I will preface this post by saying that most of these I haven’t tried (hint hint hubbie!) but you’ll agree that it’s a collection of delights sure to please. I think the thing about luxury and Christmas gifts is that it doesn’t need to be something that you need but rather you can indulge in the ridiculous and treat yourself to something you normally wouldn’t.
One thing I really wanted to include on this list is art as there are so many incredible Irish artists out there. But I think that perhaps art is something that you need to touch and feel before you purchase especially as it’s usually that little bit more expensive. If you are looking to purchase some Irish art online two places I highly recommend would be www.irishmadegifts.com (based in Cork) and www.thecatandthemoon.ie (based in Sligo), both places have a huge selection of Irish products from art to jewellery to beauty to fashion so if you don’t find something on my list of inspiration you’re sure to find something there!
Criss Cross Fluer silk scarf (€180) by Galway based designer Ciara Silke is the perfect companion for an outfit no matter the weather. A silk scarf can really add a touch of class to a simple outfit and if you have a really nice chunky ring thread the scarf though the ring and use that to keep the scarf in place and to stop it slipping off you neck and onto the ground!
This Twisted Ribbon Sister neckpiece (€130) from Irish designer Joanne Hynes is so beautiful and a real piece that you could use to dress up any outfit from a plain v neck tshirt to a beautiful but simple dress. She has so many more quirky pieces available to suit every taste.
Bubble Gold Leather belt (€155) from Heidi Higgins is another lovely timeless accessory that comes in a range of different colours and is a really simple piece of pure luxury that can easily dress up a skirt or dress from day to night. I love these types of belts as they accentuate the slimmest part of your body and after two kids I can use all the help I can get. A really simple yet unusual chain from Irish jeweller Alan Ardiff (€115) – I have a couple of pieces from Alan Ardiff for years now, and it feels like you’re part of the ‘quirky, recognizable jewellery club’ when you’re wearing it. I always get comments and I always notice when someone else is wearing one his pieces. They are unique and unusual and probably best described as a subtle piece of individualism.
One in a million star ring by Chupi (€129) – I first heard of this designer on a inflight magazine with Aer Lingus and have ever since been lusting over her pieces on Instagram. Every piece is created in Ireland using inspiration from the beautiful countryside around. Her pieces combine the delicate with the unusual and are really fabulous and unique.
John Rocha Signature Carafe (€170) – Maybe this is the type of gift you associate traditionally with weddings and perhaps this gift could be an extension of that too. We got a few pieces from one of John Rocha’s collections for Waterford Crystal which look beautiful in our display cabnet. We’re too scared to take them out just yet with sticky, inquisitive hands around. But it maybe worth asking someone if they want some more pieces to add to their collection of maybe this could be the start of a luxurious collection that continues for years to come. Galway Crystal and Tipperary Crystal also have beautiful collections and are a little less pricey than Waterford Crystal.