Wish List: Ideas for the prefect quirky Christmas gift

A rainbow rug handmade in India and ‘smart’ toothbrushes would make quirky Xmas gifts, says Esther N McCarthy.

Printmakers Jando have launched their new extra-large format prints, just in time for the season of goodwill and shopping. Look out for the new A1 and A2 formats, with new framing options. All Jando frames are sourced locally and are available in matte white, with a wood-grain finish, and made from 100% ash, using wood sourced from sustainably managed forests. Prices rangefrom €40 to €300 for framed prints. www.jandodesign.com

This vibrant, circular rainbow rug is handmade in India, using recycled fabric and jute and is €17 from Oxfam stores. All their Fair Trade and ethically-sourced gifts help to change lives and the charity says that these gifts are raising vital funds for Oxfam’s work across the world, from development projects in Rwanda and Tanzania to saving lives in places like Yemen. Www.oxfamireland.org.

These seriously cute Hide and Seek bunnies are made by Guadalupe Creations. The story of Guadalupe Creations began five years ago in Guadalupe Cabrera’s studio in Dublin where she started handcrafting designs family and friends. Inspired by her daughter and her imagination, each piece is made with love and care. These are €60. See more at www.guadalupecreations.com.

Get ready to take cleaning the children’s teeth to the next level with The School of Digital Age, or SODA, for short. This is the brand that’s going to rev up your tech accessories and smart products. Behold the Playbrush Smart. It fits onto any manual toothbrush and connects to Apps, so children can play games and get cleaning feedback while brushing their teeth. The feedback has to be better than my threats that all their teeth are going to fall out if they don’t brush properly, right? These are €35 and available exclusively in Ireland from Soda, in the Marvel Room, Brown Thomas, Dublin.

You can’t have too many owls around the place, if you ask me. Loving this Gisela Graham painted glass owl. It’s technically a Christmas tree decoration, but I reckon you could get away with displaying it all year round. It’s on sale at the moment, down from €18.99 to €13.99, from www.littlewoodsireland.ie.

Make the Christmas cocktails in style with this copper cocktail shaker from TK Maxx. Mine’s a mojito. Thanks. www.tkmaxx.ie

How cute are these personalised Sam agus Nessa grizzly bear clocks? They’d be gorgeous in a child’s room. They are €50 and can be found at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, in the RDS, from December 5-9, Kilkenny Stores, https://shop.designist.ie, and on their own site, www.samagusnessa.com.

Cop a look at this cool, copper travel mug. Frank and Honest have upped their game with this new range of re-usable cups. Available in SuperValu and Centra stores in 600 locations nationwide, this 12oz one is €8,and would make a nice stocking filler for the caffeine-lover in your life, perhaps? See www.frankandhonest.ie, for more.


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