The 2021 Irish at Heart Christmas Gift Guide

While I’m not insisting that we should all be shaking out the branches for our Christmas trees just yet (although if that’s your jam go for it – we all deserve a little extra joy this year) it’s certainly getting to that time where the festive excitement is starting to build, and with it – the pressure to buy the perfect presents.

We all have different approaches to gift giving – I tend to be extremely organised with most things, and then suddenly realise with three days to go that I’m still missing a few key presents. My children can very much be found amongst the panic purchasers come Christmas Eve, although I must say their last-minute inspirations are generally very thoughtful!

Whether you’re looking for a whole host of gifts, or just that one perfect parcel to complete your pile, hopefully the Irish at Heart Gift Guide can bring a touch of inspiration from the Emerald Isle! If you’re already pleased as punch with one of your ideas this year, please do head to the comments below to share your wisdom – I always appreciate a visit from the Spirit of Christmas present!  

Just a little something

 

If you want to add a touch of your heritage to this year’s festivities, then I can think of no better way than this darling little packet of mini cards from Kilcoe Studios, featuring the four calling birds of the 12 days of Christmas.

The dark feathers of the birds, against the snow-white backdrop and bright red envelope even brings to mind one of my favourite Irish Christmas legends – the snow, the crow, and the blood – which is featured in this month’s gazette!

The beautiful designs are blank on the inside, so you can write your very own special message, delivering a Christmas card with a difference to whomever you chose to share it with.

 

Everyone needs a good book

 

Cosy evenings in, toasty fires, and a warm cuppa or a glass of wine… rejoice all bookworms, our time of year is officially here!

If you have a friend who always has their nose in a book, why not add a touch of celtic whimsy to their library, with this gorgeous collection of Irish faerie stories. ‘Meeting the Other Crowd: The Fairy Stories of Hidden Ireland’ is a fascinating adventure through enlightening enchantments, twists of dark magic, and mischievous characters of Ireland’s otherworld.

These are not the twee and dainty faerie folk of day-time cartoons – but a rich and complex supernatural race, who are deeply entwined in Ireland’s culture and heritage. It’s the perfect gift to transport your friend not just to Ireland, but to the mystical land that lies underneath…

 

Looking good on the go

This gorgeous little golden compact mirror was originally part of our Lúnasa offering back in August, and it’s the perfect addition to the handbag of any of your style conscious friends or family.

 

That one last check of your hair before you head into a meeting, quick inspection for any spinach in your smile, or speedy affirmation that your eye make-up is on point can give us the confidence to shine at our very brightest – in any situation.

The petite little accessory comes tucked inside its very own pouch, ensuring the delicate gilt edges, retain their gleam for years to come. The elegantly sunny design is an Irish at Heart exclusive, bringing a wonderful touch of individuality to your gift.  

 

Suds for buds

The Christmas market is flooded with seasonal scented soap sets, so if you have a friend who is partial to the occasional home spa session – make sure that your gift stands out from the crowd!

 

 

As with the compact mirror, you won’t find this luscious lemon lather from anywhere else – as it was created by Palmfree Irish Soap especially for our Bloomsday Box back in June. It was a nod to the soap that Leopold Bloom picked up from the pharmacy during his morning wander through Dublin, but we suspect this delightful little bar is perhaps a tad more on the luxurious side!

 

 

It has an energetically zesty scent, blended with the softest of floral touches to deliver a truly enjoyable cleansing experience. We do feel that we have to warn you though – despite the delicious aromas – this is definitely not an edible variety of lemon bar!

 

A sweet stocking filler

If you want a gift that tastes as good as it smells, then you can’t go wrong with a traditional tin of travel sweeties!

 

 

These were always in the glove compartment of our car growing up, and as an adult myself I’ve found them to be an effective way to restore some calm to a backseat of rowdy children! Each candy provides an uplifting little burst of flavour covered in a delicate powdered sugar, with every colour corresponding to its own distinctive taste (the pineapples were always my favourite!)

 

 

If you’re looking for a modest minding that will last the test of time, these hard-boiled confectionaries are impossible to rush – allowing the recipient to savour a little bit of Ireland for weeks to come. Unless they choose to share…  

A staple surprise  

It simply wouldn’t be a Christmas gift guide without the champion of all accessories – the wonderfully versatile scarf.

 

This silky emerald number is an elegant homage to the humble yet magnificent shamrock of Ireland, and it is a bold yet tasteful finishing touch to any outfit. While it won’t keep you warm in the winter months, it adds a pop of colour to a dark wardrobe – proudly displaying your Irish heritage for all to see.

The featherlight material flows through your finger like air, making it an equally appropriate complement to your summer style – which is just as well, because you just wouldn’t want to part with such a scarf for a whole season at a time!

 

What's Inside?

Each month we choose a wonderful theme to base our product curation around.

Whether it's Dublin, The Wild Atlantic Way or St Patrick's Day, we strive for every box to have something wonderful to wear, a gift to share, a treat to eat and a treasure to live in your home.

Every month we work with fantastic small Irish businesses; so no matter where you are in the world, you're helping Ireland!

A present to proudly present

If you’ve got a friend with space for something a little bit special on their mantlepiece, then this charming glass fish is perfect for bathing in the limelight.  

 

Let the sun catch it just right and watch the delicate greens and turquoises reflect the dazzling depths of the Celtic Sea. Each ornament is lovingly crafted by the Handmade Glass company, who use ancient Irish glass blowing techniques – ensuring each and every product is an authentic and unique piece of Irish heritage.  

It’s the perfect gift to add a touch of Irish whimsy to any household, and would look beautiful as part of a display, or simply standing proudly on its own two fins.

 

Who doesn’t love socks?

 

There are two types of people in this world, those that put their shoes on when they get up in the morning, and those who are forever running around in their stockinged soles!

If you’ve got a friend that falls into the latter category, show them you care by keeping their toes toasty and cheerful in these bright and fun socks from Irish Socksciety. The emerald material is wonderfully soft and light, with ‘That’s Gas’ emblazoned onto the soles – an amusing little Irishism that’s only on show when their feet are up.

What could possibly provide a better stocking filler than a pair of stockings themselves?!

 

 

A package for every personality

Looking for the wow factor? Why not gift a whole collection of Irish treasures to that special someone in your life?

 

Many of our previous offerings are available to buy as one-off gifts – meaning that you can choose a theme that particularly suits your purposes. Got a cherished companion whose friendship deserves to be acknowledged? Our Cairdeas box is the perfect way to celebrate them! Or perhaps there’s a man in your life that’s just a little tricky to buy for, in which case you can’t go wrong with our Limited Edition Men’s Box – which has got all he needs for the perfect winter’s afternoon.

Whether they’re wired to the moon, at one with the ocean, or the life and soul of the party – we’ve got the perfect collection of gifts all packed up and waiting for them!

 

 

The gift the keeps on giving

We all have that person in our lives who deserves to be recognised, not just at Christmas, but all year round. Deliver a little piece of Ireland to them each and every month with a three-, six-, or twelve-month subscription – letting them know that they’re always on your mind, and in your heart.

Each box is curated around a very special theme inspired by the culture and heritage of the Ireland, and features a selection of objects that have been crafted right here on the Emerald Isle. This monthly offering is always complimented by a whole range of content via our blog and social channels, allowing subscribers to delve deeply into the inspiration behind each box – making the moment that they unwrap it all the more special.

 

 

So now that’s the Christmas shopping taken care of, it’s time to pop your feet up, get those carols on the radio and reward yourself with a festive Bailey’s hot chocolate! If you’re still on the hunt for one present in particular, then hop on over to our excellent Irish at Heart community for a good old-fashioned brainstorm!

 

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