■ Mugs from €2.95, bowls from €9.95, plates from €7.95 at Arnotts.
They’re all at it, celebrities turning a hand to design and the latest is Ellen DeGeneres, who is now designing the ED Crafted collection for venerable china manufacturer Royal Doulton.
It’s a departure from the fine porcelain products we associate with the brand, and includes a selection of mugs, plates and bowls suitable for everyday use. But a more subtle selection called Blue Love would work for informal entertaining, with its artisanal, hippy vibe featuring words intertwined with a hand-drawn pattern in blue.
For the god father who loves to get busy in the kitchen, try this rustic chopping board with natural waney edge
(€14.99 at TK Maxx).