We all know that Christmas can be hard on the environment; it can be so easy to lose the run of ourselves and buy more than we need.
The good news is that being kind to the planet can also save us money! Here are some affordable gift ideas from local makers that are better for your pockets, the planet, and local businesses.
Small Gifts From South East Makers
1. Monkey Cups €25.00
Help a loved one avoid the upcoming latte levy with these cute Waterford-designed coffee cups. Coming at 25 euros, they even have a section where you can pick your own colours.
2. Mapa, Map-inspired wall art from € 23.00
Designed and printed in the South East on recycled, Irish-sourced 300 gsm kraft card, Mapa is a great gift to remind a loved one of their home, with prints available for most Irish towns & cities. Whatsmore, their products are shipped 100% plastic free!
3. Copper Coast Sea Dippers Gift set €21.00
Got a family member that lives in the water? This might be perfect for them. This set includes intensively nourishing orange & myrrh whipped body butter and hydrating, moisturizing orange & myrrh lip balm to protect your skin from the elements. This set is made in Dunhill, Co Waterford, so it's as local as you can get.
4. Taste Wexford Illustrated Socks by The Irish Sock Society €12.00
Taste Wexford released a limited line of illustrated socks by the Irish Sock Society. These super soft socks are 80% cotton and come in two bright colourful designs inspired by Wexford.
5. Milis, Sparkle Soy Wax Scented Candle €21.00
Milis make the loveliest candles and this one smells like prosecco and raspberries. All are lovingly made in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford with local, natural ingredients.
6. Build Your Own Wexford chocolate Gift Box with Bean & Goose for €17.25
Wexford's Bean & Goose make such delicious chocolate, they even have an option on their website to build your own gift box.
We all love a big mug and these are handmade in Wexford and dishwasher safe! A great option for someone who loves a good old mug of tea.
8. Klufer's Waterford Pub prints From: €10.00
If you have a mate that loves Waterford, local designer Klufer has a quirky series of all your favourite Waterford pubs... plus one or two of RTÉ legend Joe Duffy...
9. Dust + Rock Wrist Pockets €30.00
Based in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Dust + Rock sell these unique and super handy wallet-like pockets that snap onto your wrist.
Okay, we're cheating a little as these gorgeous planners, diaries and notebooks hail from Cork. However, they are available from the Waterford city-based craft collective CC Creatives.
11. Nicholas Mosse Tiny Heart Plate €13.75
Handmade in Nicholas Mosse's studio in Kilkenny. These would be really cute as a ring/ Earing dish or for biscuits.
12. Phat.Poly Jenny Earrings €25,00
These statement earrings are handmade in Waterford.
13. Yellow Deer Designs Christmas Cards €4.00
Based in Kilkenny, Cáit designs beautiful cards with ethically sourced materials.
Find out more about festive sustainability on our podcast Have yourself a sustainable little Christmas.