All wrapped up: Ideas for the perfect gift this Christmas

Looking for the perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas, or even something to fill your own stocking? Esther N McCarthy rounds up some seasonal ideas to suit everyone.

For the style kings and queens

Give the gift of salon quality hair this party season with the newest release from LanaiBLO — their Limited Edition Electric Candy hairdryer (€99) which is available here..

Staying on perfect tresses, the InStyler GLOSSIE (€89.99) is a good bet, the ceramic styling brush promises shiny, straight and smooth styles that last.

It looks like a brush and straightener in one. Handy.

Available here.

Not forgetting the men this Christmas, Darren Kennedy has just launched his range of men’s products.

We’re talking Purifying Peat Face Scrub, Hydrating Beard Oil, Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel, Daily Moisturiser with SPF20 protection and Matte Hair Clay with active Baicapil ingredient, proven to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.

All available from Dunnes Stores and selected pharmacies nationwide, and at under €15 each, you can treat the man in your life to the whole shebang this Christmas.

The only problem is you’ll be competing for mirror time.

Available here.

For the weekend breaker

There are so many amazing hotels in Ireland, a weekend break away is a lovely gift. An Original Irish Hotel gift card is a nice way of letting the receiver decide where to go.

There is a collection of 60 distinctive, individually-run hotels set in beautiful locations around the country from the Wild Atlantic Way, to Ireland’s Ancient East, the Causeway Coast, Dublin and the Lakelands.

This Christmas, Ballynahinch Castle, Brooks Hotel, Dunraven Arms Hotel, Galgorm Resort & Spa, Manor House Country Hotel, Parknasilla Resort & Spa and Slieve Russell Hotel are offering a range of festive packages.

Find out more at 01 295 8900 or visit the website. Just make sure it’s understood you are their plus one.

Organising a getaway for New Year’s Eve is a lovely gift too.

Harvey’s Point in Donegal.

Harvey’s Point in Donegal will be celebrating it in style as 2019 is the property’s 30th birthday. Lots of enticing packages there, including winter woodland walks and wine appreciation classes.

Find out more at here.

For the fashionistas

Who wouldn’t want to upwrap an on trend animal print fur coat on Christmas morning?

This beauty is called the Fluffy Leo and it’s by NA-KD (€87) from Zalando.

Get the tween queen in your life this very cute pink sweatshirt, don’t worry about it going out of fashion, unicorns have now officially become our style overlords, there’s no end in sight for our obsession with the one-horned wonders. This is from River Island’s girls collection, €19.

Visit the website here.

Let’s not forget the little ones, from your own progeny to godchildren or nieces and nephews, you can’t go wrong with perfect bedwear. Cork company Babyboo.ie have launched the SnuggleBoo sleeping suit, it’s 2.5 tog so warm enough to pop on without blankets or any extra covers.

You’d know it’s two mums running the company, right? Vicki and Michelle have made sure they’re practical and pretty.

The sleepsuit comes with detachable sleeves and is made from super soft organic cotton.

It also includes poppers so you can change their nappy without stripping them off. The SnuggleBoo is €45 and available from the BabyBoo website

For the gadget lover

If you want to buy for the person who has everything, look no further than the smart new Nespresso Barista.

It will change the way they make coffee, and you’ll benefit too.

This device can prepare anything from iced coffee to elaborate lattes to barista-quality hot chocolate. With an integrated touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity, techies will love it too.

And the clincher?

It’s dishwasher safe. Nespresso Barista is available at Nespresso boutiques and online at here priced at €195.

We know Zippos do lighters but they’ve also got some nifty gadgets in their back pockets.

The Zippo hand warmer is refillable, comes in a range of colours with a warmth that lasts six-12 hours.

They also have a variety of accessories including backpacks, wallets and even a satchel, might be handy if you’re trying to purchase for that hard-to-buy-for man in your life.

Find out more on the website, the high polish chrome hand warmer is €28.50 (plus €8.35 shipping).

For the beauty lovers

You know who they are. They love a great bundle of goodies and they’re not afraid to let you know. The Green Angel Pure and Organic Body Soft gift set is one that should be top of your list.

It’s Irish, it’s stuffed full of gorgeous ingredients like seaweed, vitamin E and lavender, plus the price is €39.95, with €45 worth of products. Available from the Kilkenny Shop, Avoca, Shaws, Meadows & Byrne and leading pharmacies and lifestyle shops nationwide.

Find out more on the website.

A well-chosen fragrance will get you on the nice list for sure. Tiffany & Co’s 2018 stand-out perfume is Intense.

Created by perfumer Daniela Andrier of Givaudan, this artisanal Eau de Parfum Intense will earn you major brownie points. It’s available from Brown Thomas and Debenhams, €30ml is €69.

See Brown Thomas and Tiffany&Co.

Boots are always good for solid present options. Behold the Joules On The Moooove Bag. It's €65 and has everything the man in your life will need to feel refreshed on his travels.

We like the cool navy bag too.

Popular skincare brand philosophy has arrived to the newly revamped Arnotts Beauty Hall.

The award-winning American brand aims to inspire beauty beyond skincare with products like this Raspberry sorbet 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath, €19 from Arnotts.

Raspberry sorbet shampoo

For the sporty spice in your life

Go green for 2019 with an electric bike. This is the unisex Raleigh Motus low step bike, perfect for taking on life’s varied journeys, without breaking a sweat.

Raleigh Motus low step bike, perfect for taking on life’s journeys, €1,950

This model is ideal for city riding, surfaced roads or cycle paths, with reliable, long-lasting electric components from Bosch, and most importantly, the 300WH battery will let you ride for up to 125km on a single charge.

Available for €1,950 from The Bike Shed, Dennehy’s Cross, Cork.

Check out their website here.

Got a yoga-lover in the house? They’ll be saying Namaste if you gift them this beautiful collection of yoga sequencing cards to make it easier for you to practise yoga at home, device-free.

A set of yoga cards

Yogaru, a yoga lifestyle website, has launched 108 Asana cards, designed and illustrated by yoga teacher Ruth Delahunty.

They are €32 and available to purchase at [url=http://www.yogaru.ie/]here[/url and The Marvel Room Brown Thomas Dublin. See Brown Thomas.

And finally, for the person you just don’t know what to buy

Why, a bottle of booze, of course. Slane Distillery Christmas Market will run every weekend until Sunday, December 23.

Slane Triple Casked Irish Whiskey.

The recently-opened whiskey distillery located on the historic grounds of Slane Castle in the Boyne Valley, has been converted into a picturesque Christmas village this month.

As well as craft and gift stalls and food offers you can fill 50up a bottle of the Triple Casked Irish Whiskey.

Visit the website here.


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