When I was writing my previous gift guides I have had a few people asking me for ideas for men, so I thought I’d write a gift guide, not just for Father’s Day but also handy for birthdays etc. As always, I’m focusing on Irish businesses, I hope you find something of interest.
If you have a whiskey lover to buy for check out Thomas Connolly. This is a fantastic heritage pub in Sligo town, and like so many others they have diversified during the pandemic and have added to their online shop. They offer a wide range of merchandise, including drams of whiskey and other drinks, but for this post I’m adding their Mystery Whiskey Gift Box. You can find it here: https://www.thomasconnollysligo.com/whiskey-shop/p/mystery-whiskey-gift-box-bronze
KT Metal Design make a fantastic range of art from scrap metal! Check out the Cheeky Caricatures and Cutlery Creatures. These are sure to brighten anyone’s day. Shop here: https://ktmetaldesign.ie/
With outdoor dining being a thing a scarf would be just the job. Liz Christy is a hand-weaver inspired by art. She’s also a really lovely lady: https://lizchristy.com/product-category/scarves/mens-scarves/
If you have a BBQ fan in the house, check out the gorgeous aprons by Rachel Dubber. Inspired by Irish Animals, Rachel creates beautiful art that she prints onto aprons, mugs, cushions etc. https://www.racheldubber.com/shoponline
Standun Ireland have a great range of gifts, including warm jumpers for the outdoor dining. Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/standunireland
A sweatshirt hand embroidered with ‘Daidí’ would make a great gift for fathers day – practical and personal. Everything Hoopla Focal makes is bespoke, so it’s unique and special HooplaFocal.com
Everyone loves chocolate, so check out artisan chocolate from Zaeire, choose from boxes, lolly pops, and even a dad bar https://www.zaeire.com/online-store
How about a game that all the family can enjoy? ActiVacation would fit the bill. The aim of the game is to get to the airport for a flight home before lockdown, after an activity-based vacation to every continent in the world. En route, players answer, barter, buy, sell and negotiate their way to win. https://activacation.ie/
The Linen Shirt Company make beautiful shirts in Ireland. For him, for her, and even a junior range https://linenshirtcompany.ie/collection/mens-linen-shirts/
The Book Resort is an Irish family run business. They deliver beautiful subscription and gift boxes filled with brilliant new books, delicious chocolate and artisan gifts to homes nationwide. Choose from a monthly subscription or one off gift box. https://www.thebookresort.ie/
Give a gift of good luck from Biddy’s Good Luck Horseshoes, creating bespoke gifts from Kilkenny, Ireland. https://www.biddysgoodluckhorseshoes.com/
If you know someone who loves cheese send them a personalised Slated Cheese Board. These are absolutely gorgeous (I know I bought one). Cheese not included by the way https://www.slated.ie/product/personalised-slate-cheese-board/
The Irish Whiskey Stone Company. Hip flasks, whiskey and gin chilling stones (which won’t water down your drinks like ice does). Quirky and functional gifts.
So there you have it, I hope you find this guide of use. A big thanks to Twitter folk for the suggestions, especially Samantha Kelly https://twitter.com/Tweetinggoddess