The Locals Xmas Gift Guide 2015


By: John Mahon

Here's the first ever The Locals Xmas Gift Guide.  A selection of 44 things in or from Dublin that we think would make a great prezzie for somebody you like this year.  

We've broken the guide up between Stuff, Food & Drink and Experiences.  There's things you can wear, things you can look at, things you can stuff in your mouth and things you can go and do in this fine town of ours.  

We'll be adding in extra bits as we think of them too so keep checking back.  If you have any questions about the things mentioned here then feel free to get in touch


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The Emigrant Print Show

The Emigrant Disco & Hen’s Teeth Prints have teamed up to create The Emigrant Print Store – an online store featuring prints from some of our favourite artists both at home & abroad. The store features work from Karl Toomey (INT Works), Al Kennington, Denise Nestor, Brian O'Tuama, Steve McCarthy, James Kelleher (Pilcrow), Gianni Clifford (Dolce Merda), James Cullen, Niall Sweeney (Pony), Eoin Stanley, Ronan Kelly & Jon Averil. 

Don't forget about our Emigrant Disco itself on Saturday 19th December at Bar Tengu.  Yer all invited!

Get them on the Hens Teeth Print store 

Liadan Aiken Knitwear

We featured Li Aken on The Locals at the start of the year. She makes lovely hand made hats, scarves and hot water bottles. A proper cottage industry with Mammy and Daddy roped into helping. 

Get them in Scout on Cows Lane, at The Dublin Flea Xmas Market on 12/13 December or on 

Grand Grand

You’ll probably know these Feck It Sure Its Grand posters and stickers that popped up around town in the depth of the recession. Fergus O’Neill is the man behind it, he’s got a great back story and a big range of aprons, prints, stickers, tea towels and more. 

See them and buy them on the Grand Grand store 


Funked Up Fixies

Funked Up Fixies are an Irish company running out of a warehouse on Newmarket Square, beside the new Teelings Distillery. They have a unique website where you can virtuality build your bike down to the last detail and then they will actually build it for you. Its a great concept and they’re doing really well at home and abroad. 

If you’re looking for a bike this year then go to 

Indigo & Cloth

Indigo & Cloth have a few feathers in their cap - design studio, cafe and shop full of high quality menswear for the discerning fella. They stock Norse Projects, Oliver Spencer, Sandqvist, Void Watches, Levis Vintage to name a few, aswell as their own Dyflin Range. 

Check out their cafe/shop in Templebar or get stuff on the 



The amazing and beautiful Irelandopedia, created by Dublin illustrator Fatti Burke and her former school teacher Dad John Burke.  It's an illustrated guide around the island of Ireland, stopping off in every county, illustrating fun facts, stories and history as they go.  Perfect for the kiddult in your life.

Available from all the good bookshops in town, or on Amazon for around the €25 mark, depending where you go.  

Arran Street East

Inspired by the old victorian fruit and veg market in Smithfield which the guys can see out their studio window, they make simple and beautiful hand made cups, pots and jugs. 

See the full range on the Arran Street East site , get them in Scout in Templebar  or Makers & Brothers online store.

R.A.G.E Records

Recently tipped as one of the best record stores in Europe by The Guardian, R.A.G.E on Fade Street is an emporium of second hand 7”s and 12”s, old console games and more.  If that don’t do it for you there’s also The Record Spot in the basement aswell. 

Needless to say, these guys are independents and if you’re going to be spending money on music this Christmas, do try and spend it here. 

Check out


Second Captains Sports Annual

New sports media power house Second Captains have produced their first annual. Riddled with bad language, it covers the year in sport and has an amazing photo shoot with David O’Doherty. 

Get it for €15.99 on the Second Captains site. 

Brand New Retro - The Book

Brand New Retro always produces the goods with their weekly doses of irish nostalgia and kitsch. They’ve put together a book with over 700 retro adverts, photos and articles, sourced from over 50 different magazine titles the 1960s to the 1990s. 

Proper stocking filler. Find out more on Brand New Retro and get it for €29.99 at Liberties Press 

Anonymous Francis Street

Anonymous stands out amongst all the great antique joints on Francis Street in The Liberties as one of the only shops to have retro and mid-century stuff. They have all sorts of great signage, seating, tables, lighting and more. You’ll find a unique gifts in here for sure. 

See more on their Facebook page


Love & Robots

Love & Robots have a pop up shop at the Fumbally Exchange on Dame Lane. Laser cut jewellery is their thing and you can either buy their ready made designs or customise your own and they will make it for you on site. We particularly like the wooden drinks coasters and bow ties they make with any location map you like laser etched onto it. 

Their website is great and the in-store experience is pretty good too. Check it out 

Cake Cafe

Cake Cafe off Camden Street and their sister setup Slice in Stoneybatter are city institutions at this stage. They also have a great range of Dublin themed towels, cook books, preserves, cushions and more, all designed by the very talented Niall at Pony Design. 

Get them in-store or on 

Irish Design Shop

This place on Drury Street is your one stop siopa for great Irish design.  Set up by Clare Grennan and Laura Caffrey in 2008, they consistently stock some of the best Irish designed wares - books, furniture, prints, crockery and loads more. 

You can buy online at but we recommend you head into the store in town. 



Pure Magic

There’s not too many European cities that you can go kite surfing 20 mins from the centre and the Frenchies at Pure Magic have been running the show out on Dollymount Strand for years. Another great way to really appreciate what we have here in Dublin. 

Prices start from €120 and are available at 

Damn Fine Print

Damn Fine print have moved to a sweet new space on Brunswick Street, sandwiched between Stoneybatter and Smithfield, where they’re still running their thriving screen print studio. 

Learn to screen print over 4 weeks with them for €215, available from 

City Kayaking

Another great way to see the city. Get suited and booted and into a kayak down by the Jeanie Johnson tall ship and go for a leisurely jaunt up the Liffey, seeing it from a whole new perspective with a history lesson along the way. You can even do dangerous-sounding night kayak. 

Book trips from €25 per person on 


Dublin’s original and best design festival is back in the Bord Gais Theatre 8th - 10th April 2016 with the usual stellar lineup of world wide and world class creatives. 

Tickets from €110 - €250 on 

The Leprechaun Museum

We’re not saying you should have a few pints on board for a trip to the Leprechaun Museum, but we’re not not saying it either. Get the gang together and go find out about the proud heritage and myth of the Irish small fella 

Tour tickets from €12 from 

Jewellery Making at Irish Design Shop

If a weekend surrounded by acid, flames, hammering and filing sounds like a good time to you then you should book yourself in to learn metal working in the upstairs studio at The Irish Design Shop on Drury Street. You’ll come away with a unique piece os silver jewellery guaranteed. 

Weekend classes cost €120. Book in at 

le cool walking tour 

Michael from le cool knows whats going on in this city like very few others and he runs regular walking tours that take in all sorts. Street art, back alleys, food and drink, markets and interesting things happening about the city on day. 

Tours cost €15 per person and are available at the Le Cool Walk Dublin site. 

The Fumbally Stables

The Fumbally Cafe on Clanbrassil Street doesn’t need much of an introduction here. Last year they took over and rebuilt an old stables building out back and have converted it into a kitchen/learning/studio space where they hold all sorts of events. Dinners, tasting, kitchen workshops, yoga classes. 

See their calendar of events and book in at 


Little Museum Of Dublin

Every Dubliner should go to The Little Museum on St Stephen’s Green. Its a super well curated alternative history of the city. From what happened when Queen Vic visited town to who invented Sudocream, you’ll find out a ton of great little facts about dirty auld Dublin. 

Bring somebody for €5 or better again, support the museum and get a Membership for as little as €30, on 

Bike Maintenance Course at Rothar

Don’t like handing over shekels to somebody to do a job on your bike that you know you could probably do yourself? Take the mystery out of it and do a bike maintenance course in Rothar on Fade Street. 

Classes costs €40 - €60 from 

Hollywood Babylon 

They say it best themselves: “Movies best seen after Midnight, in company and with beer”. Hollywood Babylon do a monthly cult film screening at The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield. 

Get tickets over on the Hollywood Babylon site. 

Lighthouse Cinema

Staying with The Lighthouse Cinema for a moment, why not get a Lighthouse Cinema membership? With the Screen Cinema due to close down soon, it’s worth remembering how important these places are to city life and that they need our support. 

Get a membership card for €35 on, which includes access to any four movies meaning the card has paid for itself already! 

1916 Tour

There’s a few extra tours after popping up with the 100 year anniversary next year but the 1916 Walking Tour is the original and the best, departing from The International Bar weekly for the last 20 years. 

Get a ticket at

Secret School of Sound

Feel like you have a track in you but just can’t get it out? Then the guys at Secret School of Sound might be able to help, running courses in Ableton, Logic and more, with small 4 person class sizes. 

Book a 4 week course at from €200. 

Art Clash workshops with Will St Leger

Will St Leger is a bit of a legend in Dublin street art communities with his stencils and artworks adorning walls inside and outside buildings around the city for years. He also runs classes, tours and workshops. 

Book in at

Historical Running Tour

Learn shit and keep fit at the same time with this historical running tour around Dublin that takes in loads of key sites at a slow jog. Double feel good. 

Book into a running tour at 

Block T Courses

The sprawling campus of creativity in Smithfield run a host of workshops onsite, from oil painting to sewing, Ableton production to animation. 

See courses and book at 


Food & Drink

Mexican cooking classes at Picado

Picado sprung up a couple of years ago on South Richmond Street, selling all manner of Mexican ingredients and cooking things. They also run classes in their tiny space where you can learn how to make tamales, tortilla, salsa and lots more. They also do a hungover Mexican breakfast club which sounds awesome. 

Read about classes and book in at 

The Brewtonic Drinks Equipment Shop.

Wigwam has just opened in the space formerly known and loved as The Twisted Pepper. They have a new focus on great food and drink and one of the things they are doing is selling hard to find, high end bar equipment. Shakers, crushers, spoons and books. 

Call in for a browse at 54 Middle Abbey Street.

Dublin Honey Project

Set up by Architect Gearóid Carvill and photographer Kieran Harnett, they have apiaries in different post codes around the city producing diverse styles of honey. 

They’re stocked in a few shops around town already (Irish Design Shop, Fumbally). Find out more on their Facebook.

A coffee gift set from 3FE

3FE lead the way in the Dublin coffee revolution of the last few years. They’re still on top of their game and passionate about what they do. They have a small online store where you can buy beans aswell as gift sets for the coffee maniac in your life. 

Gift sets start at €115 on 

Fabulous Food Trails

These guys do award winning and Trip Advisor loved food tours around the city, taking in a range of bakeries, food halls, street markets, cheesemongers, delicatessens and other speciality shops, meeting the people, hearing the stories and, importantly, eating the grub. 

Book on to a course for €55 per person at 

Delicious Dublin Tours

Run by Kettie from much loved Dublin food blog ‘French Foodie In Dublin’, she takes groups around the city, in and out of little food stores and cafes, tasting the food and giving her unique perspective on Dublin’s grub scene. 

Tours cost €47 per person, book in at 

Makers & Brothers Eating

With their incredibly sharp eye for detail, Makers and Brothers have put together a range of items that belong in your kitchen. Rolling pins, cups, plates, jugs, cafetieres, carafes and more. It can be pricey sometimes but everything is exceptionally well made and you will have for life. 

See the full range on 

Dublin Pop Up

Ran by Harry Colley and Cuan Greene, Dublin Pop Up do occasional, em, pop ups and dining experiences in venue’s around town. 

Follow them on Twitter and keep an eye on for their events

Baking at Cake Cafe

Cake Cafe know about baking. You’d want to with a name like that in fairness. Anyway, they run early morning baking classes where you’ll learn some tricks and take away a box of baked things to gorge on in the privacy of your own home. 

Courses are €55.00 per person, or €67.50 with a copy of The Cake Cafe Bake Book. Book in at 

FX Buckley

Francis Xavier has been selling meat to Dubliner’s since 1930. If you want the full Dublin Christmas experience then get down to Moore Street and order up your Turkey and Ham. 

The Happy Pear - Happy Heart courses

Getting out of the city for a minute, much loved Greystones cafe The Happy Pear run a 4 week course where they teach you a plant based eating programme. Interestingly, they have nurses on site for the first and last course, measuring your cholesterol, recording an average drop of 20% in 4 weeks amongst attendees. 

Courses costs €199 per person and are based in the cafe in Greystones aswell as the Cooks Academy in Dublin. Book in at 

Cocktail course at The Dublin Bar Academy 

The Dublin Bar Academy have moved from their old place on Francis Street to a converted Victorian warehouse on King Street in Smithfield. They run their pro courses and also a 2-day cocktail course. 

The course costs €249 per person and you can book in at

Celtic Whiskey Store Tastings

The Celtic Whiskey store on Dawson Street is an Aladdin’s Cave fun house for anybody who’s fond of their speciality sauce. The guys know their stuff and they run a series of whiskey tours and taking events. 

Tours cost is €50 per person and are available on 

Dinners and Workshops with Jette Virdi

We did an article on food stylist/event runner Jette at the start of the year. She runs regular Long Table Suppers in unique locations (rooftops, old fire stations) aswell as workshops on herbals, styling, smoking, floral and more.   

Check out here and keep an eye on her events 



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