Christmas Gift Guide: Last Minute Gifts to Treasure

They'll never suspect you left your Christmas shopping till the very last minute with our essential guide to the most tasteful and delightful gifts around.

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Irish Design Shop is like a mini department store for all your gifting requirements this Christmas - from prints by Martina Scott and thoughtful throws by Wild Cocoon to tea towels by Emblem Weavers and beautiful wooden items by Roy Humphreys, the carefully edited selection of items at Irish Design Shop is a thing of beauty. Founders Clare Grennan and Laura Caffrey have just launched their most recent Irish handmade jewellery collection entitled Names - consisting of beautiful rings and earrings in silver and gold (pictured above).

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The two designers and retailers have also collaborated with Criostal na Rinne to create a range of stunning heavy Irish crystal whiskey tumblers (pictured above). Artist Mary Callaghan designed the glasses based on her series of Dursey linoprints. Representing abstract motifs of walls, waves and fields, the glasses are handmade by expert craftsman Eamonn Terry in Co. Waterford and measure 9cm tall x 6.5cm at the base. A perfect gift for the connoisseur. €70.

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The Irish Jewellery Collective at the iconic Arnotts department store is where you'll find pieces by several Design Ireland jewellery designers this Christmas - making for the perfect destination on your last minute shopping spree. Pick up a beautiful handmade item of jewellery from Jennifer Kinnear, Inner Island or Yvonne Ryan (who has just added her stunning new vintage-inspired padlocks to her collection) or check out the new initials collection by Irish favourite Juvi or opt for the modern elegance of Scribble and Stone - just perfect for party season. Pictured above is a piece by Martina Hamilton who is also represented as part of the jewellery collective in-store. Your one-stop-shop for everything that glitters and shines this Christmas. There are more handmade jewellery options in our Christmas gift guide for her.

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At Kilkenny stores countrywide you'll find a vast array of choice to suit every taste and budget from exquisite scented candles by the Handmade Soap Company, Max Benjamin and Rathborne Candles 1488 to beautiful woollen throws, scarves and baby blankets by brands like Foxford and McNutt. Pictured here is a ceramic Raku artwork by Rebeka Kahn guaranteed to make someone smile this Christmas. Kilkenny stores around Ireland open till 5pm on Christmas Eve.

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Don't forget to check our comprehensive list of makers to discover design studios in your local area. Many of our makers have shops and studios open right up until Christmas Eve where you'll find handmade gifts to inspire and delight on Christmas morning. On the shores of Carlingford Lough you'll find the Carlingford Design House, home to jewellery designer Garrett Mallon (open until 3pm on Christmas Eve); in Kinsale you'll find The Kinsale Leather Company open until 2pm on Christmas Eve and with gift vouchers available online; meanwhile the Enibas stores in Kinsale and in Schull, Co. Cork stay open until 3pm on Christmas Eve.

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