It's time to start thinking about the madness of Christmas shopping, but you already knew

Don't shoot the messenger. It's time to start thinking about the madness of Christmas shopping, but you already knew that. After years of shopping at the same stores and buying gifts for the same people, it's easy to run out of ideas. Fear not. We've come up with a cracking good list of Irish treasures that are straight from the top companies like Carraig Donn in Mayo, Guinness from Dublin, Fragrences of Ireland from Wicklow and many more.

 All the gifts are actually made in the motherland, imported and ready to be shipped from the United States. Whether you're shopping for birthday gifts, an anniversary or the king of all holidays, these special Irish Gifts from will fill the bill. There's another perk. They are all quieter than bagpipes. You might even be tempted to add a few to your own wish list while dropping blatant hints to your significant others. We wouldn't blame you. After all, these are on the top of our list too.

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Irish Aran Knitwear

With the cold weather setting in, now is the perfect time to gift an authentic Irish Aran sweater. They are made in Ireland using traditional techniques and age-old patterns that increase warmth and durability. Handcrafted Aran sweaters are available in a variety of classic styles for men and women. For the ladies, we're partial to the zip-front cardigan which is made from super-soft Merino wool in the ultimate Irish color, emerald green. A cozy convertible collar and deep pockets make this the perfect sweater for winter and chilly days in the spring and fall.

Irish Sweaters for Men

If you're shopping for one of the fine Irish men in your life, the classic pullover fisherman's sweater in natural black fleece is a tempting choice, but how can you resist an authentic button-down cardigan with a casual, comfortable shawl collar? If you can't decide, you can always buy both. All of these sweaters are crafted in the historic weaving and textile center of Donegal, so you know that these wardrobe staples will last for years and years. Wear them out on a chilly day or to get cozy by the fire on a cold winter night.

Guinness Gifts and Goods

When it comes to Guinness merchandise no true Irish man or women can get enough. Show your loyalty for the ultimate Irish beer with branded accessories that make the perfect gift for any beer lover. Of course, there are licensed hoodies, football jerseys, jackets and hats, but nothing is better than something that actually enables the consumption of this hearty stout. For this application, a pair of Guinness pint glasses is the ideal choice. Tulip-shaped contours make the perfect three-pour pint as easy as pie. Since these Dubliners are sticklers for the old ways and traditions of the world's pub capital, Guinness glasses still hold one imperial pint. That's 20 percent more than the wimpy American pint. With a price tag under $20, you'll have plenty of greenbacks left to supply the Guinness to fill the new glasses. That's sure to win you some extra brownie points with your favorite Guinness aficionado.

The Scent of Ireland

Inspired by the Yeats poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," the perfume brand Inis  is steeped in Irish history and inspired by the verdant scents of the Emerald Isle. This fiercely independent company struck gold with its masculine cologne Patrick and Inis unisex fragrance The Energy of the Sea, which was created by the world-class perfumer Arthur Burnham.

The company's products draw from the tremendous, uplifting beauty of Ireland and often include locally sourced ingredients, including lavender grown in the company's own perfume fields in Kilmacanogue. This local inspiration has never been more apparent than in the brisk, fresh scent Energy of the Sea, which features a magical combination of citrus and sea notes paired with hints of lily-of-the-valley and geranium that float on a base of sandalwood, spices and oakmoss. It's an instant classic and is sure to become a signature scent for the men and women who are lucky enough to receive the fruits of your holiday labors.

Irish Fragrances for Men

If you're shopping for those handsome Irish men on your list, don't pass up Patrick, a definitive Irish cologne. This popular fragrance has been a favorite for more than 20 years, and its popularity continues to endure. Guys love it, and women adore the men who wear it. Patrick is inspired by the eponymous saint who famously wandered across the isle while banishing the snakes. Oakmoss, fern, patchouli, green notes, vetiver, citrus and musk produce a strong woodsy aroma that's tempered by carnation, rose and warm spices. It's an irresistible combination. Buy this, and you might just get a lovely gift in reciprocation. All Inis products are made in Ireland. They aren't tested on animals, and proceeds benefit the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group.

Sportswear for the Lads

For sports fans young or old, a classic Irish rugby jersey is the perfect gift to put under the tree. From the athletic apparel experts at Croker Clothing, this lightweight, long-sleeved cotton jersey allows sport fans to show off their style and heritage. Classic green and navy stripes offset the printed embellishments and contrasting collar and cuffs. Large-print letters spell out Ireland across the back, and decorations on the chest and sleeves make this cozy jersey an unmistakable symbol of Irish pride. Keep things simple. Get one for every lad on your list.

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