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Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Now that the festive season is most definitely among us, it’s time to start thinking about what we can give to our nearest and dearest. It’s not often enough that we take a moment to really honour those that make the other 364 days of the year not only bearable, but enjoyable. Your friends who you know you can text at 4am, your mother for always putting your needs before hers and your colleagues for their comradery when dealing with a workplace ‘mare. I know that I’ve got some amazing people in my life that I don’t thank enough. Their endless love, support and cups of tea have made me the happy human I am today.

Another reason for this sense of contentment is the constant stream of inspiration that I get everyday from fellow Irish creatives. Not only am I usually enamoured by their wares, but the passion and skill that has gone into their creations is amazing to me. Self-employment and creative work isn’t easy, and take it from me that the only reason any sane person would do it is because they truly love what they do and want to share it with the rest of us.

I’m so happy to report that halfway through compiling this gift guide, I realised that the majority of my suggestions were from small Irish businesses. This wasn’t by design, but simply because I really love their stuff! I’ve also gotten to know some of these makers and proprietors over the past few years and know for a fact that it genuinely fills their heart when they know that this appreciation exists. So, when you’re doing your shopping this Christmas, and for the rest of the year, bear that in mind. Support the movers, makers and hustlers

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And without further ado, here are my top picks for Christmas 2017...  

C O O K 

  Le Creuset cookware , from €28  Expensive, but one of the best investments you can make for your household. 

Le Creuset cookware, from €28

Expensive, but one of the best investments you can make for your household. 

D I N E

  Arran Street East mugs , €33 each  I'm utterly obsessed with everything these guys create. Modern-day Irish classics. 

Arran Street East mugs, €33 each

I'm utterly obsessed with everything these guys create. Modern-day Irish classics. 

R E L A X

  Kotanical essential oils,  from €10  Building up a collection of essential oils is something I'd really recommend. You'll find a million uses for them.

Kotanical essential oils, from €10

Building up a collection of essential oils is something I'd really recommend. You'll find a million uses for them.

P A M P E R

  Trilogy organic rosehip facial oil , €23.99  This is the only beauty product I'm never without.

Trilogy organic rosehip facial oil, €23.99

This is the only beauty product I'm never without.

  Kinvara cleansing oil,  €22.95  This Irish-made product has won about a gajillion beauty awards, so it's likely that your pal/ mother/ girlfriend will love it too.

Kinvara cleansing oil, €22.95

This Irish-made product has won about a gajillion beauty awards, so it's likely that your pal/ mother/ girlfriend will love it too.

S C E N T

  Escentric Molecule 01,  from €38  I love displaying feminine, pretty perfume bottles, so it bugs me that this is so "Rich London bachelor circa 2001". Nevertheless, this is a beautiful, super unique scent. 

Escentric Molecule 01, from €38

I love displaying feminine, pretty perfume bottles, so it bugs me that this is so "Rich London bachelor circa 2001". Nevertheless, this is a beautiful, super unique scent. 

E X P L O R E

  Carve On personalised leather travel wallet , €69  Just think of the panic and arguments you'd avoid if you were more organised and had all important documentaton in the one place!

Carve On personalised leather travel wallet, €69

Just think of the panic and arguments you'd avoid if you were more organised and had all important documentaton in the one place!

D I S P L A Y

  Brian Lowry ‘The Liberties’ framed print,  €25  Brian's humorous illustrations are inspired by the way a child imagines Dublin. Check out this piece  Lovin' Dublin  did on him last year. 

Brian Lowry ‘The Liberties’ framed print, €25

Brian's humorous illustrations are inspired by the way a child imagines Dublin. Check out this piece Lovin' Dublin did on him last year. 

  Bill & Coo Paper Co. print,  £10  The actions of a keeper after a heartfelt DMC, amiright?

Bill & Coo Paper Co. print, £10

The actions of a keeper after a heartfelt DMC, amiright?

W R I T E

  One Line a Day journal,  €11.95  Here's a little snap from  my home tour  that was featured in House and Home magazine. Photo by the multi-talented, super cool  Helen Devine . 

One Line a Day journal, €11.95

Here's a little snap from my home tour that was featured in House and Home magazine. Photo by the multi-talented, super cool Helen Devine

W R A P

  Clover Rua card,  €3  Clover Rua make paper goods that would serve as the loveliest reminders of Dublin for Irish friends at home and abroad. 

Clover Rua card, €3

Clover Rua make paper goods that would serve as the loveliest reminders of Dublin for Irish friends at home and abroad. 

R E A D

  Bloom by Estée Lalonde,  £11.89  On the surface, it's just another book by another blogger. But  Estée's  guidebook to life in your twenties is a beautifully designed look at depression, loneliness, relationships, travel and building a career most people don't understand. I could relate. 

Bloom by Estée Lalonde, £11.89

On the surface, it's just another book by another blogger. But Estée's guidebook to life in your twenties is a beautifully designed look at depression, loneliness, relationships, travel and building a career most people don't understand. I could relate. 

  Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur,  £6.99  This book of poetry is a heartbreaking, sexy and empowering account of womanhood. Perfect for your best pal. 

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, £6.99

This book of poetry is a heartbreaking, sexy and empowering account of womanhood. Perfect for your best pal. 

H I T C H

  Hippenings temporary tattoos,  €10  Cute stocking-stuffer for your bride tribe. 

Hippenings temporary tattoos, €10

Cute stocking-stuffer for your bride tribe. 

The Wedding Planner, €19.95

Well this one makes me emosh because of of my dearest friends and mentors authored it! Read more on my Instagram post

D O T E 

  Lamb Design cloud mobile ,  Learn more about Lamb and Little Lamb in my catch up with founder Emma  here . 

Lamb Design cloud mobile,

Learn more about Lamb and Little Lamb in my catch up with founder Emma here

H A N G

  Weaverella ‘Blushing’ wall hanging,  €89  I interviewed Emma about her weaving inspiration recently and it made me love her work even more than I already did! Read it  here . 

Weaverella ‘Blushing’ wall hanging, €89

I interviewed Emma about her weaving inspiration recently and it made me love her work even more than I already did! Read it here

W E A R

  Indigo & Cloth grandad shirt,  €155  A cool twist on the white shirt every man needs in their wardrobe. 

Indigo & Cloth grandad shirt, €155

A cool twist on the white shirt every man needs in their wardrobe. 

  The Tweed Project scarf,  €285  Pricey, but so beautifully made. 

The Tweed Project scarf, €285

Pricey, but so beautifully made. 

S U S T A I N

  KeepCup , €23

KeepCup, €23

  Aplois market bag,  $68  Sure, there I am modellin' away. Photo by my "Instagram husband", Claire from  Studio Brown . 

Aplois market bag, $68

Sure, there I am modellin' away. Photo by my "Instagram husband", Claire from Studio Brown

A C C E S S O R I S E

S T R E T C H

  Bodhi yoga mat  £18.68
  Fulfil protein bars, box of 15,  €24.95  Everyone's favourite post-gym snack! I ordered in bulk from  My Core Supplements  recently and found their customer service really great.

Fulfil protein bars, box of 15, €24.95

Everyone's favourite post-gym snack! I ordered in bulk from My Core Supplements recently and found their customer service really great.

S P O I L

  Nespresso Creatista Plus Sage machine , €499  I'd estimate a 723% increase in my happiness levels since I got a Nespresso machine. By giving this, you're giving the gift of joy. 

Nespresso Creatista Plus Sage machine, €499

I'd estimate a 723% increase in my happiness levels since I got a Nespresso machine. By giving this, you're giving the gift of joy. 

Main image; These Four Walls. All other imagery from brands themselves, by me or otherwise stated. 

This post was not sponsored or influenced by anything other than my genuine love for the products and brands listed. 

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