House­warm­ing gifts

Whether it’s for your own abode or for your friend’s new home, here are some great Ir­ish-made in­te­rior gift ideas

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The lat­est fra­grance from The Ir­ish Chan­dler, an in­de­pen­dent can­dle brand based in Co Clare, makes the per­fect house­warm­ing gift. Cre­ated by owner Lisa Bar­nett, Te­o­laí (Ir­ish noun for cosy) cap­tures the warmth and cosi­ness at the heart of any Ir­ish home, us­ing so­phis­ti­cated notes of san­dal­wood, musk and vanilla. The Ir­ish Chan­dler has a va­ri­ety of soy wax can­dles, in­spired by Ir­ish land­scapes and cul­ture, which are a green way of adding a scent to your home – Lisa makes can­dles with plant-based ma­te­ri­als, so there are no an­i­mal de­riv­a­tives. Te­o­laí Can­dle, avail­able at www.theirishch­an­, €10 (small), €14 (medium), €22 (large) and €15 for dif­fuser


Art­work can in­stantly change how a room looks and this unique piece by Dublin de­sign­ers Alljoy will cer­tainly add a cool, ur­ban vibe to any liv­ing space. In­spired by Dublin’s Fair City, the piece is a lay­ered pa­per light­box, which is made from lay­ers of cut pa­per placed in­side a shadow box and is lit from be­hind with led light strips. Laser Cut Pa­per Light­box of Dublin by Alljoy. Made in Dublin, avail­able at JamArtFac­, €59


On colder nights, snug­gle up on this 100% wool throw by McNutt of Done­gal, avail­able at The Done­gal Shop in St Stephen’s Green Shop­ping Cen­tre Dublin. This de­sign that fades from dark grey to light, with a pop of pink in be­tween, will add a snug at­mos­phere to any room. Lo­cated in the sea­side vil­lage of Down­ings on Done­gal’s Wild At­lantic Way, McNutt has been pro­duc­ing some of the finest weaves for over 60 years. McNutt Pure

New Wool Starry Night Pink

Throw (200m x 145m), avail­able at www.the­do­ne­gal­, €79.99


You’re sure to find some great ac­ces­sories on­line at Made of Ir­ish, a one-stop shop for ex­clu­sively Ir­ish-made gifts and home­ware, which was set up in 2018 by Louis Jnr of Louis Copeland &

Sons. This large Diem Pot­tery Jug (€65) – avail­able in blue, grey and yel­low – will suit prac­ti­cally ev­ery kitchen. And this clas­sic Rath­borne Can­dle (€36) is also a good choice. Rath­bornes, founded in Dublin in 1488, is the world’s old­est can­dle com­pany, and still makes all of their can­dles in Dublin. With two wicks, the clas­sic-sized can­dle burns for up to 40 hours and is made from a unique blend of beeswax and pre­mium es­sen­tial oils. Choose from a va­ri­ety of scents. Items avail­able at www.made­


Add an in­dus­trial feel to your abode with this stand­out brass-and-steel lamp by Kop­per Kreation, which uses re­claimed and re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate eye-catching homewares. Cre­ator and founder Em­met Boson­net from Dublin, says the Flange Lamp is “one of their most pop­u­lar prod­ucts as it’s com­pact and af­ford­able, and su­per func­tional too. It’s per­fect as a tidy desk lamp that can be eas­ily mounted to the wall above a socket and plugged in, mak­ing a fea­ture of the Italiantwi­sted fab­ric ca­ble.” Flange Lamp, avail­able at www.kop­perkreatio­, €75


This lim­it­ededi­tion ham­per by Mill­bee is per­fect for the eco-con­scious home­owner. Cre­ated by Of­faly na­tive and begin­ner bee­keeper Jen­nifer Doyle, Mill­bee aims to pro­vide an en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious so­lu­tion to plas­tic, with wash­able-an­dreusable Mill­bee Beeswax Food Wraps. The com­pany recog­nises the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing bees, some of the most im­por­tant crop pollinator­s. The gift set in­cludes beeswax food wraps, a jar of raw Ir­ish honey, a pair of hand-rolled beeswax can­dles and a hand­made can­dle holder. The ham­per also comes in a branded eco box and red rib­bon. Mill­bee Ham­per, avail­able at www.mill­, €58

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