So it’s that time of year when we all get a little stressed and start to panic buy. If you are finding it challenging to come up with something unique & inventive, I’ve compiled this list of Top 10 gift ideas for Northern Ireland Families.
These folks are all Northern Ireland small businesses who pour their heart & soul into their products and services. It makes me so happy when someone recognises local quality. It’s tough out there at times & anything you can do to support local will certainly be much appreciated and help to keep us in business.
Without further ado, here are my Top 10 gift ideas for Northern Ireland Families …
First up are my very own Superhero Sessions! I’ve just recently launched these unique photo sessions in my new studio and they are going down a blast. Perfect for your own little superhero, a grandchild, niece or nephew (or adults too 😉).
Superhero Sessions start from only £49 and are suitable for both boys & girls. They can be purchased as a gift voucher too. Included in the offer price is a 15 minute session, 10″ x 8″ framed print plus matching digital copy. You can upgrade the package to including a matching t-shirt & mug, all for only £75 – awesome value.
A choice of costumes are provided for both boys & girls or feel free to bring along your own costume. To book in for a session or organise a gift voucher send me a PM or contact me via the website www.divinephoto.co.uk
🦸♀️ When the real world gets to grim, let your imagination run wild 🦸♂️
I am a huge fan of this company, having met Louise through a women’s networking group that I am a member of, Mums at Work.
She creates bespoke handmade faux floral wreaths for doors, wedding features, interiors, memorials and gifts. Each one is individually hand crafted and her ideas are unreal.
I love her taste in colours, textures and styles. Each one she produces outshines the last. Louise also offers gift vouchers – the perfect gift for friends & family. You can view more of her work on her Facebook page.
Looking after our bodies, mental health & emotions is something close to my heart. In today’s modern world, sometimes we get so bogged down in the day-to-day humdrum that we stop taking care of ourselves.
The Acupuncture Loft specialises in pain relief, injuries, auto-immune conditions, fertility, emotional well-being, digestive disorders and hidden disabilities. Owner Trish O’Hara’s philosophy is about empowering people both physically and mentally through client-centered care. Traditional acupuncture is an holistic medical approach, promoting harmony within the body and mind.
Trish offers gift vouchers on her website and has generously offered readers £10 off initial consultation & treatment for my readers – use discount code DIVINE
I am booking in after Christmas for some much needed self-care and I would highly recommend Trish to anyone. She is a gem!
For the gin lovers in your life, why not treat them to a totally unique experience. Hughes Craft Distillery in Moira can teach them how to distil Gin or Vodka. At the end of class, they get to take home their very own creation!
Hughes Craft Distillery was established in 2010 by husband and wife Stuart and Barbara. They were the first small-batch spirits producer in Northern Ireland much ahead of the craft spirits movement.
Carefully selecting wild berries and botanicals from the beautiful countryside, moving in harmony with changing seasons, and locking the purity of nature into RubyBlue unique infusions and exceptionally smooth Vodkas. RubyBlue Spirits embody premium quality traditionally crafted to create a flavour experience – The award-winning RubyBlue Spirits range is now produced in the beautiful village of Moira, with adjoined Gastropub and Gin school.
You can book a place via their website Gin School – The Still House Moira
Having only recently discovered this fantastic company, I’m now a huge fan. Sweet Escape Products offer a range of gift options for both men & women.
One of the main attractions for me is the philosophy behind their pure & simply products – 100% Natural, fresh and pure ingredients. Free from parabens, chemical preservatives and antibacterial agents the products host many qualities that gently deliver therapeutic benefits to your skin.
I opted for the Shower Pods in Woodland Spa blend – it contains
Cedarwood, Lavender & Eucalyptus. When I opened the package it arrived in I was met with the most heavenly scent. You can escape into your shower with these powerful little pods of aromatherapy essential oils for a full on lavish spa shower experience. Ordinary showers will never be the same again.
View all the products on offer on their website Sweet Escape
Looking for a gift for someone interested in astronomy? You need to pay Pascal in Camera Plus, Cookstown a visit. He can offer lots of really helpful advice on telescopes for beginners.
Depending what your interests are, Camera Plus can guide you through the beginners path to ensure that the recipient starts off on the right foot in their astronomy journey. It can be a bit daunting but there are affordable scopes that have enough magnification, resolution and light gathering ability to view details on the lunar surface, the rings of Saturn and cloud belts on Jupiter.
Next up is the supremely talented Trish Rogers Originals who creates beautiful bespoke handcrafted jewellery from 6000-year-old bog oak and spalted beech. These include necklaces, bracelets, earrings and one-off sculptures, giving customers a piece of Ireland they can treasure.
Perfect for gifting to a loved one, or for enjoying as a personal present, each product is made with care at Trish’s spacious home studio in Belfast. She also uses reclaimed slate to create home and decor ware.
All of Trish’s products are handcrafted from ancient bog oak and spalted beech, as these particular materials give a unique beauty to each finished piece. She carefully hand-selects the wood herself, ensuring the very best quality. You can view more of her work & shop online via her website Trish Rogers Originals.
No. 8 – Nollaig na mBan Workshop
Why not treat yourself or an important woman in your life to a day of
meditation, creation & manifestation. On Sunday 6th January 2019, Andrea Givan from Dungannon is hosting a one-day workshop to help participants use meditative practices to align with their heart’s true desires for the year ahead.
Everyone will then work creatively to produce their own beautiful merino wool wish doll. Colour, herbs, oils, and crystals will be added to each unique creation infusing the wish doll with intentions for the year ahead. You can book on by contacting Andrea via her Facebook page Soulinsight.
Traditionally in Ireland, Nollaig na mBan is the day on which all the Christmas decorations must come down. When holly was the only decoration in Irish homes, it was taken down on this day and burnt, as a symbol of endings and letting go of the old year, thus creating the space to allow the new to take form.
I’ve booked onto the course myself and I am so looking forward to it. What a great way to start the year!
Struggling to think of a creative gift to give that special someone in your life? Whether they are an actual artist or simply a great lover of all things aesthetically beautiful then you should check out Jim McKee Art. Having been a professional artist since 2001, Jim has exhibited throughout Ireland, the UK and France. Based locally in Donaghmore, Co Tyrone Jim offers a range of pieces to suit everyone’s tastes.
He is self-taught, fearless in his work & is collected at home and all over the world. Jim also carries out commission pieces & can work with you to decide on themes & colours. Paintings can be personalised e.g. a couple’s initials carved on a tree in a love heart or incorporate the clients’s favourite flowers etc. I love his cherry blossom pieces – the colours are divine.
You can get in touch with Jim via his website Jim McKee Art
Everyone loves candles, right? It’s not just me who is obsessed with the scent and glow of the flame. If you know a friend who would enjoy making their own signature scent then Bumble & Blue, Dungannon have the perfect gift for you.
Gemma Donnelly started out making handmade candles in her own kitchen & decided to turn her hobby into a thriving candle making business. Bumble & Blue launched their first workshop and events venue in 2015 and it has quickly grown to become one of the most well-known candle making brands in the UK.
I am a great lover of Gemma’s products, one of my favourite candles being Lively Lemongrass from the Essential Oils Range. Gemma is hosting her first candle making workshop of 2019 on Saturday 16th February in Bumble & Blue in the Linen Green. Price is £30 per person, which includes our signature tea, coffee and scones.
You can book a place via her website Bumble & Blue.
So there you have my top 10 gift ideas for Northern Ireland Families! I’ve included some of my favourite local suppliers who provide products & services that I love. Had to give myself a mention too 😉 would be rude not to. I also put my heart & soul into my work and there is nothing more satisfying that seeing someone recognise what we small businesses do and SHOP LOCAL!
Thank you for taking the time to read this post & hopefully see some of you soon. Have a wonderful Christmas & remember to shine in 2019! x