This Christmas, let’s all do our part to rally behind the independent local businesses who need our support most. We take our hats off to Galway’s vibrant and creative business community, including many of our Business Friends of the Festival, who have found ways to safely continue trading throughout this very difficult year.
Galway International Arts Festival's Business Friends have supported our creative work through thick and thin, and this year more than ever, it’s time to return the favour. Without further ado, here’s our guide to supporting some fantastic Galway businesses and finding wonderful gifts for your loved ones.
For the Foodie
What says Christmas in Galway like a hamper from McCambridge’s? This family -run business has been supplying Galway with fine food and wine since 1925, and their customisable gift hampers will make anyone's Christmas.
Visit their online store to check out this year’s Christmas hampers, packed with only the finest sweet and savoury seasonal treats, as well as excellent wines. Nationwide delivery available.
Shop here: https://mccambridges.com/
This family -run business was founded in 1995, when brothers Seamus and Kevin started selling Irish farmhouse cheeses at the Galway market. Now Ireland’s leading cheese retailer, they’re committed to sourcing the very highest -quality artisan products.
Sheridan’s gift hampers are filled to the brim with the best farmhouse cheeses, handmade Irish foods and wine. Or, for the real dairy devotee in your life, why not purchase a membership to Sheridan’s Cheese Club?
Shop here: https://sheridanscheesemongers.com/
The Dough Bros
DIY Pizza Kits from Galway favourite The Dough Bros are the perfect hands-on gift for any pizza lover. Each kit contains three wood -fired pizza bases and all the goodies to make three restaurant quality pizzas at home.
And if you’re a business looking to treat your team after a long and difficult year, Corporate DIY Pizza Kits are a fun and unique gift your staff can enjoy from home.
Shop here: https://www.thedoughbros.ie/
Voted the ‘Best Burger in Ireland’ in 2019, Galway’s own Handsome Burger is a treat any time of year. With their ‘Handsome at Home’ DIY boxes, you get to make six delicious Handsome Burgers at home! Corporate options are also available if you want to treat clients or staff this holiday season.
Shop here: https://handsomeburger.com/
For the Coffee Lover
Coffeewerk + Press
Quality and conscientiousness are at the heart of everything Coffeewerk + Press do, whether that’s brewing coffee, curating home goods in their shop or commissioning artwork from sister company Artwerk Press. Even better, this year Coffeewerk teamed up with local artists to showcase their work on takeaway cups and coffee beans.
For the coffee addicts in your life, shop coffee beans, brewing equipment and Coffeewerk’s coffee subscription service. And for the decaf option, explore Coffeewerk + Press’ gift shop for beautiful and unique household items, accessories, books and more.
Shop here: https://coffeewerkandpress.com
Make Christmas magical with a box under the tree from Wooden Heart toy store.
This family-run business on Quay Street in the heart of Galway’s Latin Quarter has been supplying ethical, safe and high-quality wooden toys and unique gifts for over thirty years. Toys are sourced from over a hundred suppliers worldwide, many of whom are also family-run businesses.
Explore Wooden Heart’s catalogue of educational toys, dollhouses, trucks and trains, stuffed animals, room decor, stocking fillers, baby gifts and more.
Shop here: http://www.woodenheart.ie/
For the Bookworm
Independent bookshop Charlie Byrne’s is a book lover’s paradise and a cherished Galway institution. The beloved shop on Middle Street is packed with over 100,000 new and secondhand books, from beloved classics to this year's most popular releases.
You’re sure to find something to delight bookworms of all ages at Charlie Byrne’s.
Shop here: https://charliebyrne.ie/
For Movie Buffs
Opened in 2018, Pálás is a three-screen arthouse cinema and something of a home for Galway’s film community.
Memberships or gift vouchers are a great way to support Pálás’ work in Galway. It’s the perfect gift for the cinephile who binged their way through Netflix during lockdown and can’t wait to be back at the cinema, popcorn in hand.
Shop here: https://palas.ie/
Hair & Beauty
Elizabeth C Beauty
Elizabeth C Beauty Clinic on Upper Abbeygate Street has been in business since 1991, offering the very best in facial, skincare, eyebrow, cosmetic and nail treatments.
Shop here: http://www.elizabethcbeauty.ie/
Elysium Day Spa in Moycullen offer gift vouchers for their fabulous pampering services, as well as the highest-quality beauty and skincare products available from their online shop.
Shop here: https://www.elysium.ie
Hair at 74
Established in 1979, this family-run salon in Galway city have your hair and makeup needs covered.
Shop here: https://www.hairat74.ie/
When Only Something Sparkly Will Do
Trading since 1967, Claddagh Jewellers are part of a family-run jewellery manufacturing and retail enterprise based in Galway & Dublin.
An authentic Claddagh ring is a quintessentially Galway gift, and Claddagh Jewellers’ online store boasts a wide range of Celtic-inspired designs for him and her.
Shop here: https://thecladdagh.com/
We’re happy to report we have a range of Christmas gifts of our own to share, from commemorative posters to Heineken Big Top tickets. Show off your Festival style all year round with Galway International Arts Festival t-shirts, hoodies, crewnecks and even Irish Socksciety socks. You can also support GIAF by purchasing a gift voucher or Friend of the Festival gift membership.
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