The Locals Gift Guide

32 gift Ideas from Dublin #buylocal...

By: John Mahon

Here's our tips for 32 gift ideas from Dublin, handily broken up between 'stuff' and 'things to do'

Hopefully, this is of some use to ya. Buy local!




Print makers Jill & Gill have a small but great range of cards and prints, we particularly like this Bosco one.

Katie’s White Mausu Peanut chilli sauce

Katie Sanderson started making small batches of this hyper-addictive peanut chilli sauce to sell at The Dublin Flea about a year ago and it was lapped up. You can get it from The Pantry at The Green Door Market

Hand made pottery from over by The Smithfield Fruit and Veg Market

Taking their cues from the colours of the building and surrounds, the Arran Street East guys have been making simple yet beautiful cups, jugs, plates and more from their shop and studio right opposite the old market building. You can visit them in-store or buy online.

Get a local cookbook

The guys behind the always-busy, always delicious neighbourhood cafes Brother Hubbard on Capel Street and in Portobello released their first cookbook a couple of months back, full of their greatest hits and more. Get it in-store or online

Get a Fantasy 12” print 

Local heroes This Greedy Pig's asked the creators of some of the most eye-catching and iconic album artwork of recent years to re-imagine their own personal favourite album cover. Everybody said yes, a killer exhibition was held and you can buy these unique prints on their prints shop - Hens Teeth Prints

Even more prints from James Early’s Iverna project

Dublin artists James Early set up his own curated print store Iverna last year and has a steadily building selection of beautiful photography and other artwork. We particularly like this aerial shot of Joe Caslin’s huge mural in Limerick.

Hand made scarves and hats from Liadain Aiken    

Liadain Aiken has been expanding her range of woolen goods, from last year’s hats to a new multi-coloured range of scarves and jumpers. Get them on her site or in Scout in Temple Bar.

Get some Sunday Books

Sunday Books is an independent online bookshop based in Dublin. They stock loads of great local and international books, magazines and journals. Get them at

The sports annual

2016 was a big mess of a year for sports and Second Captain's have it all covered in the second volume of their sports annual. You’ll find it in most book stores and online with free postage to the UK & Ireland.

Home store and more

April & The Bear are are well stocked with nice things for your house. Furniture, lights, signs, mugs…check them all out at

County Colours

Caman and Co are still doing their bold but minimalist county colour prints for all and any GAA nuts out there. FYI They fit into Ikea frames nicely too. Get them at

The city you don’t know?

If your the sort of person who likes to know a bit about your surrounds then grab a copy of Dublin Strolls by brother ‘v’ sister team Gregory and Audrey Bracken. Get a copy, go for a wander, learn something new, like your city just a bit more.


Damn Fine Print store

Damn Fine are still holding it down in their studio in Smithfield with a super range of prints and screen printing courses you can take part in. Check it out on

Greetings from Ireland
This year’s submission for the annual Irish Design Shop calendar is from one of our favourite illustrators Fuchsia Macaree. As she says herself:

"Inspired by postcards of Ireland, this calendar gives a flavour of the country in the 21st century. With Brexit to one side of us and Trump to another, take a moment to savour all that is good about this beautiful island. Whether it's the shadow of the Catholic Church, our post-colonial issues, or evidence of financial collapse, everyone will find something to relate to in this 2017 calendar. Maybe buy it for an emigrant to show them what they're missing back home, or for someone who seems just a little bit too cheery, considering.” - Fuchsia Macaree

Get Fuchsia Macaree’s Greetings From Ireland calendar on

More Love, More Robots

Love and Robots are still pushing the innovations with their custom jewellery pieces so they are back on our list this year. Our fave is the necklace you can get that is cut based on the strength and direction of the wind on any past recorded date. See them on


Nestled in a half abandoned row of industrial units right beside the Guinness Museum is The Homebrew Centre where you can get one of these starter kits for that pal who always talked about making their own beer but never did anything about it. 

Honey, Darling...

Dublin Honey Project has bee hives on roof tops allover the city and you can get jars of that honey from your favourite postcode. See more at

Watch it

NTN design, manufacture and assemble these beautiful watches right here in Dublin City. See them from all angles at or up close in Indigo & Cloth in Temple Bar.

Cut It

Sean Bryan’s Cut & Sew barber collective have had a big year this year, opening a number of outlets, building their following and releasing a slick range of their own apparel. Grab some of it on

Look at those eyes

If you are looking for a Christmas present with a pulse this year then consider re-homing a dog from the Dublin Dogs Trust in Finglas. See more at


Learn how to sign paint.

We’ve teamed up with Dublin Sign Painter Vanessa Power to put on a 2 day workshop where you will learn how to sign paint. We’re keeping the class sizes super small (8 people), you will learn a range of techniques you will come away with a finished sign and a pretty unique skill.

find our more here.

Hand Throwing

Arran Street East also do pottery courses in their basement where you can find out how to hand throw a pot. Find out more and book in on

‘Sup Dublin

Big Style hold stand up paddle boarding courses and organise stealthy night trips right down the middle of Dublin City.
Find out more on


Office by the minute

A new concept for Dublin, The Clockwork Door in TempleBar is an office/workspace/event space/living room concept that charges 8c per minute to use it which covers free tea/coffee, WiFi, board games and more. Get you or yours a membership card for €28 at 

Another Love Story

One of the best small (tiny) festivals out there, Another Love Story is brought to you by Happenings and Homebeat and takes place every summer in the sweet surrounds of Killyon Manor. Their first release of tickets will be available on 19th December at

For your Body & Soul

Staying with festivals, Body & Soul, one of the best, if not the best, mid to large fest also returns next summer on 23rd June and their early tickets are out now

You can see your house from there.

Given that Dublin is a low rise town it’s not hard to see right across the city once you go above 6 floors. Also given that Dublin is a low rise city, there’s almost nowhere to go to get that view. The Croke Park skyline tour is one way to do that with the added bonus of prancing about on the roof of an 82,000 capacity stadium. Book in on

Remember the little people

The Little Museum of Dublin on Stephen’s Green has been in the news lately for being a victim of it’s own success and being unable to handle the amount of people that want to visit.  With it's great permanent and rotating exhibitions, passionate staff, it’s easy to see why this independent museum is so popular. Perfect for jaded Dubs and out of towner alike. 

Get a membership card and unlimited access from €30 on



Need some more?

Those Greedy Pigs have put together an excellent independent retailers guide featuring 52 great stores on and off line. See it on


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