With Valentine’s Day approaching, you might be thinking of getting some gifts and mementos for the loved ones in your life. GALWAYnow has compiled a selection of some of our favourite brands and places to find the perfect keepsake for everyone from partners to platonic soul-mates in any season, because telling someone you love them is important all year round.
Limerick woman Orla Daly launched luxury alpaca wool sweater brand “Cayo” in 2021 to much acclaim. These premium sweaters, available in five colours stand out as they are 100% alpaca wool. A premium Alpaca wool jumper is a more sustainable alternative to other luxury yarns such as mohair, angora and cashmere as it is more sustainable to rare alpacas and manufacture their yarn. Cayo jumpers are developed in Italy with the highest quality craftsmanship and materials, and everyone involved in the production of a Cayo jumper is paid a fair wage. All the labels, tags and packaging used by Cayo are recyclable and biodegradable.
With bright red and dusty pink thermal bottles to suit the mood, or reusable thermal coffee cups in striking palettes, there is no better time to show your love for planet Earth by investing in a chic and sustainable self-gift this Valentine’s Day or indeed share the love and pass it on. This February 14th, Mother Reusables want you to put planet Earth first. Mother Reusables are investment pieces, designed and made to be long lasting and made with 100% biodegradable materials. Get on board the sustainable love train and pass on the love for Mother Earth with one of these sleek, fashionable items that are bound to start a conversation. For every product sold, Mother Reusables plants a tree, backed by the Eden Reforestation Project.
The Burren Perfumery
The Burren Perfumery in Co. Clare, run by Sadie Chowen and her husband Ralph, makes perfumes and cosmetics inspired by the beautiful landscape of the Burren that surrounds them. You could treat your loved one to a gorgeous scent from their collection or, take a trip out and wander their organic herb garden to see the herbs that inspire their products, relax in the rose covered tea rooms, and pick out your favourite products together.
Why not order a gorgeous bouquet from local store Yes Flowers? One of the West’s finest floral establishments, Yes Flowers creates the most beautiful bouquets to suit multiple budgets and styles. Or, you could buy one of their gorgeous potted plants, a lovely gift that continues to bloom!
Since 1879 family owned Fallers have been offering gorgeous jewelry in Galway. Fallers are also makers of the Claddagh ring and offer a wide range of carefully crafted and selected pieces which will last a lifetime. As well as having an impressive Valentine’s range, they have a gorgeous Galentine’s Day section on their website meaning you can also celebrate your friends on this special day too.. Browse the collection here: https://www.fallers.ie/galentines-day-gifts/
Gráinne Mullins founded Grá Chocolates in her hometown of Kilchreest in 2020. With each chocolate delicately hand-painted, intricately beautiful and made in Galway, these are sure to bring magic to any gifting experience.
Bean and Goose
Bean and Goose exist to create better-tasting chocolate, to be a better-produced chocolate brand. On their journey they have curated delicious, interesting and enjoyable flavours with sustainable raw ingredients and beautiful Irish products. There are here to make joyful and thoughtful things happen with chocolate and would be a wonderful gift for someone you adore. Browse their Valentines collection here: https://beanandgoose.ie/collections/valentines-gifts
Hartmanns of Galway
Through four generations, A. Hartmann & Son Ltd has provided the highest quality of service to the people of Galway and the surrounding area. With the finest selection of Jewelry available, there is sure to be something personal and beautiful that you can gift with confidence. https://hartmanns.ie
Two Wild Geese
Two Wild Geese is the perfect spot in town to find a considerate and charming gift. Offering a wide range of products from Galway and around the country, you’ll find everything from hand-made pottery to stunning works from local artists. Pop in and have a browse.
Gran Grans Foods @grangransfoods
Gran Grans Foods is a family run business dedicated to the production of traditional and creative condiments using their very own vegetables and products. Love is even in the name, with a nod to Grandmothers and the love they offer. For Valentine’s weekend, why not treat someone you love to one of their incredible hampers? With fillings to suit everyone, you can build your own loving collection of delightful home-made and artisan products. When words are simply inadequate, you can offer something else – food symbolic of love.