Brilliant books and Christmas collectables - here's our wish list

Esther N McCarthy picks perfect paperweights, brilliant books and Christmas collectables this week.

Brilliant books and Christmas collectables  - here's our wish list

Esther N McCarthy picks perfect paperweights, brilliant books and Christmas collectables this week.

This Robin paperweight is perfect for the season that’s in it. Made by Molly Ellis, and priced at €25, this glass paperweight is based on Molly’s needle felt and nestled in a box full of dried berries and preserved accents that the artist collects from her garden.

She is part of Blackwater Valley Makers in Fermoy and you can find out more at

Our Coffee Table book for this week is David King’s ‘But Really... Adventures With a Difference’.

But if you have kids in the house you can guarantee it won’t stay on the table for very long. Inspired by David’s adventurous little boy, Adam, and with illustrations by the very talented Jess Delacour, this book is all about including people who aren’t always noticed or feel included.

Adam is five years old and has a brittle bone condition, he loves to play wheelchair soccer with his club, Youghal Utd, and this book is about a real-life hero, full of fun and action and colour.

The kids will love it. Available in all good stores for € 11.99, including Easons nationwide and and

Irish company is run by two mums, Vicki and Michelle, who saw a gap in the market for high-quality drool-busting bibs, they’ve branched out since 2014 into Cosyboo robes, Snuggleboo nightwear, Bonnyboo baby hats and lots more.

We love these festive bibs, €5, find out more at

On the Bathroom Shelf this week is the delectable Bobbi Brown Major Crush Liquid Lip Set.

€46, these come in luscious Ginger Snap, Currant Affair, Smoothie Move, and Mango Mood. Bring on the parties!

Available in selected stores and Brown Thomas,

This beauty is from the Newbridge Silverware Christmas Collectable.

“The Joy of Giving” was created to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Newbridge Silverware, featuring a festive Christmas wreath adorned by nine small symbols, each representing one of the nine other collectable decorations in the range.

Two illustrations of Christmas scenes from 1934 and 2019 depicting different generations. Gorgeous. €30, from stockists nationwide, including Kilkenny Shop and Carrig Donn, see

I love the idea of gifting a tree this Christmas. So you buy a tree card for €12 and GROWN will plant a native Irish tree on your behalf.

You’ve helped fight the climate crisis and cut down on unnecessary sock buying, win-win! Your certified tree will be planted on Irish soil, in Lackamore, Co Clare.

You will receive a handmade 5x5’’ blind embossed gift card, written on each card is a reference number as to when and where the tree will be planted. GROWN is an Irish ethical clothing company, inspired by the sea, coast and wildlife of Ireland. GROWN only use organic and earth-friendly materials to make their clothes.

The business was launched in 2016 by Neil McCabe, Stephen O’Reilly and Damien Bligh with a clear focus of planting a tree for every tree.

They’re at Gifted RDS this weekend, Fumbally Stables December 20-23rd and Hen’s Teeth Studio December 20-23rd selling trees.

This beautiful piece is titled ‘Nirvana’ and created using acrylic mixed media on raw stretched canvas by artist Terza Sterbova.

It’s part of her ‘Vibrant and Bold’ collection which has been inspired by the arrival of her baby boy. Priced at €1,500, all of Terza’s work can be seen and purchased through her Instagram or FB page, both Tyda Art or by appointment at her home studio.

Feast your eyes on this beautiful bone light in flint steel and deer bone by RDS bursary winner Ed Coveney.

He features with Elements of Action at Gifted – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at the RDS this weekend, see

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