2020 is the year of the online shop.
While most brick-and-mortar stores have been shut during the lockdown, we’ve been busy uncovering all manner of gems available via the websites of some of the coolest creatives and makers in the country.
When it comes to wearable gifts, there’s a ton of fun options to choose from, including a number of new brands based right here in Cork.
Here’s a selection of eight lovely things your lucky giftee will be wearing for years to come:
1. For brothers and uncles
Sweater €35.89, doonduhvail.com
Doon Duh Vail sells really good quality tees and sweatshirts, all hand-embroidered with amusing messages such as ‘I’m trying my f*cking best’ and ‘Shove it up your arse, Margaret’. This one is inspired by the iconic James Kavanagh who continues to show us the importance of putting the Gae In Gaeilge.
2. For your most glam sister-in-law…
Aurora Hoop Earrings: €27, Love From Twyla
What started out as a lockdown hobby for Cork mum and daughter duo Megan and Rita Burns has now grown into an exciting online business. Love From Twyla is a collection of beautiful handmade jewellery made using hand-poured resin, delicate flecks of gold leaf and genuine Swarovski Crystals.
With prices starting at €21, each piece is made to order and presented in a bespoke gift box with free shipping in Ireland.
3. For the modern Gaeilgeoir
‘An Bhitseach Sin’ bag: €15 from Beanantees.com
An ode to the goddess that is Lizzo, this little bag is your daily reminder that you are 100% ‘An Bhitseach Sin’ (‘that bitch’). Ideal as a makeup bag, travel bag or pencil case. Fact: Jonathan Van Ness owns one.
4. For your globetrotting bestie
Cork Organic Cotton Slogan Sweater: €80, Begley and Bowie
All of Begley and Bowie’s colourful and sustainable slogan sweaters feature fun hand-drawn illustrations. There’s a cute ‘Kinsale’ version too.
5. For your mate’s new baby
Ruby Baby Shoes: €46, Kinsaleleather.com
Kinsale Leather’s adorable Ruby pre-walker shoes are made from soft suede and lined in organic cotton for ages 0 – 12 months. They describe them as being like “little soft, warm clouds for your precious baby’s feet”.
They’re available in Caramel, Birch Green, Rose and Pebble.
6. For mums, aunties and nans
Good Day Sunshine Collar: €58, Alice Halliday
Alice Halliday’s statement ‘neckler’ – collar necklaces are lovingly and ethically handmade from vintage style gingham and floral print. They fasten at the back with a hinged hook so you can instantly jazz up a plain shirt or dress.
7. A gift from you to you
Crossbody Camera Bag: €225, NickiHoyne.com
Nicki Hoyne’s beautiful bags are designed in Ireland and hand made in Spain using the finest Italian and Spanish leather. The Blue Polka Dot Camera Bag is made of 100% butter-soft leather in cobalt blue with a front panel of blue polka-dot pony hair.
8. For nieces and nephews…
Tragic Future baseball cap: €20, Tragic Future
Tragic Future is a Cork-based urban clothing brand set up by three buddies, Paul, Matt and Pa. You’ll find them at the Marina Market throughout Christmas, but you can order their sweatpants, hoodies and gifts sets online too.