Irish Gifts - what to buy?
Irish gifts - What to buy in Ireland that is good value and unique is not the mass produced in China ‘leprechaun and shamrock’ tat. If you want ‘genuine’ Guinness souvenirs go to the Storehouse itself. Otherwise head for the top craft shops like Avoca Handweavers, Kilkenny Design, Magee's of Donegal
Foxford Woollen Mills
. Here you will find good quality giftware that at least has been designed if not always produced in Ireland.
Many excellent smaller local craft outlets such as Judy Greenes emporium in Galway are more likely to stock and promote genuine artisan products, albeit with a peppering of international crafts as well to satisfy global demand. But where you will absolutely find the best value and have the most fun is at various craft outlets you will find scattered throughout the country.
If you find yourself in the West of Ireland be sure to have a look around Burren Crafts a local initiative held each sunday throughout the summer in the Old School Hall in Ballyvaughan where you are sure something special to bring home from your travels in Ireland