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06th Feb 2017

16 Alternative Yet Brilliant Irish Valentine’s Gifts That Your Other Half Will Absolutely Love


Valentine’s Day can be a nightmare to buy for. 

Some don’t even believe it’s a real holiday, and some spend all year planning for it. So you can be forgiven for finding it hard to figure out the right balance. 

However, we’ve made it easy for you. Here are 16 deadly Irish-made, hand-crafted or based gifts that would be perfect for the love of yours who’s over flowers and chocolate. 

So, this is our current pick of the bunch. Get stuck in, and let us know how you get on!

1. A cool art piece from Jam Art Factory

Trendy. Deadly and perfect to liven up any wall.

And much more original than flowers and chocolates. 

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2. Tickets to a GAA match

There are very few things that can beat the atmosphere of a match in Croker. 

Show them that you care with a ticket to one of the best days ever

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3. Cufflinks from

You can get absolutely anything made up from this site. And we mean anything

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4. Their favourite book from Stokes Books

George’s Street Arcade’s super dreamy bookstore boasts everything and anything literary. Pick them up an old favourite and they’ll love you forever. 

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5. 5-in-1 facial, Clearskin Clinic

This facial, loved by models, celebs and dermatologists alike works wonders on every type of skin, and will make your loved one feel more radiant almost instantaneously. 

Once you make sure they don’t get offended from the suggestion, you’re all G.

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6. A gift voucher for a restaurant you’ve both wanted to try forever

Always a good shout, and this will make you go and not just opt for pasta pesto. 

Try out:

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7. A cooking course

There are so many you could pick up in Dublin, but if you want to stay central – Cooks Academy on South William Street is absolutely whopper. 

And, this means you’ll be asked to sample every dish they cook over the following few weeks. Win win. 

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8. A Bonsai Tree

Hear us out… They’re so bloody cool. And what a centrepiece! Aaaaand, they last for years. It can be a symbol of your love!

Pick these up in The Powerscourt Centre.

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9. Camera lenses

An expensive one, but if your other half is a photographer – they’ll love you forever. 

Check out Conns Cameras on Clarendon Street, the Camera Centre on Grafton Street or Liffey Street or Bermingham Cameras on Burgh Quay. 

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10. An instrument

Is your partner musical? 

Musical people love learning how to play new instruments. Fact. And they can usually pick them up embarrassingly quickly. 

They can be quite expensive brand new, but check out DoneDeal or second hand stores for some real gems. 

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11. A personalised hamper from Hampers & Co

I mean, what is not to love. 

Who doesn’t want a big box of treats delivered to their door?

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12. A puppy

Come on, you know you want to…

And the DSPCA have the most adorable little dotes going at the moment. Check them out right here

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13. A month of a Yoga

Does your other half crave a good nights sleep and can’t often relax? Then yoga could be just the ticket.

If you’re in the city, YogaHub does an excellent deal of 30 days of bending for €59. If not, you’re sure to find somewhere deadly just around the corner. Check here for more information. 

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14. Kinvara Skincare

This heavenly brand of cosmetics is 100% Irish and perfect for women, men and everyone in between.

The Rosehip face serum is particularly lovely, and you’ll be buying them in droves once you see the skin transformations on their Facebook page

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15. Kinsale Leather Company

This beautiful Irish store boasts brilliant bags that will last a lifetime. Check out the gorgeous Bardot Backpack pictured below. 


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16. And finally, Chupi Jewellery

Yes, while we know all too well that jewellery isn’t an alternative gift whatsoever – these birthstone necklaces are just about the nicest gift we can think of. 

They also do gorgeous rings, cufflinks, bracelets and everything in between for the man in your life too. Just beautiful. 

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