Discover last minute tips for a perfect Christmas
'Tis the season for sharing, caring, giving and spreading good cheer, so don't worry if you've got it all to do. We've partnered with Tassimo for your guide to last minute gifts
Home is where the heart is so a gift for the house is always welcome at Christmas. Here are 6 gifts for the home that will take pride of place this Christmas.
Vintage exotic birds prints with a modern twist
Quality digital prints on satin card. Five 19th Century etchings have been painstakingly restored and tinted with a contemporary splash of colour. Culled from a long since out-of-print stock imagery library used for litho printers in the 80s, the prints are available only as a set. Sold as a pack containing all five cards with white envelopes.
Lambswool Throw Spectrum Sunburst from Avoca
Add cosy colour with a pop of yellow with our Sunburst throw. Combining traditional and contemporary looks, woven in lambswool and rich warming shades, this throw will bring a bed to life or cosy up a sofa.
Paul Costelloe Living Wooden Spotlight
Add a dash of retro movie glamour to your living space with this vintage style wooden spotlight on tripod by Paul Costello for Dunnes Living. Lighting is key to any living room and this not only throws clear, directional light but is a conversation starter too.
746 French Blue Retro Telephone
The 746 French Blue Retro Telephone; is the ultimate retro telephone and 1960s style icon. Launched in 1967 by the general post office in response to public demand, it would inspire two decades of conversation and is, to this day, the universal symbol of the phone. Known as 'the modern phone' it was a welcome re-design to the popular 706 model.
For modern convenience, the dial has been replaced by buttons without detracting from the outer bezel design. The phone simply plugs into a standard phone socket and also features a re-dial button. A fabulous Retro accessory for any home.
TASSIMO SUNY (T32)
TASSIMO SUNY (T32)
When you need your favourite drinks in a hurry the TASSIMO SUNY delivers every time. Just pop in a T DISC, press with your cup against the Smart Start button, then watch the TASSIMO SUNY create coffees, teas, chocolates and more in minutes. With its sleek design and compact dimensions, available in Midnight Black, Autumn Red or Pacific blue, the TASSIMO SUNY fits stylishly into your home, and creates delicious drinks for you and your guests in no time at all.
Technology gifts are a staple of our Christmas gifting in these days. Here are 5 brilliant, affordable technology gifts to make anyone's Christmas
Google Chromecast, €35
Chromecast is just a handy device to have. By simply plugging the dongle into your TV you can mirror whatever is on your Chrome browser or your Android device. So if you’re streaming the sports, watching a movie or a documentary, you can have it in high definition on your television without wires or cables and HDMI. Users have access YouTube, Netflix, Google Play Movies, and Google Play Music, plus scores more Cast-ready apps. It won’t break the bank either coming in at only €35, making it a great stocking filler.
Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear I Headphones
Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear I Headphones, €95
For music lovers who also like to stay connected on their smartphones the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear I Headphones are a good value all round in-ear headphone that you’ll get plenty of use out of.Features include nano-precise, stainless-steel sound tunnel and three-button multifunction remote with integrated microphone. The acoustic components contain no plastic. They are made of high-quality stainless steel, manufactured using precision milling technology which makes a big difference in how they sound.
Jawbone UP 2 Classic
Jawbone UP 2 Classic €92
A simple, cool, stylish and very useful wearable from Jawbone. Track your sleep and activity with the accompanying app, you’ll discover a whole new dimension to integrating healthy choices into your lifestyle. Jawbone and other fitness wearables like Fitbit are just getting better and better, but this is a great place to start.
i-box Twist Bluetooth speaker
i-box Twist Bluetooth speaker €99
There are an incredible amount of Bluetooth speaker systems on the market at the moment, but this cool looking portable speaker is small enough to fit in your car glove box or your overnight bag and sounds superb. British manufacturer i-box delivers high quality and value in this stylish and eminently useful speaker. A sturdy build in a lightweight portable and you can feel it in the details from the feel of the push buttons to the five hour battery life.
The Tassimo Fidelia is a stylish addition to your kitchen. What is more, it will change the way you make hot drinks forever. High-quality technology by Bosch applied to Tassimo’s range of hot drinks makes everything you could possibly wish for; espresso, hot chocolate, teas, all available at the touch of a button. With a generous 2-litre capacity, Tassimo Fidelia employs Intellibrew™ technology which reads the barcode on the pod informing the machine of the exact brewing requirements. All you have to do is enjoy. The T DISCSs are widely available and can be picked up while doing your weekly grocery shopping giving them the edge on their competitors.
Tassimo, the market-leading hot beverage system held an exclusive breakfast and informative session with experts Denise O’Connor, Optimise Design and John Henry Boyle, 21 Spaces informing attendees on how trends in technology and commercial architecture are influencing our home. We asked the attendees of bloggers and industry experts what was going to be big in 2016
Tickets are a great last minute gift idea, they're hassle free and much appreciated. Here are 10 shows for you to choose from, there's something for everybody in 2016.
4-6 September, Stradbally, Co. Laois
The perennial knees up in Stradbally still has tickets left. The line-up is a long way off being decided but you can rest assured that by the time the Picnic swings around a stellar programme will be secured. For regular Picnic goers, getting their tickets sorted early is a brilliant treat and can give them something to look forward to all year.
26 May 3Arena, Dublin
The world’s most successful film score composer has announced his first ever Dublin date and it promises to be a visual spectacular designed and lit by the world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman. The Hans Zimmer show will not only sound unlike any other it will also look unlike any other. This 2016 tour comes off the back of two very special ‘Hans Zimmer Revealed’ shows at London’s legendary Hammersmith Apollo in 2014. The sell-out shows were rapturously received by critics and the public alike. Incredibly in a Hollywood career that has spanned decades, these were Hans’s first full shows and were made even more special by the appearance of two of Zimmer’s collaborators guitarist Johnny Marr and Pharrell Williams.
14th February, 2016
The most prolific composer in the history of film music, ‘Il Maestro’ Morricone comes to Dublin. Morricone will conduct a repertoire from the greatest works of his career, spanning more than 50 years, performing with the full 86-strong Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the 76 singers from the polyphonic Kodaly Choir of Debrecen, Hungary and with his long time Italian soloists including soprano Susanna Rigacci and longtime friend collaborator, the Portuguese singer and musician Dulce Pontes.
Gaiety, Dublin, from 29 January
Set in 1960s rural Ireland and shocking for its time – the play premiered in 1969 – Big Maggie is a compelling portrait of a woman who is determined to take control of her life following the death of her husband. Money, land and secret sex make for a riveting story in what remains one of John B Keane’s most popular plays. The production is directed by Tony award winner Garry Hynes who said she is ‘thrilled to be returning to the work of John B. Keane with this production.’
Juno and the Paycock
Opening Night Tuesday 16th February
“Th’ whole worl’s in a terrible state o’ chassis”
The Gate Theatre presents O’Casey’s masterpiece Juno and the Paycock. The play is set in Dublin in the early 1920s during the Irish Civil War period. Jack Boyle and his old friend Joxer Daly are two Dublin tenement dwellers who put more effort into avoiding work than most do in securing it! Jack's wife Juno is the breadwinner and moral powerhouse, but she can't stop her life unravelling. Juno and the Paycock is a mesmerising mix of comedy and tragedy.
There are some great deals on flights to European destinations and booking an unexpected weekend away for someone you love is a wonderful way to show them you care at Christmas. Flights to the following cities represent great value on Ryanair and if you book them now you’ll give someone something to look forward to.
Amsterdam's Nine Streets area, in the heart of the canal district and just a couple of minutes' walk from Dam Square, is fantastic for shopping, with designer boutiques, art galleries, jewellers, and specialist stores catering to every interest. There are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants too, which always makes the shopping a more pleasant experience. Book your hotel here.
Everyone gets a thrill from seeing the familiar landmarks of Paris up close and personal, and teenagers will love the shopping opportunities and flea markets. Keep the troops onside by diluting the churches and galleries with gourmet treats along the way - Maison Berthillon on the Ile Saint Louisserves a spectacular range of ice-cream in all the usual flavours, with oddities such as foie gras and Earl Grey tea for the more adventurous. Frozen fans and younger children might prefer Disneyland Paris. Book your hotel here.
If you've never been to Morocco, then a trip to Marrakech isa real eye-opener as it's nothing like any European city. Visit a hammam, stroll through the medina in the evening for a fix of Gnawa musicians and dancers, snake charmers and storytellers, and eat at one of the city's rooftop restaurants. The beautiful Jardin Majorelle, associated with Yves Saint Laurent, took 40 years to create and is a must for anyone interested in horticulture. Be sure to stay in a riad to get the real flavour of the city. Book your hotel here.
The Italian capital is brilliant for families - but hold your visit until the kids have some idea about the Romans and who they were. Rome is never quiet, so be prepared for long queues at the Vatican unless you pre-book and pay a premium. Children of a certain age will love the smutty ancient graffiti at the Colosseum, and consider a day-trip to Pompeii if you have time. Book your hotel here.
Take one of the many free walking tours of the city of 100 spires, wander the old town admiring the baroque architecture and visit the popular astronomical clock with its hourly free show. Both food and drink are keenly priced, as is nightlife. Karlovy Lazne is the biggest club in central Europe with a different type of music on each of its five storeys. Book your hotel here.