There’s no doubt about it, this is a difficult time for everyone. But if you do find you’ve a little bit extra to spend, why not treat yourself to something small while supporting an Irish business

Maybe you’re still working, but from home. Perhaps you’re working harder than ever on the frontline to keep the rest of us safe (thank you). Or perhaps you’ve received a refund for that festival, gig or event that was supposed to be happening this summer but is now, sadly, cancelled (devastating, we feel you). Whatever the reason may be, if you happen to find yourself with a few extra bob to spend, may we suggest a little self love with a gift for yourself? We’ve gathered up some fantastic Irish businesses below where we know your few euro will go a long way to supporting the people behind them.

“In 2008, when the economy last took a hit, accessories and lipstick were the biggest selling items – a little pick-me-up without breaking the bank,” says Maeve Barry, owner of accessories label Blonde the Store. “In the last few weeks – especially after payday last week – I saw a big spike in sales. I think there are probably many reasons for it – people wanting to treat themselves without spending a fortune, getting that retail hit without a big commitment.”

Happy shopping!

Blonde the Store Flower Earrings (€24). These beauties are the perfect pair of statement earrings, and Blonde is owned by one of our own – Irish Country Magazine Brand Manager, Maeve Barry. Give her a follow here.

Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic Alphabet Mug @ Dunnes Stores (€4). This collection always has the nicest accessories, we also love this Stay in Bed cushion for €20.

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McNutt of Donegal spearmint scarf (€27) @ Kilkenny, which is having a big sale event right now! Up to 50% off almost everything in store, with lots of Irish designers to shop.

Max Benjamin Diffuser @ Arnotts (€29.66). Arnotts currently have their Mega Sale on, too. 30% off almost everything, including home, shoes, kids and womenswear.

Rathbornes Dublin Dusk Travel Candle (€19). We love these candles, and the Dublin Dusk scent in particular is rich, musky and luxurious – a real treat for the senses.

Rathbornes / Beyond The Pale DUBLIN DUSK SCENTED TRAVEL CANDLE

Juvi ‘M’ Initial charm (€29). We love these personalised little pendants. Plus, Irish jeweller Juvi currently has 20% off all stock.

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April and the Bear Poolbeg Chimney Candles (€12.50). This lovely Dublin store has so many unique and interesting pieces.

Maka Ceramics Sunshine Stripe Vase @ Cait & I (€20). Bring a little sunshine inside with this beautiful vase handmade by Maka in Kilkenny, available in Sligo town’s Cait & I alongside lots of great Irish design.