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Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Artist's Eye, Headlines, Shopping | 5 comments

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.


Ursula Celano Gifts

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″. *


Certificate of Irish HeritageCertificate of Irish Heritage

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.*


Michael Carroll Celtic Design

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.


Earthen Craft Pottery Celtic Jewelry

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. *


Learn Irish With Eoin

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).*


Karo Art Ceramics

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 Seaton Studio

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.


Looking for more gift ideas? Check out Emily Westerbrooks’ collection of Holiday Gift Guide posts on her blog.

Dr K Soap Company

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.


Capall Glas Celtic Bookmarks

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.


Forgotton Pages Magnet

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.


Lisa Barbero Print

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.


Hands: Archival Films on Irish Traditional Crafts

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).


Looking for more gift ideas? Check out the Give Irish Craft website from the Crafts Council of Ireland

Liam Shard Jewelry

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.*



Singing in Irish

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.


Luxury Titanic Chess Set

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.


Ogham Art

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 CufflinksIrish 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.*


Looking for more gift ideas? Check out Totally Irish Gifts for a full catalog of Irish-made products.

Iris O’Connor Prints and Art Blocks

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.


Gecko Glass Designs

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.


Celtic Harp Music by Anne Roos

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

Home is Where the Heart Is by Lily Gene

Rather Be in Ireland by Hop Skip Jump Paper

Ireland Typographic Map by UrbanFootprintDesign


* These businesses have provided items for our holiday giveaway or have participated in Irish Fireside events in the past.

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5 Comments

  1. Just wanted to mention Triona Design in Ardara. Beautiful sweaters, lovely folks.

  2. Hi guys, thanks for including my products in your gift guide! Kind regards, Rob ~Dr K Soap Company~

  3. Dia Duiit, Mo Chairde,

    Go raibh mil maith agat for once again including my Zazzle store on your list.

    I just wanted to mention a talented artist from the Big Smoke, Róisín O’Shea ~ She is brilliant!

  4. Go raibh maith agat!
    Always a pleasure to be mentioned in such company. What a great list!

    CapallGlas Studio
    Always up for a story and a sketch

  5. I’d like to give a mention to Inishowen Design Co. (T-shirt maker based in Carndonagh, County Donegal). Right now they’re offering free shipping worldwide on orders over 30 euro.

    http://www.inishowendesignco.com/

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