Wherever you are in the world, discover over 150 ways to gift Irish this Christmas
Today 7th November, To Be Irish unveils its annual Christmas Gifting Guide, featuring over 150 Irish businesses, makers, and creatives from all over the world. With offerings from right here at home to France, Germany, and New Zealand – to name just a few – wherever you are in the world, you can buy Irish this holiday season.
Marking its third Christmas season, the To Be Irish Gifting Guide is just one exciting part of the To Be Irish global holiday celebrations. From the 14th – 25th of December, this Department of Foreign Affairs initiative opens the door to the Irish diaspora & those who have a grá for Ireland at home and abroad to celebrate the season together, wherever we may be. Create meaningful connections, discover local festive events, hear stories from the global Irish family, and so much more at tobeirish.ie.
In the meantime, make your list and check it twice with the To Be Irish Gifting Guide; take a peek at some of this year’s highlights below and delve into all of our delights at tobeirish.ie/gifting
Beauty & Wellbeing
Huku Balance offers environmentally friendly balance boards and yoga products designed and made in Creeslough, Donegal using only natural, sustainable materials.
Waters + Wild, based in beautiful West Cork, is an organic perfumery specialising in vintage perfumes using the finest raw and organic ingredients locally sourced (seaweed, lavender, rosemary and gorse), and from around the world.
My Skin Integrity hand-made in the heart of Kilkenny is a vegan soap and skincare brand that has been formulated to help treat people undergoing cancer treatment. With over 20 years of clinical experience with cancer patients, through aromatherapy and reflexology, founder Denise O’Connell has seen how compromised skin needs nurturing, for optimal care.
Books & Stationery
Pawpear, a phonetic rendering of ‘páipéir’, the Irish word for paper, was founded by graphic designer Kim Whyte in Waterford who recently returned from London to set up a business back home. Discovery stationery box set with colours that pop!
As Gaeilge in Co. Antrim, brings the Irish language into your space with beautifully crafted, modern stationery, prints, crafts, greeting cards and more.
Irish Imbas in New Zealand – explore an array of e-books and books covering ancient Irish cultural knowledge and stories translated into a form that are more accessible and relevant for contemporary times.
Illustrator and Book Maker Shannon Bergin studied visual arts at Limerick School of Art and Design. Her original prints, cards and artwork are available to purchase online, along with her charming self-published children’s book ‘How to Grow a Girl’.
Arts & Crafts
In Germany discover Irish Berlin – a little piece of Irish nostalgia, tradition, craft, and fashion.
JANDO, with a showroom based in Dublin is a thriving family-run printmaker creating striking visuals that capture Ireland’s built and natural heritage, as well as colourful totes, mugs, greeting cards and more.
In Australia, Laura Gilmore Irish Art offers a glimpse of home with unique, nostalgic paintings of Ireland.
Margareta Ruysschaert Photography is a Dublin-based, Luxembourg-born visual artist and photographer. Her work is heavily inspired by her multicultural upbringing and her time spent in Ireland.
Edge Only, based in Dublin is the creation of DJ turned goldsmith, Jenny Huston. Edge Only pieces are designed, ethically made and individually hallmarked in Dublin Castle, in Ireland.
Shock of Grey made with love in Dublin 8 These bold, unique statement pieces are made from mixed materials, such as wood, brass, plastic, silicone and clay.
At The Celtic Shop in the Netherlands – Specially curated Celtic treasures. Everything from bespoke rings and jewellery, to bodhráns and Irish dancing shoes!
Home & Design
Tonfisk Design in Finland – created by Irish born designer Brian Heaney creates inventive, functional homewares – famed for his unique use of porcelain with wood.
Chou’s Cottage run by French couple Julie and Paul. Chou’s Cottage was founded in Clonmel in 2018, showcasing over 80 Irish designers and makers with an environmental focus.
Ninfa Studio based in Marlay Park, Dublin 16 features biophilic moss art to enrich indoor spaces – designed by Italian born Paola Di Legge.
Saille Baskets – Irish Willow Basketry from Irish grown willow beds nestled in the heart of the Boggeragh Mountains of Cork.
Clothing & Accessories
The Classic Mother & Baby Company is an Irish company founded by Grace Quinn and Sarah Molony based in Dublin and UK, providing luxury hospital bag bundles and gift sets to new and expectant mothers around the world.
Orwell and Browne has been weaving the finest Donegal Merino yarn for three generations. They supply beautifully made wool products from hats, scarves, throws and bespoke gift boxes.
Due South Clothing is a contemporary clothing company with sustainability at its core, designs are hand printed in Dublin and based on the iconic landscapes around Ireland.
Peelo luxury brand whose design studio is based in Dublin. Julie Peelo’s designs have been worn by celebrities including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Biel.
Toys & Games
Dublin-based Gagababy, for the sports lover in your life, offers Irish GAA themed gifts including county colour hats and bibs, and even mini-hurleys.
Jiminy is an online eco-toy store in Dublin that aims to make ‘sustainable’ toys the new normal. These eco- friendly toys are imagined, designed and made in Ireland.
Dublin Bricks is rebuilding Dublin brick by brick with custom Irish Lego sets for big kids, made using 100% authentic Lego pieces.
Lottie Dolls from Co. Donegal are relatable, inclusive, childlike, quality dolls that inspire an empowered childhood full of imaginative play!
Food & Drink
Bean and Goose, based in Co. Wexford is firmly in the hearts and minds of the Irish community, having built a solid reputation as one of the most inventive chocolatiers in the land. Their Christmas offerings include sharing slabs (trust us they’re gigantic), Winter Warmer bundles, and Joy Collection gift boxes, plus plenty more.
The Cool Food School in Greystones, Co. Wicklow promotes healthy eating for children of all ages and they’ve curated some special Christmas gift sets this year for the little chef in your life.
Gran Gran’s Foods – a family run business in Galway dedicated to the production of traditional and creative condiments. Nigel and Magali Murray have combined inspiration from Ireland, Italy and Peru to create a pantry full of creative sauces, oils, jams and chutneys with emphasis in homemade taste.
Burren Smokehouse – Hand Smoked Irish salmon in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare. This family run award-winning smokehouse has been on the go for over 30 years owners Brigitte and Peter Curtin are committed to sourcing exclusively Irish products and locally sourced organic salmon
Operating out of Dublin and Cork, Fab Food Trails will treat you to a flavour of the city and show you how to eat like a local!
Patrick Kavanagh Centre – A celebration of the legendary Irish poet, based in Co. Monaghan.
Mystery Trails – An imaginative way to explore towns, cities & villages across Ireland with a self-guided themed walk. Discover locations from a new perspective, whatever age and whatever the weather!
Explore the complete Gifting Guide here!