I know many of us who live abroad like to support Irish businesses, and it’s important now more than ever with this pandemic and how badly it has affected the Irish economy. So I’ve put together a list of Irish businesses you can support this Christmas. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but more so businesses I am familiar with or have used myself.
gifts.ie is a favourite of mine,. It’s 100% Irish owned and all gifts are shipped from Dublin. I’ve been using them for a few years and I order all my Christmas gifts for people at home through them. They have a huge range of things including hampers, and also personalised gifts and even gifts for kids. I’ve always found them easy to use, and my gifts have always been delivered within 48 hours of placing the order. At Christmas, I do tend to order a little in advance, but I’ve never experienced any issues or delays with them.
giftboxireland.ie is another one I’ve recently heard of . The owner, Oonagh is from Cork and she sources the vast majority of her products from Irish suppliers,meaning a lot of her gift boxes contain handmade Irish products.
Shop in Ireland – this is a Facebook page that you can check out. You will find lots of small Irish business owners posting on the page about what they do, and deals they may have running at the moment. It’a a great way to source Irish gifts for your families and friends at home.
If you have some other Irish friends and family that also live abroad and you want to send them a little taste of home, then you have some hamper options:
The Paddy Box – probably the most well known run by Mark Loftus. They have some amazing boxes filled with Irish goodies!
Irishify – this is a relatively newcomer and they do celebrity shout outs and gift hampers. Their Christmas hamper looks delicious!
Irish Taste Club – I have tried this one and loved it. This hamper is different to the other two noted above, as it’s not just chocolate and sweets, but artisan goods from Ireland so it would probably suit your friend with a more refined palate! You can read my whole review of Irish Taste Club here.
Wowwee.ie owned by Aine and based in Clare, they offer elegant Christmas stockings, ornaments for your Christmas tree and more!
Badger & Blue – this store by Niamh Dillon is a collection of Irish prints and cards, and she also does custom orders. I follow Niamh on Instagram and her pictures of the Irish landscape are just fabulous, she very recently launched her Etsy store so I’m sure she would appreciate the support!
rachaelvictoria.ie – she is another person I follow on Instagram, and hails from Portlaoise like myself. She is a budding photographer and recently started selling framed prints. Her photography is really stunning and one of her framed prints would be a fabulous Christmas gift.
liber.ie if you are buying some books as gifts then check this one out. The shop is based in Sligo and they also do vinyls.
K Kajoux Jewels – this is fabulous handcrafted jewellery is made in Kilkenny. My mother has bought me a few pieces from here and sent them over to me as presents, and I absolutely love them. They offer free delivery in the Republic of Ireland and orders are shipped within 24 hours.
Please let me know in the comments if you know any other great Irish businesses we should support this Christmas!