The best gifts and souvenirs from Ireland
Do you have an Irish fan on your shopping list for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays or just any old time? Or maybe it’s you who is in love with Ireland. Perhaps you made a trip and forgot to pick up an Irish souvenir for yourself? Alternatively, maybe you just want to share your love of Ireland with some creative Irish gifts.
Many a time I’ve walked out of a store thinking should I or shouldn’t I and every damn time I totally regret the fact that I didn’t and spent the time dithering. I have decided from here on in if it is something, I am going to dither over then it’s something worth buying.
If I pick up a piece and think pretty but put it down and move on I know it’s not for me. These are some souvenirs of Ireland that I wish I had bought.
These days I am much luckier I actually get to live here so it’s all good and I can indulge my love of Irish gifts all the time. How lucky can a girl get? If you have forgotten to bring home that perfect Irish souvenir here are all my favourite Irish gifts that can be ordered online to surprise your family and friends.
My favourite souvenirs from Ireland
One of the best gifts from Ireland and an absolute must-have is an Aran sweater made right here in Ireland. This is one I simply love. I like a long sweater with pockets and this one is so perfect it even has a hood so I can wear it under a good coat (the layers thing again ya know) and my head is warm. Best yet it comes in extra-large woo hoo. I do love the green (so Irish ya know) but it does come in a load of colours including (get this only the Irish) parsnip.
For the man in your life, I really like this cardigan sweater with a nice roll type collar and buttons. Like the ladies one, it’s 100% merino wool. So soft and warm, and It comes in a nice deep charcoal colour and looks great dressed up or down.
For the little ones in your life this I cannot resist isn’t it gorgeous. A lovely hooded jumper in Merino wool with buttons on the side so damn cute.
For someone who loves a great scarf to dress up an outfit here is a beautiful Irish silk one with lovely shades of blue. Decorated with a fabulous Celtic knot work print this makes a brilliant pressie.
The first thing my hubs bought when we got to Ireland was a flat cap. Now there are two types of flat caps here. The first is the kind of flat cap you see in the TV show Peaky Blinders it’s a softer cap with a bill that the top of the hat snaps to as see here. This Biddy Murphy one is a true Donegal tweed cap that comes in 4 colours and has a nice warm quilted lining
This green one is not as soft and squishy as the Peaky Blinders style but it’s a firm more shaped flat cap and the green is just perfect it’s also made from pure Donegal tweed.
Here’s something so Irish you just can’t turn it down, a subscription to Father Ted Ireland’s best loved priest and his antics. You can watch it for free with a Prime subscription because you get 30 days free.
I have a few of these Irish road signs, they are fully customizable. These signs are reminiscent of the days in Ireland when the roads were marked by black and white bilingual road signs(which often pointed the wrong way!). They are made on the Wild Atlantic Way and are totally weatherproof.
This old, full-colour wonderful map shows Ireland as it was in 1798. It was created and published by William Faden, a preeminent mapmaker of the time and His Majesty’s official geographer.
This is one of the finest and rarest old maps of Ireland, showing all of the original counties and provinces.
Customers in the USA, CANADA & AUSTRALIA: Your maps will be printed and sent from one of my specialist printers in your country. This reduces delivery times, you won’t pay import taxes, and saves on CO2!
I adore these Irish prints, this one is of Royal Portrush Golf Course in Northern Ireland. This is one of the places along the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland and of course one of the most famous golf courses in the world. Check out the artists work and if you are like me you will be ordering several of these posters.
And this one is of Rossnowlagh Beach in Donegal. If you ever get the chance to come to Donegal you will find at least 10 blue flag beaches in the county with Rossnowlagh being one of the most famous, particularly for surfers. A short drive from Sligo or Donegal Town Rossnowlagh is one of the most famous beaches in Ireland.
Turf – the aroma that sings of Ireland and the old peat bogs a smell that haunts you after your visit. Well now you can bring it home.
Real Irish Turf by BogBuddies are real miniature sods of turf from the bog in the heart of Ireland.
In Ireland turf had a crucial role in being the only source of fuel available to most households. It burns with a distinctive aroma which wafts through the countryside even today!
Nowadays the bogs are being preserved as a precious resource but there are still many bogs where turf is cut in the traditional way. The bog is cut into sods and then stacked into piles and left to dry in the sun. Often families have their own distinctive way of stacking the turf, much like a signature, which distinguishes their plot clearly from their neighbours.
Jewellery the ultimate gifts from Ireland
Now, this is absolutely beautiful and really hard to resist. It’s called a wedding band but it is so beautiful I would wear it without the husband. It’s a women’s sterling silver Claddagh band and it’s irresistible.
I love a brooch or a pin whatever you want to call it. I like to wear 5 or 6 on my jackets all together and I do love this Tara Brooch pin based The Tara brooch, a famous and beautiful brooch for all occasions. It is a Celtic Cloak brooch from 700 AD and can be seen in the National Museum of Ireland. Made from gold and silver it contains amber and glass beads.
How about a custom, handmade Jameson Irish Whiskey Barrel ring made with authentic Jameson Whiskey Barrels Oak. Over-harvesting made Irish Oak rare after about 1850, most Jameson barrels are made from oak found in the USA.
A beautiful silver Celtic band inset with Connemara marble. Connemara marble is one of the rarest marbles in the world and is found exclusively in the West of Ireland. Sourced from family-controlled quarries in Connemara. it is becoming increasingly rare. The world’s finest truly green marble, it varies in colour from silver grey, pale green, shades of sage and moss to a deep variegated dark green.
Musical gifts from Ireland
Now onto more musical things. Everybody knows the Irish love a good trad music night and there’s nothing more trad than knowing the words to those ancient songs. Well here’s the The Big Book of Irish Songs that you can’t pass by. It has over 70 songs with piano guitar and vocal arrangements. What a great way to learn all those old favourites before you hit the pub.
Fancy a traditional Irish Bodhran? This is a traditional 18″ in diameter Bodhran with a standard tipper and it can be ordered from Amazon and shipped all over the world
How about learning the Tin Whistle? Easy to pick up and even easier to pack so when you come to Ireland you can bring it with you and have a play on one of those many trad music nights you attend. This comes with a CD and it’s in several different languages as well.
Irish gifts of food
Here’s a few smaller items that you just can’t do without when you leave Ireland. How about some Taytos crisps, a variety pack including the world famous cheese and onion.
Ireland’s favourite tea has always been Barry’s and it can be ordered from Amazon right here.
Fancy a package of all your favourite Irish goodies that includes Barry’s tea, chocolate bars, Curry Sauce, and many more?
Remember when you stopped in that beautiful Avoca store and you didn’t buy that soft as down throw that was so colourful and you left the shop glancing back thinking should I buy it shouldn’t I buy it and you bloody well didn’t.
Yeah, me too but guess what? You can buy them online. This fabulous green and pink Avoca throw is 100% lambswool and it is to die for. Alternatively, how about this amazing purple and green cashmere throw, I can wrap myself up in it and it’s perfect for a blingy night out or a peaceful night in by the fire. I adore Avoca products.
Irish gift books
Darina Allen is Ireland’s favourite chefs; she founded and runs the Ballymaloe School of Cooking that every foodie worth their Himalayan Pink Salt knows. If you want to surprise one with a fabulous cook book from Ireland Darina’s book Irish Traditional Cooking is the one to buy.
Everybody needs A Massive Book Full of Feckin’ Irish Slang That’s Great Craic for Any Shower of Savages. With this, you will know exactly what everyone is saying when you hit the pub. The craic will be mighty and you will be able to insult the Irish in terms they will understand, and you will be able to translate what is being said about yourself.
This Stunning Ireland Photography Book by one of Ireland’s favourite photographers. Ireland a Luminous Beauty.
Ireland’s landscapes and scenery are stunning and this beautiful coffee table book is the perfect way to enjoy them and reflect back on your Irish memories.
Irish Christmas Gifts
Are you a Department 56 collector? Then you won’t want to miss this piece. Christmas in the City Village Murphy’s Irish Pub Lit House the perfect new piece to join your collection and brighten up your Christmas scenes.
Just for fun who could resist some greatly tacky shamrock Xmas lights. Drape them over the Xmas tree or save until St. Patrick’s Day it wouldn’t be Irish without some shamrocks.
Last but not least, I couldn’t resist this little figurine of an Irish step dancer, isn’t she cute? What a lovely way to decorate the tree.
There you have it my Irish souvenir giving guide. It’s all those little items that you didn’t pick up when you were here and now you can buy them all online.
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