Last year I supported as many local businesses for Christmas presents and food calling it a #supportlocal Christmas (you can read that here). This year I’ll be doing the same and instead of documenting afterwards I’ve put together a guide so you can help support local businesses too.
I’ve really become a believer in homemade gifts but I’m not the craftiest person going and a lot of my efforts winds up in the bin. I do like to make homemade edible gifts though sometimes it just doesn’t stretch far enough and you end up buying something last minute. I’ve often been praised for my gift-giving skills so I’ve tried to cover everyone here – even the person whose got everything!
Designed 4 You – fabulous bags handmade just to fit an outfit, or many outfits. A girl can never have too many handbags just like shoes, and it can be tough to get the two to match. Lynda does a spectacular job and also does makeup brush rolls and aprons should your giftee have a brush addiction like mine!
Emmas Soy Candles – most people think this will be one for the girls too but the scents Emma uses are sensational and have won over even quite a few men I know. There’s packages for every budget too and you often get to pick the fragrances you’d like for the package too!
Lisa Heeney – I couldn’t leave out Lisa! Lisa has a fabulous range of local and ethically sourced products made with local beeswax and essential oils, her lip balms gift set would be a great kris kindle present for men or women, and her range of pregnancy care products would be greatly appreciated by pregnant women and new mums!
Good Food Ireland – for the foodies. Good Food Ireland do a gift card that can be redeemed both on the website or in selected restaurants and hotels nationwide that make an extra effort to support Irish and local.
Funky Crayons – one for the kids. Sick of dreading you’ve gotten a duplicate present for the children in your life from the list you were given? You can’t go wrong with these Irish-made non-toxic personalised crayons from Michelle. They’re ridiculously cute and affordable!
Zip It – for the adventurer. With a location in Dublin and Roscommon this could turn into a day out or weekend away. Lots to keep you busy, especially if you choose the Roscommon location on Lough Key where you could also rent a boat and explore the forest.
Beer Club – surely you’ve noticed the explosion of craft beers in recent years, you may even know someone that’s really into it. From tastings to hampers and even “selection” boxes of beer, a little pricey so definitely not suitable for a kris kindle budget.
So there you have it, if you like this post I’d love to make this a series, so please let me know your thoughts below!
Have a great week!