Irish Fireside 2007 Holiday Gift Guide
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The holiday elves are back in action here at the Irish Fireside. Readers and listeners like you have kept a steady stream of great suggestions coming in for our annual gift guide.

We hope you enjoy this list of the Irish Fireside's favorite Irish and Ireland-related gift ideas. We've made a special effort to feature items from passionate artists, craftspeople and entrepreneurs, so please show your support by visiting their websites, emailing them feedback and, best of all, purchasing some unique products from them.

Have a Great Holiday Season

Corey & Liam


SOAPourri Handcrafted Soaps
www.soapourri.com

Irish-American Cindy Jones Helgason's Claddagh-shaped soaps got our attention, but when she added an entirely new product to her lineup just for our subscribers... well, how could we resist. Her gorgeous Irish Fireside soap is made with real Irish Oatmeal and smells and feels wonderful. Meanwhile, her Country Animals and Shamrock soaps make a great addition to an Irish-themed gift basket.


Anne Roos Celtic Harp
www.celticharpmusic.com

When you give one of Anne Roos CDs, you are sharing more than the gift of enchanting music. Each disc fo Celtic harp music is accompanied by a book with beautiful words and images to support the wonderous journeys you will take with each of her three CDs.


Michelle Masters Studio
www.michellemasters.com

Michelle Masters' illustrations combine a whimsical Irish spirit with formal knotwork designs. Her notecards send a cheerful message and her linens and pillows provide charming accents for every room in the home.


Earthen Craft Pottery
www.ecptile.com

Based on Celtic carvings and architectural details, Brian Davis and Katie Hobson produce a series of gorgeous knotwork art tiles. These very special tiles are even more special knowing that every step of their process is done by hand, right to the design of their molds.


Lamplighter Studio Shard Jewelry
www.LamplighterStudio.com

While in Ireland, Irish Fireside host Liam Hughes doesn't spend all his time touring visitors around, he also finds time to recover shards of broken Irish dishes that he turns into beautiful jewelry. With many of the pieces dating back to the 1800s, each piece holds a bit of history.

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Irish Step Designs from Llamajamas
www.llamajama.com

Llamajama specializes in handknit wool clothes...no machines used... for babies and children. Each handcrafted piece is oh-so-soft, and their line of Irish Step Design clothes are a cozy, Celtic addition to baby's wardrobe -- the design is inspired by the patterns of Irish dance costumes.


Ali Nash Jewelry Designs
www.alinash.com

We're impressed with the distinct and beautiful style of Dublin-based jewelry designer Ali Nash. She handcrafts wearable art from precious and semi precious gems with antique beads adorned with gold-filled and vermeil chains and charms.


Celtic Cross/Croes Celtaidd
www.weiserbooks.com

Derek Bryce’s nicely illustrated book tells the story of the Celtic Cross which makes the sterling silver cross that comes with the book an even more meaningful gift.


Burren Smokehouse
www.burrensmokehouse.ie

This family-run business in County Clare, Ireland, specializes in the finest smoked salmon, trout, mackerel, eel and cheese. Their products are world-renown, and they ship world-wide, but you’ll need to order by Dec 12 if you want it delivered by Christmas.


Ireland Memories
www.irelandexpert.com

Pat Preston has teamed up with Galway-based artist Nora Keane to share her fond memories of Ireland. To make her book even better, she has included over 20 of her favorite recipes. Mmmmmmmm. While you are visiting Pat’s website, be sure to check out her other books and her Irish travel forum.


Global Giftwrap
www.globalgiftwrap.com

Shamrocks, Celtic snowflakes, Irish dancers, Claddagh Rings, Celtic Crosses...even your wrapping paper can show your Irish spirit this year. We love the beautiful Irish designs from Global Giftwrap.


Anne Davis Black Coffee CD
www.annedavisjazz.com

This Irish-American traces her roots to Ireland’s Ryan, Horkan, Stanton and Mullarkey clans, but her sultry jazz music makes her a contemporary wonder. We truly adore her CD, and she’s an Irish Fireside subscriber, just like you, so show your support.


The Wider Eye: Panoramic Landscape Photography
www.ireland360.com/thewidereye

Peter O’Donnell’s photos of Ireland have been a regular feature in our e-newsletters, and his phenomenal art prints and 2009 calendar make ideal gifts. When you’re done shopping, be sure to visit his gallery of interactive virtual images at www.ireland360.com


Thistle & Broom
www.thistleandbroom.com

For our Scottish friends, Thistle & Broom offers a handsome line of clothing, art and items for the home. We’re most fond of the hand-stitched Celtic knotwork-inspired collars for the canine in your family.


Trocaire
www.trocaire.org

Irish-based Trocaire offers beautifully designed cards that make a big difference. Order a card (you can have cards sent as an email), and your contribution helps purchase a goat for some of the world's poorest families.


Irish and Celtic Music Podcast & Marc Gunn’s CDs
www.marcgunn.com
www.celticmusicpodcast.com

The Irish and Celtic Music Podcast is a fantastic place to find emerging Irish and Celtic musicians, and the show’s host, Marc Gunn also offers several of his own CDs and compilations, such as “The Secret World of Celtic Rock,” or you might consider his music especially for cat lovers.


Irish Turf Incense
www.turfpeat.com

Bring home the distinct aroma of burning Irish turf with these incense “briquets” from the Gifted Hand. They’re made with real Irish turf and they come packaged in a quaint Irish cottage.


Irish Turf Distributors
www.irishturfdistributors.com

For those who are serious about capturing the essence of an Irish cottage in their own fireplace, Irish Turf Distributors will deliver bales of real Irish turf, pressed, dried and ready to warm your home.


Brady's Irish Cream + Boru Irish Vodka + Chocolate Ice Cream = Frozen Black Irish
www.castlebrandsinc.com/Bradys
www.boru.com

There are few things more decadent than a Frozen Black Irish. It's rich, chocolately and delicious. Try it with Brady's Irish Cream and Boru Irish Vodka. Find our favorite Frozen Black Irish recipe at www.irishfireside.com/13blackirish.htm


Ireland Dream Trip
www.irelandyes.com

Michele Erdvig's Ireland Dream Trip offers a personal and up-to-date resource for planning an adventure to Ireland. She provides step-by-step suggestions that first-time visitors will love and a list of her hand-picked places to stay everyone will appreciate.


Shamrock 3-D Luggage Tag
www.ubrand.com

One of these self-stick luggage tags from UBrand is sure to brighten up the luggage carousel in Shannon, Dublin or any other airport in the world; plus, they’re perfect stocking stuffer size.


Jimi Wallets
www.thejimi.com

Anyone planning a trip to Ireland ought to be prepared for some rain, so we thought Jimi waterproof wallets might come in handy. They’re uber durable, keep out the rain, are made from recycled materials, cost under $16 and were invented by Irish-American Mike O’Neill.


Custom Silhouettes
www.customsilhouettes.com

Sharman Armstrong’s collection of Irish and Celtic note cards capture the spirit of Irish dance and make fantastic gifts for anyone who finds their toes tapping at the very mention of Riverdance. Sharman also produces custom silhouette art that might be just the thing to finish off your gift list.


Big Feet PJs
www.bigfeetpjs.com

There’s no better way to cozy up to your own Irish Fireside than with a pair of Big Feet PJs. The feet are attached...just like the PJs from your childhood. They’re super comfy and the tartan patterns are based on clan designs, so you might just find one that matches your kilt!


Sarah Pinto Weekly Planners
www.sarahpinto.com

We love handcrafted items and helping a great cause. Sarah Pinto’s weekly planners are perfect for keeping track of your busy schedule (and planning that trip to Ireland) and a portion of your purchase goes to support the medical center that helped care for her newborn son and his serious heart defect. Try the Lattice design...the green pattern will remind you of the Emerald Isle.


Crafty Celts
www.craftycelts.com

Inspired by the swirling designs of the ancient Irish, this family-run edeavor produces a fine selection of historically-inspired jewelry, handcrafted from bronze, copper and sterling silver.


Vintage Notre Dame
2009 Calendar
www.asgardpress.com/products/notredame

Bring on the spirit of the Fighting Irish and treat the Notre Dame fan in your family with a Vintage Notre Dame 2009 Calendar. It features archival-quality reproductions of game day programs.


Irish Georgian Society
www.igs.ie

Not only does the Irish Georgian Society have a history of saving old buildings, they also provide a wonderful collection of architectural books and related items.


Lenox
www.lenox.com

We were completely charmed by this "Kiss Me I'm Irish" sculpture by Lenox. They've got several other Irish-inspired items in their online store, so take a peek.


Celtic Platter
www.radiantideas.net

This platter provides a tribute to the 8th Century Irish stone carvings, and like all Radient Idea products, it’s eco-friendly and made from recycled glass.


Eddie Doherty
Handwoven Tweed
www.handwoventweed.com

Eddie Doherty handweaves all his tweeds from the back of his family pub from wool from Kilcara Yarns in Donegal. The photos of his blankets on his website can't even begin to do his work justice.


A Few Other Gifts You Might Enjoy

A Journey into Ireland's Literary Revival by Todd Felton
www.roaringfortiespress.com/content/ireland.php
Explore the fascinating relatioship between Ireland's beloved writers and the towns and countryside that fueled their imaginations.

Celtic Fantasy Rhapsody Quilts
www.ctpub.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=1255
Ricky Tims' new book features patterns and instructions for making beautiful Celtic-designed quilts.

Kindling Celtic Spirit CD
www.chalicecentre.net
Stop by the Chalice Centre for this meditative CDs from Mara Freeman and the Chalice Centre.

Dangle Pens
www.danglepens.com
Customize your Dangle Pen to include a shamrock and words like "Lucky" or "Cheers."

Abramo's Gift by Donald Greco
www.amazon.com/Abramos-Gift-Donald-Greco/dp/193445429X
Greco's story of Irish and Italian immigrants in America struggling to live with one another weaves history and storytelling.

Kryzia Kreations
www.kryziakreations.com/Celtic1.htm
Christina Paluszek combines hand-wrought sterling silver and Celtic designs to create some beautiful jewelry.

Little Bit O' Luck Shamrock Soap
www.primalelementsonline.com
Packed full of lucky shamrocks, Primal Elements offers an aromatic bar of Irish mint, cocoa and clover.

The Art of Fox Vox
www.artoffoxvox.com
Colorful, creative and Celtic is the best way to describe the knotwork and spiral art by Kristen Fox.

Boulevard Irish Stout Tee
www.boulevard.com/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=134
American body, Irish soul describes both the brew and the t-shirt from Boulevard Brewing Co. in Kansas City, Missouri.

Irish-Themed Gifts
www.zazzle.com/cowboycraic
Take a peek at some of the items Bit Divine...aka Cowboy Craic...has created in her Celtic gallery.

Celtic Wisdom by Cindy Thomson
www.lion-hudson.com/Lion%20Adult/9780745953250
A collection of classic Celtic wisdom - in the form of sayings and stories, prayers and proverbs. Cindy's other book Brigid of Ireland is available at www.lion-hudson.com/Monarch/9781854247476

GCB Designs
www.gcbdesigns.com
Gayle C. Baker's designs have a definite Celtic flair and are made exclusively from recalimed gold and silver.

Connemara Marble
www.connemaramarble.com
There are some lovely items made with the wonderful green marble unique to Connemara in the West of Ireland. Several of them are available at www.shopirish.com.

GaelSong
www.gaelsong.com
Visit the Gaelsong online store for a full line of Irish and Celtic products.

Lily O'Brien's Chocolates
www.lilyobriens.ie
You can't go wrong with the delicious chocolates from Lily O'Brien's. Even the monks at Glenstal Abbey give them their seal of approval.

Celtic Totem Animals
www.weiserbooks.com/estore/product_
Meet the Tricksters, Boasters, Cowards, and Heroes of the Celtic animal mythology in John Matthews’ book and CD.


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