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9 Magical Christmas Decorations For Kids

Add an extra bit of magic to their Christmas this year!

Our top Christmas Decorations that the kids will love..

Christmas is a time for family but also a lot about the kids, especially the lead up to the big day.

As a parent, I know we are always trying to come up with fun and festive ideas to make the whole festive season more magical for the kids.

For this reason I’ve put together a list of our best kid friendly Christmas cheer decorations and gifts, that will add a bit more excitement to their Christmas this year.

9 fun and magical Christmas decorations for kids:

Kids Christmas decorations
Christmas Countdown Plaque, Christmas Fairy Door, Chocolate Reindeer Decoration
1. Christmas Countdown Board 

Kids love this board to countdown to Christmas and will add a bit of excitement to their mornings! With a piece of chalk they can keep track of how many days til the big man’s arrival.

2. Christmas Fairy Door

This really is a must for little fans of fairy magic. Yes the elf on the shelf arrives to many houses on 1st of December with lots of mischief, but a Christmas fairy door will be sure to add a sprinkle of magic to the Christmas season. My kids are fairy mad so when the Halloween fairy door appeared a few weeks ago, the excitement was unreal. This Christmas fairy door will be ‘appearing’ soon and I can’t wait to see their little faces!

3. Personalised Reindeer Chocolate Decoration

Because what little one doesn’t love chocolate and reindeers at Christmas! This reindeer decoration can be used year after year and is a cute little token gift for kids this Christmas.

Kids Christmas decorations
Nativity Scene, Personalised Santa and Rudolph Plates, Reindeer Food
4. Nativity Scene

This hand crocheted nativity set is a fun and unique way for the kids to enjoy and talk about the story of Jesus’ birth. It includes Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus in a manger and a lamb.

5. Personalised Christmas Eve Plate Sets

Make sure Santa and Rudolph know who has left out their midnight snacks with these hand painted personalised Christmas Eve Plate sets. The set includes two plates (1 for Santa and one for Rudolph) and a cup for Santa’s drink.

6. Reindeer Food

For a little bit of added magic and Christmas excitement, sprinkle this reindeer food on the grass on Christmas Eve to feed the reindeer.

Kids Christmas decorations
Personalised Reindeer, Late Late Toy Show Goodie Bag, Santa Nice-o-meter
7. Personalised Reindeer

Cute freestanding personalised Reindeer that the kids will love having displayed over the festive season. Whether it’s the whole family or just one, they are a perfect decoration that the kids will love.

8. Late Late Toy Show Goodie Bag

This Late Late Toy Show Goodie Bag is a Canvas bag personalised with name…ready to be filled with their favourite snacks for a festive evening of toy show fun.

9. Customisable Santa’s Nice-O-Meter

Santa knows whether you were naughty or nice this year, and now you can too – and move the needle with your holiday cheer with the fun and spirited tabletop Santa Meter with real working gears!

We’re sure that any of these Irish made Christmas decorations or gifts will add 100% more festive magic to the kids’ Christmas.

Happy Christmas!

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12 Fun Halloween Party Games For Kids

12 Fun Halloween Party Games For Kids

Spooky season fun for all the family!

Halloween is all about celebrating the spooky season and having fun with friends and family. Apart from all the usual Halloween festivities of dressing up, watching scary movies and pumpkin carving, you may want to host a little Halloween get together for the kids (or the adults!) this year.

No party is complete without some party games, so we’ve put together a list of 12 Halloween party games that the kids will enjoy. You may not want to play all of them so pick and choose depending on what age the kids are or what DIY materials you have.

Before everyone comes over make sure your house is in Halloween mode too with some unique Halloween decor and accessories to make the place feel even more spooktastic!

To end the night after all your fun and games, you can give out some sparklers and check out any fireworks going off in the area, from your back garden or windows!

Pumpkin Drop Race

This is a version of the well known egg and spoon race.

Replace the spoon with empty toilet rolls, and the egg with a small orange balloon. Let the competitors draw their pumpkin faces on their balloon to get their competitor face on. Let the race commence. Don’t forget if they drop their pumpkin they go back to the start, and no using hands or body parts to help hold it in place while racing!

Witch Hat Ring Toss

Easy to set-up ring toss game. Have a witch hats for cones. You can make these yourself using empty cereal boxes and decorating, or pick up a few cheap hats in the shop. Make your own rings using paper plates – cute the centre out and then let the kids decorate them.

So really this doubles up as some crafty colouring fun and then a game at the end of it!

Halloween games - witch hat ring toss
Halloween games - witch hat ring toss

Mummy Sack Race

Spook up the traditional sports day sack race for this game!  All you need is some white crepe paper and you are set. Wrap up everyone’s legs with white crepe paper and the one to the finish line with no rips in the paper wins.

Spider Races

The little ones will love this nice and easy, creepy-crawly game. All you need is a few small plastic spiders and some straws. Set up a a little track for the spiders to race and let the race begin.

If you have a tray this is handy to keep the spiders contained to the race track!

Halloween Games - Spider Races
Halloween Games - Spider Races

Pin the Spider on the Web

So many variations of this game, but a nice easy and fun game to keep them entertained for few minutes. Make it yourself or pick one up in the shop, it’s easy to set up and one that won’t need explaining.

Pumpkin Patch Stomp

Stock up on some orange balloons and small sweets and treats. Before blowing up the balloons put some of the treats into each balloon. Once all blown up let the kids go wile stomping around the ‘pumpkin patch’ to burst the balloons and get their treats!

Donuts on a string

All you need is sting and some yummy Halloween themed donuts! Kids can’t use their hands and must try to take bites of their donut using only their mouth. Tie the donuts down low to make it more challenging and funny for them to reach!

Halloween Games - Donuts
Halloween Games - Donuts

Worm Dig

This is a fun one! Prepare a big bowl of cooked spaghetti, blindfold the kids and tell them they have to put their hands into the bowl of slimy worms and dig down to find the treats hidden amongst the ‘worms’.

It’s funny to see their reactions and how terrified some of them are at the thoughts of touching the ‘worms’!

Ghost and Pumpkin Bowling

A few ways to play this so choose whatever is easier for you.

Sacrifice a few toilet paper rolls to draw ghost faces on and use as your bowling pins. Get an orange as a substitute pumpkin and you have yourself a perfect game of spooky bowling.

Another way to play is use white paper cups, stack them all up in a pyramid shape and use a small mandarin as your ball. See how many you can knock down in one throw!

Halloween Games - Ghost and Pumpkin Bowling
Halloween Games - Ghost and Pumpkin Bowling

Eyeball Hunt

A bit of outdoor fun if the weather permits! Stock up on eyeball sweets or fake eyeballs and hide them all around the garden. Unleash the kids to let them find as many eyeballs as they can!

Pumpkin Carving / Decorating

We’ve got to include this as it wouldn’t be Halloween without some pumpkin carving!

Understandably this might not be easy to do with a load of littles ones asking you to do all the carving, so a nice little easy alternative is to give them all a mandarin (or two!) and some markers, and let them design their own mini pumpkin that they can take home with them.

Halloween Games - Pumpkin Carving
Halloween Games - Pumpkin Carving

Halloween Pinata

Always a crowd pleaser. If you can pick up a Halloween pinata to fill full of treats then you have the perfect game to finish off your party. Let them race for the sweets once it bursts and send them home with a bag full of sugar – their parents will be delighted!!

Happy Halloween, have a fab-BOO-lous party!
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Stradbally Craft Village

Craft Village at the National Steam Rally, Stradbally, 2022

NEW Irish Craft Village this August Bank Holiday Weekend

The Stradbally Steam Rally 2022 is a fun, family orientated weekend, which caters for everyone, young and old.

It takes place on Sunday and Monday of the August bank holiday weekend, as it has done for the past 56 years.

Here’s all you need to know about this perfect family day out this August bank holiday…

When is it?
  • Sunday 31st July – 10am – 6.00pm
  • Monday 1st August – 10am – 6.00pm
Where is it?

Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co. Laois (the home of Electric Picnic)

What’s happening at it?

After a two year break, this year it’s full steam ahead for a great weekend!

With a huge lineup of activities and entertainment, it is guaranteed to be a great day out for all the family!

The two days will feature:

  • Pet farm
  • Dog show
  • Amusements
  • Children’s activities
  • Irish Craft Village
  • Steam engine display
  • Vintage car display
  • Tractor display
  • Food tent
  • Bar with live entertainment

On Sunday Declan Nerney will be performing live!

Stradbally Steam Rally Craft fair
Irish Craft Village

This is the first year that a craft village will be hosted at the Stradbally Steam Rally, and MarketStreet.ie are thrilled to have been part of the organisation of it.

The craft village will host a wonderful selection of Irish made crafts and artwork for you to discover, with crafters coming from all across the country to showcase their their unique handcrafted products.

Some of our amazing MarketStreet.ie makers attending too so make sure to check them out if you’re there!

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What To Do When Your Best Friend Gets Engaged

Your best friend just got engaged..Now what?

Our top tips to celebrate their exciting news!

It’s such an exciting time when your bestie gets engaged. She’s been dreaming about this day for a long time, and now it’s here she can’t wait to tell everyone.

To help her celebrate we’ve put together some suggestions to make her feel really special and mark the occasion!

best friend's engagement

5 ways to celebrate your best friend’s engagement:

  1. Decorate her front door before she gets home.
    More than likely you’ll hear the news straight after the proposal, so it gives you time to scream down the phone with excitement with her, and then fly out and decorate her front door before she gets home! An engagement banner and or engagement balloon on her front door when she returns will add to the excitement of her big news.
  2. Gift her a personalised engagement gift to remember this special moment.
    Organise a really special engagement gift that she will absolutely love. A personalised engagement gift is uber thoughtful and one that will definitely be appreciated.
  3. Bring her out for afternoon tea or drinks with the girls to hear all about the proposal.
    She will be dying to see all the girls and show off that sparkler on her finger, when it’s the real deal or a promise ring. And let’s face it you’ll all be dying to hear the proposal details and see that shiny ring too!
  4. Organise a surprise engagement party / get together for the newly engaged couple.
    It’s always nice to have a reason for a party or get together. Doesn’t have to be anything major, but a get together with all the couples friends to share a celebratory toast will be a great way to get them started on their journey to their big day.
  5. Send her a card and some bridal magazines.
    She has said yes to the ring so now it’s time to get planning. Pop her an engagement card in the post (always exciting to get something other than a bill in the post!) with a special message, and maybe even send some bridal magazines to get the inspiration juices flowing.

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Father's Day gift guide

The Best Father’s Day Gifts For The Best Dad

Unique and personalised Father’s Day gifts

Add some more meaning to your gift for dad this year

Dad is always tricky to buy for, let’s be honest. So let us help you choose a gift for the dad who has all the golfing stuff he needs, definitely doesn’t need any more tech bits and has enough socks and clothes to last a lifetime!

How about you surprise him with something more meaningful this year. Something a little fun, but also personal to show the thought and love that went into choosing the gift for him.

Whether it’s his first Father’s Day or he’s had a load already, something memorable that he will keep and treasure is always the best choice!

This year, Father’s Day is on Sunday 19th June 2022.

Top Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Dad:

Personalised Dad Wooden Plaque

An engraved wooden plaque that is made to order so you can choose the words to describe your very special dad, grandad, husband etc.

We’re sure he’d be delighted to read your description of him!

Personalised Dad Wooden Plaque | Personalised Daddy and Us Photo Frame
Personalised Dad Wooden Plaque | Personalised Daddy and Us Photo Frame
Personalised frame with photo for Dad

A thoughtful gift including a photo of dad with the kids or whatever picture you like, will be framed alongside a short verse and the names of who it is from. A sentimental keepsake gift for a very special daddy.

Irish Bog Oak Shaving Set

For the clean shaven dad that takes pride in his appearance, this is the perfect gift for him. This handcrafted Irish Bog Oak shaving set made from locally sourced Donegal wood, comprises a silver tip badger hair shave brush, razor (no blades), and matching stand.

Each item can be engraved with his name or something special making it even more special!

We’re pretty sure not every dad will have a super cool shaving set like this one!

Irish Bog Oak Shaving Set | Father's Day Cards
Irish Bog Oak Shaving Set | Father's Day Cards
Father’s Day Cards

These Father’s day cards have just the right humour for many dads out there and make a change from the usual.

Cards are blank inside so you can tell him yourself exactly what he means and why you love him so much!

Personalised Engraved Bottle Opener

A handy little bottle opener personalised especially for him – what more could a dad want for the Summer that lies ahead!!

Personalised Engraved Bottle Opener | Personalised Superhero Frame with Marvel Border
Personalised Engraved Bottle Opener | Personalised Superhero Frame with Marvel Border
Personalised Superhero Frame with Marvel Border

Because every daddy is a superhero, we know they would LOVE one of these personalised superhero frames from their little superhero fans!

So there you have it, our top gifts for dad this Father’s Day 2022.

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4 Ways To Get Summer Ready

Let’s get Summer ready!

Top tips to make the most of Summer days to come

As the evenings stay brighter for longer, we want to help you make the most of the summer days and nights to come! After all, this year will be the first Summer in 3 years with no covid restrictions, so let’s make it a great one.

Whether the weather is good or not, let’s get prepping for a Summer of fun with friends, family, little ones and yourself.

I’m getting excited just thinking about it, and writing this has got me planning and organising my calendar for the weekends to come!

Summer At Home

First things first, let’s get the garden summer ready!

Most of us spent time and money on our gardens and outdoor space during covid. Having your outdoor space prepared for nice days is essential. Have you stocked up on some garden bunting to add some colour and fun to the space, some nice fairy lights or other lights fore a magical vibe, and of course something comfy to sit on and enjoy the summer evenings?! These for me are top of the list for the summer garden essentials and will definitely create that Summer vibe at home to share with family and friends.

Stock up on summer essentials

Have the suncream at the ready – and the after sun! Especially here in Ireland, let’s be honest, we do get excited when we see blue skies and the sun, but like your mammy always says, get your factor 50 on! We totally underestimate how strong the sun can be in Ireland!

Fill the house with some Summery scented candles to bring that Summer freshness indoors!

Hopefully you’ll be having some get togethers at home, so having some food covers is ideal for keeping food fresh!

Summer Days Out

summer days out
summer days out

This is what Summer is all about!

Getting out as much as you can, catching up with friends and family and soaking in that Summer feeling.

Picnics and markets in the park

Find time to just chill and have a picnic in the park. Pack your picnic goodies or pick up some yummy treats in a food market. Markets are back across the country so you’ll definitely find one somewhere near you to have a wander and enjoy some yummy artisan food! Fill your tote bag with all your daily essentials as well as adding to your Summer look.

Get BBQ ready

Almost time for the expected race to get burger buns for your BBQ! Get some garden BBQs booked in with the family and friends. These always end up being the best get togethers. I don’t know about you, but in our house we have BBQ for dinner every day the sun is out! There’s just something about eating in the garden that just feels more relaxing and like you’re on holidays. If you’re BBQing often might be worth picking up a BBQ apron to keep your clothes clean!

Go somewhere new for a day trip

Add a bit of fun and adventure to your Summer by heading somewhere you’ve never been before, for the day. Maybe there’s a nice beach not too far away that would be good fun with the kids, a hike you’ve wanted to do for a while now, or you’ve been recommended something new to do in Ireland. Don’t put it on the long finger – as Nike say, just do it!

Beach days

OK so I know this is Ireland, but when we get a good sunny day, the beach is the place to be! There are so many fabulous beaches on this little island that make you feel like you could be in the Caribbean! Have your beach set up ready to go (in a cool beach bag!) and hit the road early for a full day of beach fun. The kids will definitely remember their beach days when the Summer is over!

Summer festivals

Nothing quite like a sunny day at a festival. Soaking in the atmosphere and just feeling so happy and summery, if you can get a festival of some kind booked in,  then do!

Garden party

Much like a BBQ but without the cooking, a cocktail party in the garden for friends is another nice idea for a get together and will bring some Summer laughs to your calendar! –

Summer Breaks

Summer breaks
Summer breaks

Make sure to organise a trip away, after all this is what most of us think of when we think of Summer.

Whether it’s a staycation or a trip abroad, it’s nice to break up the Summer as well as enjoy a break away from the everyday routine at home.

Visit some friends or family, book a weekend break, or jet off to the sun for a week. You deserve it!

Or maybe you’d like to surprise someone with a surprise break away because you want to or maybe they just really need it! Present them with a personalised holiday scratch card to reveal the surprise trip!

So get in the car, hop the train, book a flight or a ferry and head off for some time to rest the mind and come back feeling refreshed and ready for the rest of the Summer.

Summer Fashion Accessories

Summer fashion accessories
Summer fashion accessories

As mentioned already, this is our first Summer with no covid restrictions so we have lots of missed time and occasions to catch up on. Get your wardrobe Summer ready, and make sure you’ve got some fun and colourful Summer accessories to style up your outfits for every occasion.

Have you got your statement earrings, your sandals, and your sunglasses at ready? You want to look as great as you feel this Summer.

What about the perfect bag for summer nights out? Or for Summer days out even?

If you’re like me and kind of clueless when it comes to makeup, you may even find a one to one makeup lesson useful to help you find the perfect look for all these social get togethers you have in the diary!

So get your wardrobe and Summer accessories sorted – it’s going to be a great Summer!

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5 Low-Maintenance House Plants for Beginners

These hardy plants will add an extra flair to your space even if you don’t have a green thumb.

Here are 5 useful and easily maintained house plants that will improve your home in so many ways

Have you tried house plants in the past and found it impossible to keep them alive or just never knew where to start? We’ve all been there and in this list, you are sure to find the plant for you!

These plants are not only pretty, but they also improve the air quality and some even provide topical or herbal benefits!

5 low maintenance house plants:

1. Snake Plant

This plant is nearly impossible to kill, trust me I’ve tried! The snake plant is incredibly low maintenance, they can thrive with low light and light water. Not only can they survive anything, but they are also one of the best house plants to take pollutants out of the air in your home, improving your brain function!

2. Aloe Vera

With some water when the soil is dry and direct sunlight, you can sustain an aloe vera plant of your own! Having one of these plants in your home will come in handy in so many ways. Stayed out in the sun too long? Cut off a leaf from one of these plants and use the gel inside to soothe the burn! Is your skin feeling dry and flaky? Aloe vera can help with that too! This plant is essential in anybody’s home.

3. Peace Lily

Are you more of a fan of floral decor? The Peace Lily can fit that need while being very simple to care for. Indirect sunlight and damp soil are enough to help this plant thrive and add an air of elegance to your space. This plant is an excellent air cleanser and is said to bring peace and prosperity into your home!

4. Succulents

These plants come in a variety of shapes and colours, all easy to keep alive! A succulent terrarium can be a gorgeous, modern addition to your space and will definitely be a conversation starter. Care of these terrariums is easy, mist when dry and keep in indirect sunlight!

5. ZZ Plant

Another amazing air purifier, this plant strips toxins and pollutants out of the air and produces clean air for your home! ZZ plants should only be watered every 2-3 weeks and love medium to bright indirect sunlight.

Who said keeping plants alive has to be hard? Any of these plants can be easily found at your local garden store and the benefits they bring make them worth it!

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Kids Easter arts and crafts ideas

Five Kids Crafts To Do For The Easter Holidays

Easter arts and crafts for kids

Have a little fun with some Easter themed activities while they’re off school!

As we approach Easter we’d like to share some family fun Easter arts and crafts ideas that will keep the whole family entertained. Crafts are a great way to spice up your Easter traditions, and more importantly it keeps the kids quiet for a little while!

No need to break the bank on craft supplies – if you have some of these and you’ll be able to create something colourful and fun for the occasion..

  • Colours (crayons/paints/markers)
  • Paper (white or coloured)
  • Pritt stick
  • Scissors
  • Toilet rolls
  • Pom poms
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plain white paper plates
  • Plain paper cups
  • Cotton wool
  • String/twine
  • Lollipop sticks
Note: You don’t need all of these, they are suggested supplies and it will depend on what you want to make!

5 Easter arts and crafts ideas:

1. Make your own Easter garland.

Garlands are such a staple to any house decoration. Making them yourself just seems all the more fun, especially when it’s a joint family effort. Everyone can design and decorate their own piece of the garland. Whether it’s eggs, chicks or bunny rabbits we’re sure this garland will look perfect for your Easter celebrations.

easter garland arts and crafts
easter garland arts and crafts
2. Get creative for your Easter baskets.

We all know that kids get so excited to see the Easter Bunny. Making these little baskets don’t even require much. These can be great gifts and also good decorations for the house!

These bunny treat baskets can be made in two ways.  The first is by using up the used toilet rolls! Decorate and colour them to your own liking and with a bit of glue and paper, you can glue a bottom to this to make it the perfect basket for their special Easter goodies!

An alternative is to use plain paper cups and decorate these as they already have a bottom on them perfect for holding plenty of sweet treats! If you can’t find plain ones, then glue bits of paper or cotton wool etc on it to make it as you like!

If you have pipe cleaners you can make a little hole on each side and feed each end through the holes making a handle for the kiddies to carry them around for their Easter egg hunt!

easter arts and crafts toilet rolls
Easter arts and crafts toilet rolls / paper cups
3. Paper plate Easter chicks.

Paper plates are a great supply to have for kiddies arts and crafts. They can be used to make something perfect for every occasion. For Easter they will have fun making cute Easter chicks to hang on the wall or gift to granny and grandad!

For the chick wings another fun idea is for the kids to trace out the outline of their hands, cut them out, colour/paint them, and then stick them on as the chick’s wings.

easter arts and crafts paper plates
Easter arts and crafts paper plates
4. Decorate eggs.

A tradition I remember doing when I was a kid, just plain and simple decorating real eggs!. Make sure to hard boil them first or it could be a mess to clean up!

Decorate with lovely Easter colours and patterns to display around the house, or make it a little more fun and decorate them with funny faces which I’m sure the kids will have great fu doing!

easter arts and crafts paint your own egg
easter arts and crafts paint your own egg
5. Make Easter masks.

Bring the Easter theme to Sunday dinner with some home made masks for all the family. Create your own using whatever arts and crafts supplies you have, making one for everyone at the dinner table. The kids will be delighted. You will need elastic for these to stay on heads!

easter arts and crafts
Easter masks arts and crafts

We hope this gives you some Easter arts and crafts inspiration to enjoy some fun, creative time with the kiddies over the Easter holidays.

If you prefer some easier crafts that are already made and just require some decorating, the kids will enjoy these wooden DIY Easter colouring eggs that can be decorated and then displayed.

Happy creating!

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5 Decoration Trends for Easter 2022

Here are five Easter decor trends that will be sure to impress guests!

These locally, handmade decorations will transform every area of your home!

Finding the perfect Easter decorations for your home may be a daunting task, but you can’t go wrong with these trends. All of these trends can be done at home or bought handmade from a local small business.

Many of these have been popular Easter decor for years and aren’t going out any time soon, so they can be used year after year!

Top 5 Easter decor trends for 2022:

1. Crochet 

From throw blankets to baskets, crochet is definitely the way to go! These colourful crochet baskets are the perfect addition to any side or coffee table, they bring the perfect splash of colour to any space!

Sturdy Crochet Baskets with Wooden Base and Lid

2. Floral décor

An Easter classic, florals in every form are going to be everywhere this Easter! This customisable, reusable paper flower bouquet is beautiful and you will not only have them for Easter, but all year round!

Create Your Own Crepe Paper Flower Bouquet

3. Wreaths 

From floral to crochet, you will see Easter wreaths in every form this year! A simple, cute way to spice up your front door year after year!

Handmade Crochet Easter Wreath

4. Geometric, minimalist décor 

Minimal, modern decorations are a great go-to in any space! The simple, geometric pattern pairs well with any decor items you may already have and elevates your space.

Turquoise Egg Cup

5. Vintage China

The timeless, elegant look that vintage china adds to your kitchen will catch the eye of guests of all ages. Vintage china will never go out of style and is a popular decor statement piece any time of the year!

Vintage Bone China Mini Tea/Cake Stand

All of these Easter decor items and so many more like them can be found at the link below!

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International Women's Day Quotes

Women Inspiring Women

Happy International Women’s Day!

A day for celebrating women’s achievements.

Here at MarketStreet.ie, a whopping 90% of the small Irish businesses that sell on our site, are female owned!

I applaud each and every one of them for their creativity and determination to run their own business, many of which have young families to manage at the same time. It is on days like this, when we actively acknowledge the successes of women here and around the world, that we see just how far we have come since International Women’s Day was first celebrated back in the early 1900s.

It’s incredible and so inspiring to see how many women run businesses there are, and how much we can achieve when we support each other.

Today I want to thank all of the incredible women on MarketStreet.ie for their support and hard work since we launched in 2019.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”

Some of these talented ladies have kindly shared some inspirational words and quotes that have helped them on their journey.

Have you got some inspirational words from International Women’s Day, that you would like to share in the comments below?

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10 Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas When You’re Not Together

How to make Mother’s Day special even though you’re away from home.

Send love and put a smile on your mammy’s face from across the miles, with our top 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas in Ireland.

You wish you could spend the day with your mam and give her the biggest hug, but for whatever reason, you can’t be there in person. Don’t worry, because mammy definitely wouldn’t want you worrying, you can still let her know how much she means to you even though you’re not together!

Organise a call or video call if mam can work digital well enough for that, and send your love and wishes over a call. We also have 10 ideas to treat her on this special day when mammies deserve to be spoilt! So no matter where in the world you are, make sure you show your mammy just how much she means to you this Mother’s Day.

Missing mum on Mother's day

10 ways to treat your mammy when you can’t be with her this Mother’s Day:

1. Send her a personalised gift.

For the sentimental mammy that misses the family all together, why not surprise her with a personalised family frame that will soon become the favourite item in the house! She’ll be only to delighted to show it off when the neighbours come around for tea!

2. Organise afternoon tea for her.

With Ireland now opened for socialising again and restrictions eased, mam might like to get herself all dressed up and head out for the day for afternoon tea, and we have just the afternoon tea experience that she’ll really enjoy in Dublin.

3. Organise a mammies night.

Get in touch with her friends’ kids or other halves to organise a night out for the mammies. Maybe a nice dinner out so they can all enjoy a fun-filled evening together with good food and great company.

4. Send her a Mother’s Day personalised frame.

A special message for a special mam in a personalised frame from you this Mother’s Day.

5. Spoil her with a pamper session.

Let’s face it we all love a day of pampering, and no one deserves it more that mam. Send her some pampering gifts to relax and enjoy either at home or you could send her a gift voucher for a spa day.

Mother's Day flowers and gifts
6. Send her flowers made to last.

Sending flowers is always an easy solution, but why not go one step more and send her favourite flowers that will last a lifetime, so the next time your home to give her a hug she’ll get to show you the flowers in person. She’ll always think of you when she sees these flowers on the kitchen table or the hall table!

7. A miss you gift.

Saying ‘I miss you’ can sometimes cause a lot of emotion, sadness and tears, but it also shows how much someone means to you. The fact you are missing them so much and thinking of them, it’s a gesture of love and thought. You could send her a miss you message as a little keepsake token.

8. Customised gift from the grandkids.

Is she missing her grandchildren as well? A special gift from the grandkids will no doubt bring a happy tear to her eye and we have just the gift – this customised kids drawing embroidery will be something she can treasure forever.

9. A night away.

Treat her to a night away from the chaos of everyday life. Book her into a nice hotel (possibly with a spa!) and surprise her on the day with this scratch and reveal card. Be sure to be on video call with her when she’s scratching it to see her reaction. For the ultimate surprise you could book her flights to come visit you! (If covid restrictions permit)

10. Spoil her with a piece of handmade jewellery.

I’m sure a nice piece of Irish made jewellery won’t go amiss! Something they love to wear and makes them feel loved and thought of.

If shopping local Irish gifts online is an option for you from the other side of the world, then MarketStreet.ie has a great selection of thoughtful and meaningful gifts for your mammy in Ireland.

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Gluten free pancake recipes

3 Gluten Free Pancake Recipes

3 Tasty Gluten Free Pancake Recipes You Need to Try This Pancake Tuesday!

Pancake Tuesday is the 1st March in 2022. 

Pancakes can sometimes be considered an annual event whereas they really are a fantastic recipe to bring out for so many different occasions. Quick to whip up, top them with sweet or savoury extras, make them gluten free, dairy free and healthy and you have a super recipe!

I’ve included 3 different Pancake Recipes here so you find the one that works best for you. They are all Gluten Free but can be subbed for regular ingredients easily with no difference to the results. Most have no added refined sugars (vote for the healthy camp!) and they can are dairy free too so if you’re on a health kick and want to improve your lifestyle, then pancakes can very much be part of that voyage.

These light and fluffy pancakes will keep you full and satisfied. You can whip them up in a blender, traditionally in a bowl or in your smoothie maker which really helps for a busy lifestyle. They only take minutes to cook and minutes to eat!!

I find you can get ahead by putting the dried ingredients together in a zip lock bag and combine the wet ingredients in a large jar. Keep the combined wet ingredients in the fridge till you’re ready to use, give the jar a good shake and you have taken a lot of the effort out of making these delicious Pancakes.

1. The Fluffy Pancake Recipe

I’m starting with one of my most popular and most made pancake recipes – The Fluffy Pancake Recipe – which is included in my Gluten Free Baking From The Heart Recipe Book. By adding a little bit of a pure maple syrup, date syrup or agave syrup, the pancakes are sweet enough and you don’t need to top them with lots of sugary extras.


  • 250g gluten free plain flour (use your own flour)
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum (not needed for GF)
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 250ml plant milk (use your favourite milk)
  • 60ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. organic, pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Gluten Free Fluffy Pancakes
Gluten Free Fluffy Pancakes


Use a hand whisk – no need for any special equipment. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients well together.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until completely combined. The batter will be thick and will puff up a bit as it sits waiting to cook.

Heat whatever pan you use to make pancakes and use a bit of vegetable oil spray or butter if you prefer. When it’s hot, use a 1/4 cup scoop measure – about 3 tablespoons and use the back of the spoon to form a circular shape.

Once bubbles appear on the first side, then flip the pancakes over and brown on the other side until cooked through. Repeat till you use up all the batter.

2. Buckwheat Pancakes Recipe

Have you tried baking with Buckwheat Flour?

It’s a great alternative to use but what makes it so special is that not only is it naturally Gluten Free but Buckwheat is also Grain Free! So even though it’s name has wheat in it and it sounds like a regular flour, it’s the total opposite and so handy for those who need to keep off grains in their diets.

Buckwheat also has more protein, fibre and Vitamin B than oats or wholewheat flour so it’s a superfood! Buckwheat tends to be more absorbent than regular wholewheat flour and even though it might not give you light and fluffy results in your bakes, it definitely adds richness and moisture to cakes and cookies. Definitely one to try and see if you enjoy that gorgeous earthy, nutty flavour.


  • 4 tbsp. golden caster sugar or coconut sugar (this is optional)
  • 140g buckwheat flour
  • 85g gluten free plain flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • 285ml buttermilk (If you don’t have buttermilk to hand or want to keep these dairy free, then add 1 tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar to your milk of choice. If you’re using plant milk, then heat it in the microwave for a few minutes first but regular milk doesn’t need any special treatment. Stir and leave to sit for about 5 – 8 minutes and you’ll see it thicken up. Use as normal buttermilk)
Buckwheat Pancakes Recipe
Buckwheat Pancakes


In a large bowl, mix the sugar (if using), both flours, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda. Make a well in the centre and crack in the eggs. Gradually whisk in the buttermilk to make a smooth batter.

Melt your oil of choice and add a spoonful of the batter to make about a 3″ to 4″ wide circle. A tablespoon or 1/3 cup size will work well.

A word here to pay heed to – these cook very fast. Literally about 1 minute per side. Once you see bubbles on the surface, then it’s time to turn the pancakes. You’re looking for a light, golden colour. Continue to cook until you have used up all the batter and serve. These pancakes are really very filling so you don’t have to make quite as many as the regular ones.

3. Oat & Banana Pancakes Recipe

The final pancake choice is one where oats are used in place of flour. It’s simple to make these Gluten Free by subbing your choice of GF oats in place of regular flour. This recipe is quick and easy to make in a blender and I like to blitz the oats first to give them a closer consistency to regular flour for easier mixing. That means that I just add the oats to my blender first and blitz them before continuing on. Adding ground cinnamon to the pancake batter gives them a rich flavour and it does darken the end result so if you have fussy eaters, maybe leave it out.

Using oats to make pancakes is very popular now as it adds a healthy dimension to your breakfast or midday snack. Oats release their carbs slowly so you stay full for longer. The addition of maple syrup is optional but it’s only 1 teaspoon so it’s not too much of an issue but of course you can omit completely or replace it with agave syrup or date syrup.

Don’t use a very, very ripe banana as that will add liquid to the pancakes so a nice banana that’s not too soft or not too hard will be perfect.


  • 1 ½ tablespoons GR oats – blitzed to make them resemble flour
  • Pinch of GF baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
Oat & Banana Pancakes Recipe
Oat & Banana Pancakes


Blitz the oats in your blender and then add the baking powder and cinnamon and pulse to combine. Chop the banana into pieces and add along with the egg, vanilla extract and if using, the maple syrup. Blend everything together to get a thick batter.

Heat your pan of choice and drop 2 tbsp of the batter to fry gently. Once cooked on one side, then gently turn over and brown the other side. You should get about 6 pancakes out of this recipe.

Top with Greek Yoghurt and some fresh berries for a wonderful, healthy snack.

These and other great Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan recipes can be found in my book, Gluten Free Baking from the Heart

Written by Soraya Quigley

For more gluten free baking, check out my ‘Baking From The Heart’ recipe book.

Enjoy your gluten free pancakes and let us know in the comments below which recipe is your favourite!

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A Handmade Jewellery Tale

A Beaded Story of Loss and Love..

Have you often reminisced about the jewellery pieces that have been handed down to you from the generation before?

From your mother, your aunt or that wonderful lady down the road, that fabulous aunty who is not a blood relative?

Have you often opened the delicate tissue paper and glared at the beautiful beads with the broken clasp?

The same clasp that has been opened and closed numerous occasions before going to many a dinner dance in the seventies, while complimenting a magnificent flowy maxi dress. The beautiful beads and flowy dress that have habitually waltzed to the beat of One Day at a Time in the steps of one, two, three and repeat.

Until, of course, one waltz too many, when the beads decide to fly all over the dance floor and a scurry of gentlemen crawl on their hands and knees to gather the last bead, or so they think.

But there is always a few that get away, as beads love waltzing too and forget to stay on the dancefloor!  They merrily skip and bounce along to the beat of One Day at a Time in the steps of one, two, three and repeat. After a myriad of steps, while not conforming to the slightest form of dancing etiquette they decide to rest up. Never to be seen again only by a vacuum cleaner whilst noisily searing up the pipe into the bag when the flowery carpet is getting a makeover! And then it’s too late isn’t it?

A lonely necklace wearer stands still, no more one, two, three and repeat.. lamenting about that final swing that was to the detriment of her pride possession, proudly complimenting her flowy dress, to the envy of her dinner dance crew.

Forlorn and lonesome but soon heartened by the dancing squad, the bare neck waltzing again begins in a magnificent flowy maxi dress to the beat of One Day at a Time to the steps one, two, three and repeat. But it’s just not the same, a flowy dress without a complimentary necklace, a bare neck waltzing with the beat without a necklace in sight.

Until, of course Ali Vaughn Jewellery comes to the scene of the crime!

Ali has such a range of handmade jewellery pieces. Surely one of them will compliment that magnificent flowy dress because Ali’s store is full of colours, pearls, crystals and beads. Each one perfectly capable of waltzing to the beat of One Day at a Time in the steps of one, two, three and repeat.

Handmade Jewellery
Handmade Jewellery - Gold Fan Necklace, Pear Earrings, Red Daisy Necklace

Perhaps the gold fan shaped crystal necklace, wonder would that look nice with that magnificent flowy dress? Or the Red Daisy necklace, that might match? What about the Swarovski Pearl earrings, they look quite sophisticated? Maybe the Teardrop Pearl earrings instead?  Mmm.. lots of handmade jewellery to choose from, the dancing future is looking brighter already.

While delicate tissue paper and a mighty cluster of beautiful beads lay dormant in a dressing table drawer, a magnificent flowy dress adorned with a fabulous Red Daisy necklace soon begins waltzing again to the beat of One Day at a Time to the steps of one, two, three and repeat.

Wonderful memories, wonderful friendships, wonderful romance, wonderful love stories, wonderful community spirit and wonderful dance moves are now all in the making for many, many waltzing years to come.

All thanks to Ali Vaughn Jewellery who came to the rescue

Have a browse through the Ali Vaughn Jewellery range and choose something to compliment your magnificent flowy dress. And you can repeat wonderful memories, wonderful friendships, wonderful romance, wonderful love stories, wonderful community spirit and wonderful dance moves for many, many waltzing years to come. One, two, three and repeat..

Written by Ali Vaughn

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Eco-Friendly Shampoo Bars

Why Shampoo Bars Are Better For Your Hair And The Planet

Have you ever thought about using shampoo bars but don’t know much about them?

Justine Le Guil, Cosmetic Maker and Formulator, outlines how beneficial it is for both your hair and the planet, when you use shampoo bars. Have a read below to see why…

Saving the planet one shampoo bottle at a time

Some cosmetics can be harmful to the environment because of plastic packaging or questionable ingredients. Hair shampoo bottles are usually made of rigid plastic and, in theory, can be recycled if discarded empty, dry, and clean. Some of them are recycled, but the rest is incinerated or disposed of in landfills and will need  400 years to decompose. We are all trying to reduce the amount of plastic that we use in our bathrooms but it takes time. Thankfully, shampoo bars are now widely available in Ireland.

Using shampoo bars

As well as being convenient and easy to use, solid shampoos are also a quick and easy switch. Using shampoo bars for the first time can be nerve-racking to some customers, but they’re pleasantly surprised by how well they foam and lather. It is quite easy to use shampoo bars even for long hair. All you need to do is rub the bar between your hands like you would with a bar of soap. Alternatively, you can rub the shampoo directly on wet hair to get more foam. Massage your scalp (especially the roots) and rinse well. Follow up with your usual conditioner.

It’s helpful to know that one of the ingredients used in the shampoo bars, a gentle surfactant, might lead to you needing less conditioner than usual. Even with long hair, I don’t use conditioner and I do not have trouble detangling. Occasionally, I rinse my hair with a mix of apple cider vinegar and water, that’s all!

handmade eco-friendly shampoo bars
Handmade eco-friendly shampoo bars

How long does a shampoo bar last?

Shampoo bars typically last for weeks and are therefore economical. In the same way as soap bars, you only use what you need and there is no risk of wasting the product under the shower. It is possible to wash your hair 35-40 times with a shampoo bar (55g). To keep your shampoo longer, store the bar on a soap dish and keep it away from water.

Convenient travel shampoo

As soon as you travel with solid cosmetics, you realise they are convenient and hassle-free: you don’t have to put the solid shampoo in the liquid bag, check if the volume is less than 100ml, or take it out of your bag at security. Moreover, spills and leaky bottles are no longer a concern! Liquid shampoos and body washes can cause nasty surprises. Also, shampoo bars are smaller than liquid ones, so they take up less space in your luggage.

Eco-friendly in every way

Say goodbye to plastic, our packaging is 100% recyclable. The shampoos are wrapped by hand with FSC & chlorine-free paper and then put in a small cardboard box. We use cardboard boxes made in Britain with materials sourced from the UK and EU. The boxes can be recycled with at least 95% recycled paper. We use recycled, 100% post-consumer waste and FSC paper to print labels. These labels are also hand-cut and glued without any solvents. The small box can also be reused to store tiny items, like jewellery, or to wrap a small gift.

Yiang Yiang Shampoo Bar
Yiang Yiang Shampoo Bar

All of our shampoos are vegan and cruelty-free, and are made with organic and/or natural ingredients. The shampoo bars are handmade in small batches in Ireland, using a gentle surfactant, organic apple cider vinegar, mineral or plant-based powders, organic carrier oils and essential oils*. Our shampoos are free from sulphates, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate). Aside from buying an eco-friendly hair product, you also support a small local business.

Please Note: *These products are not specifically intended for children under 3 years of age. If you are breastfeeding, pregnant, taking any medications or under medical supervision, please contact your doctor before use.

Written by Justine Le Guil

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Celebrate Galentines Day

Celebrating Galentine’s Day

What is Galentine’s Day?

Galentine’s Day is the day to celebrate friendships with the girls and takes place the day before Valentine’s Day, on the 13th February.

No matter what your relationship status – single, married or anything in between, this day is for celebrating all the women in our lives.

If your a ‘Parks and Recreation’ fan you’ll know that back in 2010, Amy Poehler, playing the character Leslie Knope, first introduced the world to Galentine’s Day stating, “It’s only the best day of the year! Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it—breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.”

And that’s exactly what it is!

How to celebrate Galentine’s Day?

Yes, it’s a great idea to celebrate with your besties, but you don’t have to go full on as Leslie Knope did, in fact, I’d probably suggest scaling it back just a bit! 

So first things first, get the 13th February penned into your diaries with a sharpie marker, then get a plan in place. The traditional way to celebrate Galentine’s Day is to organise a brunch or afternoon tea date for your girl gang. Get dressed up and go enjoy some yummy brunch food with a few proseccos or cocktails.

However, If you’re not into brunch and fancy doing something a little different, here’s some of our suggestions..

  1. A hike. Getting out in nature is great for the soul, so combine it with a  hike with all your favourite gals and you’ve got yourself a great day of soul enhancing fun. Maybe pack a few tasty snacks and picnic blanket for a pit stop!
  2. Spa day. Because we all deserve a day or pampering, why not organise this with the girls. Book into a spa for the day or make your own spa experience at home. 
  3. Girls night out or in. Nothing beats a good ol’ night out or night in with the. girls. Now that Ireland is open again, a night out could be just what the doctor ordered! Go mad, have fun! Or maybe a night in is more your thing – get a take away, get your comfies on and crack open the vino. Either way a girls night is a lovely way to catch up and have the craic.
  4. Group activity. This is a great way to bond even more and have a laugh at the same time. Go ziplining, do a cocktail making class, take a crafty lesson, organise a draw a nude class, go wine tasting, find a roller disco dome…whatever it is you’ll have fun cos you’ll be with your girls!
  5. Do something you haven’t done before. First thing that comes to mind is an ocean swim (or dunk even)! Think of something fun you can all try together and then maybe grab a bite to eat after.

Do I Need To Give Galentine’s Day Gifts?

No one expects a gift for Galentine’s Day unless maybe it’s a poem about how great a friend you are, as Leslie Knope does in Parks and Recreation!

This occasion is not as well known or celebrated as Valentine’s Day, so no one is expecting to receive anything. However, isn’t it the perfect day to maybe give something small as a gesture of your friendship, even just a card, and it would be a nice little surprise for your besties!

Some of our favourite Galentine’s Day gift ideas include..

You Are All Kinds of Lovely – Card

Besties Pebble Art Frame

You are my Favourite Bitch Embroidery

Bandia (Goddess) Essential Oil Candle

Stillgarden Boss Lady Gin Gift Box

Personalised Friends Frame

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Valentine's Day Card writing blog post

18 Valentine’s Day Card Poems

What to write in a Valentine’s Day Card

Valentine’s Day poems and words of love

If you struggle to put into words how you feel, or just don’t know what to say in your Valentine’s Day card then we have some romantic, sweet and fun ways to get your message across.

The 14th February is a day for all kinds of love, so no matter the recipient, a thoughtful little poem or message inside a special card will really show your love.

11 Roses are red poems..

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ roses are red Valentine’s Day poem eh?! They’re short and sweet (or cheeky, or naughty, or whatever you want it to be!) and perfect for writing inside your Valentine’s Day card. Here are some of our favourites..

Roses are red, violets are blue
love never crossed my mind, til i met you.

Roses are red, violets are blue
kisses and hugs, i love you.

Roses are red, violets are blue
how did i get so lucky with you.

Roses are red, violets are blue
your farts stink,  but i love you.

Roses are red, violets are blue
i really love my dogs, but you’re ok too.

Roses are red, violets are blue
all my naughty thoughts involve me and you.

Roses are red, violets are blue
forever and ever ill always love you.

Roses are red, violets are blue
i smile all day because of you.

Roses are red, violets are blue
with all my heart i am missing you.

Roses are red, violets are blue
even though you have select hearing, i still love you.

Roses are red, violets are blue
cashews are nuts and so are you.

7 Valentine’s Day card messages

If you’re not a fan of the roses are red verses then don’t worry we have some more message suggestions for your inside your card! No matter who you are celebrating love with this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered!

For the romantic..

Loved you once, love you still, always have, always will.

For your other half..

I don’t want to be your favourite or your best.
I want to be your only and forget the rest.

For your single pals..

Roses are red. Lovebirds are annoying. Where is the chocolate? Let’s start enjoying.

For parents..

This will definitely be a kids-in-bed-early kind of night.

From your pet..

Who’s a good dog mom? Who’s a good dog mom? Is it you? Yes it is! You are the best dog mom!

A little bit of humour..

All I need in this life is you and me. Oh, and WiFi. And wine. And snacks. But that’s it, I swear.

Cheeky one..

Valentine’s Day to do list: You!


So, get writing – your Valentine is worth every word!

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20 Must Have Christmas Decorations Online Ireland

20 Must Have Christmas Decorations Online Ireland

20 Must have Christmas themed gifts and decorations for 2022

Handmade Christmas gifts and decorations that should be top of your Christmas shopping list!

Handmade Christmas Decorations are a favourite when shopping in Christmas markets. You find something a little different from the shops, handmade and it’s of great quality, and it’s nice to pick up a few new ones each year to add to the Christmas collection.

Christmas decorations are used year after year and so finding nice Christmas decor and details for your home is worth looking for.

Picking up personalised Christmas accessories and bit and bobs for the kids or your home is also part of the run up to Christmas, and we have plenty of these to choose from too!

It’s hard to choose what to buy when everything is so festive and this occasion only comes around once a year, so you want to choose your favourites.

Top 20 Christmas must haves for 2022:

1 . Christmas Fairy Door

Christmas Fairy Door Design B

2 . Grandparents glass decoration for the Christmas tree

Grandparent Christmas Ornament

3 . Our Family Christmas Tree Decoration

Personalised Christmas Tree Decoration Hot Chocolate

4 . Punt decoration

Punt Coin Christmas Decoration

5 . Reindeer chocolate decoration

Personalised Reindeer Chocolate Decoration

6 . GAA glass Christmas decoration (More counties available)

GAA Kerry Christmas Tree Decoration

7 . Personalised Baby’s First Christmas Decoration

Baby’s First Christmas Personalised Decoration

8 . Crochet Nativity Set

Nativity Scene

9 . Personalised Christmas Eve Box

Christmas Eve Box

10 . Personalised ceramic star decoration

Handmade White Ceramic Star Personalised Christmas Bauble

11 . Personalised Family Christmas Stockings Frame

Personalised Christmas Stockings Mantlepiece

12 . Christmas soother chain and teether set

Traditional Xmas Soother Chain and Teether Set

13 . Handmade Christmas candle lantern

Wishing on a Star Tree Lantern

14 . Christmas Angel Decoration

Christmas Angel Decoration

15 . Pregnancy scan frame at Christmas

Christmas Baby Scan Photo Frame

16 . Christmas wishes slate heart

Santa Hat Birdie Slate Heart


17 . Christmas VW scene frame

Christmas V.W. Bus Framed Art

18 . Personalised Reindeer Family

Personalised Reindeer

19 . Personalised do decoration available in a range of dog breeds

Cockapoo Dog Breed Christmas Decoration

20 . Memorial Decoration

Memorial Personalised Christmas Decorations


Of course if you want to keep looking there are plenty more handmade Christmas decorations and Christmas themed gifts in our online Christmas store, just click below or search!

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personalised gifts for christmas

Best Personalised Gifts For Christmas

Make Christmas extra special with these personalised gift ideas.

Personalised gifts for Christmas…who doesn’t love a personalised gift at any time of year? It’s so much more meaningful and shows the thought you have put in when choosing their gift.

MarketStreet.ie is the home of personalised gifts for every occasion, but we’ve picked 10 of our top personalised gift ideas that would make a special Christmas gift this year.

10 Top Personalised Gifts for Christmas:

  1. Commissioned family painting
    This framed painting comes in A4 or A3 size and is a unique gift any family will love. Because it is a commissioned piece it takes approx 4-5 weeks so order asap if you would like it for Christmas!
  2. Feather and initial pendant
    Handmade jewellery unique for the recipient. A gift they can wear and cherish. Feathers evoke such an emotional response in so many people and are symbolic of hope, protection and connection. Matching earrings are also available to make the gift even more special!
  3. Handmade baby quilt
    These are one-off designs made especially for a special little bundle of joy at Christmas or any time of the year. These quilts are made to be heirlooms and can be personalised with baby’s name embroidered on.

    Personalised Christmas Gift Ideas

    Personalised Gift Ideas for Christmas: Commission Family painting, Initial Pendant & Name embroidered baby quilt

  4. Wire family frame
    This is a unique way to have your family portrait done – made from wire and organic cotton this family frame is a great gift and will sure to make them smile! Available for family size 3-4 or family size 5+ – don’t forget the family dog!
  5. Family Christmas stockings frame
    A favourite at Christmas this personalised frame is a great gift that can be hung year after year at Christmas, when when the kids have long moved out, it’s a lovely decoration that keeps family as family at Christmas!

    Personalised Christmas Gift Ideas

    Personalised Gifts for Christmas: Wire Family Frame & Family Christmas stockings frame

  6. Personalised planner and journal
    These personalised journals are lying out the virtual shop door these days, and it’s no wonder why! The perfect personalised gift for anyone, it is fully customisable to start when you want it to start and comes with a choice of inserts for the inside the journal. Great, practical gift for anyone in today’s busy world!
  7. Ogham cufflinks
    Sterling silver personalised cufflinks engraved with a special message or name, in the ancient Irish writing of Ogham. A thoughtful gift for any guy who likes to wear cufflinks and look smart for the office, meetings or a special occasion!
  8. Tree of life frame
    This is a special keepsake gift for any family no matter what size. This frame design can take up to 100 names, so you can make sure to include ALL the family members for a truly unique gift.

    Personalised Christmas Gift Ideas

    Personalised Gifts for Christmas: Personalised Daily Planner, Ogham Cufflinks & Tree of Life frame

  9. Personalised height ruler
    Handmade from Irish Oak, Ash or Walnut, this height ruler is a staple piece for any family home. No need to mark the kids heights as they grow on the doorframe, this personalised wooden wall height ruler is a fun and special way to record details of everyone’s growing years. If you move house – the ruler can come with you! Pass it down to the next generation and have the whole family’s records all together.
  10. Customised discography print
    For the one who loves music, this wall print is a fun and unique way to celebrate the music of their favourite artist. Add a special message if you wish.

    Personalised Christmas Gift Ideas

    Personalised Gifts for Christmas – Personalised Height Ruler & Customised discography print

This is only a drop in the ocean of the personalised gifts for Christmas available on MarketStreet.ie. There are so many more to choose from in every category, so if you’re looking for more ideas, then search below.

Happy Shopping!

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20 Unique And Impressive Christmas Gifts For Her

20 Unique Gifts for Her That Are Sure To Impress

Christmas gift inspiration for the special lady in your life!

It’s no secret that buying the perfect gift for her is a difficult task. Whether its a gift for mum, a sister, a friend, a daughter, an aunt, granny…it’s hard to know what to get them. You want to gift something special, because they are special and deserve the best. This is why we have selected our top 20 gift ideas for her that we’re sure she’ll love.

Top 20 Impressive Christmas Gifts For Her:

  1. One-on-one Makeup Lesson
    This private makeup tutorial in Dublin by award winning makeup artist, Kellie Fitzgibbon, is a practical gift she will get a lot of use from. Kellie will go through her own makeup bag and teach her how to flawlessly apply a look that suits her skin stone and face shape. The perfect gift for someone who loves to look great and has a busy social calendar ahead!
  2. Christmas Hamper Box
    This gorgeous hand tied hamper has everything she’ll need to sit back, relax, and unwind this festive season. Beautifully packaged and you can leave a note to send directly to the recipient.
  3. Handmade Sunglasses
    A pair of stylish sunnies is always ideal to have in your accessories wardrobe. Made from recycled materials and featuring polarised lenses, these sunglasses are perfect for that low Winter sun and have her ready for Summer holidays 2022!
  4. Lemongrass and Coconut Candle 
    This scent is just divine, do fresh and lively, but what makes it even more unique is the concrete candle holder it comes in!
  5. Tweed Bucket Bag
    This is a beautiful quality handcrafted tweed shoulder bag with a leather base. The tweed is 100% wool and has a lovely finish and the adjustable strap has an extra long drop, giving you a choice on where you position the bag. Practical gift they can use all year round.

    Christmas Gift Ideas For Her

    Christmas Gift Ideas For Her: Lemongrass and Coconut Candle, Tweed Bucket Bag, The Ultimate Cocktail box


  6. Leather Leaf Necklace
    Hand cut leather leaf with beading and pendant details on silver chain – a unique accessory to dress up any outfit – day or night!
  7. Handmade Ceramic Jug
    This is a colourful addition to any home and one that she will love.
  8. Mum Cushion
    A special gift for a special mum at any time of year.
  9. The Ultimate Cocktail Box
    Why try one when you can try them all? The Ultimate Cocktail box is a cocktail lovers dream and comes with three cocktail drinks, two glasses, and two tickets to their garden tour which include a free cocktail on the day! Now that is a gift they’ll love!
    (Note that you must be 18 to purchase and receive this gift)
  10. Irish Linen Makeup/Accessories Pouch
    This is a contemporary embroidered Irish linen zipped pouch ideal for using as a makeup bag or for keeping your accessories or jewellery in. High quality pouch that will last!

    Christmas Gifts For Her

    Christmas Gifts For Her: Copper tea light holders, Leather leaf necklace, Irish Linen Pouch

  11. Seaweed Gift Box
    Surprise someone special with a gift of natural Irish seaweed super nutrient serum and seaweed lip butter. This is a great natural and sustainable gift idea for her this Christmas.
  12. Handwoven Scarf
    Gorgeous, super-soft, 100% virgen wool scarf available in a choice of colours, is a unique gift that will be worn over and over and last for years to come. A gift that’ll put a smile on her face!
  13. Feel Relaxed Giftset
    For the busy woman on the go all day every day, and this is the ideal gift they will truly appreciate. The gift set contains a Relax Body Oil and a Ground Roll-on that will calm the mind and slow the breath for a deep relaxation feel. What more could they need in this busy hectic world
  14. Circle of Life Pendant
    This contemporary sterling silver and rose gold pendant is a beautiful piece of handcrafted jewellery that will be kept forever.
  15. Create Your Own Flower Bouquet
    For the woman that loves and appreciates a nice bouquet of flowers then these handmade crepe paper flowers will be well received. Choose your own flowers and colours, these flowers are made to last a life time, and they’re so real looking too!

    Christmas gift ideas for her

    Christmas gifts for her: Large handmade jug, Flare drop earrings, Handwoven scarf

  16. DIY Plant Hanger
    For the crafty lover, this DIY macrame plant hanger kit is something they will enjoy doing over the Christmas break and have a fab hanger for their plants at the end of it. 2-in-1 gift really!
  17. Face Pot
    This contemporary design is something a little different and can be used for a small house plant, storing jewellery or even to brighten up their work desk for holding their stationary. A unique multi-use gift.
  18. Copper Tea Light Holders
    A beautiful set of 3 Copper Tea Light Holders. Handmade using plumbing fittings and hand polished to a natural finish that will age and develop character over time. The copper reflects a natural glow when the tea lights are lit.
  19. Felt Brooch
    We all know someone who loves a brooch whether it’s an aunty or a friends, and this felt flower will bring a fab pop of colour to any coat or outfit.
  20. Silver Flare Earrings
    These long earrings symbolise the different relationships we develop throughout our lives. Each point of every triangle represents each relationship we form and how those connections grow further and expand. Handmade jewellery made for any occasion.

    Christmas Gift ideas for Her

    Christmas Gifts for her: Seaweed gift set, Sustainable Sunglasses, Create Your Own Flower Bouquet

If you’re looking for something a bit more personal and specific to the recipient then have a look across our website or search for your own ideas below.

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Top 3 Unique Experience Gifts Ireland

Give them a gift of making new new memories

Experience Gifts Ireland

So you may have already enjoyed shopping unique gifts online, but now we have even MORE gift ideas for you and we’re sure these experience gift ideas will be well received!

It’s been a hell of an 18 months for everyone, but now everyone wants to make up for lost time, making new memories with friends and family, and getting out and about around the country again!

MarketStreet.ie has some really fun and unique experience gifts that would make the perfect Christmas present this year if you’re looking for something a little different that they’ll really enjoy.

Here is our top 3 experience gifts Ireland:

1. Dingle Photography Tours
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Experience Gifts Ireland – Dingle Photography Tour

This is an exciting experience gift based in Dingle, Co. Kerry for any aspiring photographer. Having the most picturesque scenery to take photos of is a dream for any photographer. Dingle Darkroom photography and sightseeing tours explore the rich and varied landscape of County Kerry and Ireland. This tour gives you the opportunity to improve your photography skills using any camera, device or phone while visiting a variety of stunning and carefully chosen locations, largely away from the hustle and bustle of the busy tourist routes. Visit parts of Kerry and Ireland you’d never generally get to see, as the group follows the back roads, narrow lanes and trails, discovering landscapes that will both captivate and enchant you.

2. Vintage Tea Trip
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Experience Gifts Ireland – Vintage Tea Trip Dublin

Take a step back in time with Vintage Tea Trips during this Dublin experience gift. Indulge in afternoon tea treats, great conversation while taking in Dublin city’s sites and listening to some fabulous 1950s jazz music. This vintage bus, also known as the ‘biscuit tin on wheels’ offers it’s visitors afternoon tea the Irish way! Whether you’re based in Dublin or not, it’s an afternoon tea worth the trip and a unique experience gift for anyone.

3. Crepe Paper Flower Making Group Class
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Experience Gifts Ireland – Crepe paper flower making class, Cork

If you’re feeling like a group get together for a bit of crafty fun, something new and a glass of bubbles with the girls, then this crepe paper flower making class is just the thing! The class is based in a Co. Cork studio and caters groups with a minimum of 4 people. The flowers you will learn to make are amazing and so real looking. You’ll come home with crepe paper flowers and memories that will both last a lifetime!

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7 Useful Christmas Gifts for Dogs

7 Great Christmas Gifts For Dogs

Give your pup exactly what they’re wishing for this Christmas!

When it comes to waking up on Christmas morning and tearing open long-waited presents, nobody should be left out! This includes the favourite member of the family: the dog! It may seem silly to be Christmas shopping for your four-legged friend, but they will love the attention and their brand new gifts! And if you’re lost on what to get them, don’t worry, we have some great useful gift ideas that you can surprise them with!

Christmas gift guide for dogs

Top 7 Christmas Gifts for Dogs: 

  1. This “Cow Crazy” Dog Bow Tie
    Your dog will love how spiffy they look in this special holiday bow tie! The pattern is adorable, and it has a secure elastic that can attach to your dog’s collar easily. Bow ties are made custom for each order, ensuring this is one of the best Christmas gifts for dogs on the market!
  2. The Seasonable Reversible Bandana, with Snowmen or Seasonal Words!
    This reversible bandana will make sure your pup is always in fashion this holiday season! One side is patterned with adorable snowmen, and the other with a collage of seasonal and holiday-themed words. With this bandana, your dog will enjoy the holidays in style.
  3. These Wood Stuff Carrot Bone Dog Treats
    Is there any Christmas gift for dogs better than a nice bag of treats? These award-winning treats are low fat and flavoured with carrot as the perfect holiday treat for any puppy. They’re even shaped like little bones! Your dog will love munching on these delicious treats.
  4. This Blue Star Bandana
    This lovely design can be worn any day of the year! Your pet’s collar slips easily through the top and ships with a maximum of only three business days. It comes in a variety of different sizes, so whatever dog you have can fit it comfortably.

    Christmas gift ideas for dogs

    Christmas gifts for dogs: Paw print Christmas stocking, Eco Mutt Deluxe Gift Box & Christmas Reversible Dog Bandana

  5. This Eco Mutt Deluxe Gift Box
    This gift box is a deluxe spa day wrapped up in a beautiful package! Your pup can feel pampered with the powder shampoo, shampoo bar, soap tin, and special pet towel! With this gift, your dog can be as spoiled as they deserve.
  6. A Special Red Paw Print Christmas Stocking
    This adorable paw print stocking makes sure that your dog is included in all the holiday fun! It’s a festive red and can be easily stuffed with gifts for Christmas morning. It can even be personalised with your doggie’s name!
  7. A Personalised Bone Bunting
    This handmade bone bunting can easily decorate your pet’s sleeping area or bed! Have it personalised with their initials and hang it over their bed so everyone knows what space it is. It is truly an adorable gift to personalise your dog’s space!

With these 7 suggestions, you can truly find the perfect Christmas gifts for dogs. Say thank you to that special furry friend in your life with these adorable, affordable, and personal gifts!

If you’re looking for even more Christmas gift ideas for your dog or a dog owner, you can search below for your own ideas.

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Christmas Gifts For Grandparents

10 Thoughtful Christmas Gifts For Grandparents

Special Grandparents deserve a special Christmas gift

We’ve pulled together a list of thoughtful Christmas gifts for grandparents that we know they’ll love!

It’s that time again…trying to find the best Christmas present for grandparents when there’s nothing they really need. We know they love spending time with their grandkids more than anything, so why not find them a thoughtful Christmas gift that shows them just how special they really are.

Our top 10 thoughtful Christmas Gifts for Grandparents:

1 . Child Art Embroidery

Most kids love to draw so why not get them to draw a special picture for granny and grandad and get it embroidered onto a beautiful decoration they can keep forever.

Your Child’s Art Embroidery

2 . Personalised Christmas Tree Decoration

This is a hugely popular gift. Perfect gift to display on their Christmas tree every year with the names of their precious little people on it.

Grandparent Christmas Ornament

3 . Personalised Little Monsters Frame

Another popular choice for grandparents in this fun personalised frame with all the little monsters included especially for granny and grandad to hang proudly on their wall.

Personalised Granny and Grandad’s Little Monsters

4 . A funny little hanging sign for grandparents house.

Wall Sign – Retired/Grandchildren

5 . A cute token gift set

Available for granny or grandad this gift set comes with a book and sock and is a thoughtful little gift they’ll be delighted to receive.

Grandpa Gift Book with Socks

6 . A special hug for granny or grandad.

If they can’t be with granny or grandad at Christmas then a special hug for granny or grandad is a lovely thoughtful gift that will surely put a smile on their face when they open it.

A Hug for Granny Decoration

7 . Framed Grandchildren Tree

Get all the grandchildren in the family together in one framed gift for the grandparents this Christmas. A really thoughtful and one of our most popular Christmas gifts for grandparents.

Grandchildren Tree

8 . A leather superhero keyring

Perfect little gift for the superhero grandparent in your life.

Leather Superhero Keyring

9 . One on a Million Button Frame

Because they are one in a million they deserve this one in a million frame!

One in a Million Button Frame

10 . Grandad Frame

A gift for just for grandad. Let him know how much he is appreciated with this frame just for him. Also available for granny/nana/grandma!

Dad/Daddy/Father/Grandad/Uncle Scrabble Art Frame

Make this Christmas special with one of these thoughtful Christmas gifts for grandparents!

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Christmas Gifts for Kids

18 Unique Christmas Gifts for Kids

Need Inspiration For Your Christmas Gifts for Kids?

The MarketStreet.ie elves have put together a helpful list of gift ideas for kids to make life a little easier!

With the holiday season right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about what to get the special kids in your life for Christmas. Giving gifts to children can be stressful, as kids tend to be picky and shopping for presents isn’t cheap. However, this Christmas season does not have to be stressful.

Below is a list of some great kids gift options, all selected from MarketStreet.ie, where all the items are made by Irish designers and crafters.

Let’s take a look at our 18 top Christmas gift ideas for kids

  1. Personalised Princess Jewellery Holder – Get the princess loving kid in your life a jewellery holder that can be customised to have their name on it! This gift is great for organisation, while making the girl in your life feel like a princess.
  2. Mini Fox Fairy – Bring fairytales to life with this toy that your kid is sure to love. The mini fox fairy allows the little one in your life to create their own magical adventures, thanks to this novelty. A mini fox superhero is also available.
  3. Kids GPS Watch – Looking for a gift that will benefit you and the child in your life? Take a look at this kids GPS watch that has phoning and tracking abilities, which ensures the safety of your kid! Available in blue and pink and we have a Christmas offer on this watch – it is now on sale for €129 – down from €199!!
  4. T-Rex Money Box – Teach your kid how to save money with a piggy bank that they are sure to love! This handcrafted T-Rex money box has clear sides so your loved little one can watch their savings grow!

    Christmas gifts for kids – Personalised Jewellery Holder, Organic Cotton Sleepsuit, Solar System Puzzle

  5. Kids Affirmation Cards – Motivate the child you love to learn about positivity with this gift. Affirmation cards teach your loved one the importance of positive self-talk, which is a gift that will pay off throughout their lives. More designs available.
  6. Christmas Activity Kit – Bring on the festive spirit with a Christmas activity kit centred around two elves in Flutterwood, Izzy and Ralph. This gift is great for both boys and girls and it can be mixed and matched with other Flutterwood kits!
  7. Personalised Baby Rattle – Is there a baby in your life that you are struggling to find a nice present for? Something different that they won’t already have. Look no further as we have a personalised baby rattle that they are sure to love, even as they get older!
  8.  Personalised Fairy Door – Give the gift of magic to the little girl in your life! This fairy door is meant to be customised, which then awakens a special fairy for your little one!

    Christmas Gifts for kids: T-Rex Money Box, Wellness Fairy Doll, Fairy Dress Up Want and Wings.

  9. Fairy Elle Wellness Doll – Take away the worries from your kid with this wellness fairy doll. This gift comes with a magic spray, book, and notepad, all meant to soothe your child when things are difficult.
  10. Sleepsuit – Is the baby you’re shopping for in need of clothes rather than toys? This organic cotton sleepsuit is great for babies as it is double zipped, sole gripped, and super comfy!
  11. Kitty Slippers – Perfect for keeping cosy in the cold winter weather, these felt kitty slippers are ideal for your adored kid, especially if they love kitties!
  12. Soother Chain Set – Help out the babies in your life with a teething, soother chain set. This Christmas themed gift provides comfort while being fashionable and practical all at the same time!
  13. Bib Set – Another great gift option for a baby or toddler – a dribble bib set that comes with a teether. What better way to provide comfort for a little one.

    Christmas Gifts for Kids: Believe in Yourself Wall Print, First Christmas SOother Chain & Teether, Kids GPS Watch

  14. Button Initial Frame – Personalise a unique gift for your favourite child with this initial frame made out of handpicked buttons. A keepsake gift that will stay with them as they grow.
  15. Believe in Yourself Print – Does the girl in your life love unicorns? Take a look at this unicorn wall print that comes with the great affirmation, “believe in yourself.”
  16. Framed Name Print – Commemorate your kid’s name with a black and white hand drawn name print (with a pop of red, of course!). The uniqueness of this print is a meaningful present for your loved one.
  17. Wings and Wand Dress Up – Do you know a little girl that wishes she was a fairy? Bring her imagination to life with this fairy dress up set that she can use year-round!
  18. Planet Puzzle – Teach your child about the solar system with this plywood puzzle! And, to add in more fun, your kid can paint the puzzle to look just like the solar system!

Make this Christmas the best one yet for the children in your life with this list of Christmas gifts for kids!

If you’re looking for even more Christmas gift ideas for babies then have a look in our baby/kids section or search below for your own ideas.

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15 Best Christmas Gift Ideas For Men

Need some inspiration when it comes to Christmas Gift Ideas for Men?

Getting a good surprise for the men in our lives can be a challenge. If your brother/husband/dad etc is really into something, technology say, it’s hard to get them the right piece of tech without asking them about it first. I know my husband spends hours researching any piece of technology before buying it, so I’m sure I’d buy the wrong thing but once you ask them about it, then where is the surprise?

What we are certain of is that men, like everyone else, appreciate good quality, originality and thought in a gift.  So we have pulled together a list of beautifully made gifts crafted by hand in small numbers that it is unlikely they will have seen before. Some of these gifts can even be personalised to show how much you care.

So, before you reach for the generic cologne and aftershave balm gift set you can see in shops up and down the country, have a look through this list of artfully curated Christmas gift ideas for men, by the MarketStreet.ie Christmas elves!

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Here is a list of our 15 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Men:

  1. If he’s really into music then this customised discography print would be a great gift. Who is his favourite band or artist? Let us know and the print will be populated with their record releases. A personalised message can also be included showing even more thought!
  2. If he likes the clean shaven look we have the perfect shaving set he will absolutely love! An Irish bog oak shaving set comprising a silver tip badger hair shave brush and matching stand. The wood used is sourced in Donegal.
  3. For the one who loves a nice pen, we have a fabulous ballpoint pen made with antique copper and bog oak wood.
  4. A modern twist on a six pack, this handmade wooden beer caddy and bottle opener is a cool gift for the beer drink dad/hubby/brother/friend!
  5. This trendy yet practical gift is ideal for anyone really…a pair of wooden framed sunglasses with polarised lenses. Great for those sunny winter days and prepared for a busy year of holidays in 2022!
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    Christmas gift guide for men – Irish bog oak shaving set & Sterling silver cufflinks.

  6. Is he into fly fishing? For fans of this very niche activity we have some gorgeous real leather fly fishing wallets which he would be absolutely thrilled with!
  7. One of our personalised gift options includes this phone/tablet holder which comes in a range of sizes depending on what he may want it for. Personalise with his name for a more customised gift experience.
  8. For the men who like to cook, this personalised recipe book is exactly what he needs to store all his favourite recipes in. He will use it over and over for many years to come and is sure to serve up some pretty yummy meals from it!
  9. Is he in the market for a nice new pair of cufflinks? Look no further – these handmade sterling silver cufflinks are unique and equally striking. Their design is based on the night sky from the Wild Atlantic Way and a design you won’t find elsewhere.
  10. For the active and sporty guys, something a little different like this waterproof messenger bag with an image of a famous Irish landscape. Ideal for bringing on their sea swims, heading down to the gym or just out and about every day.
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    Christmas gift guide for men – Liverpool FC vinyl and wooden sunglasses.

  11. If he enjoys a tipple of whiskey every now and again then he’d appreciate this classy blended Irish whiskey.
  12. Because they love Liverpool then this Liverpool vinyl record will absolutely bring a smile to their face! Not something you’ll find in the shops!
  13. What man doesn’t like a nice leather wallet for all their cards and this is a on-of-a-kind wallet so it will be easily recognisable when out and about.
  14. If they’re really into their facial hair then this beard care set has everything they need to have it looking good all day every day.
  15. Sometimes men need to relax and soothe their muscles and when that time comes then having this very masculine muscle soothe gift set at the ready will show him you do care about all that extra running around he had to do that one time…jokes!

So there you have it. Our top picks for Christmas gift ideas for men in Ireland this Christmas!

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