You don't have to be an expert in the kitchen to appreciate a stylish piece of cookware or a pretty addition to a table setting. Which makes homewares and kitchen gifts a bit of a winner at this time of year.
We've all spent a lot of time at home in 2020 and perhaps have come to appreciate time spent around the table - and little touches like embroidered linen napkins, or handmade dishes can make the everyday feel a bit special. With that in mind, we've rounded up some great gift ideas for the home.
Set of four Irish wildflower linen napkins, €86.57, Jennifer Slattery at Brown Thomas
Linen napkins make a lovely gift - all the more so if they’re Irish. This set from Jennifer Slattery is made from 100% Irish linen, and each one is finished with hand-drawn floral motifs in delicate embroidery.
Ramen bowl, €25approx, Helen Faulkner
Belfast-based Helen Faulkner creates beautiful tableware from terracotta; the earthy texture of the clay is contrasted with a smooth turquoise glaze. There's everything from jugs and cups to plates and ramen bowls (pictured) and the pieces can be put in both the oven and the dishwasher so they’re practical too.
Cheese Paddles, from €22, Caulfield Country Boards
These cheese paddle boards from Caulfield Country Boards in Co Meath are perfect for serving cheese, breads, cold meats and more. Available in ash, walnut, and beech - and in a variety of sizes - the boards can be engraved with an inscription. Shipping within Ireland and Northern Ireland is free.
Prep set, €92, Falcon at Amara
Perfect for the baker or cook in your life, this handy set from Falcon features a nest of five enamel bowls in various sizes. They’re dishwasher- and oven-proof - and there are a number of colourways available too.
Mayo medium dish, €19.68, Helen James Considered at Dunnes Stores
There are some lovely items in Helen Jame’s Considered range for Dunnes Stores, particularly the Mayo oven-to-tableware range. Its made in Portugal and has a reflective glazed with each piece being slightly different.
Filigrana oil drizzler, €48 approx, Benefield Spencer Glass
This beautiful oil drizzler bottle comes from Benefield Spencer Glass and was designed and hand-finished in its studio in Co Antrim. The bottle has a cork pouring spout and the brand’s signature white filigrana cane pattern.
Round cheese platter, €17, M&S
Part of a colourful vintage-inspired collection from M&S, this cheese platter looks like you might have picked it up at a little flea market in France. It makes a great centrepiece when not full of cheese too.