Gifts for People Who Love Ireland
Almost 35 million Americans claim Irish ancestry (that’s more than seven times the total population of Ireland), but you don’t have to be Irish to love the Emerald Isle. There are countless reasons to pine for the old country—like the bustling streets of Dublin, castles and historic monuments sprinkled like fairy dust across the countryside, and the country pubs serving up live music and pints of Guinness that take ten minutes to pour and two hours to quaff with newfound drinking buddies. But if an airdrop into Europe’s friendliest nation is not imminent, here are a few other ways to help someone get their 40 shades of green on, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
I like sending flowers on special days when they’re still a surprise: St. Patrick’s Day is a perfect example. A St. Patrick’s Day Bouquet, $49.99 from ProFlowers, says “top o’ the morning’ to ye” with pale green Bells of Ireland and white Stargazers.
Give the luck of the Irish along with this delicate handcrafted Four-Leaf Clover Pendant ($62), made from recycled sterling silver dipped in gold.
OK, $85 is a lot for a good lather, but this one comes from the elite House of Creed, a legendary perfume house that has been adorning the rich, royal and powerful since 1760. The spicy, woody notes of Creed’s timeless Green Irish Tweed Shaving Soap evokes a brisk dawn stride across the rolling green hills of your estate, m’lord—even if you then have to roll into the office and pick up some groceries on the way home.
These WeSC Kazoo Earbuds in Blarney Green ($19.99) let you celebrate the wearin’ o’ the green in the most 21st-century of ways. Soft silicon gel means comfort, and 10mm drivers give strong bass support to Irish drinking songs. A fine complement to that green beer that’s calling your name.
I saved the most charming for last. I dare the person who opens this St. Patrick’s Day Gift Basket ($29.95) not to smile when they see that someone’s sent them the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. You knew it was real, right? Royal Riviera Pears, elegant gold foil, and green trimmings all round—an Irish blessing from Harry and David.
Need more lucky Irish goodies? Check out these St. Patrick’s Day gift ideas for the most Irish holiday in the calendar.
Lavonne Leong lives with her husband and daughters in Honolulu, where she writes about arts, education, science, families, and yes, shopping. She’s the editor-at-large for San Francisco-based Red Bridge Press, and her first children’s book, Up in the Hawaiian Sky, was published in 2013.