Halloween is now over so it allows us to finally talk about Christmas!
Buying local and sustainable is important, especially this year. As we don't all live in Ireland, I've pulled together a small list of Irish and International businesses. They all offer great gifts, most are handmade. I would highly recommend to shop early this year to avoid disappointment as the shipping companies are busier than ever between the Christmas period and the pandemic.
Studio Eight is a small craft business based in Cavan, Ireland. Kirsten uses a mix of embroidery, print and papercraft in her selection of personalised keepsakes. She creates unique gifts that can be made to treasure those special names, dates and occasions.
This is a selection from her Christmas collection which can be ordered through her website:
I've discovered Eve's store on Etsy when I was browsing for my brother's birthday. The boutique linen shop is based in Cambridge where they design and craft beautiful tablecloths, tea towels, table runners and aprons. My brother was very happy with the Mulberry Trees Linen placemats*.
The Parisian business promotes vegan and cruelty-free products. They are getting pretty famous in France for their handmade dried flower candles. The candles are truly beautiful and they recently launched new products and gift sets for Christmas:
Hue Complete Me
Hue Complete Me is designs greeting cards, art prints, pins and stickers in Dublin, Ireland. The line focuses on modern lettering, bright illustrations and colourful greetings for all occasions. Each item is designed in house and our paper products are printed locally in Dublin on eco-friendly paper with colourful matching eucalyptus paper envelopes.
Irish carpenter and designer, Martin Gallagher crafts fabulous nightstands and coffee tables that you can buy on Etsy. I love the floating shelves* and can't wait to have my own house to get those.
Behind mellowcotton is Caroline. During the first lockdown, she decided to leave the corporate world and take the plunge to do what she had wanted to do for a while: add more polka dots into this world! Mellowcotton was born a few years ago already but she made it her full-time job and is enjoying every minute of it. It's all about reversible items, polka dots and quirky prints, but it's also a zero-waste project, with plastic-free packaging and upcycled fabrics whenever possible. The small business is based in Cork, Ireland.
You can find her beautiful work on Etsy:
Love Ink Paper Scissors
Nadine is an illustrator and designs pins, cards, prints, pockets mirrors but also seasonal products in Dublin, Ireland. All her packaging is recyclable or compostable. Her work is full of colours and happiness. You will find on her online store DIY Advent calendars, Christmas cards and probably her best-seller this year: "I can’t wait to see you again"* greeting card
Every piece of Taer Jewellery is handcrafted by Aisling Walsh in her studio in West Clare using eco silver and recycled gold. Aisling has a penchant for unusual jacket earrings, hoops and oddly shaped ring settings with beautiful gemstones. You can check out her work here:
On top of running Memorable Toys and Shop Small Ireland, Sarah also makes colourful earrings and bracelets with glass beads & cellulose acetate. Her pieces are shipped gift wrapped. Don't hesitate to ask her to add a personalised message and she will write a gift note on your behalf. The products are available on her website and Market Street.
Created by Joanna, a passionate illustrator and graphic designer, driven by drawing and storytelling, this small Canadian business is all about bringing positive vibes into people's homes. Through her one of a kind illustrations, Joanna gives life to the humorous mishaps and all the little things of daily life.
The Spanish company offers vegan watches made of recycled stainless steel and they support charity organizations. I love the minimalist design and their interchangeable straps. You can use the same promo code JUSTINELEGUIL15 to get 15% off your order on their website.
Where to find more local, eco-conscious and/or handmade gifts?
Thanks for reading this post! Hope this post will help you to get great presents for your loved ones. If you also plan to offer cosmetics this year, don't hesitate to have a look at my store. Do you know other fabulous businesses? Please drop a comment or an email, I will be glad to share them in this post.
*Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links with an asterisk* and make purchases. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons. We try our best to keep things fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choice for yourself.
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