Give the gift of yummy locally sourced food this festive season. From indulgent baskets with everything you need for a cosy night in to Irish hampers to remind loved ones overseas you’re thinking of them, we have wrapped up our top five picks for supporting local foodie businesses this Christmas.
Abbert is a boutique lifestyle and grocery store, stocked full of fresh organic produce, tasty treats, local art, handy homewares and more. If you’re looking for gorgeous Irish gift ideas, look no further. Abbert, it is a treasure trove full of Irish artisan produce from food and drink to blankets, candles, pottery, jewellery, socks, skincare and much more. Abbert has a brilliant range of hampers and can create bespoke versions featuring their own sweet and savoury goods as well as Irish artisan food and drink products candles, pottery, socks and skincare, which can be delivered nationwide. Their special ‘Night Before Christmas’ hamper contains a mix of Irish cheeses & cured meats, Irish smoked salmon, raw honey, chutney, crackers & sweet treats ideal for a night in front of the fire.
Varden House, High Street, Tuam, 093 27739, gatherrestaurant.ie
McCambridge’s have been producing hampers for their customers for nearly 30 years. Hand selected by Norma McCambridge they offer the finest of wines and speciality grocery from Ireland and abroad. They support many local food producers including Builín Blasta, Gran Grans Foods, Achill Island Sea Salt and The Lodge Mustard to mention but a few. Hampers are beautifully presented in wicker baskets for local delivery or gift boxes for those going nationwide. Collection is also available from their warehouse on the east side of the city. There is an increased demand expected this year so ordering early is recommended!
Shop St, Galway, 091-562259, mccambridges.com
Gran Gran’s Foods
The tradition of opening an advent calendar will be made all the more tasty this year with Gran Gran’s Foods Condiment Countdown Calendar. Each day leading up to December 25th, a little door will reveal a miniature serving , giving you something to enjoy before the main holiday event. The Gran Gran’s Advent Calendar box is packaged in an artisan style box, making it ideal for both foodie lovers and suitable as a gift for all ages. To get your hands on these 24 tiny jars in advent calendar form pop into The Gran Gran’s Food Pantry , located in Kilcolgan, Galway or purchase online.
Main Street, Killeely More, Kilcolgan, 087 263 1474, grangransfoods.ie
The Irish Whiskey Stone Company
The Irish Whiskey Stone Company has a lovely selection of Whiskey Stones, which are little cubes of marble that you pop in the freezer for a couple of hours and then use instead of ice. The stones can be reused time and time again, just wash and freeze again in their box. The main benefit of using whiskey stones is that they will not increase the dilution of your drink as they do not melt, preserving the original flavour notes. They have a beautiful selection of boxes with different from Irish Place name lids and can also personalise the lids to make your gift extra special. These place name boxes of Whiskey Stones are the perfect gift to send to anyone who is missing home.
Kinvarra, Co. Galway, 087 670 0448, irishwhiskeystonecompany.ie
The Paddy Box
Let family and friends overseas know that you are thinking of them by sending them over a piece of Ireland. Cue The Paddy Box, the Irish made boxes that are packed full of quintessential staples including a Cadbury Selection Box, Christmas Buttons tube, Ballymaloe relish, Tayto six pack, chocolate coins and so much more. It is the perfect gift for anyone needing that taste of home.