We’ve made a selection of some of the top gifts you can get in The Liberties for someone very special. That’s what Christmas is all about, right?
Gifts are split into 3 categories: Objects, Food & Drink and Experiences. So whatever your taste, there’s something for everyone!
Based in Blackpitts Li Aken makes lovely hand-made hats, scarves and hot water bottle covers. A proper cottage industry with Mammy and Daddy roped into help. She also sells knitted hobby horses from her Liberties studio.
You can buy one of Lianan’s unique creations or gifts at www.liadainaiken.com or www.cantercanter.com.
Gifts for creative types – Jam Art Factory on Patrick Street is home to some of the best in Irish design, with Dublin illustrations, cute prints and handmade jewellery – Lots of thoughtful, unique gifts.
You can buy online or pop in to the shop on Patrick Street.
Plant Life on Cork Street has a wide selection of plants and trees for your garden or home. THE best place to find gifts for anyone with green fingers. Also if you still haven’t got your Christmas tree, here is the spot!
Plant Life is based on Cork Street but you can also shop online.
As one of the best-known market areas of Dublin, The Liberties offers plenty of gift options for those into vintage clothing and old jewellery. The Liberty Belle Bazaar is one of the best sources for all kinds of lovely things, and shopping here is an added experience with Dublin’s smallest intimate cinema and a cosy café that could be your granny’s living room. All with a sprinkling of Hollywood stardust and disco sparkle!
The Liberty Belle Bazaar is located at 72 Thomas Street Thursday – Sunday 11am – 6pm. You can also shop online.
Ireland’s Art & Antiques Quarter on Francis Street is home to some great furniture shops and craft stores. Anonymous stands out for its retro offerings of furniture and funky lights. Some really cool stuff here for anyone who might be decorating their home.
Anonymous is at 72 Francis Street.
A4 Art on Thomas Street is a popular destination for those arty types from NCAD and a great place to get some creative gifts. They sell everything from card and marker to glitter and paint. You have two choices by Christmas shopping in A4 Art:
A: Make someone a unique gift
B: Give someone artistic materials (so they can make you something!)
A4 Art is located at 88 Thomas Street.
Ireland’s newest whiskey distillery, located on Newmarket, is a special visitor experience, and not just for whiskey fans. Unlike other such destinations visitors can actually witness the whiskey-making process. They of course get a taste or two of the results! Teelings have a great bar and a nice cafe downstairs where you can find alternative gifts such as delicious whiskey marmalade.
Tickets to the Distillery cost €14 and can be bought online here.
The entertaining Cheerios Panto is held every year at the Tivoli on Francis Street. This year’s event will be held from 9th December until 10th January. ‘Excellent’…’Glamorous’…’Panto Perfection’ is just some of the praise heaped upon the hilarious adventure.
The Panto runs daily with tickets from €15-€30 which can be bought here.
Voted one of the twelve best shops in Ireland by The Irish Times and its readers, The Constant Knitter on Francis Street is a veritable wool emporium and provides knitting and crochet classes. There’s actually a sewing workshop on January 31st which you can find out about here. Give someone the gift of a new hobby this Christmas. Drop in to the shop or check online.
You are in ‘butcher heaven’ in The Liberties. Its the perfect place for your turkeys, hams and all the trimmings. Christmas hampers are available from both Fay’s Meat Specialists on Thomas Street and O’Neill’s butchers on Meath Street. If you have a big family to feed this Christmas, this is a must-have. There’s something for all appetites here!
The Smokehouse Selection Pack is what Hanlons themselves have recommended for Christmas. With traditional smoked salmon, BBQ Smoked Salmon and Gravalax this selection pack will feed 10 – 12 people. Hanlon’s of course have plenty of other fresh salmon products on offer.
Check out Hanlon’s online store here for all you need.
Manning’s, a real Liberties favourite, have a wide selection of baked goods, including Christmas desserts and gifts such as puddings, cakes and buns. They also do custom orders and designs.
Drop in to Manning’s on Thomas Street or order online here.