Celebrate Our Brilliant Irish Artisans: Holiday Gift Guide

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When the gift is a luxurious hand knit garment, Irish knitters stand head and shoulders above all others. Luxurious textured cashmere hat paired with toasty warm stole by consummate artisan Lainey Keogh. Art Deco fan pendant featuring a sparkling blue topaz by bespoke goldsmith Marie-Theresa Walker. Delicious hand crafted linen gingerbread man ornament by Katie Larmour Linen. Emerald green crystal roly poly whiskey tumbler handmade by Dingle Crystal of County Kerry, Ireland.

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Magnificent embroidered cashmere coat by Lainey Keogh.

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Men’s coordinated cashmere hat, scarf and sweater by Lainey Keogh.

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Resplendent in magenta. Knitwear handmade by Lainey Keogh.

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Hand knit fringed poncho and coordinated neckerchief by Lainey Keogh.

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Spectacular embroidered cashmere cocoon style wrap coat by Lainey Keogh, located in Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

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Celtic sunrise pendant featuring rare faceted prehnite by Marie-Theresa Walker Jewellery.

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Glorious statement ring by Marie-Theresa Walker Jewellery.

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Swirl gold earrings, Marie-Theresa Walker Jewellery.

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Sterling silver and gold St. Brigid’s cross pendant necklace, Marie-Theresa Walker Jewellery.

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Textured sterling silver cuff bracelet, Marie-Theresa Walker Jewellery.

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Who says an engagement ring has to be a diamond? Stunning ring by Marie-Theresa Walker Jewellery.

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Petite gold pendants with semi-precious gemstones, Marie-Theresa Walker Jewellery.

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Contemporary Irish clover motif, green tourmaline triscele ring by Marie-Theresa Walker Jewellery, located in Co. Tipperary.

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Celtic shamrock embroidered ornament by the gifted Katie Larmour, who uses recycled, sustainable Irish linen to create these tiny gems.

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Enchanting antique rose seashell, fabricated with natural oatmeal linen and plant dyes. Katie Larmour.

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Lucky horseshoe ornament by Katie Larmour.

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Regal Claddagh ornament, symbolizing love, loyalty and friendship. Katie Larmour.

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Love biscuit ornaments by luxury artisan Katie Larmour.

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Adorable Selkie seal ornament handcrafted by Katie Larmour.

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A precious gift for someone who has been very, very good this year. Bundle of delightful handmade linen Christmas ornaments. Katie Larmour Linen.

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A head turning bouquet bonnet by award winning Carol Kennelly Millinery, of Co. Kerry Ireland.

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High drama by Carol Kennelly Millinery.

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Feminine chapeau by Carol Kennelly Millinery.

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And the winner at the Galway Races wore…Carol Kennelly Millinery.

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A magnificent topper. Carol Kennelly Millinery.

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Crimson red crystal roly poly tumbler by Dingle Crystal.

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Crystal beehive claret decanter, Dingle Crystal. Dingle Crystal is a family-run Irish crystal company founded by master craftsman Sean Daly. From his workshop in the charming town of Dingle, Co. Kerry, Sean fashions his exquisite collection of hand-cut Irish crystal.

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Hand cut crystal teal blue stepped bowl, Dingle Crystal.

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A selection of beauty products by Burren Perfumery.

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Burren Perfumery makes natural cleansers as well as many other delightful beauty products.

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Burren Perfumery is a small family company that crafts natural perfumes and beauty products. They are based in Co. Clare, Ireland.

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Spacious, holds-everything leather tote by Holden Leathergoods, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

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A rainbow selection of stunning vegetable-tanned full grain leather handbags, croc embossed. Holden Leathergoods.

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Why settle for a plain leather belt when you can surprise someone special with a fabulous gift like this? Celtic buckle on navy vegetable tanned leather, Holden Leathergoods.

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Western-Irish style belt is so trendy! Holden Leathergoods.

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Sleek and sophisticated backpack by Holden Leather.

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Handmade Celtic Clays Irish pottery mug.

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Irish Celtic pottery “Trinity Knot Bowl,” by Celtic Clays Ireland.

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Celtic dogs teapot. Celtic Hounds can be found in Celtic jewelry designs and paintings as far back as the 17th century. Celtic Clays is located in Omeath, Ireland and is available through Etsy.

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Pure Irish lambswool cape by Kate Irish Tweed, available on Etsy.

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Retro tweed biker cap by Kate Irish Tweed, handmade in Killorglin, Ireland.

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Eco Marino wool bird felt “stained glass” kit by the talented Niki Collier.

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Handmade felt hat, crafted using undyed wool, wet felted. Handmade in Dublin, from superfine Merino wool. Niki Collier.

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Merino wool silk hat, cravat scarf and fluttering cuffs. Niki Collier.

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Sleek black taffeta sheath dress accented with ostrich feather pocket detail. Caroline Kilkenny.

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Up-trending hot pink pants suit by Caroline Kilkenny.

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Trim kelly green dress with flutter sleeves by Caroline Kilkenny.

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Elegant navy satin crepe dress with flattering flip waist detail, Caroline Kilkenny, based in Dublin, Ireland.

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Colorful rocking elephant will delight one lucky child on Christmas morning. By Irish Woodcraft.

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Bespoke, ornate wood shelf. Irish Woodcraft crafts all variety of handmade furnishings and is based in Co. Meath, Ireland.

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Handmade Irish clothing to wear for a lifetime. Irish fisherman zip front sweater. Cleo Ltd.

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Forest green fisherman roll neck sweater. Cleo Ltd.

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Award winning Jack Doherty Porcelain vessels.

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Doherty Porcelain is soda fired to achieve breathtaking subtle nuances.

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Flower vessel by Doherty Porcelain.

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A collection of glorious vessels by Doherty Porcelain.

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Luxurious merino wool handmade Aran jumper. When a sweater becomes artwork. I am of Ireland.ie.

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Irish lace has a long and fascinating history. At the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre you can watch lace making demonstrations, purchase handmade locally made lace, kits and books about Irish lace. Located in Co. Kerry.

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Exquisite map of Ireland masterfully fashioned by Sinead Hennessy. Each county exhibits a different lace stitch, displaying the variation and complexity of Kenmare Lace.

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Wouldn’t an Irish lace making kit be a lovely gift? Kenmare Lace.

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Hungry for something totally different? Hats that provide a completely new flavor to your wardrobe. Michelle Kearns Design.

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Cascading rose headpiece. Michelle Kearns Design.

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Channeling Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock. This graphic crows headpiece is a show-stopper. Michelle Kearns Design.

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“Celtic Dragons Guarding the Gates.” Remarkable heavy repoussé copper with an antique look in a granite frame by Celtic Copper Craft.

Let’s celebrate the holidays with meaningful, sustainable gifts that honor our extraordinary Irish artisans.

A big Irish thank you; go raibh maith agat to:



Diane Weisbeck

Diane Weisbeck is a native New Yorker. A luxury lifestyle content writer, Diane was a retail buyer for Lord & Taylor’s flagship store, a product design/developer for Saks Fifth Avenue’s corporate office and a Director of Retail for major museums and high end retailers. She assists global luxury brands with their marketing and brand strategies and is also a Fair Trade corporate art consultant.

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