I got a couple of questions lately on Social Media from lovely folks, who kinda all share a similar paint point: They would love to support local, indie craftsmen and women, we’re talking about “not from the High Street makers” that honour fair and kind production, yet make really beautiful things. That resonates so well with me! Because, it’s my biggest struggle with buying vegan, organic, fair-trade anything…the design! I love a sleek design with a bit of bling. Not too much, just a little detail here or there to give an item a bit of a twist. I value function, form, material, in short design. But, oh so many fair trade items have that similar hippie-sandalwood-kinda feel to it? Do you know what I mean? Not that there’s something wrong with that, it’s just not a great variety out there….and don’t even get me started on fair-trade plus-size or size inclusive clothing…I dare you to name me a few brands that do it well, I dare you. But, to the point of this blog post, they’re in fact a couple of designers and makers I cherish, because they create amazing products that I love dearly! And best of all? They’re Irish! Yup, there’s a modern, contemporary Irish gift landscape apart from the leprechaun tourist stuff and cheap Thin Whistles accompanied by the sheet music to Oh Danny Boy. In fact, it’s a crowd of makers that design and produce in Ireland and that alone is a cause worth celebrating, but their things are also so beautiful.
This is why I put together this list of fine Irish gift ideas for Christmas. I’m sure you’ll find something for your partner, your little brother, your Mum, Gran or friendly neighbour. So let’s make a pledge to shop more from independent makers. Because, I love to know, that at the end of the day, an item bought from an indie maker, brings food on their table and doesn’t line the pockets of one big wealthy sucking it all up-family of owners.
Irish gift guide for Christmas
All designers and makers create in Ireland. And the best thing? You can shop all their lovely things from the comfort of your home!
A gift for a close friend
Gosia set up the company in 2014 with her husband Marcin. Their scented candles are handcrafted with passion in the historic town of Kildare, Ireland. Winter Time is a lovely scented candle with a blend of rich, Brazilian orange, clove and ginger with hints of woods, musk, lemon and Christmas spices. Their Vintage Rose No 1 is a lovely classical scent with a floral and very relaxing scent of a blooming rose otto with a touch of sweet violet. A sophisticated blend of sparkling cassis, softwoods and amber.
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