Christmas Shopping

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It’s that time of year again, when visions of sugar plums and Willy Wonka dance in the heads of young and old. In the spirit of the season, I decided to share some of the places where I’ve bought the best gifts. I’m getting no advertising revenue from these guys; I’m just a happy customer.

Galway

My home town has a great variety of shops to choose from.

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop. Their staff is amazingly knowledgeable and helpful; all you have to do is mention “I have to buy for a seven-year-old who loves pokemon and princesses”, and they’ll find the perfect book for you. Warning for book lovers: you could spend all day browsing here.

Wooden Heart toys. Everything from rocking horses to jigsaws to tea sets to bedroom lamps.

Mishnóc. Beautifully-made leather bags that will last forever.

My Shop Granny Likes It. Quirky place for unique gifts. At the moment, for example, you can get a “Gobshite mug” or “The Ultimate Colouring in Map of Europe”.

Radisson Galway Spa. Vouchers for the perfect relaxation experience.

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Lego store. Everything is awesome.

Love it Love it Love it. High-quality, brightly-coloured children’s clothing. I especially love the Lipfish label.

Nosey Rosie crafts. Handmade reversible dresses. A selection is also available in My Shop Granny Likes It (see above).