The Irish Fireside Holiday Gift Guide
Find something for everyone on your list with Ireland-inspired ideas from our Holiday Gift Guide!
We’re always on the hunt for talented artisans and dedicated small businesses to feature in our annual Gift Guide. Each item on the list is available for online shopping, so enjoy a bit of e-browsing.
Do you have a gift idea of your own? You are welcome to add yours in the comments section below… and you can bet we’ll be adding a few new finds to the list before Christmas too.
With distinctly Irish themes like dancers, cottages, animals, and even Galway Bay, Ursula’s striking artwork translates to perfect gifts. We also love her printable “Freebie” gift tags and her 10% discount on this month’s orders over €35 with the code “FIRESIDE12″. *
It won’t make anyone more Irish, but with its gorgeous Irish-made frame and fine printing, the Certificate of Irish Heritage makes a beautiful and thoughtful gift for those with a passion for their lineage. Gifting is even easier and economical with their e-gift card option.*
Working in the style of 8th century monks, Michael Carroll revives the Illuminated manuscript (think Book of Kells) with his modern take on classic designs. His art prints capture the intricate and beautiful craftsmanship required to produce his Celtic knotwork-inspired imagery.
Created especially for Irish Firesiders by artists Katie and Brian, this line of beautiful jewelry has been carefully researched and inspired by architectural features, ancient stone carvings, and early Celtic designs. Each piece is handmade in small batches, so supplies are limited. *
Interest in the Irish language is on the rise, and Eoin from Bitesize Irish Gaelic has just launched the perfect digital stocking stuffer for anyone looking to learn a bit of Irish. You can gift it or download it via iTunes (also available on CD Baby and at Amazon UK).*
We’re especially fond of Karo’s terra cotta ornaments, but this Ireland-based, Poland-born artist has a gorgeous line of dishes, buttons, and decorative items. Although her work appears in design houses from Dingle to Dublin, you can order online.
Mark’s stunning graphic reinterpretations of sites in Northern Ireland include notable places like Dunluce Castle, Carri-a-Rede, Giants Causeway, Mussenden Temple, Bushmills Distillery, Mourne Mountains, Ardboe High Cross, and many more.
With items perfect for “himself” and “herself,” this collection of handmade, natural soaps, body butters, and balms are made in Cork. May we suggest the Shaving Kit which includes a badger hair shaving brush and soap made with Irish stout.
Karen Newhouse’s bookmarks are based on the intricate Celtic knotwork like the designs found in the Book of Kells. These four designs arrive in a pack of sixteen so you can cross off a couple of people on your list with just one purchase.
We can’t resist the “Dublin is Always a Good Idea” magnet from Wicklow’s Forgotton Pages and appreciate the unique look achieved from printing on upcycled vintage paper. Be sure to look for the “If I spoke with an Irish accent…” print as well.
Statements of love simply seem sweeter in Irish, don’t they? This illustrated map of Ireland includes the Irish words “Is tú mo ghrá” which translate to “You are my love.” The sentiment makes this gift especially appropriate for a child or someone dear to you.
Filmed well before the Celtic Tiger’s rise, the Hands series features traditional Irish craftspeople at work. It’s available as a set or as individual episodes (and we noticed the discs cost less in their Etsy store than their website).
Working with broken bits of antique and contemporary dishes Liam recovers in Ireland and other places around the world. Liam Hughes works with Irish Belleek, Donegal Parian, Nicholas Mosse Pottery, Arklow Pottery, and transferware shards dating to the 1800s.*
For the golden throat on your list, this book and CD by Mary McLaughlin will help teach them to sing some tunes in the Irish language. It’s perfect for those with no prior knowledge of Irish.
With pawns and chess of the iconic crew and passenger of the Belfast-built ship, it was only natural that our friends at Awakin would alert us to this high-end chess set crafted by reknowned Northern Ireland artist Anto Brennan.
Based on the earliest written form of the Irish language, the prints and jewelry at Ogham Art provide echoes to the past without losing their contemporary flair. They even create custom pieces allowing you to personalize your Ogham message.
Irish Coin Cufflinks
These unique cufflinks are made in Ireland from old Irish coins — the Irish Punt coins that were Ireland’s official currency before the euro). To make your gift even more personal, they also offer coins based on a specific year and you can also choose coins from other countries.*
With a collection of atmospheric photographs taken in Ireland, this German-born Dubliner’s prints and art blocks stand out on their own or as a collection. We’re especially fond of her Tall Ships and Mystical Forrest images.
Julie Redmond’s fused glass designs are colorful and creative. It was her brilliant green glass pendant with copper inlay shamrock design that caught our attention, but this Dublin-based artist’s jewelry and decorative art are definitely worth a look.
The splendor of the Celtic harp in the hands of Anne Roos creates an absolutely mesmerizing experience. She offers a diverse collection of CDs for everyone on your holiday list. May I recommend “Blue Jeans” for a mix of something contemporary with a classic feel?*
Ireland Travel Kit Smartphone App
For those interested in Ireland’s offbeat and unique places, our very own Ireland Travel Kit introduces you to over 400 sites on the Emerald Isle and lets you use your smartphone to find them. Gift certificates are available from the Android and iTunes stores.
Ireland Map Prints
- Books: Cindy’s Writing
- Cookbook from “Ireland’s Answer to Jamie Oliver”: Good Mood Food
- Cookbook: Favorite Irish Recipes*
- Irish-Themed Prints: www.etsy.com/shop/FunkyGibbo
- Companion to Traditional Music: www.musicroad.blogspot.com/2012/07/reading-ireland-companion-to-irish.html*
- Irish Music Recommendations: www.musicroad.blogspot.com/2012/11/holiday-gift-listmusic-of-ireland.html*
- Wearable Art: www.etsy.com/shop/halfration
- Jewelry: www.etsy.com/shop/HandmadebyAmor
- Prints & Mixed Media: www.etsy.com/shop/rubyclover
- Irish Tea: Barry’s Gold Blend
- Irish Writers on Amazon.com
- Irish Turf Incense: www.turfpeat.com
- Irish Turf Fire DVD: www.irishturffire.com
- Gifts: www.cafepress.com/purplecatarts/8585131
- Calendars, Prints, Gifts: www.zazzle.com/
- Calendars, Prints, Gifts: www.zazzle.com/
- Art Prints: www.roisinoshea.com
* These businesses have provided items for our holiday giveaway or have participated in Irish Fireside events in the past.