Digital Content Creator (RTE LIFESTYLE)
Every year, as December 25th approaches, we surround ourselves with loved ones; friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances alike. It is at this point that we realise that we have absolutely no idea what to buy for any of them.
Honestly, is there anything worse than trying to find the perfect gift? Dads are notoriously difficult to buy for, Mums insist that they don’t need anything (don’t dare fall for that line) while siblings ask for the world.
And then there’s the worst gift of all, the dreaded Secret Santa. Every year you overspend on something special for Dan in Accounts, all the while your Kris Kringle re-gifts you a bath set from 2012.
Fear not shoppers, we have scrounged the internet for some of the best gifts on offer this holiday season, no matter whose name you pull out of the hat. Check out the gallery above for all the details.
Have a fashion lover in your life? We’ve got jewellery, handbags and clothes covered.
Holly Carpenter’s new Love Lift range features a beautiful Angel Wing Necklace that comes in silver and rose gold and costs just €15.95.
Lulu Guinness’ small Isabella cross-body handbag is on sale in Arnott’s for €249 (was €415).
Irish activewear brand Gym+Coffee have a range of men and women’s hoodies, t-shirts and accessories. We love their Military Green Beaniewhich comes in at €12.
Happy Socks are a range of fun and jazzy socks that are currently on sale in Brown Thomas for €8 (was €10).
Check out some of our favourite women’s wear for Winter in our Christmas Party Look Book.
Have an aspiring MUA (that’s makeup artist to you and me) in the family? We’ve got a list of Irish made brushes, masks and soaps for the taking.
Powder n Pout has a range of brushes that are reasonably priced and Irish made.
Dublin Herbalists have a gorgeous range of face masks including this exfoliating cleansing gel with apricot and carrot seed oils for €18.95.
Pestle & Mortar is an Irish skincare company with high-quality products. Their lightweight moisturiser is €48 and contains jojoba oil which can help to reduce old acne scars.
Shopping for a gentleman? Handmade Soap Company‘s Shaving Soap is made with essential oils, smells divine and costs €9.99.
From Ireland with Love
Sending presents to family in the States? Or perhaps to the diaspora abroad? These gifts are extra Irish just for them.
Ekotree’s Aran Hot Water Bottles are €38 from the Irish Design Shop.
These gorgeous Irish notebooks are designed by Ursula Celano and bound in Dublin. They are on sale in Article Dublin for €8.95.
Irish Gifts for you is the brainchild of Lisa and Lynne; two Irish mammies raising their seven children in rural Ireland. They have GAA Christmas jumpers, cute keyrings and County Elf Giftsets. The County Elf comes with shamrock seeds, welcome scroll, photo frame, football and more for €25.
These Irish Whiskey Stones are made from Connemara Marble and are crafted by Eric Byrne. Pick them up from Makers & Brothers for €29.00.
The president has some VERY important documents to sign at Dublin Castle, but without his glasses, how will he do it? Pick up a copy of Peter Donnelly’s The President’s Glasses from Gill Books for €14.99.
The Burren Perfumery have a selection of herbal teas ranging from Digestive Organic Herbal Tea to Women’s Organic Herbal Tea for €8.50.
From VR headsets to safety gear for joggers, we’ve got some great ideas for the tech lover in your life.
run angel is a safety wristband that has a loud alarm to attract attention in an emergency. Not only that but it will send out a text to your designated guardian. The Irish made band costs €99.00.
Tired of hunching over your laptop? Stream the latest episode of Stranger Things to your TV with this nifty device. Google Chrome Casts are in Curry’s for €34.99.
These mini animal-shaped Bluetooth speakers are pocket-sized and ultra-portable. You can play music, make and receive calls and, thanks to the shutter remote, you can take selfies from a distance. They are €24.99 from Carphone Warehouse
Samsung Gear Virtual Reality Headset will transport you into another world. Get it now for €139.99 (was €159.99) from Smyths.
Love to read by the pool or in the bath? Pick up a waterproof kindle from Amazon for £229.99 (approx €259).
Bits & Pieces
Ideal for the neighbours, yoga instructors, babysitters and Secret Santas in your life.
Brooke and Shoals was founded in Greystones, Co. Wicklow and have a range of soaps and candles in various scents. We love this Sandalwood Vanilla & Salted Caramel Candle for €22.00.
KeepCups are reusable cups that come in a variety of sizes and colours and range from €12 to €26.
Cath Kidston has a collection of phone covers in some beautiful floral prints. This trailing rose case is €24 and can be bought for iPhone 6 and iPhone 7.
Shopping for a frequent flyer? This Pineapple bag tag is €7 from Spicey B, an online retail store created by Irish woman Bernadine Halligan.
This multi-functional pouch can be used a pencil case for kids, a make-up bag for beauty gurus or anything else you see fit. Personalise it to have any letter in glittering gold for €15.00 (was €20.00) on My Shining Armour.