A very Specific Christmas Gift Guide –


It is beginning to glimpse a ton like (a pretty various) Xmas – specifically for retailers and modest companies whose doors are continue to shut. But there is nothing like a disaster to bring people jointly, and it’s heartening to see the exertion individuals have been generating to acquire Irish, support regional firms, and spread the phrase about great Irish gifts, ever because we went to Level 5.

There are some fantastically detailed, complete present lists out there – I’ve noticed brilliant types from bloggers like MagnumLady and BehindGreenEyes, and the newspapers have compiled all sorts of lists way too. Twitter, not acknowledged for its tidings of ease and comfort and joy, is whole of threads on Irish jewellers and Irish foodstuff hampers, and in the midst of all *this*, it is magnificent.

This is my tiny contribution – a present guideline with just 11 Irish sellers, but all folks or businesses I’ve bought from this year or in the past. So it’s brief, but they are all individual suggestions, and all items I have cherished.


I bought my spouse a “Damien’s Cheese” slate cheese board from Slated last yr which was, even with the engraving, definitely a current for me much too. A great deal cheese has been eaten from this board around the final 12 months, and Slated have gorgeous tableware and tea gentle holders also. I went to faculty with Tara who, with her partner, operates Slated, and I’m always delighted to guidance this lovely company.

Slated Office Mum

Ger Holland

Ger Holland is a Dublin-based mostly photographer, at first from Galway, and she is commonly questioned to photograph at literary occasions in Ireland and past. Sad to say, given that February, most literary occasions have had to transfer on the web, but Ger is marketing calendars and prints even though we wait around for items to open up all over again. I brought a print of Seville from her before this yr, and it has delight of location on my dining room wall. Also, Ger is an unquestionably next-to-none type, pretty human being.

Ger Holland Office Mum Andrea Mara

Emily Rainsford Art

Emily Rainsford is a blogger buddy I 1st satisfied seven a long time ago, and even though I understood she painted, I didn’t realise till past 7 days that her paintings are for sale on Etsy. I fell in really like with the portray beneath when I observed it, ordered it that night, and it arrived a number of days afterwards in stunning packaging. Now all it desires is a gorgeous body. Emily’s first paintings are practically all €55 and would make a ideal gift – or do like me and obtain it for by yourself!

Emily Rainsford Art - Andrea Mara Office Mum


I only found Dublin-based Jam Artwork Prints very just lately (many thanks to my sister), and my daughter, who was on the lookout about my shoulder, questioned for a print for Xmas. I decided to buy one for my place of work too, and received this 1:

There is a huge wide range of prints for sale on the site and delivery was extremely prompt. I will be again.


I’ve been a lover of MaryK Jewelry  for the last few several years – an Irish designer marketing in community retailers (like Halo Glasthule) and on line. I’m constructing a selection!

Mary K


Kinvara Skincare

In my ongoing quest to experiment with new skincare models and solutions, I lately tried out Kinvara Skincare. I like their oil cleanser and will definitely be back to test much more. Rapid shipping and delivery, charming packaging, would make a magnificent gift for someone else or just for you…

Irish Whiskey Stone Company

Browsing MagnumLady’s Craft present information not too long ago, I spotted Irish Whiskey Stones and decided to acquire their Father Ted stone “ice” cubes as a present (can’t say for who in scenario he reads this…). They appear in a lovable minor reward box, and are exactly what I’d predicted, and there was a very little sticker on the envelope stating, “Thanks for supporting my small business”. This year, that’s what it’s all about.

Irish Whiskey Stones

Sheridan’s Cheese Hamper

When my sister’s would-be-wedding day-date came around last April, in our initial few weeks of lockdown, we needed to mark it in some way, so despatched a Sheridan’s Hamper to her and her fiancé. Sheridans were being fantastic to deal with (I desired to adjust supply day) and the hamper seemed magnificent. I just cannot notify you how it tasted for the reason that my sister and her fiancé ate it all on their own – to be good, we were in deep lockdown and not authorized to see every other. But our weekly grocery purchasing treat is Sheridan’s cheese from the counter in Dunnes, so I can definitely endorse. (Specially the chutney.)


Beekon is a honey refresher consume – as they say on their Instagram: Not a beer. Not a cider. Not a wine
No gluten, sulphites or additives. It was started by a person I know a pair of years ago and it is been likely from energy to power thanks to her and her partner’s really hard perform and enthusiasm, and in no little element, many thanks to how scrumptious the drinks style. You can invest in Beekon in several supermarkets and off-licences – listed here is a listing of stockists. You can also get it by the situation on the Beekon web site. Consume responsibly! PS if you are interested in obtaining a circumstance on-line, Beekon have supplied me a 10% low cost code: OFFICEMUM

Skellig chocolate

I discovered Skellig chocolate not long ago when we requested some new doors and on completion of the purchase, we had been offered a box of Skellig candies. They had been incredibly tasty – the joint-greatest sweets I’ve at any time had (see underneath for the other) and I thought of ordering far more doorways to get much more chocolates, though it is much less highly-priced to just buy the chocolate instantly. Primarily based in Kerry, Skellig have a in depth range available to purchase on the web and from these stockists.

Skellig Chocolates - Office Mum

Lir chocolate

My other favourite chocolate is Lir. Disclaimer: Lir sent me a hamper of chocolate two a long time back, and I turned a loyal (shelling out) consumer as quickly as the hamper was absent. Their Salted Caramel Truffles are to die for and their Discovery Assortment tends to make a pretty very and delightful present.

Lir Chocolate - Office Mum

Publications by Irish authors 

This final entry on the record isn’t about 1 specific products or a person individual reserve, but another way to obtain Irish is to give anyone a e book penned by an Irish author. I will not try out to endorse any specific books listed here as there are as well several, and I’m sure to leave someone out, so as a substitute I have extra a photograph of some of the Irish publications on my bookshelf in my bedroom – this is just a tiny subset of the publications by Irish authors out there from any bookshop. Obtainable to get online from Easons, Dubray, Kennys, and several unbiased bookshops, and offered in-shop future week when bookshops reopen. Joyful shopping!

Books by Irish authors - Office Mum Andrea Mara

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