Christmas shopping, completed.
There are two types of people in this world: those who start planning Christmas gifts for their nearest and dearest months in advance, and those who leave it to a last-minute panic-spree.
Luckily, Kilkenny is here to help you choose just the right thing for your friends, family and partners, cutting out the slog so you can enjoy a mulled wine (or three). Home to some of Ireland’s most loved designers, Kilkenny has an array of wonderful gifts to suit every budget, taste and age this Christmas season across textiles, jewellery, glassware, art, ceramics, pottery, cosmetics, fragrance, fashion and accessories. With such a large selection of products to choose from, supporting Irish producers this Christmas has never been easier.
Ahead, we've chosen the prettiest pieces for every budget, whether you're after a Secret Santa gift for your hard-to-please colleague or splashing out on someone who needs treating.
FOR YOUR MUM:
Brighten up your mum's day (and walls) with a gorgeous piece of art that she can enjoy every day. Rebeka Khan’s intricate pieces will bring some of Ireland’s beautiful nature indoors. The eye-catching Irish Coast at Sunset piece is 100% handcrafted in Ireland and even signed by Khan herself.
Rebeka Kahn The Irish Coast at Sunset, €150, Kilkenny
FOR YOUR DAD:
If only you could take him to an old distillery in the mountains for a gift, this Newbridge Whiskey Decanter Set comes with a striking square decanter and stopper along with six matching tumblers making it the perfect gift for liquor lovers making it a very close second to that whiskey distillery trip.
Newbridge Whiskey Decanter Set, €80, Kilkenny
FOR YOUR SISTER:
Since she’s always stealing your clothes, get your sister a scarf of her own. This one is cosy yet chic, which means she can wear it whether she’s going out or just lounging around. Designed and woven in Donegal, these beautiful scarves are made using the best quality wool combined with excellent local craftsmanship making them last for years.
McNutt Of Donegal Light/Dark Grey Scarf, €59.95, Kilkenny
FOR YOUR BROTHER:
A watch with a brown leather strap and clear white face will look particularly good on his wrist—and hopefully, keep him on time. Complete with a date function and water resistance, this watch is perfect for everyday wear and will suit casual or formal attire
Cluse Aravis Dark Brown Leather Strap Watch, €109.95, Kilkenny
FOR YOUR NIECE:
All fuzzy everything, please. Made using the softest chenille yarn and will have your little lamb looking ever so cute.
Patrick Francis Kids Sheep Hat, €18, Kilkenny
FOR YOUR NEPHEW:
Encourage imagination by bringing this Elephant Pull Toy for a walk. Made using FSC-certified wood, this sweet toy can be passed down to younger siblings.
Wild _ Wolfe Elephant Pull Toy, €24, Kilkenny
for your mother-in-law:
No matter how many times you tell yourself that buying gifts for your in-laws is not a test, it still feels like, well, a massive test. This simple yet modern Diem Nordic Vase is sure to pass with flying colours. Designed and created by hand in Ireland, the predominantly white range is amplified through stripes of colour that can easily match any room.
Diem Pottery Nordic Vase Large Blue, €52, Kilkenny
For your aunt:
Whether she's your best friend, your parent's best friend, your mum's sister, or the soon-to-be confidante of your own child, aunts are one of the strongest members of the "village" it takes to raise a kid. And, whenever the situation arises, she probably deserves a pretty great gift like a Foxford throw. Perfect for snuggling on the couch and available in a number of colours, it's sure to suit every kind of home. and will suit a variety of homis a gift that will truly be treasured for years to come and are available in a number of colours and patterns making it even easier to find the perfect throw for your loved one.
The Foxford Grey Marino Houndstooth Throw, €125, Kilkenny
FOR YOUR BOYFRIEND:
If you’ve been dating forever, you might be all out of good gift ideas, but if you’ve been together for only a couple of weeks, you might not even know where to start. Well, VOYA is the answer. For the man that needs a little skincare TLC, treat him to an invigorating VOYA face wash made from organic Irish ingredients harvested from the Wild Atlantic Way that will keep skin feeling young and replenished.
Voya Men's Facewash, €27.50, Kilkenny
FOR YOUR GIRLFRIEND:
We'll just go ahead and say you’re welcome already because all the stress of finding your girlfriend the perfect gift just went right out the door. To give that extra special personal touch, the Enibas Anam Silver Grá Disc and Chain can be customised with hand-stamped initial charms.
Enibas Anam chain, €40, Kilkenny
for your best friend:
Your best friend is great. Like, greater than all your other friends. So giving them a so-so gift is completely out of the question. After all, this isn’t just any old gift—like one for your boss or a Secret Santa exchange or even a family member—this is a present for your partner in crime. Cue Green Angel. This Gift Set is a gorgeous combination of three award-winning products that will leave skin feeling soft and bright even in the winter months.
Green Angel Body Soft Gift Set, €30.00, Kilkenny
FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND'S KID:
You’re not going to save the planet with your choice of child’s toy. But there are choices that you can make that could at least cut the amount by which your best friend's little one adds to the world’s landfill, or contribute to problems such as low-paid labour or unsustainable forestry. The Kids Fight Plastic book will teach children all about plastic waste and how we can make a difference to save the world.
Bookspeed Kids Fight Plastic, €9.50, Kilkenny
There are so many gifts available in Kilkenny both instore and online, but for that one person that’s impossible to buy for, never fear! The Kilkenny gift card can be purchased in stores or online and is the perfect present for those who want to hit the sales hard come January.
To keep up to date on all of Kilkenny’s events and festive offerings, visit their website.