You may seen some of the novelty gift shops on a vacation to Ireland while strolling down O’Connell Street in Dublin, St. Patrick’s Street in Cork or the Duty Free stores in one of Ireland’s airports. There are often many stereotypes associated with such stores and the Irish gifts available to purchase in them but you may be surprised as to the hidden gems and firm favourites you might come across when you pay them a visit.
In this post, we’re going to have a little fun and check out some of the truly unique and novelty Irish gifts that can found in some of the many Irish souvenir shops dotted across the Emerald Isle.
All things ‘Guinness’
As one of the world’s most recognisable brands, Guinness is synonymous with Irish culture with the iconic Guinness Storehouse located on the banks of the River Liffey in Dublin City centre. Over the years the range of Guinness branded merchandise has expanded greatly from the traditional gifts such as clothes, bar items, celtic jewelry and playing cards to now being able to acquire Guinness flavoured sauces, crisps and confectionery. Has anyone had the pleasure of actually tasting Guinness confectionery? 🙂
Irish Rugby and Soccer Shirts
For the summer that is in it with the Republic of Ireland participating in the European Championship in France, then Irish soccer shirts will be widely visible both in stores and on the general public as the country gears up to get behind ‘The Boys In Green’. Proudly exhibit your Irish roots by donning the national colours of green, white and gold with a soccer jersey or, perhaps, an Irish Rugby jersey with a big upcoming summer tour to South Africa.
Land of the Leprechauns
Probably one of the most popular features of both novelty and traditional Irish gifts are Leprechauns. Whether it’s Leprechaun pens, keyrings, clothing, slippers – the list is endless. Perhaps a downfall of the Leprechaun is that the list of gift ideas is well and truly endless! If you ever wanted to learn more about Leprechauns then there’s a Leprechaun museum situated in Dublin.
Shamrocks, shamrocks everywhere…
No trip to Ireland is complete without a gift adorned with one of the traditional symbols of Ireland… the Shamrock. Irish gift shops are full of Shamrocks printed on a wide range of souvenirs and clothing. Whether it’s a T-shirt, flat cap, pen, or piece of shamrock jewelry then any of the novelty gift stores are sure to oblige.
The Coatigan – A popular hybrid accessory
No, that’s not a spelling mistake, the Irish Coatigan is very much real and combines a half coat/ half cardigan hybrid. Coatigans are generally manufacturer from authentic merino wool and are available in an array of versatile and timeless colours to suit al l fashion tastes.
Comment below if you have come across any unusual or funny novelty Irish gifts?