So instead of That’s A Wrap this week I’m wrapping up some gifts ideas, see what I did there. It is never easy to select gifts for your best friend, girlfriend or sister so here are some ideas…Whatever you do don’t end up stressed and sweaty on Grafton Street on Christmas Eve with a broken Credit Card, a stained shopping list and an umbrella in hand to bash any over-zealous shoppers that get in the way. That’s me. I’m a disaster.
Mulberry or North Face Luggage from Brown Thomas or The Great Outdoors
Tis the season for giving, particularly to those who receive so little, there are so many wonderful and deserving charities in Ireland and overseas – you can pledge anything from 20 squids to a very generous 200 yo yos – LauraLynn, Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dogs Trust, DSPCA, Simon, Make A Wish, Age Action, Aware, Apt, The Marie Keating Foundation, Walk In My Shoes, The Peter McVerry Trust, Harolds Cross Hospice, Amnesty International, UNICEF or The Capuchin Day Centre are just some of the wonderful charities in need of your dough this month and every month. Go on.
Glossybox, give the gift that keeps on giving – choose from a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription. Beauty Products wrapped up in a pink box and delivered to your door. Order an annual subscription of The Irish Arts magazine, a Vogue subscription or the Sunday Papers. A real treat.
A Trampoline from Smyths Toy Store for the child in all of us and for fitness purposes
Marks and Spencer Nightwear
Kitchenware or Homeware from Stock, Folkster or TK Maxx
A ring from the Irish designer Chupi – head to The Powerscourt Townhouse
A Makeup bag from Debenhams, Bean Bag from the Buddabag on The Nangor Road and a watch from Urban Outfitters
Buy someone you love a beautiful piece of furniture from Paul Moore
Book a makeup lesson with a pro – go to Charlotte Conliffe or our very own Corina Grant or download the Raven App designed by Trudy Hayes and get booking beauty treats. The Brow Artist is a lovely place to get your brows threaded, tinted and shaped. Or grab a blowdry voucher for 20 squids or more in any decent salon. I love Zeba.
For something different book dance lessons at Monica Loughman Elite Ballet with Liane McNelis or an acting lesson at The Gaiety School Of Acting
Give colour a go with a Silk Scarf from Siobhan Cox Carlos Silks, Siobhan has a stall at the Craft Fair in the RDS this weekend
Invest in a Strand Lamp from Clancy Moore Design
Techtastic times with a Sony Boom Box from Harvey Norman, a Nespresso Coffee Machine from Brown Thomas, or a Karaoke Machine from Littlewoods Ireland
Make like a 70s party hostess and get a drinks trolley, a Foxford rug, chess board, Nutri-Bullet or a wine rack
Indulge in wine from the Wine Cellar on Chatham Street or Donnybrook Fair or grab a tasty box of Butlers Chocolates. A Sheridan’s cheese board also makes a lovely gift
A membership is a great idea, the Shelbourne Spa is the biggest indulgence of all, or FlyeFit or Energie Fitness at the more affordable end of the gym scale or for culture vultures buy a Lighthouse Cinema or IFI annual membership. Nobody could refuse a Blue Book voucher or the old reliable Brown Thomas or Dundrum gift card
A pair of beautiful earrings from Little Fish Design in Blackrock or a sexy Alexis Bittar piece from Loulerie on Chatham Street
Nimble Fingers in Stillorgan do a selection of great bits for children like this rocking chair. Or a big box of crayons and craft set from Mothercare goes down a treat
Choose a smart pair of tights from Wolford or underwear from La Perla or Marks and Spencer
A food hamper from Harvey Nichols, Fallon and Byrne or Supervalu is bound to go down well
Save the cents for a Charlotte Tilbury makeup set
A bottle of Tom Ford, YSL or Stella McCartney perfume always makes scents!
My mother, Birgitta Horan, is selling the most beautiful prints at the Printmakers Gallery on Drury Street. For a truly special gift
A book is always a fantastic idea, my pick of some of the best reads around
Always a nice present – A Chanel or L’Occitane bath oil. A Brooke and Shoals candle from Little Fish Designs in Blackrock or a Diptyque candle from Brown Thomas
Bed linen from Dunnes Stores or Zara Home
A Drink flask from Weirs,Urban Outfitters or any shop that sells antiques is always welcome
Get a piece of jewellery engraved. A surprise to beat all surprises
A Passport, Ipad or Iphone cover
A Taschen coffee table or bath book from most book shops, support your local bookshop
A leather bag from Zara or a pair of runners from Zara, Nike Air Max and Converse
We all lose or break our earphones at the most inopportune times. Be a mate
Marks And Spencer Cashmere jumper, Cos Green Jumper, a piece from Lennon Courtney in Dunnes Stores or a Calvin Klein comfy.
Treat the skin with a Dermalogica gift set
Slippers from Ugg at Brown Thomas or Fitzpatrick’s
Good Essential Oils in all good pharmacies or Space NK on Grafton Street
A Kindle from Argos, Harvey Norman or any tech shop
Fly someone to the moon with an Aer Lingus Voucher
Pick up something special in The Design House, Dawson Street
A Topshop beanie is always a good idea
Dress it up from Urban Outfitters, Reiss, Sandro or French Connection
Glasses, champagne flutes or red wine glasses from the Kilkenny Shop come in handy
OR a tin of Roses, a scratch card, fill someones car up with petrol, a car torch, a new battery for a phone or a shellac appointment – how could anyone resist…..
And if you have time get your ass to the RDS for the National Crafts and Design Fair which finishes at 7pm on Sunday for an original gift and a bit of festive cheer.