Crisotal na Rinne Decanter
For the whiskey lover, this incredible crystal decanter is cut by hand in the picturesque Irish-speaking area of An Rinn in Waterford. Made by Eamonn Terry from Criostal na Rinne, the master glass cutter with 50 years of experience has developed elegant linear cuts inspired by markings of ogham script, the early Irish alphabet. Giftedfromireland.com, €280.
Bog Oak Cufflinks
Giftedfromireland.com is a great website to check out. It’s by the organisers of Gifted, Ireland’s biggest design and craft fair which runs in the RDS (1-5 December) but if you can’t make it, many of the Irish designers at the event are on the website. We especially love these cuff links by Irish designers Leko & Leko, handcrafted from 5000-year-old Bog oak. This matte, dark wood that has been preserved through millennia is smoothed to a finish which shows off its beautiful, natural wood grain. Giftedfromireland.com, €45
Samsung Galaxy SmartTag
For the forgetful dad or the brother who leaves the tractor keys in all kinds of obscure places, then the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag is a great gift. You attach the tag to your keys and if you can’t find them, you log on to your SmartThings Find app on your phone and a ringtone will sound. Compatible with all Galaxy devices. Available from the Samsung e-store https://shop.samsung.com/ie/, €29.90
Google Pixel Buds
Whether you’re out walking the fields or working in the farm office,a bit of music will always lift the spirits. At 12mm, the wireless Google Pixel buds fit so comfortably, it doesn’t even feel like you are wearing ear buds. They switch effortlessly from music to calls and even do language translation. Google Store, €79.
Christmas Paddy Box
For the lad living away from home who’ll miss the Christmas pints and dinner, this is the box to make him feel closer to home. It’s bursting with quintessential Irish staples like Tayto crisps, Barry’s Tea and Cadbury chocolate and all the prep, packaging and postage is done for you. www.thepaddybox.com, €59.95 plus delivery depending on the country.
Gentlemen’s Garden Multitool
It trims, it snips, it weeds, it’s a green-fingered gardener’s dream tool. Seven tools in one, this Gentlemen’s garden multitool is a secateurs, root remover, knife, mini-saw and even a bottle opener, the only thing a gardener needs in their tool belt. Avoca, €32.95.
Celtic Tweed Gilet
For the man who loves his comfort but also wants to look stylish when heading out, this Celtic Tweed body warmer and gilet with leather trims is the perfect fit. Handmade by talented tailors in Balbriggan in Co Dublin, it’s ideal for layering overing a chunky jumper by day or a fitted shirt by night. A real investment piece. www.giftedfromireland.com, €239.99
Four Years in the Cauldron by Brian O’Donovan
You can’t beat a good book at Christmas and Brian O’Donovan from RTÉ will have you captivated as he gives his personal account of covering the presidency of Donald Trump in the White House. From Trump’s controversial handling of COVID-19 and racial unrest, to his dramatic defeat in the November 2020 presidential election, Brian saw it all. Available in all good books shop, €17.99
A good farm coat is a gift that is appreciated right throughout the year and this one from Kiwi Clothing will certainly protect you from the elements. Made from 100% dry waxed cotton, it is waterproof and breathable and promises not to even tear on barbed wire. Perfect for farmers, farriers and vets. Available in sizes small to 6XL. www.kiwicountryclothing.ie, €195 - €215 depending on size.
John Hanly Tweed Cap
At some stage in their life, most men decide its time for their flat cap. And as it’s a statement piece that can last a lifetime, its worth the investment. This herringbone charcoal cap is woven in Tipperary and made from 100% woolen fabric. www.johnhanly.com, €59.99
Weber Pizza Stone
For the ultimate BBQ-er, take outdoor dining to another level with the Weber pizza stone. When the heat is on high, dust it with a little flour and within minutes, you’ll have the crispiest pizza that will give any takeaway a run for its money. Weber retailers, €62.99.
Bog Oak Watches
Crann is an Irish sustainable fashion brand and this Christmas, it has launched a range of Irish 3,000-year-old Bog Oak Watches – even the protection glasses is made from recycled materials. They are keen to show people that new fashion pieces don’t have to be made from new materials and what is in nature is beautiful. www.crann.com €209.