Every year my hubby, Joe, says he needs an Ireland gift guide so he knows what to get me for Christmas. He seems to think I am difficult to buy for.
He’s crazy. Anything Ireland-related is of course going to get him a gold star.
But there are clear winners when it comes to Ireland-themed gifts. If I am giving or getting an Ireland-themed gift, it has to be evocative. I want to smell it, taste it, feel it.
It should immediately take me back to Ireland or have me plopping down at my computer to search for flights in anticipation of our next trip.
If you’re lucky enough to have a spouse/child/sibling/friend who is lucky an Ireland lover in your life, this Ultimate Ireland Gift Guide should get you sorted.
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The Ultimate Ireland Gift Guide
Direct from Ireland Gifts:
- My Ireland Box: Joe got me a three-month subscription last year (and then we kept it up!). I absolutely loved getting a little bit of Ireland straight to my mailbox every month. Curated in Dingle and sourced throughout Ireland, these monthly gift boxes are something to look forward to well beyond the holidays.
- Irish Turf: Is there anything quite sitting by a cozy peat fire in a pub in Ireland? Wait until you open this box–the smell will take you right back.
- Connemara Marble Worry Stone: Have you heard of the worry stone? It’s a sensory stone that you rub when you are worried to help reduce anxiety. I think this one is so neat. Made from marble in Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
- Ireland Puzzles: I love these puzzles–they’re so vivid and creative. All items are made in Ireland with Irish artists. You get a flat shipping rate to the US so you can stock up. Made in West Cork, Ireland.
- JJ Corry Whiskey: Female-owned; only whiskey bonder in Ireland. This one is made for the mixed drink high-ball (soda, and lime juice). Yum. Made in Co. Clare, Ireland.
- Salty Sea Sisters Map to Frame: I always dote on about experiencing local in Ireland. Well, there isn’t any more local than the Salty Sea Sisters swim meet-ups for women who want to take a dip on their trip. Add an adorable framable map with the beaches across Ireland labeled too…Love it.
- Bean and Goose Chocolates: An Ireland Gift Guide wouldn’t be right without a bit of chocolate. Elevated chocolate for those who really like chocolate. I would 100% would recommend the three-month subscription box for Christmas. Made in Co. Wexford, Ireland.
- Handmade Soap Company: Soaps, candles, lotions, creams, oils. There are lots of options from the Handmade Soap Company. They’ve even gone international–you can order online at Ulta or their website has free shipping to the US on orders over $60. Made in Slane, Co. Meath
- Belleek Tea Cup Set: Light, beautiful. I call it my Sunday cup because I only get it out when I can sit down and actually appreciate drinking from it.
- Waterford Crystal Whiskey Glass Set: If tea isn’t your thing, perhaps whiskey is. Isn’t this a beautiful Waterford Crystal set?
Ireland Travel Gifts
- Travel Journal: Do not go to Ireland without a place to write down all your memories and put your keepsakes. How beautiful is this one? It’s like a souvenir in its own right.
- Packing Cubes: Are you a packing cube convert? You should be. This is the best brand–durable, sustainable, and has a no-matter-what lifetime guarantee.
- Road Atlas: Beware. This map is huge and amazing. Great for pre-planning/hanging on the wall. Simply fold it up to only view a small area while you’re traveling.
- Adapter: Always go for a universal adapter with USB ports.
- Rain Jacket: The best rain jacket. The hood has the perfect cinch and little lip that keeps the water off your face, and it rolls up quite small for easy packing.
Book Lover & Ireland Lover Gifts
- DK Eyewitness Ireland: The first guidebook you get should be full of photos and information. DK Eye witness does a great job with good pictures and just enough information so that it isn’t overwhelming.
- What the wind knows by Amy Harmon: Irish history, a bit of love, a lot of drama, a few surprises, and oh-so-good. My favorite Irish-fiction Ireland read in a while.
- The Gracelin O’Malley Trilogy by Ann Moore: I picked this up a few years ago and can’t believe I’ve never mentioned it. Inside you’ll find an easy-to-read story about a young Irish woman who marries an English landowner to help her family during the potato famine era. As you can guess loss and tragedy are a theme but so are resiliency and independence.
- Living with Ghosts, The Inside Story from a “Troubles” Mind: A new book by acclaimed journalist, Brian Rowan. Rowan knew all the players during the darkest days of the troubles. He was respected on all sides and gained trust few were able to obtain. The book tells his very personal story of going behind the scenes of war–retracing his steps during that fearful and dangerous time with us.
- We Don’t Know Ourselves by Finan O’Toole: O’Toole’s memoir received critical acclaim for good reason. It’s a non-fiction book that reads like a gripping novel–grant he was born in 1958 in Ireland and saw his fair share of ups and downs.
- The best of Irish Soups by Eileen O’Driscoll: Oh my goodness. This simple little cookbook (could be in a stocking!) has the best Irish soup recipes. They take me back in an instant. I highly recommend the carrot parsnip soup (you may want a kitchen scale if you don’t already have one).
- Aran Throw: Cozy. Warm. And, oh so Irish feeling. Nothing like draping this over my lap with a hot cup of tea and a good book on a quiet weekend morning.
Stocking Stuffer Gifts for the Ireland Fanatic
- “I’d rather be in Ireland” mug: I really would rather be in Ireland (and I think everyone I know knows it), but just in case they don’t. 😂
- Ornament: Isn’t this just the sweetest ornament you’ve ever seen? I want to decorate a whole tree with her ornaments. Made in Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
- Key Chain: A dear friend gave me one of these sweet lambkins after her trip to Ireland. I think of her and Ireland every time I head out the door. Such a great gift. Made in Co. Monaghan, Ireland
- Magnet: Let’s get lost in these dreamy Irish hills.
- Tear Away A Day Ireland Calendar: A little bit of Ireland for every day in 2023.
- Ownership Rights for a Bit of Ireland: Part gag gift, part super cool. This company owns land in Ireland and they give you forever access/ownership rights to a piece of it. Once purchased you get the GPS coordinates to visit it yourself (you can even pitch a tent and stay there!).
Let’s Reminisce about Our Ireland Trip Gifts
- Barry’s Tea: Classic Irish tea–go for the red box for the best flavor.
- Crisps/Chips: Did you try any of Keogh’s crisps when you were in Ireland? I love the Atlantic Sea Salt and Irish Cider Vinegar flavor.
- Framable Map: Can’t you picture this hanging up in a room next to photos from your trip?
Ireland Clothing Gift Guide
- Irish Tweed Cap: Joe has one just like this. Isn’t it dashing?
- Winter Wool Hat: A modern take on Irish wool products–I adore Liadain’s colorful products. Made in Ireland from sustainable Donegal wool.
- Aran Sweater: Classic. Cozy. Perfect for the holidays and long winter nights.
- Connemara Marble Necklace: I love a simple necklace. This one is modern with a nod to Connemara with two small Connemara Marble stones. Gorgeous. (The whole shop has so many beautiful and affordable pieces).
- Aran Socks: Combine these socks, with a cup of tea and an Aran blanket, and you’ve got the Ireland Gift Guide trifecta. Boom, I’M IN IRELAND.
* Note: Some of the items in the Ireland Gift Guide ship from Ireland. Please order well in advance. Shipping and duty rates vary. Read the terms and conditions of each seller.
Have you ever received a travel or Ireland-themed gift?
What would you like to give (or get)?! I’d love to hear in the comments.
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