Is it craft? Is it a design? Who cares, if it’s a bit fancy-pants I’ll take it. Even better if it’s Irish-made, so I can assuage my yuletide guilt a little by knowing I’ve contributed towards keeping someone in a job and not sent my cash all the way to China (no offence, China). Presenting six of the best Oirish gifts for the ho-ho-holidays.
Moth To A Flame’s pebble candles are really well done – dead ringers for the real thing if you ask me – apart from that wick of course. They’re handmade in Wexford and start at just €6.99 for the icklest one. Giveirishcraft.com.
Fergus O’Neill of Grand Grand is the man who brought us the ‘Keep Going Sure It’s Grand’ poster and the amazing Geebag range of necklaces and mugs and keeps churning out the witticisms through the powerful medium of homewares and accessories. One of his latest gags is the Good Girl Yourself tea towel, €11 (top). Grandgrand.ie.
Cushendale Woollen Mills is a family run business that mines the tradition of Irish knitted textiles, but with a modern eye. There’s nothing stuffy or diddly-aye about these fellas. The bright, ubersoft lambswool cushions are €35 each (throws are €95). Giveirishcraft.com
Ah here. This one’s for the birds and so cute. Slate roof, nice milky whitewashed walls (in ice cream colours) and muchly affordable. He makes them on an island, you know. Bird houses by Woodbofin, from €25, Woodbofin.ie.
Norn-iron based Adam Frew has a really fresh way with the potter’s wheel. His Square bowls are a really decent gift, at €90, and have a crisp Nordic feel that shouldn’t date. Buy at giveirishcraft.com.
I’m crazy about Jennifer Slattery’s stuff and a proud owner of a set of her linen screen-printed napkins. Each piece is perfection, utterly pretty and insane quality. The Silver Service napkins are €88, the table runner is €86. Jenniferslatterytextiles.com.