Sunday 20 October 2019

The 'buy Irish' gift guide

Support local makers by picking up a unique present, writes Meadhbh McGrath

Tweed blazer, €249, Avoca
Tweed blazer, €249, Avoca
Handmade writing set, €59, Barbara Hubert at Nest Kenmare
Silk/linen woven tie, €190, Brendan Joseph
Socks, €9, Irish Socksciety at Designist
Knitted hot water bottle, €38, Ekotree Studios at Irish Design Shop
Embellished hat, €50, Joanne Hynes at Dunnes Stores
Blanket, €89.95, McNutt of Donegal at Kilkenny Shop
From A Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan (Lilliput Press), €20, Hodges Figgis
Bag, €390, Lovern at Irish Design Shop
Vase, €85, Arran St East at Industry Dublin
Milk chocolate slab, €34.90, Bean & Goose at Avoca
Clay coffee filter, €38, and mug, €30, Daniel Woodsmith at Irish Design Shop
Pyjama set, €245, Ethical Silk Company at Bloss, Dundrum Town Centre
Midleton Distillery Very Rare Whiskey, €1,100, Ashford Castle
Wool scarf, €49, Jennifer Slattery at Scout Dublin
Oven dish, €46.65, Nicholas Mosse
Hoodie, €65, Gym + Coffee at Arnotts
Earrings, €155, Inner Island at Arnotts
Beech wood board, €59.95, Ballyshane at Kilkenny Shop

From blockbuster fiction to the latest fashion, it can be tempting to do all your shopping online or in multinational chain stores. But around this time of year, we always like to make a little room in the Christmas stockings for Irish makers, designers and shops.

You might think Irish design is limited to tourist fare or expensive luxuries, when the reality is much more varied. If you're looking for gym gear, a literary bestseller or a pair of statement earrings, you'll find plenty from Irish companies - and at affordable prices, too.

We've compiled a selection of presents that will be sure to delight even the toughest person on your list. And the best part is that none of them need to be ordered online, so if you're facing into the last days before Christmas empty-handed, or feeling a bit queasy from the myriad flash sales and shopping madness, you can use your cash to support a local business, whether it's a publishing house or a potter.

Irish Independent

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