Your Gift Fix
If you don’t fancy hitting up the usual suspects for presents for your nearest and dearest, then the Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at the RDS in Dublin from December 5 to 9 will offer plenty of inspiration. There are tonnes of original and quirky options courtesy of the 500 or so designers, makers and artisan food producers who will be exhibiting. You’ll have a chance to meet these creatives face to face and hear their stories: just some of our favourites are The Dublin Puzzle Company, who create handcrafted puzzles, as well as Guadalupe Creations, who make unique handcrafted dolls for children, from a Ziggy Stardust to Mexican-wrestler bunnies. Animal lovers this year will find plenty of options for their furry friends and design enthusiasts will enjoy sleek, high-end offerings from the likes of Alan Meredith Studio (Vinculum shelf, pictured left). Foodies should check out the Christmas Food Emporium, and don’t forget, if you want to pick up a bargain, there is 10% off everything on the opening day, December 5.