Christmas Gifts

November is here... is it safe to say Christmas yet? We think so anyway! And after the year we’ve had, all we can say is BRING IT ON! We can’t wait to get our tinsel on and some cringe-worthy Christmas jingles a-playing as we rock and bop ourselves around our attention-grabbing Christmas tree as we eagerly await the madness to begin.

Of course, let’s be honest... Christmas can be stressful. Whether that’s the hunt for the perfect mince pie recipe, the difficulty of getting the turkey just right, choosing a killer outfit for the staff Christmas party, questioning how the Christmas lights got tangled (surely, we put them away right last year?) or just surviving some truly dull conversation with aunts and uncles that appear out of the woodwork at this time of year, there is no denying that Christmas is not all mistletoe and wine. That’s before we even get to the gift-giving. Who hasn’t been left wondering what to buy for Auntie Shelia (which one is she again?), or for your kind of official new relationship?

Fear not if it’s all feeling a tad overwhelming. Here, in the oasis of calm that is our charming boutique hotel, Hotel Isaacs, we believe in keeping it simple and to help you with your Christmas gift shopping, we have put together a list of some great gift ideas that can be found right here on our doorstep in the heart of Cork’s Victorian Quarter.


1. Hotel Isaacs Voucher:

Instead of scratching your head wondering what your nearest and dearest would love most this Christmas, why not simply give them the gift of choice with a Hotel Isaacs gift voucher? Valid for five years, this voucher is the perfect solution as it is not only valid for hotel stays but also for our fine dining restaurant Greenes and Ireland’s number one cocktail bar, Cask. Simply give them the voucher and let them choose when, where and how they would like to use it.


2. Casktails:

Christmas is the time to eat, drink and be merry. Why not treat your loved ones to our boutique range of ready-to-pour cocktails from Ireland’s number one cocktail bar? Fizzy Apple Mojito, Beamish Boulevardier or how about a cheeky cherry blossom pornstar? You won’t find those cocktails at your standard Christmas party.


3. Greenes Pantry:

Never to be outdone by Cask, Greenes Restaurant staff have been busy this year creating their own gourmet range of oils, spices and rubs. For the foodie in your life or anyone who simply rubs you up the right way.


4. Unbound Boutique Gift Shop:

5 Bridge Street, Victorian Quarter

Just around the corner from Hotel Isaacs, Unbound is a family business in the Victorian Quarter that specialise in gifts that are quirky, heartfelt, light-hearted, and unique. You will discover a variety of brands and products you won't find in many other shops. Gift vouchers are also available.


5. Nano Nagle Design Shop, Douglas Street:

One of Cork City’s most popular visitor attractions, the Nano Nagle Centre takes Christmas seriously with Christmas markets and carol services a regular feature but even if you can’t make one of their scheduled events, panic not, their award-winning design shop and Cork focused bookshop are selling a range of stock from sustainable homeware, local prints, designer jewellery, kids' toys, books all about our beautiful city and much more. They also sell gift vouchers for both of their shops to make your Christmas shopping a little easier!


6. Miss Daisy Blue:

1-2 St Patrick’s Quay

Still adjusting to your social life post-lockdown? Struggling to remember what a Christmas party was and haven’t a notion what to wear? Miss Daisy Blue is a vintage clothing shop located in the heart of Cork City. They stock a large selection of ladies and menswear ranging from the 1930s to the 1990s with everything from casual wear to occasion and bridal.


7. Annemarie Reinhold Design: Jeweller and Silversmith:

For those looking to treat that someone very special but who also want to support local designers, we would recommend Annemarie Reinhold. Based in Cork, Anne Reinhold is a jeweller and silversmith working on a range of fruit and vegetable inspired pieces as well as having developed a selection of jewellery and objects from silver revisiting multiple leaf constructions. Her aim is to create unique engaging sculptural and wearable objects. Passionate about nature, her work is inspired by the natural world with an interest in the botanical, the endless inspiration to be found in trees, and the whole plant world which surrounds us. Her pieces are unique and precious capturing the lightness and delicate flow of nature. Her work is available on her website, through an online shop or by contacting her directly.


8. Vibes and Scribes Crafts: 3 Bridge Street:

Christmas time is synonymous with decorations and where better to pick up all your supplies than Vibes and Scribes Crafts, another gem in the Victorian Quarter and one of the largest retailers for art and crafts, wool, fabric, haberdashery and upholstery supplies in Ireland. Vibes and Scribes Wool, Fabric and Crafting Supplies is one of a kind in Ireland as it focuses not just on one type of craft supply but encompasses a wide range of DIY possibilities. They also supply the whole country through their online shop. Gift vouchers are available. Don’t forget their bookshop just across the river too.


9. Mother Jones Flea Market: 2 York Street:

You don’t have to be an antique to enjoy the Mother Jones Flea Market. Just around the corner from our boutique hotel, enter a treasure trove of vintage antiques and clothing, collectables and a whole lot of quirky finds. You never know what you'll find there. They are open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10-6pm. They also offer gift vouchers.


10. Shandon Sweet Shop:

37A John Redmond Street

What is Christmas without eating one too many sweet treats? Do it in style with a trip to one of the oldest sweet shops in Ireland dating back to 1929, the Shandon Sweet Shop. Residents booking directly with us receive a delicious jar of their homemade sweets too.


About The Author

Colette is a hotel receptionist working at Hotel Isaacs Cork. Her favourite part of the job is meeting the many guests coming from all corners of the globe and sharing with them all the wonders that Cork City and County has to offer. One of her great passions is travelling and exploring new places especially museums, galleries and castles. "One of the things I feel very strongly about is how so many people in Ireland are completely unaware of some of the hidden treasures right on their door-steps. When people go abroad, they push themselves to see all the cultural delights on offer but too often, they have no idea how great what is right in front of them, readily available every day is. I came to Cork as a student in 2008 and I too limited myself and didn't push myself to explore. It took a friend to take me off and show me how truly amazing this city and county is and this is what I want to share with my guests and readers.

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