• Paul O'Connor

Put a Bow on it - A guide to Christmas gifts

The shops are back open, online shopping is as busy as before. We have come up with a selection box of surprises as a gift to a loved one or yourself.

The Hamper:

For absolute luxury, Ashford Castle has a huge selection of hampers and gifts to suit all budgets. The hampers are filled with quality Irish treats and a generous selection of wines. Don’t forget to add in their Christmas crackers to add to your Christmas merriment. Delivery nationwide.

See: https://ashfordcastle.com/

The Blooms:

Delivered nationwide to your door or anyone’s door. Miss Daisy Florist has a wide selection of bouquets to choose from or give them a call if you want something extra special.

See: https://www.missdaisyflorist.com/ Ph: 1832 9092

The Spice:

Spice up your life or that of someone who enjoys cooking with a selection of spices, homemade chutneys and spicy nibbles from Cinnamon Garden in Ashbourne.

Gift vouchers also available www.cinnamongarden.ie Ph: 01 835 2777

The Photo:

Paul Sherwood is a highly accoladed and respected photographer. He can catch that special festive season moment, family portraits and individual photos for pleasure or business. I could not recommend him highly enough.

See: sherwood.ie

The Guide:

Travel might be coming back into our dreams so with that in mind it’s time to think about where. If you like to travel in great style The Gallivanters Guide is the leading high-end travel guide in the world. They say it as it is and their advice can save you time wasting your well-earned money on hotels that are not up to par. Posted monthly, these high-quality guides will put you right. You can subscribe to the guide for yourself or someone who needs to be in the know.

See: gallivantersguide.com

The techie:

Computers 4 u have a great choice of tech gadgets to suit every budget. Great personal service so that you’re not blinded by science.

See: computers4u.ie Ph: 096 75590

The Jewellery:

Sue Bowden has been making jewellery in her County Kilkenny studio for decades. Using silver, gold and semi-precious stones with unique Irish styles to suit all budgets and tastes.

See : etsy.me/2H11ViQ

The Dinner:

Fancy taking a break this year from all of the festive cooking? Let The Terrace at The Conrad Hotel do the work for you. Everything from snacks to 3-course dinners. Lots to choose from.

See: www.theterracekitchen.ie

The Outdoors:

The fabulous Wildlands in Galway offers the opportunity to enjoy the adventure of a 20-acre woodland packed with zip lines and all sorts of fun outdoors for all the family. There’s also the Olive Tree restaurant for a break.

See: Wildlands.ie

The Voucher:

Treat yourself or someone special to a voucher from one of Dublin’s finest restaurants. One Pico is a stone’s throw from Grafton street where you can enjoy modern French/Irish cooking in great style.

See: onepico.com

*Don’t forget to enter our competition to win a 50 euro voucher for One Pico*

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