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Stuck for gift ideas you can find in Cork City?
With the office party on Friday and cocktails with the neighbours on Saturday, the last thing you want to do is spend the rest of your weekend on a wild goose chase for Christmas presents.
Luckily, we’ve done a bit of reconnaissance for you. Whether you’re on the lookout for a gift for Granny or a treat for your niece, we’ve gathered a few of the best items for all the family.
The best bit? They won’t put a giant dent in your bank balance – every one of our picks comes in at less than €50.
Keep your fingers crossed someone gives you some of these in return…
1. FOR WANNABE WINE CONNOISSEURS
If you’re not confident choosing a fantastic bottle of wine for your giftee, it’s time to enlist some expert help.
The Christmas angels at The Wine Buff on Oliver Plunkett Street have arranged the best bottles into these handsome gift packs – all you have to do is drop in and pick one up. From €30 for two bottles.
2. FOR GLAMOROUS GRANNIES
This chic tartan bag is roomy enough to hold all her necessities as well as a bag of sweets for the grandkids.
Find it at Accessorize on St Patrick Street, €45.90.
3. FOR THE NEW HOMEOWNER
Nothing says ‘welcome home’ like the heady fragrance of a fabulous scented candle.
Gift Cloon Keen’s beautiful ‘Minted’ candle to your shacked-up mates – the scent was created to evoke the heat of the Middle East and the crisp taste of refreshing mint lemonade, so it’s a lovely fresh choice for the New Year. €40, Cloon Keen Atelier, Brown Thomas.
4. FOR THE BEST BOY (OR GIRL)
Everyone deserves a fancy new sweater at Christmas. Treat your canine companion to this smart Spot & Mogg Christmas Pudding Jumper (€14) from Debenhams.
Throw in a box of dog-safe mince pies from Santa.
5. FOR THE PROSECCO PRINCESS
There’s always one hostess with the mostest with a bottle of bubbles for every occasion. Treat her to these modern prosecco glasses from Riedel: The Wine Glass Company.
The tulip-shaped glass allows the aromas to develop and gives a softer taste to your drink. €39.99 from HomeSense, Grand Parade, Cork.
6. FOR THE GUY WHO THINKS HE’S JAMES BOND
Okay, so an Aston Martin is out of the question, but these faux leather driving gloves will make sure he looks the part.
Plus they’re touch-screen sensitive so he won’t have to take them off to text Miss Moneypenny. Driving Gloves, €30, River Island, Opera Lane.
7. FOR BROW-PROUD BEAUTY BUFFS
Expertly-tended eyebrows are key to a polished look. Give the beauty fan in your life a brow buff-up on you in the New Year.
At iBrow on Oliver Plunkett Street you can buy gift vouchers for tints, waxes, shaping and correction – spend as much or as little as you like.
8. FOR FASHION FANS OF EVERY VINTAGE
From trilbys and bowlers from the 1950s to hats and fascinators from the ’20s, The Retro Workshop, No. 8 Washington Street, Cork has the perfect piece of headwear for the leading lady or dapper gent in your life.
Their carefully curated collection includes choices for everyone, from fashion-forward teens right up to great grannies and grandads.
9. FOR TWEEN NIECES AND NEPHEWS
Kids live for sleepovers. Make their next slumber party even more fun by gifting them a cosy velvet Bella Lux Sleeping Bag for Christmas.
This super plush version is €40, upstairs at HomeSense, Grand Parade Cork.
10. FOR SWEET-TOOTHED SOMEBODIES
Know someone who can’t physically pass a crepe stall without loading up on gooey, chocolatey goodness? For €30, you could buy them this clever Crepe Maker at Debenhams.
With one simple dial switch, a bamboo spatula and T-tool, instruction manual and crepe batter recipe book, this is guaranteed to be a gift that will keep on giving.