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Now more than ever it is so important to implement the shop local, shop Irish mindset. Supporting small Irish businesses is something that can be done in many ways and it cannot be overstressed that in these current circumstances, even the smallest act of kindness and buying from an Irish business can hugely help all involved. Here is a list of just a few Irish companies to shop with this Christmas across a range of categories to find that perfect gift.

Image source: www.rollercoaster.ie

Accessories

1 Custom Vintage Dublin

www.customvintagedublin.com

Custom Vintage Dublin is an online store which sprang to life back in 2012.  It was a semi accidental start up by Ali Delaney, while she was studying a degree in Costume Design for Stage & Screen. But has long since developed into a full-time passion.

 It all stemmed from customising a few pairs of vintage Levi shorts. Taking them from old-school mom jeans to bespoke masterpieces! This was the starting point for CVD back in 2012, but we have expanded since then, now specialising in a wider range of personalised sccoessories and gift ideas.

2 Make It Personal Ireland

www.makeitpersonalireland.com

Personalised Gifts Shop. Specialising in Monograms and Embroidery. Leather fashion accessories, baby wear, homeware, special occasions. Change the way you think about gift giving,by adding your own personal touch.  Make It Personal began with a passion for luxury fashion accessories, gift-giving and personalisation. With the intention of changing the way we think about gift giving,

3 Irish designer and style guru, Aisling Kavanagh

Instagram: @aislingkavanagh_        

Taking the revival of the hairband trend to a whole new level, Aisling’s bespoke and embellished creations are custom made and the ultimate timeless staple. However, Aisling’s versatility as a designer isn’t limited to hairbands, she recently shared a charming collection of bespoke oversized bows which are ideal for brightening up any outfit.

Art/Prints

4 Audrey Hamilton Art

www.audreyhamiltonart.com

Image source: https://www.instagram.com/audreyhamiltonart/

5 Occasions in Prints

www.occasionsinprints.com

Occasions In Print’s aim is to create and personalise a memory of a day or event in your life, past, present or future. They specialisein creating original and personable pieces of art and decor including framed prints, cushions, all at very affordable prices.

6 Pickled Pom Pom

www.etsy.com/ie/shop/pickledpompom

Laura Dempsey is a freelance designer and illustrator who creates prints, cards and illustrations with 100% recyclable/compostable packaging. Her creations are something different but still fit the bill! 

Gift Boxes

7 Box of Kindness

www.boxofkindness.ie

The rollercoaster start to the year has been quite exciting for a Cork-based lady who has used this time to kick-start her dream, with passion, determination and honest hard graft that is exactly what has happened! Charlene used the home lockdown to good use by coming up with a concept and researching it to see if it was viable and turns out it was that and more!

Charlene says “It warms my heart knowing that daily my boxes are used to put a smile on peoples face and without a doubt a brilliant pick me up. What started as a cup, chocolate and candle, has now expanded into a gift for every season or occasion. If you don’t see it, don’t worry, we can create it a box bespoke for you!”

8 The Book Resort

www.thebookresort.ie

A luxury box, beautifully presented with a brilliant brand new book, a generous decadent bar of chocolate, and an artisan  surprise from a small Irish business  delivered direct to your door. They will also include a hand written card, created and designed by an Irish artist with a personalised message if you wish.

9 Bouquet Box

www.bouquetbox.ie

Image source: https://www.instagram.com/bouquetbox.ie/

After noticing that Ireland did not yet have any fresh flower subscription service, married couple Niall and Amy co-founded Bouquet Box in 2017. Subscription floristry streamlines the flower ordering process, which means they can get flowers into your home within 4 days of being picked, meaning the flowers stay fresher and smelling better for longer, and you get to enjoy them longer. The flowers are freshly picked and then go straight to your home. 

10 My Ireland Box

www.myirelandbox.com

This is the ideal gift for a loved one oversees! A My Ireland box is filled with unique finds that reflect old Ireland, to the old Gaelic text of an ancient Gaelic song printed on a diary or a bespoke piece of jewelry that is made especially for members, tasty treats or a book to transport you to Ireland, all the way from Dingle in County Kerry. 

Fragrance/Candles

11 The Little Wax Company

www.thelittlewaxcompany.ie

After giving up work in 2011 to stay at home and raise her family, Amy started experimenting with different fragrances and waxes and from this The Little Wax Company was created in 2018. Today, the Little Wax Company is proud to have a great team at its workshop in Dublin where the products are hand-poured.

12 The Irish Chandler

www.theirishchandler.com

Image source: www.instagram.com/theirishchandler/

The Irish Chandler has steadily grown from a home grown Irish business into a recognisable brand that now produces hundreds of candles each week. Although new equipment has been introduced to cope with the large influx of sales, everything is still handmade in the Lisdoonvarna workshop, each candle is lovingly hand poured and all of the labels designed in-house are printed and then each one carefully attached to the jars by hand.

13 The Handmade Soap Comapany

www.thehandmadesoapcomany.ie

Image source: www.instagram.com/thehandmadesoapcompany/

Not only are the precious creations from The Handmade Soap Company brimming with essential oils and natural goodness, they look pretty as a picture. Many, many joyful hours have gone into making sure their products are as gorgeous on the outside as they are on the inside. 

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