‘Tis the season to explore some of the best the west has to offer with our ultimate festive guide. From dining out, staff parties, and sommelier level wine knowledge to show stopping hampers, party ready outfits, and gifting for all budgets, we’ve compiled our top recommendations, which will remove the hassle from this busy time of the year and instead allow you to put your feet up and enjoy the holidays with your loved ones.
Woolow – The Gift of Sleep
Give a present which can be used straight away and will benefit the person for years to come. Give the Gift of Sleep with a Woolow. Created by Michael Burke, an organic sheep farmer from Dunmore, Galway, this sustainable wool pillow has just two ingredients, wool and cotton. Wool is clinically proven to prevent germs and allergens, making it a must-have for those with hay fever or dust allergies. Its breathability and temperature control means it keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer. It is also naturally supportive. Woolow.com.
This family-run business is based in Connemara, and creates carefully constructed, high quality fused glass products by hand. The team loves the feeling of visitors taking joy in the intricate products they have crafted in the workshop, which is visible from and situated right behind the shop. You can browse their Christmas Shop and full range online from every corner of the world, or take a trip out to Market Square, Clifden, and see ‘The Pink House’ and all the festive gifts and decorations it has to offer for yourself. The Pink House, Market Square, Clifden. 095 30782 connemarablue.com
Ohh! By Gum
Connemara is a natural beauty, so it makes sense that Ohh! By Gum offers you a choice of products that respect both the environment and the people who live there. Ohh! By Gum offers one of the largest ranges of sustainable clothing, gifts and homewares in Ireland. They cater to the entire family and take great satisfaction in offering excellent customer service both in-person and online. This festive period, whether you’re searching for a treat for yourself or something unique for a loved one, they have the ideal present for you. 0858000377 Ohhbygum.ie
Gourmet Gifts From Gourmet Food Parlour
A gifting experience like no other, shop our festive gift sets and find the perfect present for that special someone this Christmas. We are proudly supplying Irish artisan brands at the click of a button. With ready-made gift sets and bespoke build your own gift boxes available, there truly is something for every budget and occasion. Visit www.gourmetgifts.ieand discover the magic we have to offer.
Nowhere celebrates the festive season quite like Ballynahinch Castle. Their luxurious rooms offer superior comfort and throughout the castle you will be reminded of the magic of the season with their festive touches, elegant decorations and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy their decadent food and drinks selection, and put your feet up by their majestic and inviting cosy fireplace. Ballynahinch Castle is the perfect spot for you and your loved ones to celebrate this holiday season, and it also makes an excellent gifting opportunity for someone special.
If you’re looking for a very special gift this Christmas, then look no further than Hartmanns in the heart of Galway City. Hartmanns are exclusive agents in the west of Ireland for Faberge. Dating back to the 1800’s, gift-giving has been a long-cherished tradition at Fabergé. Choose from a selection of exquisite emerald, ruby, sapphire and diamond jewellery gifts, set in 18 karat gold, platinum or silver. And of course, Faberge’s most famous gift, the egg pendant. Pictured is an 18ct Rose Gold Dark Blue Guilloche Enamel Polar Bear Surprise Egg Pendant on Trace Link Chain. €14,395. Visit us at 29 William St, Galway. 091 562063 hartmanns.ie