A very Specific Christmas Gift Guide –

It is beginning to search a lot like (a really distinctive) Christmas – specially for shops and compact corporations whose doorways are nevertheless shut. But there is nothing like a crisis to bring folks with each other, and it’s heartening to see the hard work people today have been earning to get Irish, support nearby enterprises, and unfold the phrase about great Irish gifts, ever considering the fact that we went to Degree 5.

There are some fantastically thorough, detailed present lists out there – I have viewed excellent types from bloggers like MagnumLady and BehindGreenEyes, and the newspapers have compiled all kinds of lists much too. Twitter, not known for its tidings of comfort and ease and joy, is entire of threads on Irish jewellers and Irish food items hampers, and in the midst of all *this*, it’s magnificent.

This is my modest contribution – a reward manual with just 11 Irish sellers, but all individuals or corporations I have purchased from this yr or in the past. So it’s limited, but they’re all personal tips, and all products and solutions I have beloved.

Slated

I purchased my spouse a “Damien’s Cheese” slate cheese board from Slated very last calendar year which was, irrespective of the engraving, really a existing for me way too. Considerably cheese has been eaten from this board over the last 12 months, and Slated have attractive tableware and tea gentle holders far too. I went to faculty with Tara who, with her spouse, operates Slated, and I’m usually delighted to support this lovely enterprise.

Slated Office Mum

Ger Holland

Ger Holland is a Dublin-primarily based photographer, at first from Galway, and she is commonly questioned to photograph at literary events in Ireland and further than. Sadly, since February, most literary functions have had to move on-line, but Ger is promoting calendars and prints when we wait for things to open up once more. I brought a print of Seville from her previously this yr, and it has pride of place on my dining space wall. Also, Ger is an completely 2nd-to-none variety, attractive human being.

Ger Holland Office Mum Andrea Mara

Emily Rainsford Artwork

Emily Rainsford is a blogger good friend I initially met seven decades in the past, and though I understood she painted, I didn’t realise until eventually previous 7 days that her paintings are for sale on Etsy. I fell in enjoy with the painting beneath when I saw it, purchased it that night, and it arrived a number of days later in lovely packaging. Now all it demands is a gorgeous body. Emily’s unique paintings are almost all €55 and would make a fantastic gift – or do like me and get it for on your own!

Emily Rainsford Art - Andrea Mara Office Mum

JamArt

I only found Dublin-based Jam Art Prints very not long ago (many thanks to my sister), and my daughter, who was seeking about my shoulder, asked for a print for Christmas. I resolved to acquire one particular for my office environment much too, and got this 1:

There is a big variety of prints for sale on the internet site and shipping and delivery was pretty prompt. I will be again.

MaryK

I’ve been a admirer of MaryK Jewelry  for the final couple of yrs – an Irish designer promoting in community shops (like Halo Glasthule) and online. I’m constructing a assortment!

Mary K

 

Kinvara Skincare

In my ongoing quest to experiment with new skincare makes and merchandise, I lately attempted Kinvara Skincare. I enjoy their oil cleanser and will undoubtedly be again to test much more. Fast delivery, wonderful packaging, would make a fantastic present for an individual else or just for you…

Irish Whiskey Stone Corporation

Searching MagnumLady’s Craft gift guideline recently, I noticed Irish Whiskey Stones and resolved to purchase their Father Ted stone “ice” cubes as a gift (can not say for who in case he reads this…). They appear in a cute little present box, and are just what I’d expected, and there was a small sticker on the envelope stating, “Thanks for supporting my tiny business”. This year, that is what it’s all about.

Irish Whiskey Stones

Sheridan’s Cheese Hamper

When my sister’s would-be-marriage ceremony-date arrived about past April, in our to start with several weeks of lockdown, we needed to mark it in some way, so despatched a Sheridan’s Hamper to her and her fiancé. Sheridans had been fantastic to offer with (I required to transform shipping date) and the hamper looked gorgeous. I can’t explain to you how it tasted mainly because my sister and her fiancé ate it all themselves – to be honest, we have been in deep lockdown and not allowed to see every other. But our weekly grocery procuring treat is Sheridan’s cheese from the counter in Dunnes, so I can absolutely suggest. (Specifically the chutney.)

Beekon

Beekon is a honey refresher drink – as they say on their Instagram: Not a beer. Not a cider. Not a wine
No gluten, sulphites or additives. It was founded by anyone I know a few of many years back and it is been likely from power to energy thanks to her and her partner’s tough perform and enthusiasm, and in no small component, thanks to how delectable the beverages taste. You can buy Beekon in quite a few supermarkets and off-licences – below is a list of stockists. You can also get it by the scenario on the Beekon web page. Drink responsibly! PS if you’re interested in buying a situation on the web, Beekon have given me a 10% lower price code: OFFICEMUM

Skellig chocolate

I identified Skellig chocolate lately when we ordered some new doors and on completion of the buy, we ended up provided a box of Skellig chocolates. They have been incredibly tasty – the joint-best candies I have ever had (see beneath for the other) and I viewed as ordering additional doors to get a lot more chocolates, though it’s fewer highly-priced to just obtain the chocolate right. Based in Kerry, Skellig have a detailed range available to get online and from these stockists.

Skellig Chocolates - Office Mum

Lir chocolate

My other favorite chocolate is Lir. Disclaimer: Lir despatched me a hamper of chocolate two yrs back, and I grew to become a faithful (paying out) purchaser as soon as the hamper was gone. Their Salted Caramel Truffles are to die for and their Discovery Collection can make a extremely rather and scrumptious present.

Lir Chocolate - Office Mum

Guides by Irish authors 

This closing entry on the list is not about a person particular solution or just one particular ebook, but yet another way to get Irish is to give someone a ebook written by an Irish author. I will not check out to recommend any specific guides in this article as there are too many, and I’m certain to leave someone out, so instead I’ve included a image of some of the Irish books on my bookshelf in my bed room – this is just a very small subset of the publications by Irish authors available from any bookshop. Obtainable to get online from Easons, Dubray, Kennys, and quite a few unbiased bookshops, and offered in-retailer next 7 days when bookshops reopen. Pleased buying!

Books by Irish authors - Office Mum Andrea Mara

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