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Christmas – Buy Local

Buying from local businesses is something that I have been passionate about for quite a while. The majority of my posts are about Irish businesses and I believe that we have an abundance of amazing and creative companies here. Buying from local businesses is more important than ever this Christmas so I have put the following list together of Irish companies that I recommend.

Candles

Cailleach Candles

Nola makes the most amazing vegan candles inspired by myth and magic. As evident from my Instagram, I’m a huge fan of Nola’s work. Her sabbat boxes are gorgeous and something I look forward to. The Yule Box and Christmas Cracker Box are currently available and would make a great Christmas present. Green Witch is my absolute favourite scent but everything that Nola creates is gorgeous. Pumpkin15 will get you 15% off any orders.

Emma’s So Naturals

Emma’s range of candles, wax melts and oils is simply gorgeous. Her handmade and vegan products have long been a favourite in my home. As well as candles, Emma also runs a zero waste market on her site with lots of lovely eco-friendly gift ideas. Pomander is new to the Christmas scent family and it is gorgeous. Mint Crisp and Wonderland are other gorgeous Christmas candles.

Cauldron Candles

Lucy’s wax melts and candles are gorgeous and her skulls, pumpkins and cats will appeal to those who believe in Halloween all year long (like me!). She creates hampers and has a gorgeous Christmas collection available right now.

The Goddess Essence

Made in Ashbourne, The Goddess Essence creates beautiful candles and body care potions made with magickal intentions and infused soy wax. There is also a range of mystical jewellery available.

Bath and Skincare

An Bean Feasa

This year began my love affair with seaweed thanks to the wonder that is An Bean Feasa. Hilli’s seaweed products are magical. There is a range of bath products, skincare, soaps and oils as well as her beautiful Rose perfume. I am converted to the healing powers of seaweed and will never look back. Any gift from An Bean Feasa will have mystical, healing mermaid-like properties.

Witch Crafts Ireland

Pumpkin Spice scrub from Witch Crafts Ireland is one of my favourite shower products. It smells lovely and feels lovely. There is a host of lip balms, bath bombs and gorgeous bath trays available from Irish Witch Crafts.

The Burren Perfumery

Based in Claire, The Burren Perfumery offers natural and organic skincare, candles, teas and perfumes inspired by nature and the surroundings of The Burren. Their products are simply gorgeous.

Soap and Bubbles

Soap and Bubbles is a Galway based company selling bath bombs and bath products which don’t stain your bath and don’t cost a fortune. I stocked up on purple witch hat bath bombs over Halloween and I loved them.

Palm Free Irish Soaps

One of the most bought items in my home is soap from Palm Free Irish Soap. I can’t get enough. The family run business produces a range of package free bars of soap, shampoo, laundry and deodorant as well as pet shampoo.

The Handmade Soap Company

Have you ever used soap and lotion in a nice hotel and felt very fancy afterwards? That’s what The Handmade Soap Company’s Lemongrass and Cedar range invokes for me. It is gorgeous, just gorgeous. Set up in Slane to be a kind skincare company, all of the products are beautifully made from natural ingredients and sustainably packaged.

Crafts

Not Just Hats

Operating from Dublin, Not Just Hats provides tea cosies that are of great quality and great entertainment value. I have bought a number of tea cosies from Not Just Hats including my beloved pumpkin one which is housed in my kitchen, permanently on display.

MooMoo Knits

MooMoo Knits is a new find for me and I found them through Drogheda’s Cottage Market virtual event. Audrey creates an abundance of lovely knitwear including Michael Tea Higgins tea cosies. I’m thrilled with my Michael Tea.

Fluff Beag

Creating gorgeous handmade goods from Galway, Aideen makes delightful gifts and treats. I purchased two pumpkins in October and I was very happy with them.

Sharon Leavy

Sharon Leavy is a joy to follow on Instagram and not only is she a beacon for using her platform to highlight important issues, she’s also an incredibly talented artist. Her shop is full of cross-stitch goodness.

Well-being

The Feel Good Company

For mindful, well-being based gifts, The Feel Good Company is a treasure trove. My personal favourite item from their shop is the set of Happi cards. I take a few minutes to pick a card from the deck every day and I really enjoy my few moments of quiet and calm.

Atlantic Aromatics

I use different oils for different purposes around my home and Atlantic Aromatics are my absolute favourite. Operating from Wicklow, all of the oils are sustainably harvested.

Lunasa Yoga

I’ve said it before but Lunasa Yoga has kept me going since March. I do not have a flexible or coordinated bone in my body but somehow the wonderul Niamh and Clara Talbot have me practicing on my yoga mat most days. Lunasa Yoga is an online yoga service operating from Dublin. I have enjoyed every minute of my time with the yogi sisters. Purchasing a one month subscription to Lunasa Yoga would make a gorgeous gift.

This Irish Witch

From tarot readings to anxiety reducing herbal blends, there is a range of beautiful and mindful gifts available from This Irish Witch. I very recently purchased the Sleep rollerball and I love it. Pricing is very reasonable with free postage.

Books

Kenny’s Books

There is no need or reason to purchase from a certain online giant this Christmas (or ever). Kenny’s is a prime example of the amazing book shops we have in Ireland. I started purchasing from Kenny’s during the summer and have placed numerous orders since. There is a great range of books and free postage on everything.

Booktastion

Offering a wide range of book to suit all tastes, Bookstation has something for everyone. There is a bargain shop on their site where I picked up some great books. Delivery is free over €10.

Beauty

Blank Canvas Cosmetics

I have long been a fan and supporter of Blank Canvas Cosmetics from their brushes to palettes. Run by the kind, talented and generally lovely Una, Blank Canvas is a pillar of the Irish beauty industry. There are brushes galore to choose from as well as a whole range of vegan products. I have only used brushes from Blank Canvas Cosmetics for the last few years.

Ella and Jo

Ella and Jo is an Irish-made skincare company, created by make-up artist Charlene Flanagan and Skin Therapist Niamh Ryan. The range consists of serums, brush cleaners and my personal favourite 3 in 1 Hyaluronic Skin Mist. I was first introduced to the mist the morning of my wedding and I have been purchasing it ever since.

Ruth’s Palm Free

Ruth’s Palm Free lip balms are regularly featured on my Instagram. The lip balms are made from natural products and come in eco packaging. They are incredibly reasonably priced and definitely worth purchasing. Ruth also creates a range of soaps and a soap and lip balm from Ruth will most certainly bring a smile to anyone this Christmas.

Zinc

I am very fortunate to have a hairdresser that understands my odd ways and my need for very big and very long hair. Lisa from Zinc is the embodiment of talent and makes a visit to her salon in Kilmainham an absolute joy as do all of her staff. Buy a voucher for Zinc or products from their online shop to make someone very happy this Christmas.

Caroline’s Beauty Room

Speaking of talent, it would be impossible not to mention the artist that is Caroline Carrick. I’m constantly blown away by how one person can be so creative and produce such detail on a nail. I missed Caroline this year as I usually visit her for some Halloween nails. Make sure to purchase a voucher for her beauty room in Rush or purchase from her online shop.

Our Salon

Our Salon is based in Ratoath, Meath and is owned by the gorgeous Fearghal and Derek. On your arrival to the salon you will meet the wonderful and welcoming Ferghal before being introduced to your stylist. There is an online shop which currently has a number of promotional offers.

Food

Nourish

Nourish is a family run business selling natural and organic products. As part of their Christmas range they are selling a vegan selection box with six full size vegan and gluten free goodies. I’ve already purchased some for gifts but I have a feeling I will end up eating most of them.

Wild Irish Seaweeds

Not only have I added seaweed to my skincare routine, I’ve also added it to my diet and I love it. There are great deals on seaweed sets from Irish Wild Seaweeds and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed adding seaweed to almost everything I eat.

Isle of Crackers

Made in Wexford, these gorgeous heart-shaped artisan crackers are created with seeds and organic ingredients. They are beautifully packed and would make a lovely addition to any Christmas food hamper or indeed hamper of lots of Irish goodies.

Clothing and Accessories

Vintage Irish Dresser

Working with vintage coins, Aine creates gorgeous pieces of jewellery ranging from necklaces to cufflinks. I purchased a 50p necklace from Vintage Irish Dresser earlier in the year and I’m delighted with it. Aine’s pieces are very special and would make a gorgeous Christmas gift.

Taryn De Vere

Taryn De Vere, the most colourful woman in Ireland, runs an equally bright and colourul business from Donegal. There is a range of handmade products on offer from earrings to badges.

Aoife O’Broin

Aoife O’Broin is a designer producing handmade clothing from Mornington. Each piece created by Aoife is made to order and follows her ethos of slow fashion to fit everyone. From simple linens to colourful geometric prints, Aoife creates one of a kind masterpieces.

Thomp2 Socks

The wonderful Thomas with the help of his father Finbar,operates a trendy sock business which not only raises awareness for Autism and Down Syndrome, it also donates a percentage of its profits to St. John of God hospital. Purchasing from Thomp2 socks is helping Thomas live his dream of having a job.

Paula Loves Vintage

Based in Galway, Paula stocks and sells gorgeous vintage pieces. I recently purchased a purple cape from Paula that is from the late 1960s / early 1970s and it is truly amazing. I’m in love with it. I gave it to Mr. Pumpkin to give to me for Christmas. It is in perfect condition and I can’t wait to wear it (everywhere!).

Hobbies

The Organic Centre

Based in Leitrim, The Organic Centre is a charity which promotes education in sustainable living and growing. They host community workshops, a cafe and a zero waste shop. Their seeds are fantastic as they come in recycled packaging and are reasonably priced. I have purchased a number of seed packs since March to start my vegetable patch. I have also bought packets of seeds to add to my Christmas hampers.

The Rediscovery Centre

In my day job, I have been fortunate enough to visit The Rediscovery Centre on a regular basis. Located in Ballmyun in a repurposed boiler house, The Rediscovery Centre offers a host of treasures and services. In terms of Christmas purchases, there is a range of upcycled bicycles that are in perfect condition that are reasonably priced. There is also a home and living section showcasing the best of eco-friendly and Irish made goods. There are also craft items, paints and hobby items available.

Lily’s Eco Clean

I’m not sure that cleaning is a hobby for everyone but the products from Lily’s Eco Clean are amazing and a firm favourite in our home. All of the products are designed from health, home and the planet. Hampers are available.

Polamad

Mr. Pumpkin is a keen photographer and has purchased pre-loved Polaroid cameras from Polamad. All of the cameras are in perfect working order and are a more sustainable option than buying brand new cameras.

Pets

Pumpkin Pet Lodge

This is a bit of a shameless plug but the Pumpkin Pet Lodge is our new venture. We recently sold up our life in Blanchardstown and moved to the countryside to set up an animal sanctuary. The Pumpkin Sanctuary is home to over 40 animals including dogs, a cat, a hedgehog, guinea pigs, a horse, donkeys, rabbits, pigs, sheep, hens and ducks. To help with our costs and to offer an enjoyable holiday to little furries, we have set up our pet boarding service for small animals. The Pumpkin Pet Lodge will offer luxury accommodation to your animals where they will be provided with lots of love and attention and be treated like part of our family. We will have a number of Christmas packages available.

Dogs in Distress

Dogs in Distress is an organisation which is very close to my heart. This year to raise much needed funds, they are selling dog beds in various sizes which are made from recycled bottles.

The Donkey Sanctuary

In September two gorgeous boys, Gustav and Ludwig came to live with us from The Donkey Sanctuary. We are in love with them and they are such sweet and gentle souls. The Donkey Sanctuary has an adoption pack for €25 which consists of care in the sanctuary for a donkey for one year and a certificate and drawn picture for the recipient.

I’m sure I’ve left out loads of businesses so I will keep updating the list. I firmly believe that we should all be purchasing from Irish businesses this year, particularly small ones but before I run the risk of being fully immersed in capitalism, I’d like to suggest buying an extra gift and donating it to Direct Provision, a homeless charity, SVP, someone in need etc. There are loads of charities selling Christmas cards and handmade gifts to raise money. This year has been particularly hard for charities so please consider supporting some of Ireland’s fantastic organisations.

Please let me know of any great cruelty-free and eco-friendly Irish businesses to feature and indeed support.