It’s the Christmas season, and we’re all dreaming of the perfect gifts to both give and receive. Here are a few things I hope to find under the tree this season… and most of them can still get your gift delivered BEFORE the 25th.
Secret Dublin: An Unusual Guide – www.amazon.com
Pól Ó Conghaile covers every corner of Dublin with his fascinating collection of lesser-known but extraordinarily interesting places in the Irish Capital.
My Ireland Gift Box – www.myirelandbox.com
Imagine a box filled with goodies from Irish artists and craftspeople arriving in your mailbox. Get one for yourself, or order for someone special and they’ll get an e-card letting them know.
Bitesize Irish Gaelic – www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com
Learning Irish solo can be a great big challenge; but taking it in small, familiar bits can make it a bit easier. Plus, there’s access to the Bitesize Irish Gaelic community.
Forge Jewelry – www.forgejewelry.com
Handmade from clay and printed with iron, these gorgeous pendants and earrings showcase a variety of fantastic Irish and Celtic designs in lovely earthy colors.
Ursula Celano Gifts – www.ursulacelano.com
With a colorful array of Irish-themed notebooks, aprons, cards, gifts, and accessories, Ursula’s distinct designs “say Ireland” in a bright, bold, and beautiful way.
Liam Shard Jewelry – www.LiamShardJewelry.com
Liam’s collection of jewelry made from broken dishes that he collects in Ireland is usually spotted at fine art shows, but his online shop offers lovely Irish keepsakes.
Celtic Harp Music – www.celticharpmusic.com
Anne Roos has been making beautiful, peaceful music on the Celtic Harp for years, and her collection of CDs which range from classical to contemporary make for the perfect stocking stuffer.
Certificate of Irish Heritage – www.heritagecertificate.com
Created to honor one’s Irish ancestors, the Certificate of Irish heritage features beautiful designs and Irish-made frames. Options are available for people with limited knowledge of their Irish background.
Celtic Cards and Gifts from CapallGlasStudio – www.etsy.com
With artwork based on amazing Celtic knotwork and other Irish themes, designs from CapallGlasStudio offer a gorgeous gift opportunity.
Tailten’s Tara Game – www.tailtengames.com
This award-winning and innovative game requires players to build their own intricate Celtic knotwork designs in this unique boardgame based on the Book of Kells.
Earthen Craft Pottery Celtic Christmas Ornaments – online shopping
An Irish Fireside exclusive! These lovely, clay ornaments are hand-printed with iron and look great on the tree or on the wall.
Burren Smokehouse – www.burrensmokehouse.ie
One of Ireland’s most famous smokehouses, the Burren Smokehouse delivers a delicious bit of majestic County Clare under Christmas trees around the world all year round.
Irish Turf Peat Incense – www.turfpeat.com
Capturing the unmistakable, sweet, earthy aroma of burning peat, this Tipperary-made incense fills your home with the glorious smells of an authentic Irish fireside.
Ireland Earth Peat Briquettes – www.irelandearth.com
If turf incense isn’t enough for you, you can get the real thing from Ireland Earth. These pressed-briquettes are just like the ones sold in Ireland.
Irish Coin Cufflinks – www.irishcoincufflinks.com
Made from real Irish Punt coins (that was Irelands currency before the arrival of the Euro), these lovely cufflinks feature beautiful symbols of the Emerald Isle.
The Little Book of Christmas Memories – www.goldenireland.ie
Packed full of heart‐warming, wistful, uplifting, and often bittersweet stories, this book collects holiday tales from Irish writers and Golden Ireland short story winners.
Cahir Craft Granary – www.craftgranaryonline.com
If you love handcrafted, Irish artisan-made items, hop over to the Craft Granary. Located in Cahir (home of magnificent Cahir Castle and the delightful Swiss Cottage), they ship a bit of Ireland worldwide.
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