Eight great gift ideas for the holiday season

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This beautiful set (above) is the creation of Sarah McKenna who has been creating unique Irish handmade pottery for over 20 years at Bridge Street Studios, Dundalk. It offers a range of handmade Irish ceramic products, perfect for celebrating around the table this Christmas, including this Impressed blue deco cheese board for € 56. Also pictured is the Impressed bowl in two sizes and a serving plate, www.sarahmckenna.ie.

AN ADVANCE

Kemon Actyva has launched four luxury Christmas gift sets, all of which are vegan and sustainable. We’re talking about an eco-friendly box (which we love) and all packaging inside is fully recyclable as well.

In the photo above the Be Bold Disciplina set is € 38.20, if you know someone who wants to tame, soften and control frizzy, unruly hair this would make a great gift. The set includes shampoo, mask and anti-frizz cream. Available at nationally designated Kemon salons, online salons and we’ve spotted them on beautybag.ie.

Raise a glass

A lovely gift for a whiskey lover, the Double Barrel from Glendalough Distillery could fill that Christmas stocking. Twice aged for twice the taste and packaged in a bespoke box, this award-winning single-grain handcrafted whiskey has been flame charred in old bourbon casks and toasted in Spanish sherry casks.

It’s € 37 and available at Tesco, SuperValu, Dunnes, O’Briens, Celtic Whiskey Shop, Carryout, Molloy’s, all good unlicensed independents and on the Glendalough Distillery website, www.glendaloughdistillery.com.

LET’S SING THE BLUES

The personalized trend is still huge this year. LaniBLO is spoiling us with new color offerings as the range expands from six to 10 shades. We love the new Kingfisher Blue, pictured below.

The hair dryer features a 2400 watt motor, a lightweight design and, so importantly, an ultra-long cord. Perfect hair for partying, even if it’s just for dancing in the living room. Add that extra special touch with the personalization option, for € 114.99 or keep it standard for € 99.99 at www.lanaiblo.com.

CATERPILLAR MAGIC

A friend told me about this calming caterpillar (below), and I love the concept. It’s a weighted plush toy with a special timer to help kids take control of their big emotions. The Soothing Chenille has been made for over three years by the amazing team at Irish Fairy Door Company.

We all know what it’s like to be anxious, if your child is feeling anxious the idea is that putting the caterpillar in their lap will give them a sense of grounding and allow them to focus on the magic timer. To learn more, visit theirishfairydoorcompany.com.

INTELLIGENT BOX

Health nuts there? A delicious basket of Roger’s Hot Nuts in Wicklow could be an alternative to the festive sugar rush. There are two options: The ‘Big Christmas One’ has a large 1kg bag of hot nuts, 10 bags of peanuts, six Instabars, chocolate treats and a customizable Christmas card.

It sells online for € 26. A smaller version costs € 20. Orders are delivered within three days in Ireland by An Post, rogershotnuts.com.

WOODEN HEART

Aren’t they cute? These would be adorable gifts, which the person can reuse each year. Beech stars make soft and simple decorations.

They are made by the father and daughter woodworking company Saturday Workshop in Sandymount and are available for € 32 at www.irishdesignshop.com.

FIVE-STAR LUXURY

Opt for five-star luxury at home with Adare Manor’s refurbished online store. They have some really luxurious gift options for Christmas. There is something for every budget, gourmet gifts, generous baskets and handpicked delicacies like the Adare Manor Signature Scented Candle, Jams, Adare Manor Signature Scent Diffuser, Signature Tea, Umbrella. brand and the famous Adare Manor bathrobe.

This room spray is 35 €. All gifts can be purchased online at shop.adaremanor.com.

Custom baskets can be sorted just for you on request for national and international shipments.


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