10 gorgeous gift ideas that are 100% Irish
If your knowledge of Irish craft is limited to the Aran sweater, you could be in for a major surprise this Christmas.
Some exceptionally beautiful things, from clothing and art to homewares and jewellery, are being produced in more than 6,000 hidden studios and workshops all over the country. Irish design is having a major moment and the price point is becoming more and more accessible.
Here are 10 items to tick off your shopping list this year...
For the new baby
The print of this adorable Elfin hat is an original illustration by Dublin's Nadia Cruikshanks made up of original drawings by her three year old daughter. €12 from Moobles and Toobles.
For the true gent
This 'Rupert' bow tie will make sure he stands out from the crowd. €30 from Beau's Bows, Cork.
For your Nan (and also for you)
These traditional handknit Aran mittens are made from 100% pure new wool. The chunky Irish moss stitch is incorporated on the palm and the thumb of these mittens ensuring their durability for winters to come. €24, Kennedy of Ardara.
For the writer
In collaboration with Irish designer, Fergus O'Neill, this covetable notebook has been entirely produced in Dublin. Each linen cover is hand screen printed on Parnell street and bound near Dublin's Five Lamps by Duffy Bookbinders. €12.50 here.
For the dedicated foodie
If it's a forever gift you're after, this Connemara Marble Cheese Board & Knife Set by Blessington's Hennessey & Byrne will be around long after the fromage fanatic in your life slices his last Camembert. €110, Hennessey & Byrne
Dads, grandads and other halves of all ages will love this manly cedarwood, Donegal seaweed, Meath beeswax, horsetail and Irish Spring water shaving soap, housed in a special ash box. €58 from Clarkes of Dubin.
For the chic sister
The versatile Jamie Foldover Clutch will remain a favourite for a special fashion fan long after the Christmas tree comes down. €110 from Kinsale Leather Co. in Cork.
For the cook
This practical but utterly chic Nordic Bowl set is made by second generation potter Thomas Diem’s studio in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. €69.95 from Kilkenny Shop.
For the glamazon
Seven individual unicorns hang from the front of this magical 18c gold-plated ring, which is hallmarked in Dublin Castle. €225, available from Yvonne Ryan.
For the littlest niece or nephew
Cut from Irish beech, this handcrafted wooden Elk consists of three pieces made for little hands to assemble. €28 from Elks
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is encouraging everyone to “Give Irish Craft” this year. If in doubt, look out for the distinctive Designed & Made in Ireland thumbprint symbol.