Posted by: chiarraigrrl | November 17, 2010

A few recommendations for xmas/holiday pressies

It can sometimes be difficult to figure out what to get people for the holidays, but this year there’s a glut of great stuff available if you know where to look. As part of my “Support Good People” combined with my continuing efforts at a “Buy Irish” approach, I’ve compiled a list of a few things that would make EXCELLENT xmas/holiday presents *and* both support Good People and Irish products.

Republic of Loose‘s new album Bounce at the Devil. Regular readers already know I love the Loose- I don’t need to gush on any further. Fun, sing-and-bop-along stuff, and on the Official Good People list. If it’s not in your local record shop, you can order it online here from Tower Records.

This is an idea I love. Irish graphic designer Fergus O’Neill decided to do posters (and now postcards and tote bags) inspired by the “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters in the UK, with an Irish twist- and donate €1 per sale to the Department of Finance to help pay off our national debt. EVERYONE WINS. I can personally vouch for the fact that the tote bags are very sturdy (and excellent value at €6 online, or €5 if you pop in to the market in Shebeen Chic of a Sunday if he’s in) and the postcards are simply fabulous. You can “like” the campaign on facebook here (he sends a weekly cheque to the Department of Finance, so you can keep track of progress) and do your bit for the nation here

“Our Man in Hibernia” by Charlie Connelly This is a wonderful book. Funny and heartwarming, this is the kind of book you really can read again and again. And the author is also on the Good People list. If you don’t already have a copy, I recommend popping in to the Gutter Bookshop if you’re in Dublin (or your local independent elsewhere, if possible) and picking up a copy, or you can order it online from here (it’s also on amazon/waterstones etc, but Kennys just expanded hugely into the internet market and are trying to take on amazon- and they’re Irish! #win!).

Gavin Glass‘s most recent album Myna Birds is yet another fab album from one of my favourite former housemates. The man is an excellent musician, and Good People. Buy it online here.

Rob Smith‘s recently-released album Juliana Field is another excellent release from another musician on the Official Good People list. Highly recommended. You can order it online from Tower Records here.

I’m assuming Dublin filmmaker Shimmy Marcus gets some cut off the merch (and he’s on the official Good People list, so I’m hoping so), but even if not- “Soulboy” was an excellent film, and some of the merch just looks like fun. Have a look here.

A few other suggestions:

@Orbeeque put me on to this website the other day, and if I’m coming late to the party I do apologise, but these are some of the most amusing t-shirts you’ll find- and they’re Irish! Head over to

To even up the stakes in “sexist photos” and raise money for Irish charity Bóthar, there’s the Irish Farmer Calendar – excellent work, guys. The Irish Fire Calendar is also HAWT, and supports Beaumont Hospital.

And of course, there’s always merchandise available from the brilliant people at the People’s Republic of Cork.

@ElaineEdwards gave me the heads-up that you can get these fabulous Christmas jumpers (that’s sweaters, for Rest of World) at – where else – Fantastic stuff.

@Jonathanwpurvis recommended the wonderful-looking Dublin-based Soaperstar for lovely scenty soaps and assorted bath products.

And the lovely @eolai is doing a sale on his fabulous paintings this month- they’d be a great addition to any home. Check them out here… 🙂



  1. Ahh, thank you very much. Honoured and grateful.

    • any time, sir. Hope it helps! 🙂

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