Sleigh bells ring – are you listening? Or certainly, the sleigh bells are starting to jingle in the distance as the holidays fast approach.
With only six weeks to go until Christmas, it’s time to dive right into the all-important gift buying. If you feel like you’ve been particularly good this year, you can even consider writing a list for yourself and not-so-casually leaving it around for your loved ones to find.
Whether it’s a gift for you or for someone else, it’s the perfect time of year to embrace nostalgia and the home comforts of Ireland, where your roots run deep. To showcase your Irish origins, here are 10 of our favorite Irish-made pieces!
In no particular order of course, because ranking them would be like choosing between our family members!
1. Marcasite & Connemara Marble Celtic Cross
This beautiful Marcasite & Connemara Marble Celtic Cross is representative of all things Irish: natural marble material, trinity knots, and St. Patrick himself.
During his religious plight, St. Patrick is said to have come across a pagan standing stone imprinted with the symbol of the moon goddess. He blessed the stone with a Latin cross, creating the first Celtic Cross – a cross that’s beautifully brought to life in this necklace.
Hand-crafted in Dublin, the Celtic cross makes a lovely gift!
2. Newbridge Stainless Steel Gents Watch
There’s nothing more elegant than a classic watch. A stylish timepiece like the Stainless Steel Gents watch is the mark of a successful man and the bronze face is contemporary and slick, while remaining timeless (pardon the pun!).
Newbridge Silverware is one of Ireland’s most beloved brands, and even brought a touch of the US to Kildare with brand ambassador Naomi Campbell.
If it’s good enough for Naomi…
3. Silver Celtic Tree of Life Pendant
The Tree of Life dates back to Druid times and represents the connection between heaven and earth, mind and body. The ring around the tree celebrates the never-ending cycle of life.
As a symbol, it’s a throwback to Ireland’s rugged history and long-standing faith. The Silver Celtic Tree of Life Pendant is a lovely piece to bring the wearer reassurance and comfort.
4. Mullingar Pewter Book of Kells Pocket Watch
The pocket watch as we know it was popularized in 1675 when Britain’s King Charles II introduced waistcoats with a pocket fit for a pocket watch
The pocket watch meets Ireland with Mullingar pewter, a favorite in the Irish isles where it’s used to make jewelry and home décor. Based on the Book of Kells, a precious Irish treasure, the Mullingar Pewter pocket watch is a charming example of why pewter is such a popular crafting material – and a stunning addition to any suit.
5. Carnelian, Onyx and Green Agate Celtic Brooch
A statement brooch is an ideal add-on to a scarf, hat or even a bridesmaid dress. This Carnelian, Onyx and Green Agate Celtic Brooch bares an intricate design to give any outfit a vintage twist.
6. Sterling Silver Salmon of Knowledge Pendant
If you’re looking for a good luck gift for any recent graduates, friends starting a new job or someone who could do with lessons in life (think of it as a gentle hint!), the Sterling Silver Salmon of Knowledge Pendant will give them a dose of knowledge.
7. Newbridge Fairy First Tooth and Curl Set
In search of something different to celebrate a new family member or the leanbh (that’s baby as Gaeilge) in your life?
The Newbridge Fairy Tooth and Curl Set makes a great Christening gift for any family with Irish roots.
8. Connemara Marble Rosary Bead Bracelet
If you’re on the lookout for an inexpensive but pretty stocking stuffer, this Connemara Marble Rosary Bead Bracelet could be just the thing!
Crafted with marble from the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, all five decades of the rosary coil around the wrist in beautiful beads.
9. Silver Connemara Claddagh ring
Tying the knot? How about tying it with a traditional Claddagh ring to celebrate your love of all things (and people!) Irish?
The Claddagh ring is probably Ireland’s most iconic piece of jewelry as it’s an emblem worn with pride by Irish people and the diaspora all over the world.
10. Personalized Sterling Silver Ogham Pendant
Ogham script is Ireland’s oldest writing but can actually still be found on standing stones around the country to this day.
For a personal touch, add your loved one’s name or a special word or phrase in traditional script on the Ogham Personalized Pendant.
There’s always the option of going a step further and inscribing their favorite word or their name as Gaeilge.
It’d make for a gorgeous treat, and isn’t Christmas for treating your loved ones?
Looking for more beautiful Irish jewelry?
From Connemara marble to Newbridge silverware, our jewelry marks the corners of Ireland. Handcrafted and laced with history, browse our celtic jewelry to find the perfect Irish piece for the special person in your life.