The 'buy Irish' gift guide
Support local makers by picking up a unique present, writes Meadhbh McGrath
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.