Got yourself into a pressie panic?
Whether you’re shopping for your chicest friend or the one who’s always ahead of the curve, choosing locally-made gifts isn’t just a trend; it’s a conscious decision to support Irish entrepreneurs.
In fact, with countless gift-giving occasions happening throughout the year, from birthdays and Christmas to baby showers and
Here are three fun guaranteed crowd-pleasers:
Dust + Rock
Always feel like you need an extra pair of hands? Irish brand Dust + Rock specialise in smart travel accessories that are actually useful.
Founded in 2020 by commercial pilot and mum of three Susan Furness-Radley, who left a career in the skies to design products that make life easier for people everywhere, Dust + Rock’s first launch was the award-winning Wrist Pocket, a genius little invention that makes an excellent gift for everyone from your childminder to your Nan.
The two-pocket purse slips onto your wrist allowing you access to all your important things (phone, keys, money) while leaving you hands-free.
Fans rave about its handiness while walking with a buggy or dog, hiking, or nipping out for a yoga class. They come in loads of gorgeous colourways and prints too.
Dust + Rock is now stocked in Brown Thomas Cork and you can shop the Wrist Pockets from €30 online here.
Waterford-based Deirdre Adams, the founder of Irish company JimJams.ie, makes beautiful and luxurious pyjamas that support a social empowerment programme for vulnerable women run by her Indian-based manufacturing partners.
JimJams is committed to maintaining a transparent ethical and sustainable supply chain: “The pyjamas are of Irish design, using the highest quality GOTS-certified organic cotton and beautifully finished with French seams throughout.” Deirdre told us.
“Our motto is “Luxurious comfort for you, education, employment, and hope for vulnerable women in India.”
“This social empowerment programme in Dehli provides training and employment opportunities for vulnerable women who would otherwise remain trapped in abject poverty. They also develop artisan community partnerships which expand the reach of the social impact to rural communities.”
The best-selling Guillamene print, available online, is inspired by the beauty and magic of the sea. Deirdre is a daily sea swimmer and this print is named after a favourite swimming spot in Tramore.
Check out jimjams.ie for the full range of exclusive prints, available in sizes 8 to 18 and priced at €120 a pair.
Irish-owned and run brand Incredible Socks is redefining the hum-drum world of socks with an innovative approach to design, sustainability, and social responsibility. Incredible Socks are made using sustainable bamboo materials. The designs are fun, bold, and colourful, and the business offsets every ounce of carbon it puts into the environment. Plus each sale they make allows Incredible Socks to give back to their charity partners Bombay Teen Challenge, Jigsaw, and Focus Ireland.
“I started the business as every Christmas, Birthday, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day my family all gave each other socks,” said Marc, who set up Incredible Socks while living in LA in February 2020 with just 17 designs.
“I thought why not my socks so I got to designing socks that I loved. My dad and nephew (he’s 6) are my biggest fans. My dad exclusively wears Incredible Socks now and my nephew wears mix-matched Incredible Socks every day!”
Today Marc is home in Ireland and has a strong focus on growing the business on home soil. They have 24 adult styles, 10 for kids and eight for babies (0-12 months).
Shop the range from €9.95 here.