No idea what to buy your Secret Santa?
By far one of the most awkward Christmas traditions of recent years, the office or family ‘Kris Kringle’ is a new shopping hurdle to complete during the countdown.
Not only are you likely to draw the name of a person you know the least about, but there’s usually a price limit in place too, making the ordeal even trickier.
But fear not; we’ve taken to the shops to find the 12 fun ideas to suit everyone from Mary in Accounts to your Irish-speaking niece, with every item on our Santa list available in Cork for under €20.
1. For merrymakers and revellers
Nothing blasts away a festive hangover like a stiff Bloody Mary. Treat someone to a pre-made Kimchi Bloody Mary Mix from My Goodness and the remedy will be sitting in their fridge, awaiting the addition of vodka, for just the occasion.
Kimchi Bloody Mary Mix: €15, My Goodness, English Market Cork and mygoodnessfood.com.
2. For students and writers
For a doodler or a scribbler, there are few things more satisfying than a fresh page in a crisp notebook. Made in Cork, this Badly Made Books A5 Notebook is €18.99 from Unbound, Bridge Street, Cork City.
3. For the wistful ex-clubber
Presented to the right person, this small, unframed print of Sir Henrys created by CorkIDoodleDo will bring back a world of memories. €20, Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street and Nanonagleplacedesignshop.com
4. For the quirky colleague
Wear your greatest joys with pride; Pint and Crisps Enamel Pin: €14 from marthahegarty.com
5. For a new parent
A cushiony pillow for your peepers, once you find the right eye mask you’ll wonder how you ever survived without one.
Kitsch Pillow Eye Mask: €14.69, Cult Beauty
6. For health nuts and salad addicts
Keep salad greens fresh and crisp in your fridge with this clever Lettuce Bag. Each one holds two heads of lettuce, and keeps air and moisture out. €5.50 from Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street and Nanonagleplacedesignshop.com
7. For any human with muscles and a skeleton
Do you know you don’t even need to be a Gym Person to enjoy a foam roller? Just hit the living room floor and massage stiff muscles to your heart’s content.
UFE Foam Massage Roller: €14.95 from mcsport.ie
8. For the fidgeter
The Snake Block is a classic toy reinvented in wood and elastic. Twist and turn its colourful blocks to create endless forms, serpentine shapes and geometric patterns. €15.50, Brown Thomas.
9. For the Gaeilgóir
Delight the Irish speaker in your clan with a Helen James Considered ‘Is Maith Liom Santa’ cushion, €10 from Dunnes Stores.
10. For the gardener
The Forscheln family in Wuppertal in Germany have run a landscaping business since the 1950s. Dissatisfied with the quality of the garden tools available, they began to design their own.
This trowel is made of rustproof stainless steel, with a rubber tree handle and a leather loop for hanging. €17, Snout, Ballincollig
11. For the coffee addict
Stainless steel with a brass finish, this stylish Brass Coffee Clip is designed to re-seal coffee grounds for freshness.
12. For bookish folk
With notes of plum, peony, patchouli and leather, let your mind wander and see where this scent takes you – like a good book. This Makes Scents ‘Library’ Candle is €11.50 from The Glucksman shop, UCC, and glucksmanshop.com