by Siobhan O’Neill White
There’s no doubt that Christmas 2020 will be very different but there are ways we can still try to make it special. Baking Christmas cookies, making decorations and solving Christmas jigsaws with the little ones can help set the mood. Wondering how your child can visit Santa? There’s www.driveinsanta.ie at the RDS, a safe and fun drive through with gifts and Santa! And www.santas-snowglobe.com is a Santa visit at home. The child receives a parcel of gifts including a snowglobe and time capsule bauble before their Zoom call with Santa! We’ve done this in PJ’s, by the fire, sipping hot chocolate, whilst chatting to Santa. Shops may be closed but many are online so please, buy Irish instead of Amazon. There’s a jam-packed Christmas gift guide on mams.ie to help with ideas. For my sporty sister who lives in Jersey; a snuggly fleece and sporty leggings from Regatta.ie, shipped straight to her door. For my Dad, a delicious coffee hamper from Artisan roasters, JavaTheHut.ie in Balbriggan. Books from Easons for our children and for anyone who has trouble reading, see scanningpens.co.uk for their clever reader pens.Patricia O’Toole has gorgeous clothing and accessories for glam ladies. Ekotreeknitwear.store hand-make cashmere wraps and mini travel-size hot water bottles; perfect for frosty mornings! For skincare & make-up giftsets, we love award winning BiofreshSkincare.ie and HolosSkincareTipperaryCrystal.ie has loads of gorgeous gifts online, their Birdy collection is beautiful.Teenagers are never without earbuds or headphones and cool Irish company OneSonic.com is superb for these. More affordable than bigger brands and excellent quality. TheGiftShop.ie has funky gifts, our favourites are the Bog Buddies. Glamdoll.ie have clever make-up organisers and Hollywood mirrors. Perfect for make-up lovers.Gosk8.ie has roller skates, skateboards, scooters. Shipped nationwide from the Dublin store.For mams-to-be, BabyZone.ie have cute hampers. Knight & Day in Mayo and OneDameLane.ie in Dublin have bang on trend jewellery. DSSports.ie is a new sports retailer, with affordable GAA and Hurling gear. Balbriggan based Celtictweed.ie have snazzy tweed clothing and gifts. Áine Chocolate hampers are scrumptious for chocolate lovers, see chocolates.ie There are so many wonderful Irish businesses who need your support now more than ever, so please shop local. Above all, stay safe and have a wonderful Christmas. Follow us at www.mams.ie for more gifting ideas!