Merry Christmas! A Festive Journey Around Ireland with Lulu


Hi everyone. I hope I find you all well and looking forward to the festive season with your nearest and dearest. I just want to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year from all of us here at giftsdirect. I also want to thank you all most sincerely for your continued support and loyalty over the past year-it really means a lot.

Time for a little trip around Ireland decked out in all its festive finery! Enjoy!


1. Belfast


First up we're heading up north to the city of Belfast. I think Belfast probably hosts one of the best Christmas markets in the country. This is due to the fact that it is located right bang in the middle of the city center. It also has the magnificent City Hall as its backdrop. This iconic Belfast building which first opened it's doors in 1906 looks amazing at this time of year. Apart from all the great shopping at the market, you can also enjoy foods from around the world, sip a mulled wine or hot cider and take a slide down the vintage helter-skelter!


2. Galway


Time to head west to the vibrant City of Tribes. With it's winding streets festooned with twinkling lights, Galway is brimming with festive cheer. There's nothing like a warming hot port or Irish Coffee in one of the many cozy pubs after a day of Christmas shopping. Galway also boasts its very own atmospheric Christmas market on Eyre Square.


3. Killarney


It wouldn't be Christmas in Ireland without a visit to the Kingdom of Kerry. In Killarney, they kick off the Christmas season in style with their Big Magical Christmas Parade. Of course Santa Claus is the guest of honor! Mini-parades continue each week throughout December to keep that festive spirit going. 


4. Waterford


Heading cross country to the south east now. Waterford boasts Ireland's largest Christmas festival. Winterval runs for the month leading up to Christmas. The wealth of festive fun on offer includes the Santa Experience, the Winterval Express Train, the Horse Drawn Sleigh and Winterval on Ice. 


5. Dublin

O Connell st

So we simply have to end our Christmas In Ireland trip in the capital. Of course I am biased as it's my hometown and The Irish Store headquarters are just up the street from the iconic GPO (pictured) But really, for me there's nothing quite like the festive atmosphere in Dublin. I just love the hustle and bustle of Grafton Street and Henry Street thronged with shoppers. Other highlights include Carols by Candlelight at Christchurch and the Moving Crib which takes me back to my childhood. 

Grafton St


Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year, 


Lulu and all the giftsdirect team. 


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Dear Readers & Valued Customers,

I do hope you are all keeping safe and well during these challenging times.

I know, like me, you are all thinking about the vulnerable as well as your family, colleagues and friends during these worrying times and doing what you can to help those who need it most.

I am also concerned for you, our customers and our wider Gifts Direct community. I hope you are all keeping well and that you stay safe over the coming weeks until this turbulent time passes.

We are adjusting to this new world, and we are doing what we can to keep the Gifts Direct family safe, with all our office team working successfully remotely. I wanted to reassure you that we are here, as always, for all of our customers, to answer your emails or phone calls with any questions you may have.

Our warehouse team, are working shifts, keeping their social distance and following all other world health organisation recommendations.

We will do our utmost to keep our website trading and warehouse in operation. We are operating safely, ensuring contactless delivery with all of our delivery partners, wherever possible, and hopefully we can continue to help keep you, our customers, connected to those closest to you at this difficult time.

As always, our main aim at Gifts Direct is to provide you, our valued customer, with first-class customer experience. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make every endeavour to continue our level of service while prioritising the health and safety of the Gifts Direct team.

As always, thank you for being such loyal customers and supporting our business, we really do appreciate it. Please look after yourself and your family.

Thank you,

Lulu, Founder of Gifts Direct 

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