Buying gifts for men – it’s always the most difficult task. All of us have an important man in lives. Father, brother, son, friend or colleague. We’re often desperate when the time comes to buying a perfect present for him.
For me, the toughest cases are always those people who seem to have everything. We all want to give something special, original and memorable; something that will remind him about us – even for a short moment.
While expanding our Just Buy Irish directory I came across so many amazing Irish shops that sell unique and beautiful products. Many of which can be easily turned into memorable gifts. This inspired me to put together not only a list of gifts for men, but a special list focused solely on Irish artisan manufacturers.
Produced by Irish companies or sold by independent shops, these are not only incredible gifts but also a way to support our local economy and community. You can read more about why buying local is so important in my previous post. An added benefit is that all of these gifts can be delivered directly to the lucky recipient.
So let me share my 19 hand-picked gifts for men. I hope they will inspire you to get something new, interesting and distinctive for a special person in your life. All prices are shown at the time of research (May 2020) and may change.
Gifts for men – my suggestions
CRANN – €79
These stylish wooden sunnies would appeal to any style and taste. Minimal and lightweight they are made with 100% recycled and sustainable materials. Also, having both UV protection and polarization these sunglasses are not only great for the environment but also for your men’s eyes. Sunglasses include a cork case and microfiber cloth. It is a perfect all year accessory for any man.
McCambridge’s – €49
What list of gifts for men doesn’t include beer? This one is an ultimate pleaser for everyone who loves craft Irish beer. With the rapid growth of Irish craft beer selection, the renowned Galway grocer, McCambridge’s have put together a perfect Irish Craft Beer basket. It includes 8 of the finest craft beers which Ireland has to offer, a bottle of a lovely Irish craft cider, and gourmet crisps. Certainly, this is one of the gifts for men that can be enjoyed on one’s own or with company.
The Counter Deli – €42.75
The Counter Deli, an award-winning Donegal wine shop and deli, have created this exquisite artisan gift box for coffee enthusiasts. It includes Badger & Dodo Coffee, a book about coffee (duh!), a stylish reusable coffee cup, coffee biscuits, and a delicious Bean & Goose chocolate bar. In addition, all of it is packaged in a beautiful branded hamper box. It comes very handy that when ordering you can select coffee ground level. This box is a fantastic gift for men who appreciates little pleasures in life.
AromaBuff – €68
If there is a beard wearer in your life this might be something special for him. Long gone are the times when taking good care of your face and hair was considered unmanly. This set is a perfect gift for a bearded man “who is man enough to care”. AromaBuff luxurious grooming products are lovingly created in Drogheda and are made from 100% natural ingredients. This beautiful gift set includes beard balm, beard oil and double-sided pear-wood beard comb all packaged in a box. The products will help to nourish and condition the beard, ensuring groomed appearance at all times. It’s not only one of the ideal gifts for men but also for everyone around them!
Designist – €36
Oh yes, you read it right: ✨ MAGIC ✨. This wallet is like no other. Handmade of genuine high-quality soft leather and strengthened elastic this compact yet very practical wallet is a find. In a tiny size, it has a unique magic system for organizing notes, sleeves for cards and a practical coin pocket. The integrated RFID shield ensures your cards data remain secure. As the brand itself promises “no more loose coins and no more sacrifices towards design or sleekness”. This wallet is a stylish companion that also can help a lucky recipient to impress his friends.
6. BBQ Box
John Stone – from €85
As days are getting sunnier many of us are mastering their grilling skills. For men who appreciate superior meat and good company, this BBQ Box from John Stone will be a fantastic gift. For 50 years John Stone’s award-winning beef was served in the best restaurants in Ireland and around the world. It is a unique opportunity to taste such high-quality products in the comfort of your home – or garden. The box includes 3 different cuts of steaks (Tomahawk, Striploin, Butcher’s Secret), Sausages and Burgers. Four bottles of Helles Lager beer from St. Mel’s, a local craft brewery from Longford, will help to wash it all down. A big family or company of hungry friends is recommended to complement this gift.
STÓR – from €9 per month
STÓR is an Irish company that makes quality and sustainable everyday essentials for men. Socks, underwear and t-shirts are produced from natural and eco-friendly materials such as bamboo and organic cotton. Most importantly, they are super soft and comfortable for your man’s body, friendly for the environment and a treat for an eye. STÓR has multiple options of gift plans that you can either pay upfront or monthly. In return, the shop will deliver either two pairs of luxuriously comfortable bamboo socks or a curated surprise box that rotates between all of their products. Moreover, all of this is delivered directly to your special person.
8. Handmade Pen
GalwayPens – POA
In our over-digitized days act of physical writing gives a special pleasure. A couple of notes taken during a meeting, brainstorming on an idea or signing a card for a dear person – there can be a particular joy in those moments if the pen that is you hold is so very distinctive. Each of GalwayPens’ creations is unique and made using upcycled and recycled materials. There is a heart and soul in each of them. It is one of the perfect gifts for men who appreciate the beauty in finer details.
Jo Browne – €30
With a speciality in natural solid perfumes, qualified holistic therapist Jo put her passion for aromatherapy into action. She created a compact and convenient solid cologne that can easily fit into a pocket. The Man Treat as a gift set for a gentleman who takes good care of himself. The set includes Solid Cologne and Luxury Soap with bamboo silk. Both are scented with woody notes of Sandalwood and Patchouli. Additionally Fresh Hands sanitizer not only will keep your man’s hands clean but also moisturized. All products are packaged in gorgeous wooden tubes and boxes that are both attractive and also environmentally friendly. It is an elegant treat for a special man.
The Chocolate Shop – €25
Normally located in Cork’s English Market, The Chocolate Shop is a small family run business with a big mission to bring the finest and largest chocolate selection to Ireland. Now it is operating as an online shop so anyone can surprise someone with a gift of their finest chocolates. Gluten-Free (and guilt-free) Luxury Chocolate Gift Box is a selection of 28-30 assorted bestselling favourites from the shop’s collection. You can always ask for the selection to be personalized for the taste of the recipient. These premium chocolates are tastefully packaged in brown and golden box with a red bow. It is definitely something special for a sweet tooth in your life.
Hubert Bookbinding – from €20
An ancient craft of hand bookbinding is still alive in Ireland. Barbara Hubert Bookbindery is making beautiful luxurious notebooks and journals in their studio in Cork and posting them nationwide. Soft Leather Wrap Journal is one of our suggested gifts for men who appreciate high-quality unique stationary. Whether for taking travel notes, drawing sketches or daily to-do lists such notebook can be a trusted companion. Leather cover and extra strong binding makes it a durable practical gift. Each journal is made from the softest ethically sourced leather that is available in a variety of tints. Cream acid-free paper comes in lined or unlined options and is a pleasure to write on. Gold embossing is complimentary. It adds a lovely personalized touch.
W.D. O’Connell Whiskey Merchants – €159.95
A new kid on the block, this whiskey has already received some extremely positive reviews. It is definitely a present for a special occasion. Daithí O’Connell, sailor, pilot, and founder of W.D. O’Connell Whiskey Merchants has launched his line of whiskey in late 2019. ‘PX Series’ 17 Years Old is the first and the most exceptional of the range. Firstly, it is limited to 370 bottles. Secondly, this single malt was distilled in 2002 and matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks for 17 years before being finished in Pedro Ximenez casks (that is what PX stands for). The result is rich, complex and full-bodied malt with a subtly sweet finish. Certainly, it will definitely be one of the treasured gifts for men that enjoy exclusive drinks.
13. Treasure Box
Lismore Food Co / Proper Chocolate Co – €24
This delicious gift box is full of surprises for the tastebuds. Lismore Food and Proper Chocolate have put together a selection of their finest treats. The box includes All Butter Irish Shortbread, Caraway with Irish Seaweed and two bars from Proper Chocolate’s dark chocolate collection: Saint Vincent & The Grenadines (73%) and Tanzania Kokoa Kamili single-origin with Nibs & Achill Island Sea Salt (70%). Certainly, this exquisite treasure box is perfect to lift someone’s spirit or say “thank you”.
14. Mens Whale Tee
Tonn – €44.95
A gift for an explorer, for someone who just can’t stay put and who enjoys being by the sea. Tonn men’s tee with Whale print comes in a bright summery colour. Interestingly, linocut print features one of fin whales that are seen regularly in Irish waters. The illustration was inspired by the large whale skeleton in Dublin’s Museum of Natural History. All Tonn t-shirts and hoodies are made from organic cotton that makes them sustainable and particularly breathable. It is a perfect tee for new adventures be it indoors or outdoors.
Carve On – €74
Ok, we might be only sofa-travelling at the moment but a day will come and sure we will fly away to new exciting destinations. There is no harm in being prepared. Personalized Travel Wallet is “an executive lounge for travel documents”. If you are selecting a gift for a man who is on the move and likes to stay organized it can be a perfect accessory for him. Carve On Travel Wallet in tan colour has a card pocket, a secure slot for a passport, and a flap for boarding pass. Moreover, each of them is made to order, personalized and stylishly packaged in a black card box. The wallet will age gracefully over time, acquiring a story of their own to tell.
Moher Cottage – €44.95
A carefully curated box includes necessities that any man will appreciate. This is one of the gifts that can be perfect for someone you might not know well yet. Moher Cottage is a cafe and gift shop by the iconic Cliffs of Moher. Most importantly, they source products from local independent, artisan companies. This box includes some of the best: Oriental Note solid cologne from Jo Browne, Happy Days socks from Irish Socksciety, a bar of Moher Cottage natural soap and a bar of luxury Irish Chocolate from Sweet Living Kilkenny. In short, a perfect selection for a casual gift for any occasion.
The Irish Whiskey Stone Company – €20
For men who prefer their drink to stay strong all the way through Whiskey Stones are an elegant substitute for ice. This marble stones can be used time and time again. Subsequently, wash them and freeze again in the box. The Irish Whiskey Stone Company trade on Galway and Kinvara markets but now also sell online and deliver nationwide. Their whiskey stone sets are coming in charming wooden boxes in a variety of designs. This one features old Irish road sign for the Cliffs of Moher. It can be a charming little gift on its own or a companion for a whiskey bottle.
18. iPad Sleeve
DE BRUIR – from €110
Kildare based DE BRUIR Studio combined traditional craft skills with contemporary styling to create a collection of leather bags and accessories. This hazelnut coloured iPad Sleeve is stylish yet traditionally looking and made with attention to the detail. The sleeve has a hardwearing leather exterior that gets better with age, whereas the smooth leather interior perfectly protects the iPad. It is made to measure not only for different versions of iPad but also Kindle and Galaxy Tab. Certainly, this timeless accessory is an exquisite gift for any tablet owner.
19. Merino Scarf
Studio Donegal – €49
For more than 40 years Studio Donegal, a small woollen mill on The Wild Atlantic Way, has been producing genuine handwoven Irish tweed garments preserving this important tradition. Merino scarf is a chic lightweight accessory that provides warmth and softness without the bulk. Local women finish each scarf at home. Available in a variety of colours from emerald green to deep navy, earth brown to succulent, purple merino scarf from Studio Donegal is a truly unique gift for a loved one.
I hope my list of gifts for men helped you picking something unique for your special person. If you need more inspiration I suggest to visit the main directory of our website Just Buy Irish for more original ideas from the full list of Irish producers and shops that deliver to the door. Happy giving!