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17 deadly Irish presents to sort your Secret Santa

Ladies and gentlemen, start your Christmas lists…

TIS THE SEASON when everyone has a bit of a panic. Maybe it’s your office Secret Santa that’s giving you a headache, maybe it’s your group of friends.

Or maybe you’re just looking for the perfect Irish gift for someone in your life.

Either way, these are all pretty great:

1. Toastie map of Dublin by Eoin Whelehan (€25)

Source: Jamartprints

Includes all your favourites. Why not try the Dublin Toastie Crawl?

2. Geebag and Gobshite mugs (€12)

For her…

Source: GrandGrand

For him…

Source: GrandGrand

By Fergus O’Neill of Feck It Sure It’s Grand fame (and a host of other excellent gifts).

3. If Tea Was Heroin tote bag (€8)

Source: Jamartprints

Designed and printed by hand in Galway by Lemonade.

4. Untranslatable Words poster by Fuchsia Macaree (€25)

Source: Fuchsia Macaree

Includes beauties like “Backpfeifengesicht” – German for ‘a face in need of a slap’ – and Oppholdsvær, Norwegian for ‘that weather just after the rain has stopped’.

5. ‘May the rain fall soft upon your fields’ notebook by Ursula Celano (€9)


One of a selection of rather good notebooks, including ‘May the sun shine warm upon your face‘ and this one featuring Northern Irish landmarks.

6. ‘Unique’ portrait by Dublin-based artist Ruan van Vliet (€10)


Simply send him a photo, and watch your friend or colleague turn into a “one of a kind” artwork. Full details here.

7. Wicklow photo by Renee Summers (€20)


One of a selection of rather lovely images from the Dublin-based photographer.

8. Irish Mammy tea towel (€7)

Source: Irish Mammies

By Colm O’Regan, the comedian behind the Irish Mammies empire.

9. The Waterford Whispers book (€12.99)

Source: Waterford Whispers News

Yes, Ireland’s premier satirical news site now has a book. Perfect for remembering the events of 2014 as they REALLY happened.

10. Irish t-shirts by T-Leine (€22.50)



11. Personalised jewellery from A Box For My Treasure (from €40)

Source: A Box For My Treasure

Made in Dublin city by designer Judith Ritchie.

12. A great Irish album from 2014 (€10-ish)

Such as Printer Clips – Printer Clips 


Paul Noonan of Bell X1′s new project, featuring a collaboration with Lisa Hannigan among others.

… or James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical 


The Dublin-born singer-songwriter’s acclaimed second album.

13. Illustrated map of Cork by Richard Dalton (€13)

Source: Jam Art Prints

14. Duffy’s of Dublin hand-bound notebook (€10)

Source: Designist

With an image of the Five Lamps, by Ireland’s oldest bindery.

15. Sláinte: The Complete Guide To Irish Craft Beer And Cider (€20)

Source: New Island

There’s at least one person in your office/group of friends who goes on about craft beer all the time. This is the gift for them.

16. Playing cards with Galway characters (€8)

Source: Lemonade

Printed in the city itself, and adorned with images of Galway’s familiar faces.

17. White Lady Of The Northside Christmas tree decoration (€5)

From this…

… to this:

Source: GrandGrand

Also by Fergus O’Neill of GrandGrand.

More: 14 wonderfully Irish alternative Christmas cards>

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Michael Freeman

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