Whether your winter holiday tradition revolves around Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or pagan rites, gift-giving is truly a universal religion. We've done a round-up of some of our very favorite things here at Shamrock Gift to expedite your shopping list. Whether you're looking for something romantic, something platonic, something more religious, something more frivolous, here's a round-up of some of the best Irish brands in the business, all on sale for the holidays. We've tried to get something for everyone here, from the smallest of stocking stuffers to the more elaborate sort.
1) Something for your mom
There's truly nothing that feels cozier in winter than a thick and warm Aran sweater. This one is made of a soft and luxurious merino wool that's both water-repellent and super-soft - no scratchiness here. Mom will love how this cream cardigan looks and feels - it's knit from gorgeous Aran stitches rich in Irish history and tradition. Plus, the cardigan is flattering and forgiving, with a waist-defining belt.
2) Something for your sister
Earrings are always a good bet for the ladies -- we're especially partial to these darling sterling silver drops. Handcrafted in Ireland by Solvar Jewelry (a family-owned business operating out of Dublin since 1941), these stunning accessories come in a gorgeous Celtic knot design and in a lovely gift box.
3) Something for your fun-loving friend
These ultra-warm and cozy Guinness pint slippers never fail to make us smile! Whether you're shopping for a beer drinker or someone who just needs soft slippers, these are hilarious (and machine-washable!). It doesn't hurt that they look exactly like a delicious pint of black stout - yum!
4) Something for your sporty friend
This 100% cotton long-sleeved sporty shirt from Lansdowne is the perfect thing for any athletic girl traveling from the pitch to the pub, There's a snazzy dark pink and sharp black and white color scheme and an embroidered 'Ireland' in a Celtic font, as well as a lucky shamrock!
5) Something for your friend who loves to cook
These stunning ceramic salt & pepper shakers from Royal Tara are hand-painted in vibrant colors inspired by the style of 9th century ancient Celtic manuscripts, and brighten up every meal. The delicate shamrocks and intricate Celtic knotwork really take the shakers' design to the next level!
6) Something for your friend who always smells good
We're big fans of Inis, the wonderful Irish perfume house. This exquisite 'Energy of the Sea' fragrance is derived from the smell of an Irish beach: ocean-fresh, with citrus & floral notes as well as sandalwood and oak moss. We also love the aesthetic of the pretty bottle, which is designed to resemble the look of pebbles by the ocean -- rubbed smooth by the sand and water. It's a unisex scent that appeals to all.
7) Something for your grade-school niece
Kids go crazy for Wacky Woollies, the charming and colorful Irish sheep with low-grade personality disorders. This fun backpack is roomy with adjustable straps and all the silly sheep a heart can desire.
8) Something for a baby girl
This pretty shamrock sweater from Irish clothing supplier Traditional Craft comes in a snazzy navy blue and green color combination, knit in a soft & warm acrylic fabric that baby will adore (and is machine-washable!)
9) Something for your Secret Santa
Sometimes the small stocking stuffers are the hardest to buy of all. We personally feel you can never go wrong with a really nice, lovely -smelling candle - the soy wax candles from A Little Irish Luck are just the ticket. The cheerful scent is a melange of freshly cut grass enhanced with hints of fragrant wild flowers and fresh herbs - mmmm.
10) Something for your bride-to-be
When it comes to proposing, there are few things more romantic than the beautiful Irish Claddagh. The iconic symbol stands for love (the heart), loyalty (the crown) and friendship (the hands), Handcrafted in Ireland by the jewelry geniuses at ShanOre, this 14 karat white gold and diamond Claddagh ring is the perfect way to show you're ready for a lifetime of happiness together.
11) Something for your wife
This one-of-a-kind pewter jewelry box is hand-crafted in Ireland by Mullingar Pewter. It's lined with a soft dark red velvet and comes with three compartments with four mini-dividers especially for earrings, so it's a beautiful way to store all her keepsakes. It can be specialized by getting the center engraved, too!
12) Something for your devout friend or relative
Handmade in Ireland, this stunning Celtic Cross by Mullingar Pewter is truly a one-of-a-kind. The cross is crafted from gleaming pewter and can be wall-mounted, too. Pewter never wears out, so this is a true Irish heirloom that's built to last!