More than ever before it is vital that we support our local economy and shop in smaller independent stores this festive season. Below is a list of the best Irish businesses for Christmas shopping, whether you’re looking for housewares, clothing, makeup, books, or toys. These shops are all online, so you can get started with your shopping now.
Instead of shopping at the usual spots like Yankee Candle, why not try this Bray based shop. The candles are affordable and smell great, and it’s a fantastic way to shop local. You can DM them on Instagram to make an order.
Max Benjamin is on the slightly pricier side, but has an array of original scents in the form of candles and diffusers – the perfect gift for someone who loves their smells. The candles start at €25.
Amazon and Book Depository are great websites, but if you’re looking to pick up some books as gifts, then look no further than Dubray. They have several retailers across Ireland, but currently with the shops closed you can also order online.
The Gutter Bookshop is another gem, with a branch in the Dublin City Centre and in Dalkey. So named after an Oscar Wilde quote, this independent book shop stocks all the latest titles for the book lovers in your life.
If you have someone in your life who loves colourful and funky jewellery, then Studio 98 is the place for you. It’s a Dublin based Etsy brand with some beautiful prints and designs for their jewellery.
For more jewellery, take a look at this Depop page where one of a kind clay earrings are sold.
These affordable and beautiful hair bands and hair ties are perfect for women of all ages. Starting at just €6 and providing free shipping for orders over €40, this boutique is perfect for the hair lovers in your life.
Another beautiful jewellery brand, By Haya sells stunning hand-made beaded bracelet and face mask chains. Sold on her Instagram, you can DM her to order and there’s the option for national and international shipping.
This retailer has a little bit of everything, from health and beauty, to kitchen and home decor. The best part, they’re all eco-friendly.
This small Irish business makes wreaths, the perfect accessory for your door this Christmas. More than ever before, people are out walking and what better way to spread Christmas cheer than by decorating your front door with a handmade wreath. Enquiries can be made through their Instagram page and Revolut payments are accepted.
Avoca stocks a wide variety of Irish merchandise, making it a great one stop shop. Whether you’re looking for some new crockery or a cookbook for a loved one, Avoca has it all.
Gift House is a great website to shop if you’re looking for the best Irish businesses for Christmas shopping. The website is separated into categories, so no matter who you’re shopping for this Christmas, they’ll have a ton of ideas for you.
Sometimes the best gift is something baked – Le Patissier does a range of beautiful cakes, such as lemon drizzle, coffee, chocolate fudge or cheese cake. They can add icing to spell out a message if you wish as well.
FloIllustrate provides funky prints of landmarks within Ireland, starting at just €11. For the person who has everything, why not gift them a framed print of their favourite spot, or something colourful to brighten up their room? With their prints of Dublin landscapes, this is one of the best Irish businesses for Christmas shopping.
This Irish website has everything from Christmas cards to prints. It was founded in 2015 by a husband and wife who work out of their Dublin based studio. They sell a variety of gift bundles that; include framed prints with tote bags, tea towels, or art books which you can check out.
Kash Beauty, owned by fellow Irish makeup artist Keilidh Cashell, is the perfect place to shop for that makeup obsessed person in your life. Having spent years as a makeup artist, Keilidh knows what makes a great product, and her fabulous packaging will make for a great looking present under the tree.
Another Irish beauty brand, Sculpted by Aimee has more of a focus on skin makeup, such as bronzers, blushes, and highlighter. Owned by makeup artist and influencer Aimee Connolly, these products look luxe at an affordable price.
Cloud 10 is the Irish equivalent of Sephora or Beauty Bay. This Irish online retailer stocks fabulous brands such as Morphe, Inglot, and Sigma. They sell everything from fake tan to makeup brushes and their shipping is extremely fast. Truly one of the best Irish businesses for Christmas shopping.
This Irish owned brand ships internationally, free with orders over €70, and has collections available from Dublin 16 too. They sell clothing and jewellery and are very affordable compared to other online fashion retailers.
2020 has been the year of comfy clothes, and Beaucoup Family Clothing is the perfect place to shop them. Their unisex designs feature Hip Hop artists, from Cardi B, to Tupac, and the simple designs mean there’ll be something for everyone. Even better, proceeds from every transaction goes towards the Black Lives Matter movement.
This site has a range of baby clothes, from bibs to sleep suits, and at not an extortionate cost. With many retailers currently closed, parents are finding it difficult to cloth their children – this site takes that stress away.
This brand is focused on helping individuals with wellness and their mental health. They sell journals, pens, water bottles, and food planners. A beautiful gift for those organised individuals in your life. An important website and one of the best Irish businesses for Christmas shopping.
This stylish and comfy activewear brand is allowing free returns in Ireland up until the 10th January, making it a fabulous place to shop this Christmas for gifts. Keep an eye on the site coming up to Black Friday.
The Fat Fox is a small café based in Greystones that sells merch as well as all the coffee accessories you could ask for. Give Starbucks a miss and shop here instead, as it is one of the best Irish businesses for Christmas shopping this year.
Bear Market is known for their fabulous coffee and café aesthetic, but they also sell a variety of merch for coffee lovers, such as Keep Cups and coffee machines. If you’re shopping for a coffee fanatic, maybe have a look on their website first.
If you are a small business owner, please let us know in the comments below, we’d love to check out your website!