Christmas this year may look a little different than in years gone by, but we have all the elements to make it an extra special one, made right here in Monaghan.
If you are looking for a meaningful, one-of-a-kind Monaghan-made gift, stayed tuned for inspiration over the coming weeks, both here on Monaghantourism.com and via our social media channels (@MonaghanTourism on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
Our county is home to an array of talented craftspeople, from makers and artists to artisan food producers. Many have struggled this year and, without a physical presence – be it a bricks-and-mortar shop, a Christmas crafts fair or otherwise – the run-up to Christmas is set to be tougher still. By buying something that’s made locally, you are supporting a small business at what is a critical time for many.
Choose from entirely unique Monaghan gifts, future heirlooms such as Carrickmacross Lace, which has marked its 200th anniversary this year with the launch of a brand-new website; and Clones Lace, which is available to buy online via the Ulster Canal Stores Visitor Centre.
As well as shopping online, many Monaghan businesses are offering click-and-collect (or call-and-collect) service, so shoppers can pick items up at their convenience within safe, socially distant parameters. Simply browse and buy online or call to purchase for collection locally.
Gift vouchers for Monaghan dining, accommodation and experiences are another great option this Christmas. Hotels, accommodation providers and attractions are offering fantastic deals on vouchers such as discounts or value-added credit, making your money go even further. Vouchers are valid for an extended or indefinite period, also. Highlights include discounted vouchers at Concra Wood Golf & Country Club to spend on golf, in the pro shop or at The View restaurant; 10-15% off gift vouchers at Castle Leslie Estate, and further discounts on vouchers purchased online for the Nuremore Hotel & Country Club.
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