"Holidays are coming," as a famous brand says at Christmas time. We've been doing a great job this year so far at supporting each other. This Christmas, Irish brands need a helping hand. I've put together a list of 21 Irish brands to support this Christmas. You'll be able to find something for everyone from these Irish businesses. Whether it's skincare, clothing or even accessories for your dog, these Irish brands have you covered. Or you might just want to treat yourself to an early Christmas present. That's okay. You've a wide array of things to choose from, courtesy of these 21 Irish brands.
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The retailer is based on Drury Street and prides itself on stocking sustainable brands. It caters for men, women and children. I quite like their knitwear but they cover all the bases when it comes to casual style. Fresh Cuts also has its own clothing line, catering for both men and women. You are bound to pick up something for Christmas with this brilliant brand.
Jill Deering and Gillian Henderson founded the fashion brand, Jill & Gill. The Irish brand produces pretty colourful unisex pieces including t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies. They pay homage to famous women in their designs like Grace Jones and Anna Wintour. Jill & Gill have sustainable production methods in place and use materials that are better for the environment too. So, you will not only look good in Jill & Gill clothing but you'll be doing good as well.
Staying with the whole quirky vibe, Tamp and Stitch has you covered if you are looking for t-shirts for men or women's sweatshirts that are a bit different. They also sell pretty cool looking face masks. The sweatshirts and t-shirts would definitely make a good Christmas gift.
The Irish brand, Louis Copeland & Sons has been in operation since the early 1900s. It's famous for its tailoring and has its own range of products. If you are looking for something smart casual I'd recommend its wide range of shirt designs. No doubt your dad, brother or son would be delighted to receive a gift from here. If you are looking to dress up during the Christmas season you'll find something that suits you too. No pun intended.
The days are becoming quit fresh as the year comes to an end. Orwell and Browne has you covered with their 100% wool hats and scarves. They come in a range of colours, making it a suitable Christmas present or stocking filler for anyone. I would go for the gift box if I was you as it's the best value. The Donegal based brand also makes comfy, wool-rich socks that'll keep your feet toasty during winter. If you are looking for something for something more classic you can pick up a wool tie or bow tie too. Not to mention, dog collars and leads because you can't forget about your dog this festive season.
Paula has her own store in Westbury Mall in Dublin. She specialises in Italian leather gloves and is definitely the place to go if you think someone needs a new pair for Christmas. Paula has designed the gloves herself and the quality is first class. You can also pick up wallets, purses, handbags and travel bags, all made from premium leather.
The Irish skincare brand caters for both, men and women. During winter our skin is exposed to the harsh elements, making skincare a great Christmas gift. The 24 hr. rosehip face serum is popular as it contains sea buckthorn and aloe vera. Sea buckthorn is a super antioxidant, promotes cell regeneration, pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera is super hydrating and has antibacterial properties. The rosehip has vitamins, A and E, as well as omega 3 and 6 which help with reducing fine lines and skin damage. The absolute cleansing face oil is another recommended product as its gentle on the skin. It also reduces the levels of sebum on your skin and the watermelon seed oil in it is light and non-greasy.
NEUÚ Seaweed Skincare offers a range of products for men. According to the brand, its products contain marine lipids, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants which hydrate and soothe dry and sensitive skin. The gift set contains hair and body wash, shave gel and post-shave balm, making it an ideal stocking filler that any man (who shaves) would appreciate this Christmas.
Another option for a shaving kit is The Shaven Man Kit from Dublin Grooming Co. The kit includes beard oil and beard balm. You have an option of three signature scents and the beard oil is meant to last for over 300 shaves. Dublin Grooming Co. has partnered with One Tree Planted which will plant a tree for every purchase as well.
We all like to smell nice, especially when we are at social gatherings - even if they'll be a bit smaller this Christmas. The Man of Aran is an eau de toilette, for both, men and women. It's a fresh scent with notes of citrus, wood and mosses, which are sure to remind you of the Burren.
A watch is always a nice gift to receive at Christmas. SAS Watch Company designs and manufactures their watches in Ireland. The SAS in the name stands for, 'SEA, AIR & SPORT,' which tells you that the watches are designed for active men. The Dark Legend, Dubh Linn and Stealth Tiger are watches made for water sports like deep sea diving. These premium watches are all water resistant up to 1000 metres and have automatic Swiss movement.
Are you looking for a watch with a classic look that won't break the bank? Dublin-based Ansley Watches offer watches for both, men and women. The watches are assembled in Ireland and offer interchangeable wrist straps. The Three Rays rose gold sapphire blue (36mm) would be the watch I'd go for.
Maxi makes art pieces that celebrate Dublin. You can pick up colourful prints featuring famous Dublin landmarks like The Spire, Temple Bar and the Sacred Heart statue. He also offers laser cut earrings and necklaces which are also worth a look. We all know someone who loves their city, you can know get them the perfect Christmas gift.
During the winter months we tend to spend more time indoors so its important that we make our homes as pleasant as possible. Put Your Feet Up or pyFU for short, offer a range of Irish handmade diffusers and candles that will make your place smell and look great. The only plastic that pyFU use in its products is the diffuser cap and its waxes are plant based, vegan and GM free, making the brand a sustainable option.
Home Flower Happiness
Sarah Toal is the mastermind behind this business. She designs dried flower arrangements, with the likes of bunny tails and pampas grass. She offers Christmas flower arrangements which make the perfect Christmas gift and look great in any part of the home. You can see Sarah's creations on her Instagram page, where you can contact her about making orders. She offers delivery as well.
Scout is a great option for stocking fillers. You can find some great handmade Christmas decorations, including Irish made, wooden Christmas tree decorations. Its Christmas cards are not only made in Ireland but are sustainable too.
More home décor brands
Tamp and Stitch, Jill and Gill, Orwell and Browne, which I mentioned above, also offer great interior design products. You'll find some interesting looking wall clocks at Tamp and Stitch which are sure to add flair to any room. Jill & Gill is another option for art prints that feature iconic women like Katie Taylor and Mary Robinson. While Orwell & Browne is a good choice for cushions and framed tweed. Because lets face it, who doesn't need framed tweed in their lives.
You are sure to find book titles that you wouldn't usually see at your average bookstore, making that book mad, family member or friend very happy this Christmas.
Notebooks are always handy to have. Orwell & Browne, as well as Tamp and Stitch offer well made, unique designs.
Box of Wine is Ireland's first "tailored to your taste" wine subscription company. When you go onto their website you are given a quiz so you can find the wine that suits your taste. You can sign up to their subscription service where you get three bottles of wine a month for €49. There are also "gift cards" for €59 and where you can select three bottles of wine by colour. If you want to get a really special gift you can purchase either Champagne or Prosecco and get either candles, chocolates, soap or socks as well. The Prosecco gift box is €60 and the Champagne gift boxes range from €60-€110. Each bottle comes with a tasting card which gives you more information about where its from and its flavours. Box of Wine are making Christmas gifting easier with their wide selection of products.
Do you know someone who appreciates a good bottle of Irish whiskey or Scotch at Christmas time? The Celtic Whiskey Shop on Dublin's Dawson Street has a wide array of Irish whiskey, Scottish whisky and spirits to choose from.
The bartenders at Dublin's Bar 1661 came up with a way that you can enjoy your favourite cocktails with minimal effort. You can buy pre-made, bottled cocktails for a friend or family member as a Christmas present. Craft Cocktails sells pornstar martinis, raspberry negronis, strawberry daiquiris, margaritas and old fashioned cocktails. If you are unsure what cocktails to buy, you can opt for either a €25 or €50 gift card.
Irish audio brand One Sonic can provide you with quality audio products at affordable prices. The BXS-HD1 True Wireless Stereo Earphones and BB-HD1 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones are Bluetooth 5.0 enabled and provide high definition audio with a "superior bass performance." The earphones' ergonomic design is suitable for active wear and the headphones are designed for comfort. The headphones and earphones can be used for voice calls as well. These headphones and earphones make a great gift for the music lover in your life.
There is so much choice from these 21 Irish brands that it'll be hard to go wrong this Christmas. When you give a family member or friend a gift of an Irish brand you are not only making them happy, but you are showing your support for Irish businesses and the national economy at the same time. If there are any Irish brands you would like me to add to the list, please get in touch.