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Christmas Gifting: 8 unique home-grown Wicklow gift ideas.

Christmas Gifting: 8 unique home-grown Wicklow gift ideas.

Following Green Friday, the notion of shopping local is to the fore of all of our minds.  We’re making it even easier for you to have a more sustainable festive season, with a fantastic list of local Wicklow products, each unique and ideal Christmas gifts for your loved ones!

Cosy one-of-a-kind Sweater from Glendalough Woollen Mills.

This historic gift shop situated in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains is on the go since 1968, with a strong tradition in making gorgeous and unique hand-knitted sweaters from sheep wool.  Perfect for a cold Winter’s jaunt through the Wicklow hills around Glendalough!  Buy online at – www.glendaloughwollenmills.com

 

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–> Great Walks around Glendalough to try over the holidays

Wicklow designed and crafted Christmas tree decorations from TJ Gelletlie.

The ‘Bobby Bird’ is designed and crafted in Wicklow by Joan Gelletlie, who is owner of one of Ireland’s oldest jewellers, established back in 1818. The glass and silver bird was designed so families can remember a loved one who has passed. The bespoke design features the initials of your loved one on a silver chain collar and hangs on the Christmas tree in their memory.  To order the Bobby Bird contact TJ Gilletlies here – www.gelletlie.com/

 

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–> Check out the Wicklow Christmas Market for more gift ideas

Artisan Goodies from the Chocolate Garden of Ireland.

A safe bet if buying a gift for a colleague, or perhaps the in-laws, is a sweet treat from award-winning Wicklow based chocolatiers The Chocolate Garden of Ireland! They were the first artisan chocolate makers in Ireland to introduce Ruby Chocolate, made from the ruby cocoa bean, resulting in a decadent and unique pink chocolate! Order gift hampers online at www.chocolategarden.ie

 

 

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–> Shop til you drop next door at Rathwood Home & Garden Centre

Cute Kids Clothing for Christmas from Tweed in the Valley.

Wicklow is home to a new Irish Tweed brand, where all outfits and matching accessories are designed, cut and hand-made in Avoca. There is a full range of classic heritage pieces that will last for generations, tailored using tweed of bright blues, mustards, raspberries and autumn green plaid, alongside traditional grey and navy herringbone tweeds. Go all out and pair the cute kiddies’ styles with a matching waistcoat for dad or dress for mum! Shop online at www.tweedinthevalley.com

 

 

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Cakes and Curios at Crafternoon Tea.

Where craft and afternoon tea meet!  A trip to Blessington to visit Crafternoon Tea is well worth it to explore the full range of crafts in-store, while indulging in a stylish and elegant afternoon tea experience.  Pick from a large range of hand-crafted Christmas gifts such as crocheted tea-cosies and wine bottle warmers, enamel jewellery, silk scarves and wooden-crafted items.  More details at www.crafternoontea.ie

 

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–> While in Blessington visit Wilde Christmas at Russborough House 

Pop up Festive Design Hub at Belmont Demesne.

For the Christmas period, a new outdoors destination in North Wicklow, Belmont Demesne, is home to a wonderful Design House Boutique & Design Hub.  Showcasing exquisite handcrafted clothing, jewellery, knitwear, prints, pottery and so much more, from some of Ireland’s most talented designers and artists. Opening every day in Arthur’s Barn from 10-5pm, right through until Sunday 5th January.

 

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–> Try a Fatbike Adventure Trail Experience while at Belmont

Give the Gift of an Irish Book from the Blessington Bookstore.

Every book is a gift to its recipient – it brings more than just the words on the pages.  A huge range of Irish books awaits you at The Blessington Bookstore.  A well laid out online shop highlights Local History and West Wicklow interest books, Children’s books by age, heart-warming reads and fiction that makes you think, amongst others!  Buy online at www.blessingtonbookstore.ie

 

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The Wicklow Calendar 2020.

This is a great gift that can be easily sent to loved ones abroad, allowing those who miss home to enjoy the beauty of Wicklow all year round from their own homes.  This years calendar is packed full of stunning pictures of the beautiful landscapes of Wicklow, all donated by local talented photographers.  When you buy the calendar you will also be helping to raise funds for the seven Cancer Support Centres in the County and the Wicklow Hospice Foundation. Order your copy online here.

 

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