So you’ve spent time in Dublin for business or pleasure, and now the most important thing is buying gifts for your family and friends. It can be hard knowing what to get them that isn’t too stereotypical, but still represents Ireland.
Your best bet is to get something Irish-made, that says Dublin without screaming Ireland, and for that you need to know where to look.
Carrolls Irish Gifts
Not too far from O’Callaghan’s Stephen’s Green is St. Stephen’s Shopping Centre.
Inside, you’ll find one of many branches of Carrolls Irish Gifts. They stock a huge amount of Irish brands like Guinness, Tipperary Crystal, Carraig Donn knitwear, Butler’s Irish chocolates, and beautiful Solvar Irish jewellery.With everything from official Guinness postcards, keyrings, and stationery at the lower end of the scale to fine jewellery and homewares at the other, Carrolls has something for everyone.
Night Market Temple Bar
If you’re staying in another O’Callaghan hotel Dublin closer to Temple Bar, you should head to the craft market. Different to any other market you might be used to, the market opens in the late afternoon and carries on into the night.
The designers run their own stalls and are happy to talk about their creations with you before you buy; you can find one-of-a-kind gems here that are both totally unique and Irish-made.
For the person in your life who likes their souvenirs to be useful, head to Designist on South Great George’s Street. Their range of Irish gifts includes scarves and tea towels, candles, notebooks, and mugs with colourful Irish sayings on them.
Carefully curated, this shop finds the best of local Irish design and delivers it right to your waiting eyes. The only problem is that it’s easy to spend hours in there!
The Temple Bar
For the souvenir collector who wants a little something special in a unique shopping district, head to The Temple Bar. In the more popular tourist part of Dublin, it sells collectors coins, magnets, shot glasses and playing cards—all cheerfully embroidered with the Irish whiskey logo that gives Temple Bar its fame.
Based in the popular Temple Bar district, they also sell a large amount of Guinness memorabilia so you can achieve the perfect Irish pint even if you’re not in the Emerald Isle.
Crests and Arms
This is a shop for those with Irish connections; they specialise in heraldic scrolls and coats of arms for Irish families. Although it may be difficult to track down your heritage if you’re not 100% sure of the names and places you’re looking for, you’re certain to leave here knowing a lot more about Irish history than when you went in.
When it comes to souvenirs, people love different things. Some might collect keyrings, and some might love a new notebook. Hopefully this list has given you a lot to think about and you’ll know exactly where to go when the time comes to leave Dublin and to fill your suitcase with presents for the family!