This year, more than ever, it is important to support local Irish owned businesses. Level 5 threw a spanner in the works for a lot of people when it comes to Christmas shopping plans. But just because you can’t go out and physically shop around your local town, doesn’t mean you necessarily need to turn to Amazon (it’s fair to say Jeff has enough money at this stage).
Since the beginning of this pandemic, local Galway creators and business owners have faced the challenge head on and adapted to the online retail market. By choosing to shop local (online) your are not only making a huge difference to these local business owners but you’re also more likely to find unique gifts for your loved ones.
We’ve put together this Galway Gift Guide with just a sample of the amazing gifts on offer from local Galway businesses online!
Logues.ie is Galways oldest family run shoe shop and offer an extensive range of ladies shoes online including these stylish NeroGiardini black leather boots. With an average rating of 5/5 over on the Logues website, we’re sure they won’t be around for much longer!
McCarthys Jewellery is a family jewellery boutique, run by 3 sisters, Dee, Kate and Sarah! They stock contemporary and traditional Irish and international designers. This Claddagh Loop Necklace is a modern take on the classic symbol of Galway – the Claddagh ring.
Style Kloset Boutique in Galway has become the destination of choice for style conscious women with personal advice and service to find the perfect outfit for every occasion to suit your style and budget. They have a wide range of clothes, shoes and accessories including this floral, long sleeve mini dress available in sizes 8 to 16.
Francis’ Soap Shop in Corbett Court Shopping Center specialise in high quality natural cosmetics and have a range of gift sets available online including this amazing “Me Time” gift set which includes dead sea alt, aromatic bath oil, algae mask with hibiscus seeds extract and shea butter body balm.
Logues.ie also have an exceptional range on offer online including these waterproof, mid-cut ECCO EXOHIKE men’s boots. These boots feature a Michelen rubber outsole and are perfect for all weathers.
Lally Menswear is a family run business in the heart of Galway offering a range of mens suits, clothing, footwear and accessories. This Matinique Dark Brown Functional Jacket with Thermolite technology is designed to be both lightweight and functional.
Since opening in 2011, Suit Republic has quickly become established as Ireland’s leading supplier of quality suits and casual menswear. This Navy Floral Slim Fit Shirt from their “Twelve Pins” range is excellent value and available from size S to XXXL.
Franics’ Soap Shop strike again with this Keep HIM Happy set featuring shaving soap, shaving brush and an exfoliating face wash.
For The Fitness Enthusiast
With the gym’s closed, we’ve all had to adjust our fitness routines lately. The Fitbit Inspire 2 Health & Fitness Smart Watch can help. And you get a free 1-year Premium trial complete with personalized insights, guided programs, advanced sleep tools, health metrics. Check it out at Peter Murphy Electrical.
For The Gardener
Having featured recently on The Late Late Show and The Irish Times, it’s fair Little Green Growers are deserving of the attention. Little Green Growers are a Galway Based online organic plant nursery which empowers people across Ireland to easily grow their own healthy organic veg and beautiful, bee-friendly flowers in harmony with nature. They’ve got a range of Christmas gift ideas over on their site including this Grow Your Own – Seasonal Subscription.
For The Musician
Lockdown has meant a lot of new hobbies or the rediscovery of some old ones for a lot of us. Some have rediscovered their grá for music – and IT Music has a range of great gifts tailored towards musicians of all levels. Check out this Fender Stratocaster pack featuring “everything you need to play guitar”.
For The Couch Potato
Opened in April 2013 on Galway’s bustling Cross Street, Designs of Ireland is one of the city’s leading retailers in Irish designed and made clothing and giftware. Check out this beautiful cosy Aran Throw, available in 3 colours.
Drumgreenagh Craft and Design Shop stocks a range of lovingly curated, unique craft & design products. Their range of quirky, unique artwork includes this A4 print of two stags engaging in a fencing duel by Ester Garcia.
Check out this personalised Teddy and Blanket Gift Hamper from CottonOn.ie – the perfect personalised gifts for a new baby! Cotton On are based in Galway and specialise in personalised baby gifts so there’s plenty more to choose from over on their website. And they also offer free delivery on orders over €25 and free gift wrapping on all orders!
The Filling Station Eco Store on Abbeygate Street has you covered for all of your environmentally friendly needs! The store is a treasure trove of sustainable and eco-friendly groceries and household alternatives. And they have an amazing selection of gift sets including this Kiddie Gift Set with bobo and boo dinnerware for kids set (bowl, cup fork and spoon), Bamboo spork, Sonett bio bubbles, Silicone Ice lolly moulds, Nawaro wax blocks. Hurry though – just two left in stock at the time of writing!
Everyone Loves Unicorns…
This, of course, is an undisputed fact – and the Teeny Tiny Boutique has got you covered with this colourfel Unicorn soother clip set. Available in either blue or pink for only €14! The Teeny Tiny Boutique was set up in 2017 by a mom with a goal to make and create safe, useful and contemporary products.
If you want to really go all out for the little ones in your life, you can’t get much better than this Playhouse Tower, complete with swings, slides and picnic bench from Keanes Garden Centre!
The Gift of Giving
Can’t decide what to get for a friend? Have you considered making a donation to charity on their behalf? There are plenty of charities to choose from in Galway who have been doing amazing work throughout the pandemic and long before it too.
COPE Galway even have a Christmas Gift Shop where you can buy an essential life-changing Christmas gift and help people in Galway who are experiencing homelessness, domestic abuse, and isolation.
Did we miss something?
We hope this guide has helped you to find the perfect gifts for your friends and family right here in Galway. If you are a local business owner, artist or creator that would like your business to be featured in this list and / or in our directory, feel free to submit your business here!