Skip the Queues and Shop Safely with TheTaste Team’s Guide to Christmas Gifting

With Christmas almost upon us, there is still time to purchase some thoughtful gifts for the food and drink aficionados in your life. We have created a list with a little something for everyone. From the gift of a roast to a gift for the host, we hope you find something special for your nearest and dearest this Christmas.

Donnybrook Fair

Having tried and tested the fantastic Christmas in a Box food offering from Donnybrook Fair last Christmas, we cannot recommend it highly enough.

Priced at €245.00, this array of seasonal delights comfortably fed 10 sizeable appetites. The only thing we needed more of was the roasties but again that comes down to the aforementioned sizeable appetites.

You can order this now if you are planning a pre Christmas feast but be sure to order no later than December 15th for collection December 23rd or 24th – Donnybrook Fair Christmas in a Box. is a new Irish start-up created this year with the aim of adding some sparkle and magic to your Christmas table this year. This beautifully curated box will not only help bring a stylish finish to your celebration, it also takes the hassle out of one aspect of your Christmas shopping.

Included are the key items you need to decorate your Christmas table to make it beautiful and stylish. There are two box themes Opulent Gold & Champagne and Scandinavian Chic for a more contemporary theme.

This is a beautiful gift for the host, friends, family or how about a little self gifting – ’tis the season after all.

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Dingle Gin Christmas Baubles

One of Ireland’s favourite Gin Distillers, Dingle Gin have just launched their fabulously festive Dingle Gin Baubles. Each bauble contains 50ML of Dingle Gin! Dingle gin is made with water from the distillery’s own well and infused with local botanicals such as rowan berries from the mountain ash trees, fuchsia, bog myrtle, heather and hawthorn encapsulating a true taste of Kerry.

Click Here to order your Dingle Gin Christmas Baubles today!

Francis Brennan – The Collection

Ireland’s iconic hotelier has the most beautiful range of home and giftware available online and throughout Ireland in Dunnes Stores.

From The Homekeepers Diary to luxury linen, scented candles to sensational pieces such as the marble drinks trolley, this collection really does have something for everyone.

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Lambay Whiskey

Lambay Whiskey is a combination of French family owned Camus Cognac expertise, and centuries of Irish distilling knowledge, making Lambay Whiskey a unique craft Irish whiskey from a curious place. Launched in 2018 and inspired by the island of Lambay, just three miles off the coast of Dublin, this island holds many tales of dynasty and curiosity, but most importantly it is the home of Lambay Irish Whiskey. Uncork the Unique with the latest addition to the range – Lambay Malt Whiskey ( 43% ABV).

The perfect gift this Christmas for any discerning whiskey lover.
Colour: Dark Mahogony
Aroma: Malt, Floral, Tropical Ripe Banana and Sweet Fig.
Taste: Coconut, Malt, Dried Fruits and Berries.
Finish: Exotic with notes of Nutmeg and Cardamom. A long lasting malt with lingering sweetness.

All first time purchases on receive a 10% discount.
Also available from most of licence retailers, Celtic Whiskey Shop and

Butlers Chocolates

Award winning Irish Chocolatiers, Butlers Chocolates have curated a stunning Christmas Collection guaranteed to delight even the most discerning of Chocolate lovers this festive season. From treat filled baubles to indulgent hampers, Butlers really is a one stop shop for gifting across all age groups.

You can purchase online and instore, with a fantastic new click & collect service launched just in time for Christmas.

Click Here to shop the Butlers Chocolates Christmas Collection.

The Corkscrew Wine Merchants

Champagne always makes a fantastic gift, but pairing a bottle with stunning champagne flutes is a great way to leave a lasting impression. Why not treat yourself or someone else to this beautiful gift that contains a bottle of Drappier Brut NV and 2 cristalline Champagne flutes presented in a 100% recyclable giftbox.

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Malfy Gin

Nowhere encapsulates the spirit of Italy quite like the Amalfi Coast. In this stylish, sun-soaked enclave, life moves at a different pace… Inspired by this Amalfi lifestyle, Malfy Gin embodies the essence of ‘La Dolce Vita’ and we invite you to sit back and enjoy with every sip. In a year where we haven’t been able to travel, a little tipple that takes evokes memories of happy holidays gone by is quite a treat indeed!

The Malfy Con Arancia makes a great Christmas drink with its blood orange colours and flavours. Click Here for the recipe.

Sheen Falls Lodge Smoked Salmon

The tradition of smoking salmon on the Sheen Falls estate dates back to the mid-19th century.
Today the salmon is lightly smoked in a traditional way in their own smoke house.
The exquisite, distinctive aroma unfolds when the side of salmon is cut into thin slices.
The salmon is presented in a beautiful presentation box handcrafted in Kenmare.
Your smoked salmon will be delivered by courier – please allow 5-7 days for delivery.

Now available to order via their new website:

Click & Collect option available – Price €110.00

Ireland’s Blue Book Gift Vouchers

Ireland’s Blue Book is a collection of country house hotels, elegant Georgian manors, stately castles, historic hotels, luxury boutique hotels designer lodges, located throughout the island of Ireland. These charming and stylish hideaways are the perfect choice for your next staycation and with activities vary from golf, fishing, spas and cookery schools or just relaxing in warm and comfortable surroundings, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes and requirements.

Also included in the collection are a number of award winning restaurants, five of whom have been awarded Michelin stars. Ireland’s Blue Book Gift Vouchers are welcomed in all 57 properties. Ireland’s Blue Book Gift  Vouchers do not expire.For more information and to purchase a gift voucher, visit

Perrier Jouet

A fabulous blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut is vibrant with delicate floral aromas, rounded out by fresh fruit and hints of buttery brioche and vanilla with a lingeringly rich, generous finish.

Perrier-Jouët is available from O’Brien’s, Avoca and Brown Thomas.


We absolutely adore the personalised Cheese Boards created by Irish company, Slated. There is something very special about receiving a gift that has been personalised just for you. The quality of each slated piece means they are made to last a lifetime and their timeless elegance makes this a piece for the home that never goes out of fashion.

Orders must be placed on by December 10th for Christmas Delivery within Ireland.

The Nude Wine Virtual Wine Tastings

In a year where all things virtual have literally taken on a life of their own, one we are more than happy to get on board with is The Nude Wine Company’s Virtual Wine Tastings.

Founded in 2019 by Michelle Lawlor who has worked in the wine industry for 18 years across 3 continents. Educator in Ireland, sommelier in the UK, wine trader in Hong Kong, and cellar-hand in Italy and New Zealand. Her broad depth of the experience and knowledge is second to none.

Fun and informal is the name of Michelle’s game, this is a virtual experience for corporate groups, families and friends that want to connect for a fun evening of virtual fun

Click Here for further information.

The Twelve Hotel – Cocktails in a Box Subscription

Have a little taste of The Twelve’s energy and style delivered right to your door. The Twelve has just launched a new cocktail club, a smooth drinks service delivered to your home anywhere in Ireland, with a selection of unique beverages designed by Simon King, the hotel’s own creative and talented cocktail king.

Each monthly cocktail club subscription is a strictly limited offering — when they’re gone, they’re gone! — and each monthly box will contain three specially created bespoke batched cocktails with six serves, as well as some rarities, treats and little surprises included in every pack.

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If all of this gift inspiration isn’t enough, here at we have a collection of Luxury escapes, gorgeous gift hampers, Wine, Cookery Demos and Taste Gift Vouchers. Simply Click Here to shop the full collection.

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