Specialty foods and drinks galore
1| Café Rua
Treat family and friends to the flavours of the West with a hamper from Café Rua in Castlebar, Mayo. Feast on smoked salmon, sheep’s cheese and sumptuous chocolates, or let the Café Rua team take care of Christmas dessert with trays of mince pies and the Rua trifle.
Born from a pure passion for good beer, the crew at Treaty City Brewery in Limerick make some of Ireland’s tastiest ales and lagers. There’s lots to choose from including their original brew, Harris Pale Ale, and limited edition beers. Pick up a mix and match box for your friends this Christmas or give a gift card and let them choose their favourites.
3| Three Drams
Delight your whiskey connoisseur friend with a fresh take on the whiskey tasting experience thanks to a subscription from Cork company Three Drams. Three Irish whiskey drams are delivered to your door every month alongside a virtual tasting session with founders, makers and distillers – the gift that keeps on giving.
If seafood is your thing and you're around Cork, a meal from the Fish Kitchen is a great way to celebrate the start of the Christmas holidays. Treat someone special to a delicious meal and pick up a three course meal for two which includes the famed Fish Kitchen brown bread and a bottle of house wine.
A familiar face in Cork city, Frank Hederman has dedicated almost 40 years of his life to perfecting the art of skilfully smoking salmon. Smoked salmon makes a real treat for someone's Christmas breakfast table.
Introduce the wine lover in your life to the Nude Wine Co. an online shop stocking organic and biodynamic wines. The Kildare company has an impressive wine list with reds, whites, rosés and sparkling options from different regions around the world. Gift a friend a voucher for the DIY wine course and you’ll have an expert sommelier in your life by the new year.
Enjoy seasonal produce in the Olde Post Inn, prepared by award-winning chef Gearoid Lynch. With a modern Irish menu of seared scallops and roast lamb, the boutique restaurant in Cavan is famed for its hearty food.
Here’s a great present for any craft beer fan. Made by a team of friends and family, Dead Centre Brewing Company’s beers have a fantastic reputation. You can choose from IPAs, pale ales and porters in limited edition cans, growlers and even beer hampers. Based in Athlone but with all goods available online, don't miss their glitter beer – guaranteed sparkles this Christmas.
Is there a more welcome sight on Christmas Day than a cheeseboard in the middle of the table after a wonderful meal with friends and family? Sheridan’s Cheesemongers on South Anne’s Street in Dublin, and across the country, is a one-stop-shop for cheese lovers with hampers, cheeseboards, wines and vouchers.
10| Take The Cake
You might be familiar with Take The Cake from founder Krissy Gibson's regular TV appearances. Put in an order for the salted caramel cakes, flourless chocolate peanut butter ganache or mocha cupcakes and be the most popular person in the house this Christmas.
11| Mummy Cooks
Know some new parents? Mummy Cooks supplies weaning pots for new mums, recipe books for family-friendly dishes and food flasks for parents on the go. There are also some great online courses at Mummy Cooks Academy, an ideal gift for parents of fussy eaters.
Chocolate makes a great go-to gift for just about anyone. Wilde Irish Chocolates in Clare offers decadent hampers, hot chocolate mixes, unique berry fudge, cranberry swirl white chocolate and more. There’s also a great selection of dairy-free goods so your vegan friends won’t miss out.
Ireland is renowned for its foodie experiences. A voucher from Good Food Ireland allows your lucky recipient to dine in over 300 restaurants, cookery schools and hotels, creating a perfect opportunity to gather and celebrate with friends and family.
Irish crafts and unique design gifts
With many of the designs inspired by local landscapes, Donegal Designer Makers feature incredible fashion, crafts and jewellery. A piece by batik artist Fiona Higgins, who brings the dramatic wilds of Donegal to life, or something by print designer Laura Buchanan who has a brilliant Donegal Bucket List calendar and cards with the real Donegal lingo, would make welcome presents for art-loving family or friends.
Order some organic Irish plants for your green-fingered family members from Little Green Growers nursery. The Galway business has a brilliant selection of packages, and their free Garden Guru service answers any question you have about looking after your plants.
If you’re looking for something special for a loved one this Christmas, check out Wild Atlantic Crafts. You can pick up luxury woollen throws, origami designs, sculptures, vibrant paintings and framed prints made in Donegal.
It’s difficult to buy a present for the person who has everything, but a sculpture carved from a piece of 5,000-year-old Roscommon bogwood could do the trick. The talented team at Celtic Roots Studio have a gift for every budget with jewellery, ornaments and unique wish stones.
If you want to tell someone how much they mean to you but can’t find the right words, Sarah McKenna Ceramics is here to help. Based in Louth, Sarah uses patterns, colour and text to share subtle messages, with many of her prints featuring Irish sayings and quotes. Make sure to have a look at her porcelain Christmas decorations, pieces to hand down from generation to generation.
19| 2 Wild Geese
Pick up something special at 2 Wild Geese, a Galway-based business showcasing the best of local art and design. Brighten up someone's walls with a colourful print by Sketches by Lundy or gift a one-of-a-kind ceramic like the Connemara Raindrop or the delicate Boxeen tealight holder.
In Monaghan, Grace Brennan at King's Forge Glass creates one-off glass fused crafts in her rural workshop, a former blacksmith's forge set into the idyllic countryside. Her decorative candle sconces and colourful cocktail stirrers make the perfect gift.
21| Button Girl
Taking household objects like buttons and turning them into creative works of art is how Jane Walsh spends her time at Button Studio, her business in Westmeath. Pick up one of Jane’s vibrant pieces for a new homeowner. If you want to add some colour to your Christmas tree, pop her Button Angel decoration into your basket.
Roy Humphreys Woodturner makes Christmas gifts with care. Working with ash and beech in Leitrim, Roy turns, carves and polishes wood to create pens, bowls and statement homeware pieces with the mark of a true artisan.
23| We Make Good
Not only are you supporting a small local business when you buy from We Make Good, but you’re also helping people facing social challenges develop new skills and find employment. There’s printed makeup bags, linen aprons, cute espresso cups and more on offer.
A quick Facebook search turns up lots of local businesses, but the Shop in Ireland Facebook Page unites many Irish vendors selling online. While searching for a Christmas gift, you’ll discover up-and-coming artists and independent artisans selling all sorts of goodies.
Cosy clothing and elegant jewellery
25| Iseult McCormack
Mixed media artist Iseult McCormack runs an online shop selling hand-painted scarves that pop with splashes of vibrant colour. Working mainly with silk in beautiful Wicklow, Iseult uses a painting process that guarantees no two of her scarves are the same.
Brimming with charm, Butterslip Gift Shop has a wonderful selection of unique presents. Pick up a bobble cashmere hat for your best friend, from the Kilkenny business or decorate your bedside table with a beautiful jewellery box.
27| Design Ireland
The directory of Irish crafters at Design Ireland can connect you with specific Irish gifts you might have in mind. Find custom rug makers, independent fashion designers and gifted jewellers from every corner of the country.
Travel gifts and party-planning goodies
For a smash hit gift this year, order a voucher from Original Irish Hotels. With grand castles, stylish city hotels, luxurious spa stays and romantic getaways to choose from, they'll be looking forward to 2024.
A voucher for a stay in any of the handpicked romantic hotels and getaways in Ireland’s Blue Book is a clever gift for any couple. With waterside stays in cosy cabins, memorable nights in countryside castles and visits to magnificent manor homes, there’s plenty of choice for a weekend away.
30| Shannon River
Give the gift of a Shannon River voucher so your friend or family member can set sail on the Shannon and experience the region's natural beauty. For more inspiration, check out our tips for the perfect holiday On the Water.
31| Laughter Lounge
Tickets for a night of laughter is always a welcome gift, but so too is the Christmas Party at the Laughter Lounge. Filled with craft beers, Irish snacks and performances and games from 3 comedians who always bring the house down with their hysterical gags, this is a great night’s craic guaranteed.
Gift hampers that tick all the boxes
32| Taste Wexford
Savour the amazing flavours of Ireland’s Ancient East this Christmas with a tempting food hamper. Tuck into Taste Wexford’s various bundles, which include the After Dinner Box, the Cracker Box and the Sweet and Sticky Box, all featuring the best of Irish suppliers.
Curating beautiful Irish gifts from talented makers, producers and designers for over 40 years, the team at Gifted from Ireland know a thing or two about finding unique Irish gifts. Foodies love the savoury jelly gift packs; eco-conscious friends are fans of the organic perfume oils and there’s some fun games for kids too.
34| Hampers and Co
Gift a taste of the capital with a Hampers and Co. gift basket. Indulge in Butler’s Chocolates, handmade cheeses and craft whiskey distilled in Dublin’s Golden Triangle. If you want to send someone living abroad a taste of home, check out the hampers stuffed with quintessential Irish treats.
Showcasing Ireland’s most exciting designers and makers, Irish Design Shop is a great source for thoughtful presents. There's so much to choose from, with jewellery inspired by Irish landscapes and self-care gift boxes of candles, scents and soaps.
36| Brookfield Farm
Choose from a range of sustainable gifts straight from the fields of Brookfield Farm. Soothing balms made with beeswax from the Tipperary farm, hand-dipped dinner candles and gorgeous gift boxes are just some of the treats you can buy online. Or, share the joy of beekeeping with a Hiveshare.
Beautiful books and stationary gifts
37| Gutter Bookshop
Along the cobbled streets of Temple Bar is Gutter Bookshop, who champion the work of Irish authors and source the latest and greatest books from across the globe. Check out their favourite books by Dublin writers or call them up for a recommendation for your bookworm friend.
38| Badly Made Books
Surprise the sustainability-minded friend in your life with a Badly Made Books present. Contrary to their name, the Cork city company makes fantastic notebooks, journals and planners from recycled materials.
39| Jam Art Factory
Support Irish artists this Christmas by purchasing a print from Jam Art Factory in Dublin 2. Established names such as Fuchsia MacAree, Maser and Sean Hillen are all represented, and you can shop for gifts like colourful prints or images of iconic Dublin locations.
40| Nook and Cranny
Nook and Cranny has a treasure trove of Irish gifts to buy online. The Portlaoise shop has some lovely presents with festive decorations, lambswool baby blankets and framed wall prints. Check out the Made in Laois and Made in Ireland sections in particular.
With framed pictures of dogs, birds and the Roscommon wildlife, Black Hen Designs may have a gift for the animal lover in your life. If you want to go all out, you could select several prints – the start of an amazing gallery wall.
42| Moher Cottage
The family-run Moher Cottage is one of Clare’s well-known spots. Just south of the Cliffs of Moher beside St. Brigid’s Well, this quaint cottage has puppy dog money boxes and dolls for the little ones, and books by Irish authors and boutique soaps for friends. When you’re shopping, be sure to pick up some of their artisan fudge.