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.
Hand-made silk print cards from Louise Loughman are perfect for framing, €7.60 – €8.00 each.
Assorted giftpacks from Glaslough Chocolate, €15 each.
The Happy Chandler candles, diffusers and hand washes are all made in Monaghan and available in scents including Wood Sage & Seasalt and Rhubarb & Elderflower. Priced from €12.50 upwards.
Old Carrick Mill distil artisan Gin & Irish Whiskey using only the finest grown ingredients and old age traditions. A particular highlight from their collection is their limited-edition Honey Dew Gin 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; The Hillgrove Hotel; afternoon tea with Prosecco at the Creighton Hotel in Clones; and the legendary afternoon tea for two with bubbly at Castle Leslie Estate.
Carrickmacross Lace is a popular traditional Irish Christmas gift, and the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery based in the beautiful Market House in the heart of Carrickmacross town has a wonderful choice of 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, with a range of gift vouchers available from Concra Wood, including a Christmas 2ball voucher valid until the end of March 2023, €60.
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, €350pp.
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.