The past few months have been incredibly challenging for Monaghan businesses and their employees, with many forced to adapt at a moment’s notice. An unprecedented number of staff have been forced to work from home – a situation that is far from ideal for those with young children or elderly and vulnerable relatives to take care of at the same time. Meanwhile, it is looking increasingly unlikely that we will be able to socialise in groups this side of Christmas 2020.
Instead of the traditional Christmas party, companies throughout Ireland are instead looking to give corporate gifts to staff. According to research from Musgrave MarketPlace, as many of 60% of small business owners are planning to give gifts to employees this year in lieu of traditional Christmas events. The survey also shows that over two thirds of Irish businesses plan to buy clients Christmas gifts.
There are some truly beautiful and unique gifts from Monaghan makers this Christmas, ideal to give to staff members or clients to add a touch of festive magic and show appreciation for their service and custom during these testing times.
Brehon Brewhouse Giftpack containing four bottles of the Inniskeen microbrewery’s best-loved beers, €12
Hand-made silk print cards from Louise Loughman are perfect for framing, €7.60 each
Limited-edition Christmas bauble hot chocolate bombs from Glaslough Chocolate, €15 for a set of three.
The Happy Chandler candles are hand-made in Monaghan and available in scents including Wood Sage & Seasalt and Rhubarb & Elderflower. Priced from €20.
Limited-edition Honey Dew Gin from Old Carrick Mill infused with honey harvested from the Carrickmacross distillery’s own on-site hives.
Hotels in Monaghan are offering a range of Afternoon Tea vouchers, perfect for an indulgent treat, including the Four Seasons Hotel from €18.95 per person; The Hillgrove Hotel, €40 for two; afternoon tea with Prosecco at the Creighton Hotel in Clones, €46 for two; ans the legendary afternoon tea for two with bubbly at Castle Leslie Estate, €50.
Carrickmacross Lace is a popular traditional Irish Christmas gift, and the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery in has a choice of beautiful hand-made pieces to choose from including these ready to frame mounts in a variety of designs from €42, or create you very own mini masterpiece, with a Carrickmacross lace-making kit, €25.
Give the gift of golf from the host of the Monaghan Irish Challenge, Concra Wood, with a Christmas 2ball voucher valid until the end of March 2021, €55.
These stunning original fused glass candle arcs, handmade by Kings Forge Glass in Mullyash will look spectacular as a festive table centrepiece, €60
Specially commissioned ‘Clones Collection’ art by Anita Reynolds is available exclusively from Ulster Canal Stores in Clones.
Each scarf made by Liz Christy is warm, luxurious and unique. Irish gift shops around the country stock her ranges for men and women, including the ‘Kavanagh Collection’, inspired by Monaghan’s own celebrated poet. Small scarves cost from €100.
A driving experience from Rally School Ireland will be at the top of many Christmas wish-lists this year, such as Subaru Turbo Half-Day Rally Experience, giving recipients the chance to get behind the wheel of a choice of iconic rally cars, €335pp.
Town vouchers are another great option, of course, with amounts from €10 and ensuring money is spent locally. Vouchers are widely accepted and available to purchase in several retail outlets in Carrickmacross, Castleblayney, Ballybay, Clones and Monaghan.