Christmas season is upon is and with it comes the pressure of finding the perfect gift for all your loved ones.
If your wedding is coming up this winter or spring, Christmas gifts may be the last thing on your mind. However with bridesmaids and besties going out of their way to make your big day special, it can feel like this is the time you especially should be finding something lovely to show your appreciation this Christmas.
With that in mind, and to take some of the stress off, here are 30 gorgeous Christmas gift ideas for your bridesmaids and besties this year. We've put a focus on Irish makers and shops, as well as some gorgeous beauty booty that we're sure will go down a treat.
If Christmas isn't a time to treat those around you, we don't know when is. Many of the luxury beauty brands have released beautiful holiday sets that would make your bestie's day if she received them.This Lip and Eye set, €104, from Tom Ford is a dream and if you've used their lipsticks or eye quads before you'll know why.
Irish skincare brands are killing it lately and one of our favourites is Oxmantown Skincare. Their Gua Sha Facial Kit, €45, is the perfect gift for a skincare nerd - an on-trend Jade Gua Sha tool works in harmony with the brand's Regenerating Facial Oil to give you healthy, radiant skin and reduce that post-Christmas puff.
Jo Malone London's Christmas collection this year knocks it out of the park, but the Cologne Collection, €85, would be the ultimate treat - a miniature size of five of their most popular scents: Lime Basil & Mandarin, English Pear & Freesia, Honeysuckle & Davana, Peony & Blush Suede, and of course, Pomegranate Noir.
Dublin Herbalists is also producing gorgeous natural skincare and their 3-step Rejuvenating Ritual set, €65.85, is a full routine. It includes their Everyday Cleansing Gel, Hydrating Face Serum and Rejuvenating Face Cream for full care.
We can't live without a lip kit in our lives these days, but if you're going to get one, go for one that's going to last all day on your lips. Laura Mercier's Lip Artiste Lip Duet, €37, comes in three gorgeous pairings: a nude duo, a red, and a coral, to suit every taste.
Haircare heroes Davines always pull together the most magnificent gift boxes for Christmas featuring some of their most loved products. And it helps that the packaging is a delight! They have different boxes for different haircare concerns, but we love the Smoothing Box, €47, is super hydrating and tackles frizz like a dream. Find Davines at Zeba Salons in Dublin City Centre and selected local salons nationwide.
Irish jewellery maker Chupi makes beautiful engagement and wedding rings, but her heirloom gift pieces are exquisite too. This year, she's created a gorgeous gold giftcoin, instead of a plastic gift card. There's a €100 minimum to get the coin rather than a normal giftcard, but it's a keepsake in itself as well as offering your pals the gift of choice, and comes packaged with one of her gorgeous bespoke notebooks.
Also on the statement earrings front, these Frosted Rose and High Shine Sable Acrylic Drop Earrings, €55, beauties from Capulet and Montague are so sleek and elegant, they would be perfect for someone who prefers a slightly more grown up look, but still loves some fun in their pieces.
We love Irish jewellery designers including Irish heritage in a modern way, which Juvi Designs does beautifully. This geometric Causeway Bracelet, €69, is a great example, inspired by the Irish landscape.
MoMuse stock a huge variety of jewellery from beautiful fine gold jewellery to more playful and affordable pieces. Designed in Dublin by Margaret O’Rourke, her pieces are unique and focussed on clean lines. We adore these 14kt Gold Filled Moon Threader Earrings, €65.
Modern and striking pieces are at the heart of what Hey Bulldog Design do and we love their Drip O'Clock, which they introduced last year at the Christmas Flea. Every one is handmade and individual, and it comes in blue and pink, from €50.
Arran Street East have teamed up with some other fab Irish businesses to create Christmas gift sets. There's a few to choose from, but we love this Coffee Pourover Set, €70, combined with a local coffee roaster's coffee - a thoughtful for the coffee fiend in your life, without the effort of pairing them yourself!
A candle gift never goes astray, but Rathbornes make some of the best. This Travel Candle Set, €50, features three of their most well-known scents - Dublin Tea Rose, Cedar and Clove, and White Pepper and Honeysuckle.
For pals who are trying to live a little more eco-friendly, Dalkey Handmade Soaps make gorgeous artisan soaps and in a sustainable way. No more plastic soap dispensers needed with this 5 Soap Set, €14, introducing you to some of their most popular fragrances.
Ail + El make gorgeous hand-cast concrete pieces individually hand-finished with unique patterns. These Small Planters, €28, are designed for succulents, aka the dream plant for so those of us who aren't very green fingered.
What's better than something personalised? These Fine Art Giclée prints, from €86.95, can be done with any number of people or pets. You send Ger from by The High Press your favourite photo, and she'll draw it and print it on museum quality paper.
For a pal who loves something a little different, we love Alanna Plekkenpol and her art tiles inspired by Dutch delft, contrasted with modern designs. The Rose Tinted Glasses tile, from €40, is one of our favourites.
There are a lot of artists doing Irish landmark inspired artworks, but JANDO's screenprints are among our favourites. Their bold colour schemes and their passion for architecture make for stunning pieces, and their new Bull Island - Ladies Bathing Shelter print, from €30, is just another example of it.
Linda Byrne Illustration does deadly live illustrations at weddings but she also does custom illustrations, from €73-111, in her fun, fashion illustration style, that would be totally cherished by whoever you give it too. They also make for gorgeous gifts for bridesmaids on the morning of.
What's Christmas without chocolate? Bean and Goose's Seasonal Party 3-bar Collection, €19, is a curated collection to satisfy every chocolate lover. The collection includes their Spiced Hazelnut, Honey and Ecuador Dark chocolate 70%, Roasted Almond, Irish Sea Salt and Arriba Milke Chcolate 39% and Smoked Irish Sea Salt, Cocoa Nibs and Java Milk Chocolate 32.6%.
Fintan Wall Design has loads of fun pieces that make great gifts. We love a meme so we've picked his It’s…Rebekah Vardy’s Account Mug, €12, but also check out his enamel pins. The geebag one is a fave of ours.
For natural oil enthusiasts, The Nature of Things makes beautifully crafted essential oils. Their Energise and Uplift Set, €32, includes a gorgeous trio of geranium oil, peppermint oil and rosemary oil, and a recipe card on how to use them.
New year, new you? The Falling Petals Weekly Desk Planner, €14.95, from Dusty Boy Designs is the perfect organising tool to start the year off right. And it's pretty, too! Perfect for any stationery nerd.