Left your Christmas shopping to the last minute? We feel you, sometimes there is just too many choices and not enough time! Our Christmas Guide of stocking fillers will aid in your final gifts to grab, making sure everyone in your life is happy when Christmas Day rolls around.
Whether you're looking for a cute apron for your chef-wannabe best friend or gin for your cocktail-obsessed brother, this guide will make sure you get all your presents in time to enjoy a well-deserved pint on Christmas Eve.
Map of Cork apron €19.60 from The Cake Café
It still surprises us how many people cook without an apron! Ok, you might not be in your best clothes while cooking, but still, we all know what a b***h turmeric is to get out!
Ray O'Neill's The Cake Café on Pleasant Place, Dublin 2 have a cool selection of Cork and Dublin themed aprons, and tea towels for that matter, that will roll up perfectly to fit in a Christmas stocking. Cork version pictured below, which highlights lots of the best-loved landmarks that the city is known for. A great idea too is to frame the tea towel and hang on the kitchen wall.
To get your hands on one of these fab aprons, you can pop into the café or order online from The Cake Café website (while stocks last).
Pandora Bell Giant Handmade Candy Cane €12
We've found a candy cane that Buddy the Elf would be eyeballing you for! This is the Pandora Bell Giant Candy Cane, stands as tall as a Champagne bottle and is handmade in Limerick. Flavoured with natural vanilla, it is also gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free and free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, unfortunately not 100 percent guilt free, but at Christmas do we actually care? No.
You can get these candy canes online at the Pandora Bell website or in Fallon & Byrne.
Beeswax Wraps €26.37
Beeswax wraps are certainly not a new thing, in fact it something that used to be used frequently in the past to wrap and store food, but we are delighted to see them making a come back. In a time when we are all questioning our use of plastic, and when you think of how much clingfilm is used in kitchens, it is great to see a sustainable product like this on the market.
You can use beeswax wraps for just about anything in the kitchen, from covering a jar to wrapping up a sandwich. The best part is that they're totally reusable, just wash with cold soapy water, air dry and they're ready to go again!
This three pack comes in the cutest pattern of lemons, oranges and pineapples so your pal can save the environment and look cool all at the same time – you'll definitely get some brownie points for that!
Get this three pack of beeswax wraps from Amazon for €26.37, including delivery.
Gin Tasting Set €9.99
In case you didn't already know, gin is in, so if you are stuck for a stocking filler this Christmas, look no further!
Aldi has launched a Boyle's Irish Gin Tasting Set just in time for Christmas. Each set contains three differently flavoured mini gin bottles, including raspberry blush, sloe and damson liqueur and the award-winning Classic Boyle's Gin.
This set is priced at just €9.99, which makes it good for your wallet as well as being a great present, so head down to Aldi ASAP to get your hands on one (or a dozen!) of these sets.
Reusable Straws €13.83
2018 was the year when we learned that disposable plastic straws were literally killing turtles, which is something we cannot support, so while bars and restaurants are making the change, we can take it into our own hands too by carrying around one of these...
These reusable straws from Amazon are made from food grade stainless steel and come with a cleaning brush and drawstring bag for your convenience. The best part is that this set comes with seven straws in different sizes, ensuring you have the perfect sized straw for milkshakes, iced coffee and juices.
Get them on Amazon now.
Carluccio's Cestina di Frutta €20.95
These Sicilian marzipan treats look nearly too good to eat! A tradition started by nuns in Palermo, these sweets are hugely popular in Sicily, where handmade marizipan is moulded to look like fruit, dried out and then painted in elaborate detail to look like fruit.
This gift box from Carluccio's includes a clementine, cherries, a lemon, a fig and an apple that are nearly life-sized and each looks so realistic that you might actually think it's the real thing!
Get these Cestina di Frutta from Carluccio's on Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
Brooklyn Copper White Cheese Board €59.95
If you want to seem super on-trend, this marble and copper cheeseboard set is something you need to get your hands on – your foodie friends will love you!
Containing a white marble board and four cheese knives with gorgeous rose gold-toned copper accents, this set will make any cheeseboard look amazing. The marble board can also double as a serving board, so you're you can use it for cakes, antipasti and more.
Get it in Arnotts or through their online store.
The Gourmet Scratch Map €33
While scratch maps aren't anything new, this one has a unique twist that we love. Listing the most popular foods and dishes on a map of Europe, you only scratch off a word when you've tried the cuisine. Once a word is scratched off, it reveals a vibrant colour underneath, which makes for a gorgeous display.
If you've a foodie in your life who's also into travel, this is the gift for them as it will help them to plan out their next culinary tour of Europe!
Get the Gourmet Scratch Map online at Luckies.
Milk Chocolate Scrabble €15.95
This milk chocolate Scrabble is the perfect Christmas gift in our eyes, as it combines two of our favourite things – food and competition!
Board game aficionados will be delighted to see that they can play their game and eat it too, as this set comes with a playable Scrabble board and chocolate letter tiles, which can be unwrapped and enjoyed after the game.
If Scrabble isn't your thing, you can also get a Monopoly version of this edible game. Get it instore at Fallon & Byrne Exchequer Street and Rathmines.
Gratitude Cake Stand by Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert €158
While on the more expensive side of this list, there's no denying that this cake stand is absolutely fabulous.
Created by model Miranda Kerr in conjunction with Royal Albert, this cake stand is part of a floral, feminine collection that was inspired by Kerr's grandmother's own old-school tea set. This cake stand looks like it would be the perfect way to channel your inner Mary Berry and present your fabulous bakes.
Get it in Brown Thomas or at their online store.
S'well Slice of life Reusable Coffee Cup €35
As we already mentioned, sustainability is a prominent issue right now, with more and more people turning to reusable products in order to minimise their environmental impact. Reusable coffee cups have become the norm now in Ireland, with most retailers offering a discount when you bring in your own cup.
That's where this S'well coffee cup comes in; it's both reusable and stylish so you can save the environment and look good doing it! We absolutely love the watermelon pattern (it reminds us that summer will eventually return!) and the fact that it insulates your drinks, meaning your hot drinks will stay hot for 12 hours while your cold ones will stay that way for up to 24 hours!
Get it in Debenhams stores or online now.
There you have it! FOOD&WINE's top stocking fillers for 2018 – hopefully Santa will bring us a few of them too!
Is there anything we've missed? Let us know in the comments below.