225 Irish SMEs to buy gifts from this Christmas

Buy Irish 2023: In a tradition that began during the pandemic lockdown in 2020, every year since we’ve been compiling a range of Irish SMEs to buy Christmas gifts from both online and offline.

With an estimated 70pc of online shopping purchases made overseas, it is vital we support Irish SMEs.

In this series we looked at Irish food, drinks, fashion, beauty, toys, books and fitness and health gifts for Christmas 2023.

35 Irish food businesses

Delicious food on a plate.

From cheeses made in Clare, sea salt made on Achill Island, chocolate made in Cavan, salmon smoked in the Burren and bakery products in Dublin, the rich flavour and quality of Irish food is unmatched and can be bought easily and affordably in stores and online.

42 drinks businesses

Seasonal cocktails.

From Armagh to Waterford and everywhere in between, Ireland has an eclectic and quality drinks industry that makes quality gins, vodkas, whiskeys, beers, lemonades, teas and even wine. The producers are rightly proud of the quality of their product and the Christmas season is the perfect time to sample it all.

33 fashion firms

Woman wearing fur-hooded coat.

From linens, woollens and tweeds from Donegal, to jewellery designed in Dublin and socks made in Galway, for the sartorially-minded Irish businesses are blending style with function.

28 beauty businesses

Close-up of woman with green eyes.

The indigenous Irish beauty and skincare businesses is fully aglow with soaps, make-up and a range of sustainable cosmetics that would make meaningful gifts for loved ones this Christmas.

32 toy businesses

Christmas toy wrapped in brown paper with 'made in Sanda's workshop' on label.

From boardgames to electronics and even augmented reality, the variety of toys made in Ireland will spark the imagination and create lasting memories this season. Products made by Irish toymakers include locally sourced materials and have sustainability at their core.

14 book shops

Young girls reading a book.

Ireland boasts a rich tapestry of eclectic, and some would say even eccentric, bookshops that cater to every age and taste. From rare first editions to the latest releases, Irish bookstores have it all.

41 fitness and health businesses

People jogging under a winter sky.

As well as a period of rest and relaxation, Christmas is also a time to supercharge from brisk winter walks to swimming and more. For the sports-mad among us, there is a range of Irish manufacturers and retailers who sell everything from hurleys to bikes and sports clothing of unrivalled quality.

John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.