With mere hours left to get the Christmas shopping done, what do you buy for that person who has everything? Or the person for whom you want to get something a little bit extra special?
We’ve put together a great list of last-minute unique gift ideas all available from Waterford businesses to either order online or pick up in store before the big day.
Afternoon Tea at the House of Waterford
Why not take some time to unwind and indulge in luxurious treats and specialty teas or coffee served in a lovely "Butterfly Bloom" tea set at the iconic House of Waterford. This delightful afternoon tea includes three courses: scones with cream and jam, mouthwatering savory sandwiches and a selection of exquisite desserts.
It’s the ideal Christmas gift for the person who has everything, or for someone with whom you want to spend some quality time in the new year. Choose from the Classic, Deluxe (includes red or white wine) or Champagne Afternoon Tea and enjoy an afternoon of luxury in the heart of Waterford City. Pick up an Afternoon Tea Voucher for the House of Waterford here.
Helicopter Flights with Adventure 001
Treat a loved one to the experience of a lifetime with a helicopter flight with Adventure 001 Ireland. Based in Waterford Airport, Adventure 001 offers sightseeing pleasure flights from multiple locations across Ireland in their jet powered helicopters. Fly over Winterval in Waterford or take in the Copper Coast from above, marvel at the Cliffs of Moher or soar above Ireland’s Ancient East on a heritage tour overlooking Slane Castle, the Hill of Tara and Newgrange. Book a tour of your choice from only €39pp or let your recipient choose their tour and location with a gift voucher from €50 online here.
Photo experience with Gerry O’Carroll
One of Ireland’s finest portrait photographers, Gerry O’Carroll specialises in beautiful family portraits and stunning frame photography to decorate your home. You don’t need a special occasion or reason to capture a snapshot in time of your family, it’s an investment you’ll never regret making. Whether it’s a portrait of the whole family, a newborn baby or even your family pet, you’ll love the photos captured by Gerry and the many beautiful framed portraits you’ll have to choose from. Studio sessions usually start from €100, but their Christmas special offer ‘Me and My Dog’ in aid of Deise Animal Sanctuary is available for a limited time only and can be booked online here (t&cs apply).
Seagull Bakery Mince Pies
A simple but simply divine gift for the person who has everything, luxurious mince pies from Seagull Bakery. Made with their own delicious mince meat filling including organic dried fruit, Kildalton apples, copious amounts of booze and topped with delicious organic flaked almonds. A box of 12 is €22 and available to click and collect here.
A voucher for The Treasure Vox
Every family has a great storyteller - the gatekeeper to your family history - a link to your past and a voice for future generations. At The Treasure Vox, Karen Tompkins, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, producer and documentary maker sits down with a member of your family to hear their story in their own words. Using these recordings, a treasured ‘radio-style’ documentary is produced with your loved one as the main subject and storyteller. The Treasure Vox life story recording is a truly personal, unique and lasting gift. It's a celebration of your loved ones and a way to honour them and preserve their story. Find out more here.
Gifts from Waterford Crystal
Christmas is the time to be with friends and family, enjoying good food and a delicious Christmas cocktail or two. We adore Waterford's collection of crystal cocktail gifts that are beautifully crafted to enhance the flavours and textures of your favourite cocktails. With Waterford's cocktail gifts, Christmas drinks are sure to be a hit! Shop the collection in store in the House of Waterford on The Mall
Gold bangle from Harlow Fine Jewellery
A truly luxurious gift that will wow on Christmas morning! This Italian made9ct gold bangle from Harlow Fine Jewellery features an elegant Grecian Key pattern with a hinge fastening & hidden push down clasp for added security. It’s a statement piece that will instantly become a family heirloom. Available to click and collect from Harlow here.
A voucher for Waterford's family run hotels; Dooley's or The Granville
A welcome reception at The Granville Hotel
Enjoy a luxurious stay in your home away from home at Dooley's Hotel.
If you’re looking for the ideal gift for an out-of-towner, why not treat them to a stay in one of Waterford’s iconic family run hotels, like The Granville or Dooley’s Hotel. Both are located on Waterford’s Quayside. The Granville is full of old-world charm while Dooley’s Hotel is a true home away from home.
Gift vouchers are available for both hotels and can be bought online or picked up at the hotel reception.
Subscription to The Book Resort
The Book Resort is an Waterford based book subscription and gifting company that delivers luxury gift boxes, beautifully presented with wonderful new books, delicious chocolate and artisan surprises to book lovers worldwide. Choose from a monthly subscription or a once off gift box and include a beautiful hand-written card if you wish! Supporting Irish (and many Waterford) suppliers (even their boxes are Made in Ireland), you can enjoy fabulous products and a great new book from The Book Resort.
Salon experience at Beautorium Beauty Salon
We all have that loved one in our life who never takes time for themselves, so why not book them a luxurious facial or skin treatment in Beautorium Beauty Salon. Their team of highly qualified skin specialists (who are also expert educators within the beauty industry) are designed to take you on a unique skin journey using top quality skincare lines and innovative treatments, many including the use of advanced skincare technologies like radio frequency treatment, ultrasonic, microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, collagen induction therapy and microneedling. Gift vouchers are available online and in salon.
Give the gift of choice with Waterford Gift Vouchers
What’s better than the gift of choice, while ensuring that money spent locally stays locally. A Waterford Gift Voucher can be redeemed in over 200 local businesses including bars, restaurants and cafes, fashion, beauty and lifestyle stores and many home and electrical shops too. They’re also redeemable on almost all of our gift ideas above!
Vouchers are available in €10, €25 and €50 denominations from Waterford Chamber on George’s Street, Waterford Credit Union and online here.
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