Friday 23 March 2018

The best presents for the interiors-obsessed

Ball lights are a versatile gift.
Ball lights are a versatile gift.
Tip 2: you can't go wrong with marble or brass.
Tip 4: porcelain baubles.
Tip 5: Pink pig
Tip 6: Cute cuckoo.
Stocking filler: Monochrome
Tip 3: Shibori cushion

Emily Westbrooks

When it comes to buying Christmas presents for the interiors-obsessed person in your life, I have one suggestion: choose something they wouldn't necessarily splurge on for themselves. Something frivolous or a little extravagant. There's always room for functional gifts, sure, but make sure there's a fun or fancy edge.

For this gift guide, we stuck close to home, collecting some of the loveliest gifts for the interiors-lover in your life from all around Ireland. They're available right here in small shops around the country, or online, making your last-minute holiday shopping both local and simple.

We all think we love shopping for stocking stuffers, but in reality it can be hard not to fill them with useless junk. We asked Sally-Anne Bennett, owner of Treat Deli and Gift Shop in Cabra, for her tips for stocking stuffers for the interiors-obsessed. She suggests small-but-useful gifts, such as ornaments, little decorations, and candles, that follow interiors' trends. Try a sweet pineapple mini candle, available at Treat ( Sally-Anne says: "The tropical trend is still popular and actually I think it adds a bit of colour to our dark grey skies!" On the opposite end of the spectrum, she also suggest a this house decoration. "Monochrome is really popular at the moment with a bit of gold thrown in for the added luxury."

1 Twinkle Twinkle

Everyone loves a little twinkle, during the holidays and beyond. These ball lights, customisable in various bright and neutral colours, are a great affordable and versatile gift.

Buy it: Set of 20 string lights, €32.95 from Moss Cottage,

picture: Moss Cottage

2 Marble and Brass

When it comes to an interiors gift, you can't go wrong with marble or brass, or any combination thereof. Interiors-lovers just can't resist their magpie sparkle. These marble and brass nest of tables are a stately choice, even for small spaces. Pop them out for entertaining and stack them back together when the party's over!

Buy it: Marble and brass nest of tables, €380, Dust, 4 Grantham Street, Dublin 8, or

3 Japanese Jingle

The perfect gift for your sister who knows all the trends? A Japanese-style shibori cushion hand-dyed by Mottainai Textiles in Northern Ireland.

If you have a particularly crafty type on your Christmas list, gift them a gorgeous cushion, then send them on the train to Belfast where they can learn the art of shibori from owner Catherine Quinn at one of her workshops. Throw in a voucher for lunch in The National cafe and you'll have racked up all the gift-giving points!

Buy it: Shibori cushion, €55 from Mottainai Textiles,

4 Bring the Bauble

Holiday decorations that can be displayed year-round are a perfect holiday bonus gift. These handmade, one-of-a-kind porcelain baubles are an elegant gift for the sophisticated friend on your list. They'll be gorgeous on a tree, and post-holidays they'll bring an extra dose of winter cheer.

Buy it: Baubles by Adam Frew, €18.50 each at the Irish Design Shop,

5 Pink Pig

Frivolous? Why, yes. But also totally adorable and even a little hilarious. A conversation-starter at the least! If your intended recipient has a great sense of humour and a love of neon animals, this is the perfect gift. Designed by artist Harry Allen, whose work features in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, this pink pig is technically a bank for your coin collection as well.

Buy it: €210 from April & The Bear, or visit their festive pop-up shop, 6 Castlemarket, Dublin 2, Second floor

6 Cute Cuckoo

This modern cuckoo clock by Haoshi Design is a chameleon present - blending with many different interiors' styles, from vintage and whimsical to minimalist and mid-century. The clock includes two sweet cuckoo birds, one that hangs just to the side of the clock, and another that pops out on the hour to greet its mate. This clock would make the perfect gift for a winter wedding present for a happy couple, with the romantic little bird pair popping up every hour to remind them of their love!

Buy it: Cuckoo Clock, €159 at Article in the Powerscourt Centre, Dublin, or online at

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