For a small island, there's an abundance of artistic talent in Ireland. Looking for some Christmas inspiration? We think you'll agree you could do worse!
From stocking fillers to greeting cards, here's a concise (but by no means exhaustive) list of your local Irish creatives.
Finger Doodles Dublin
Christmas cards can be good craic after all - at least if you look to Dublin-based artist Aoife Forrestal that is.
€3 - buy here
For the canine lover in your life - Dog's Trust's annual Christmas cards were designed by award-winning Peter Donnelly. With 12 cards in every pack, featuring 3 designs, funds will go directly to support Dogs Trust work to rescue and support abandoned pooches all over Ireland.
€8 - buy here
The supremely talented London-based illustrator and artist (who counts Nike, Adidas, and Samsung as clients) will be re-opening her shop later this month. Here's a peek at past work to give you a sense of what she's about.
Limerick School of Art and Design grad Bergin creates beautifully detailed hand-drawn cards executed on linen paper.
from €9.36 - buy here
An Irish-made, limited edition, seasonal-themed fragrance? Look no further than The Hand Made Soap Company's new cinnamon and, pine-scented candle and diffuser duo, which comes complete with bespoke lettering from Irish illustrator Paula McGloin.
From €15.95 - buy here
Buy a cup of coffee (nay, a 'notionous' gingerbread latte) in Insomnia this season and know that your purchase is both kind to the environment and benefiting popular artist Fuchsia McAree. The talented illustrator has collaborated with the coffee chain to create these unique, compostable cups.
Seeing as it's the season of giving - I might just give myself this wonderful print by Tara O'Brien. Who needs a star on the tree when I can have this hanging up year round?
€25 - buy here
Melbourne-based Irish artist has already garnered a huge fan base on Instagram thanks to his sketches and doodles. His quirky tote bags and phone cases will make for great 'Secret Santa' gifts.
€21 - buy here
Up-and-coming Irish artist Audrey Hamilton is the name to know for striking and unique pieces that truly transform a room.
Prices vary - buy here
Husband-and-wife pair Katie and Aaron Dowling combine their talents to create mesmerizing pop-up greeting cards. The duo is also committed to sustainability - has teamed up with the non-profit organization One Tree Planted to plant at least one tree every day.
€4.99 - buy here
Printed on antique, aged book pages, Pat Byrne's prints depict whimsical scenarios featuring hot-air balloons, hummingbirds, and elephants on tricycles. With an abundance of options to choose from - it's the perfect sentimental gift for someone near and dear.
From €20 - buy now
For more work by a whole host of incredible Irish talents check out Jam Art Prints in Temple Bar.
* Originally published on our sister publication, Irish Tatler.