The Emerald Isle offers something for everyone – beautiful landscapes, stunning architecture, a rich literary legacy, and a treasure trove of artisan products. Head a half hour outside of Dublin into the rolling countryside to explore the shops of charming Kildare Village or browse the stores along Grafton Street and around St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin’s most popular public park. With a little luck of the Irish and our recommendations, you’ll find plenty to squeeze into your suitcase. Slàinte!
Irish crystal making originated in County Waterford, south of Dublin, in the early 18th century. Today, Waterford crystal is known the world over for its brilliance and beauty. Get up close with today’s artisans with a factory tour; learn about the company’s storied history – from chandeliers in Westminster Abbey to the New Year’s Eve Ball in Times Square. And of course, don’t miss the truly shining gift shop!
The iconic blankets of Foxford have certainly stood the test of time. Founded in 1892, Foxford is one of the last working mills in the country, using traditional techniques to produce contemporary blankets and traditional Irish tartans. Pick up luxurious mohair or sturdy wool blankets at the beginning of your trip – you’ll enjoy cozying up with them during chilly Irish nights and cherishing the woven reminder of your trip’s memories at home.
Beautiful, handmade pottery, glazed to reflect the colors of the Irish landscape, makes an excellent gift for yourself – or a loved one. Opt for something practical like a mug or lamp, a classic Buidéal bottle shaped vase or a one-of-a-kind modern object. Splurge in the housewares department of Brown Thomas or peruse the tea houses and craft shops in County Kildare for something more offbeat. For a beautiful gift, consider the iconic Belleek china.
Did you really visit Ireland if you don’t return home with at least one Guinness-branded cup? Touring the Guinness factory is a checkbox on most tourists’ Dublin bucket lists. If you prefer to stay off the beaten path, you can still find plenty of items in gift shops across the city.
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