price : €35  www.vicarstreet.ie

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