Those of you who have been on the receiving end of an Irish at Heart subscription box, know that I pride myself on thoughtful gifts, and put my heart and heritage into each and every item. I’m no different when it comes to choosing Christmas presents for my own nearest and dearest – although I’ll admit that sometimes searching for inspiration amongst the festive hustle and bustle can be a bit overwhelming.
For this very reason I thought I’d get an early start and share some ideas with you - my Irish at Heart family. All of the wonderful suppliers below have featured in at least one of our subscription boxes in the past and deliver directly to the United States – bringing Ireland that little bit closer to home.
Which of these delights would you most like to find under your own tree come Christmas Day?
For the Family Tree
Those of you who have been with us for the last year will definitely recognise this festive favourite from our 2019 Christmas box – the charming red robin bauble.
If you missed out last year, or want to bring a touch of warmth to a friend’s Christmas tree by gifting this delightful decoration, then you can pop by the Irish Handmade Glass Company’s website to choose your own.
As well as our red breasted friend, they have a wide selection of other elegant yet jolly baubles in their collection – as well as plenty of ideas for those presents that will sit under the branches!
Each of their products is carefully handcrafted and of the utmost quality, giving you a unique, thoughtful and Irish-inspired gift for any loved one.
We all know that snacking is an integral part of the Christmas period, so why not add a touch of glamour to those goodies with the most elegantly wrapped treats in all of Ireland!
The Lismore Food Company curates enticingly luxurious hampers that will delight even the most discerning of foodies – with ample choices to suit each and every palette.
Current subscribers may already have sampled the delectable quality in the form of the delicately zesty lemon polenta biscuits from our Children of Lir box, or the indulgent Orange with Dark Chocolate biscuits from our Samhain gifts in 2019.
For the Sentimental Moments
If you’d like to bring the essence of Ireland to your own four walls, then look no further than the beautiful creations of Jando Design.
This creative Dublin couple add their own artistic flair to iconic landmarks of the Emerald Isle – bringing them to life with unorthodox yet romantic touches of colour. Those of you who had subscribed in July last year will recognise the distinctive style from the gorgeous tote bag tucked into our ‘Dublin’ boxes.
Look to capture something a bit more personal? The company also produces sound wave prints which allow you to tangibly cherish whatever notes may be music to your ears. Whether it’s the sound of his baby’s laugh, the moment you both said “I Do” or simply the first few bars of her favourite song – it’s sure to be a gift that will tug the heartstrings.
For the Cosy Home We simply love Caulfield Country Boards for thoughtful gifts, so much so that their products have featured no less than three times in our Irish at Heart boxes – most recently with the adorable engraved wooden notebook of our Faeries and Folklore collection in August.
From chopping boards to chess sets – each of their pieces is beautifully presented and sustainably crafted, adding a lavish twist to the tasks of the everyday. Anything you buy from here is sure to last the test of time, making your gift a wonderful reminder of your affection for years to come.
For a Bit of Peace & Quiet
While Christmas is certainly a time for family, friends and love, it can also be rather busy and stressful pulling everything together – especially during the current climate! If you know someone that will be run off their feet, they’ll certainly appreciate an R&R treat or two from Dublin Herbalists.
Those of you who received our ‘Dublin’ themed Irish at Heart box will remember the luxurious softness of the shea butter lip balm and will be delighted to know that there’s plenty more pampering where that came from!
Dublin Herbalists’ all-natural range of wholesome beauty products are sure to add a much-needed lift to your day, whether it’s with a revitalising cleansing gel to brighten your morning, or a blissful bath-bomb to relax your evening.
For the Mindful Sipper
For those of you who are already missing the tantalising scents and flavours from May’s Cupán Tae box, you can stock up on your own soul soothing infusions directly from the wonderful Solaris Botanics.
From energy boosting green tea, to soul soothing chamomile – they have the perfect cuppa for each and every one of life’s little occasions.
Their ‘Be Better Chakra’ range is inspired by a peaceful blend of Yoga and Herbal medicine – a perfect gift for the Yogi in your life, or even just someone that deserves a bit of mindful “me” time.
For the Perfect Atmosphere
They say that smell is the most powerful sense when it comes to recollection, so what better way to evoke treasured memories of the Emerald Isle than with a gorgeous gift from the Soilse Candle Company?
From the invigoratingly fresh fragrance of the Wild Atlantic waves, to the soft oaky aroma of the Donegal Dew – Soilse Candles provide a truly spectacular spectrum of scents, creating a perfect touch of Irish ambience in any home.
If you’re in search of a more festive vibe, you can find a wide range of Christmas products which radiate a warming concoction of cinnamon and cloves, with a fruity twist of orange oil and cranberry.
For the Festive Host
Add a touch of rustic sophistication to any place setting with the wonderful selection of tableware from the Dublin family-owned Slated. Their stunning handmade slate and copper candle holders made an Irish at Heart appearance back in February, and we can’t get enough of their beautifully handcrafted products.
Their online store is packed full of holiday gifting inspiration, with platters, coasters and even the option to personalise certain pieces. Keep a special eye out for their Gilded Collection, which dabs just a touch of yuletide glow to their classic palette – bringing an elegant spot of sparkle to your mealtimes.
For the Sweetest Friends
If you’re looking for some sweet treats to fill up your stockings then look no further than Mella’s Fudge.
Her divinely buttery Irish fudge first tantalised the tastebuds of our subscribers back in April, and if your mouth is still watering at the memory of it then now is the perfect time to stock up for the holidays.
You can keep it personal with individual bars or crack into a wonderful gift box to share; no matter how much you get - you’ll always be left wanting more. There are six delectable flavours to choose from, but if it’s Christmas rations that you’re after then we would highly recommend sampling a pouch of Christmas Spice with Orange.
For the Irish At Heart
Last but not least, if just can’t decide, you can always get a selection of the very best Irish gifts in your own Irish at Heart box. This month our theme of Dhá Lá Dhéag Na Nollag (the 12 Days of Christmas) is filled with a Celtic Christmas spirit, and promises to deliver a sparkling start to your festive celebrations.
If you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, signing up for a subscription ensures that a little piece of Ireland falls on your loved one’s doorstep each and every month – the perfect way to stay in touch with your roots from afar.
However, as it’s not quite the season of giving yet, we certainly won’t judge you for popping one in the cart for yourself. It’s (nearly) Christmas after all.