The Last Minute Christmas Present Guide

Long time no chat! My presence online really did retire over the last few months. But I’m back with a bang after HIGH demand. Lots of my followers requested a Last Minute Christmas Present Guide, so here we are. Below, I have listed a range of different gifts: both Irish local brands and in some cases, international brands. From Parents to in-laws, cousins to brothers, the list goes on. I hope you find something suited to a family member or friend below!

For Mum

A Good Cookbook (I recommend the Great British Bake Off 2020 book)

Dawn O’Porter novels are always a good shout!

If you want to avoid the classic Yankee Candle purchase, I’d recommend Wood Wicks, which can also be bought in the Galway Yankee Candle store or online.

A Marks and Spencer voucher (because who’s Mum doesn’t enjoy a bit of M&S?!)

While we’re on the topic of vouchers, perhaps a Hair and Nails voucher would be a nice post-Christmas treat for your hardworking Mum!

A Kindle – on the pricier side of presents but may be worth every cent!

A scarf from Brown Thomas.

A 2021 journal!

Jewellery, shop as local as possible! Galway crowd- I recommend Fallers Jewellers. They have everything you can think of!

A homeware gift (A nice couch throw or decoration for the sitting room mantelpiece wouldn’t go amiss- Meadows & Byrne is a great shop for bits and bobs like so!)

A good bottle of Prosecco or Gin.

A personalised phone cover (Fujifilm do this- or if you can guarantee online sales and delivery, PhoneBox.ie are great!

A pamper hamper! Create a handmade hamper full of your Mum’s favourite hand creams, face creams and masks!

A piece of art (be it a painting, a poster print or an ornament).

Stock up on your Mum’s favourite perfume!

For the Mum who loves coffee- why not dish out the cash if you can and buy her an espresso machine (or a replica at a more affordable price!) Harvey Norman have some fantastic offers.

For Dad

Dad’s love spending time with their children, and although we’re mid pandemic, booking an experience together is always an option down the line. Book the Jameson Experience or treat him to the Guinness Storehouse, purchase tickets or promise that post-pandemic, you will go!

A good whiskey set never did any man any harm! The Shelbourne Bar in Cork have created a gorgeous set of three whiskeys, including a sturdy whiskey glass, at €50.

Does anyone else’s Dad have a habit of losing his glasses? A nice glasse/keys stand may go down a treat!

A tool kit. Pretty standard but sometimes practicality is the way to go!

Top up your Dad’s favourite aftershave!

Book your Dad in for a nice stone massage to reward him for all of the hard work he does for you and your family.

A leather wallet or laptop satchel.

A Kindle.

A Smart Watch (I actually got a FitBit for my Dad for Fathers Day, best decision I made!)

A personalised photo frame with a family photo (sentimental gifts are always a win!)

A grooming kit (or perhaps a hair trimmer in case we go into lockdown in January!)

A jacket for the garden or for long walks! Mark’s and Spencer have some gorgeous full zips.

A voucher for his favourite store (B&Q, Hanley’s & Co., Anthony Ryan’s, just to name a few!)

For Sisters

Siblings always require personal gifts, so this one may be hard to muster- but here are some last minute guides on what you can get your sister!

Makeup- Inglot’s newest Maura Higgins’ makeup collaboration.

If she likes vintage brands, pick up a trendy jacket or shirt- or if you’re uncertain, buy her a voucher for her favourite vintage store!

A candle or incense set (Rituals have some gorgeous sets!)

A collection of face masks, beauty bits and nail polish.

A hair treatment set.

A voucher to get her nails/brows done!

A funky print (Desenio have some very unique prints suited to all.)

Rings from TopShop.

Spotlight Oral Care teeth whitening set!

Tickets for an upcoming (or future gig!). I bought my sister Dua Lipa tickets last Christmas which has been postponed until September. Although events may be postponed, they’ll happen. So don’t worry about taking that risk!

Beautyworks hair curler/straightener

A voucher for the spa!

A voucher for her favourite clothing store.

A pair of headphones or a Bluetooth speaker.

A Pandora charm.

For Brothers

A new PlayStation/XBox game.

A new pair of kicks (or a voucher for Lifestyle Sports if you’re not sure).

A good pair of headphones or AirPods.

A few DVD’s or BluRays.

A unique print from Desenio (if he likes sport, film, music, travel)

Aftershave.

A nice hoodie or sweater.

A male grooming gift set.

A laptop case or phone coverz

A leather satchel.

A voucher for the Barbers.

A voucher for Hanley’s & Co. menswear.

A wireless controller for the PlayStation/XBox.

Tickets to an upcoming event (sports or music).

A Sports Jersey.

For Girlfriends

Perfume of your choice.

A voucher for Brown Thomas.

A nice handbag or purse.

A sentimental gift (photo frame/ memory box/ something personal between you both).

Tickets to an upcoming event/gig.

Spa Treatment for you both.

A staycation hotel weekend stay.

A dinner voucher.

A makeup/hair gift set.

A salon treatment voucher.

Spotlight Oral Care Teeth Whitening set.

Jewellery.

Chocolate is always a good stocking filler.

So is her favourite alcohol!

A good book.

A pair of sunglasses (I recommend Crann sunnies).

If you know what tan she wears, get her some!

A vinyl and records of her favourite artists.

Makeup from some of the following Irish brands (Bbold, Cloud10 Beauty, Inglot) Shop local!

For Boyfriends

A PlayStation/XBox game

A good book.

Aftershave of your choice.

A hair trimmer/male grooming set.

A staycation experience.

Tickets to a music gig or event of your choice.

A spa getaway.

A good pair of shoes (or a voucher for Lifestyle Sports)

A watch (Crann.co have some gorgeous watches on their website).

A nice sweater from TopMan or River Island.

A New Wallet/Satchel.

A speaker/AirPods.

Sunglasses (Crann.co have gorgeous pairs!)

A signed jersey of his favourite sports team.

A nice scarf.

Throw in a witty gift (your face on a mug, socks/cushion!)

A fancy hip flask.

A good bottle of his favourite drink.

A voucher for a bookstore (Charlie Byrnes in

Galway- support locally!)

A Smart Watch.

For Grandparents

A scarf or warm hat for your Granny.

A Bublé or Sinatra CD.

A Crossword puzzle set.

A hip flask for your Grandad.

A paddy cap for your trendy Grandad!

Woollen socks to keep them warm.

A nice fleece or jumper.

A photo frame with pictures of all Grandchildren

A DVD (suited to their film taste).

A nice candle or incense.

A Board Game or Playing Cards.

For The In- Laws

A Hamper (full of food, Christmas Treats and drink)

A homeware gift set (Yankee Candle set)

A nice bottle of whiskey or wine and a box of chocolates.

A nice candle and a bottle of wine.

If you’re married, or have close relations to your in-laws, personalised gifts may be a better choice. In this case, a nice ornament may go down a treat, or a hamper full of miniature gift sets.

I hope this guide has helped to some degree (if anything I hope it’s spurred even greater ideas on your end!). Have a fabulous Christmas, and I will talk to you all in the New Year.