written by Melanie May
We’ve handpicked some fantastic Irish food- and drink-inspired products that will make perfect presents for home cooks, budding chefs, coffee lovers, drinks aficionados and gourmands. To help you shop local this Christmas, everything in this gift guide comes from an Irish business.
With something for every budget, you are sure to find a delicious, Irish Christmas gift for the food and drink lover in your life.
Give the gift of good taste this Christmas with a hamper full of delectable goodies.
Blas na hEireann – Blas Box €135
For a true taste of the island, a Blas Box is a brilliant gift. Brimming with Blas na hÉireann award-winning products, this is the ultimate gift for Irish food fans. This hamper includes festive favourites for your Christmas larder from boozy drinks to winter warmers, sweet treats and savoury goodies.
Order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Food Ireland – Christmas Drinks Savoury Box €148
Never run out of nibbles or snacks this festive season with this stuffed hamper of delicious savoury treats that perfectly pair with Christmas drinks. The hamper also comes with an exclusive Good Food Ireland tea towel that will brighten up any kitchen.
Order on the Good Food Ireland website.
Buíoch Irish Chocolates – The Biggun €139.95
Know someone who goes weak for chocolate? Then this whopper hamper is the ultimate gift. Heaving with over 2.5kg of Irish chocolates, which are handmade in Kildare, this hamper has one of everything that Buíoch makes. You’ll melt someone’s heart with this scrumptious selection box.
Order online from the Buíoch website.
Cream of the Crop – Deluxe Dessert Christmas Hamper €59
Know someone delighted by desserts? Then this should satisfy their sweet tooth. The Cream Of The Crop Deluxe Dessert Christmas Hamper is full of goodies from some of Dublin’s best-loved food producers, including Harry’s Nut Butter, Rua Food, Katie’s Kombucha, and Brazilian bakery, Sugar Loaf who made the toothsome Rum & Raisin Gelato-stuffed Panettone Cake.
Order online from the Cream of the Crop website for delivery.
EvenStone – Ice Wine Box €89
EvenStone curated gift boxes feature luxurious products from Irish artisan makers and make for very thoughtful and considered presents. The Ice Wine Box is particularly festive with Killahora Rare Apple Ice Wine, a Somas Black Fig & Vetiver Candle and Neary Nogs Whiskey Truffles.
View the whole collection on the EvenStone website.
Drink aficionados and enthusiasts will love these treats of terrific tipples.
Wine Tasting Ireland – A Class of Wine from €49
For those who want to learn more about wine, Lynda from Wine Tasting Ireland runs virtual vino appreciation courses where participants sniff, swirl and sip their way through classes and tastings. The Back to Basics wine course is fun and informative and includes more than 15 bite-size videos, cheat sheets and infographics with lifetime access.
Check out the Wine Tasting Ireland website to give the gift of the grape this Christmas.
Stillgarden Distillery – Deluxe Experience Gift Box €250
Looking for an incredible gift for a socially-minded ginthusiast? This box has it all. Enjoy a bottle of socially sourced Stillgarden gin or signature cocktail as well as tasters of its vodka and gin too. You also get mixers, glasses, and two tickets for the Distilling Academy and tickets for the Garden Tour too. The perfect gift to get spirited away this Christmas.
Order on the Stillgarden Distillery website.
For the coffee connoisseurs
CoffeeHub.io – Personalised Coffee Subscription from €10
With a coffee subscription from CoffeeHub, recipients get brilliant brews sent to their door which are tailored to their personal taste. They simply take a quiz online, rate previous coffees and get a personal taste profile that is matched to a wonderful selection of coffees from some of the best roasters in Ireland. This unique service makes a brew-tiful gift for any discerning caffeine lover.
Arran St East – Barista Set €75
Made in Dublin, this beautiful, handcrafted stoneware barista set will elevate every cup of coffee. These four little pots go together in inward and outward tessellating architectural shapes and are ideal for coffee, sugar, or cream and the design of the perfect pourer means they’ll never spill a drop of milk again.
Shop on the Arran St East website for click and collect or worldwide delivery.
Subscription services – the gift that keeps on giving
Burren Smokehouse – For the Love of Cold Smoked Salmon from €121.15
For one of the most unique subscription services look no further than the offering from the Burren Smokehouse. Each month a bountiful box of Cold Smoked Salmon will be delivered and will feature all of its marinades. This is a very thoughtful gift for those who might be missing the taste of home.
3, 6 and 12-month subscriptions are available, order from the Burren Smokehouse website.
Gifts for kitchen creatives
Holly White – Online Vegan Cooking & Lifestyle Course €99
For the vegans in your life or those making New Year’s resolutions to eat more plant-based foods, Holly White is running an online ‘4 Week Vegan Cooking & Lifestyle Course’. The cook-along on Zoom will cover everything about living a plant-based lifestyle as well as learning how to make Holly’s favourite plant-based dishes.
Book via Holly’s website.
Gaz Smith and Rick Higgins – And for mains… €39.95
Cookbooks are great gifts and the hottest Irish cookbook at the moment is without a doubt And for mains… by Gaz Smith and Rick Higgins. This recipe- and story book is filled with mouthwatering dishes and magnificent photos that will put a fire in the reader’s belly to get into that kitchen and start cooking up a storm.
Order online from the And for mains… website or buy in Higgins Butchers in Sutton and O’Reilly’s Butchers & Michaels, both in Mouth Merrion.
Gifts for budding chefs
The Cool Food School – Mini Chef Bundle €51.99
Get the kids into the kitchen and nurture their natural curiosity and creativity with this mini chef bundle from the Cool Food School. With a cookbook full of global recipes and fun facts, a safe food cutter and peeler as well as an Irish-made apron, the budding chef in your life will be whipping up the Christmas feast in no time.
Buy online from the Cool Food School website.
Grá Chocolates – Christmas Collection from €15
Gráinne knocks it out of the park again with the exquisite Grá Chocolates Christmas Collection. The artistry and attention to detail are astounding and unwrapping one of her creations is a magical moment. This year, the collection features gorgeous festive baubles, chocolate hearts and mint hot chocolate. It’s a special way to make Christmas sweet for a loved one.
Order on the Grá Chocolates website for collection and delivery.
Rebel Chilli – Christmas Stocking Filler €15
Some like it hot and if you know someone who does, then this hot sauce stocking filler makes for a smoking present. The set contains Rebel Chilli’s Red Chilli, Habanero Relish, Korean BBQ Sauce and Jalapeño and Raspberry Chilli Jam. The Cork company also offers a hot sauce subscription service for those who like to feel the heat all year long.
Buy online from the Rebel Chilli website.