Celebrations as we know them have changed completely, but there are still ways to show you care with a special gift made in Ireland

Celebrating the arrival of a new baby, a birthday or an anniversary is difficult with Covid-19 restrictions meaning we must follow the rules of social distancing . One of life’s biggest joys is marking occasions like this with loved ones – getting together for a meal or party, or dropping by new parents’ homes with a thoughtful gift. But just because we’re apart doesn’t mean we can’t let our nearest and dearest know we’re thinking of them. If you are looking to send a special gift, consider buying from an Irish maker – lots of small creators are struggling right now and it’s true what they say, ‘when you buy from a small business an actual person does a happy dance’.

Here are some special #Irishmade gifts to show you care:

Green Angel Neroli Handcream @ Kilkenny Shop (€10) Nourish dry hands with this beautifully scented cream.

Neroli Precious Oils Hand Cream – Green Angel

Chupi ‘We Are Twice As Strong Together’ ring (€139) The name of this gold plated ring says it all, really. *All orders on chupi.com are free.

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Gorse print by Sally Caulwell @ Irish Design Shop (€28, A4) With fragrant gorse in full bloom all over the country at the moment, this is a lovely print to mark a special date.

La Bougie Honeysuckle & Sea Salt Candle and Diffuser (€48) Gift a little slice of Kinsale in Co Cork to someone special with this set, currently on special offer. *Every order over €40 receives a free hand sanitiser.

Skingredients 01 PreProbiotic Cleanse 100ml @ Meaghers Pharmacy (€25) Always a great place to stock up on beauty products, Meaghers stocks a range of Irish brands, including Skingredients by Jennifer Rock aka The Skin Nerd. *Meaghers is offering free delivery on orders over €40 and a free sample with every order.

Skingredients 01 PreProbiotic Cleanse

Bernie Murphy Donegal Slip Knot Hairband (€20) How fabulous is this new product from the Donegal designer? Perfect for covering up those roots! *€2 of every purchase goes to ISPCC Childline and Bernie is donating a headband a day to frontline workers.

Fuchsia Macaree Floating Print @ Jam Art Prints (€18, A4) We love the colour in this print by the talented Fuchsia Macaree. Check out Jam Art for a wide range of great Irish artists.

McNutt of Donegal Penguin Baby Blanket (€47.50) A lovely gift for a new baby. *McNutt is offering 25% off all baby blankets until Tuesday 21 April.

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Bath Lane Blooms Mini Milk Bottles of Blooms (€50) For a different kind of bouquet, these mini milk bottles are so sweet. Bath Lane Blooms also stocks Irish brands Lainey K cards and Clean Slate Candles so you can make your order even more special with an Irish-made extra. *Deliveries in Dublin, call for further afield.

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An Fathach – Is breatha sa tir by Julia Donaldson @ Kennys.ie (€9.67) Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway has lots of great books, with special offers and great discounts always to be had. *Free delivery in Ireland.

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