The Christmas season is finally upon us! It’s the most wonderful time of year, in a year for the history books. With only weeks left to shop for the special people in our lives, it’s crunch time to get all those perfect gifts wrapped and ready. The Victorian Quarter is proud to be a unique shopping experience, and it’s now more important than ever to shop locally. The area has a wide range of speciality shops and one-of-a-kind experiences. This year, we’ve put together our first ever “V.Q. Holiday Gift Guide” to help you find the perfect gift. So make your list, and check ours twice…we got gifts for both the naughty & nice!
Does your Santy need just a bit of grooming? This “Man’s Stuff” toiletry set from Falvey’s Pharmacy of Bridge Street is a perfect stocking stuffer to keep Kris looking…not so kringly. €9.95 17 Bridge Street
Christmas is a time for sweets, so why not indulge them with a treat from Tara’s Tea Room? They have an assortment of delights, including our favourite: Carrot & Almond Cake. €6.00-12.00 More info here
The whiskey wizards from The Shelbourne Bar have curated an assortment of gift boxes at a range of prices. Our choice; the “Shelbourne Selection” box is an impressive collection of tipples for a tasteful gift. €60.00 More info here
The Metropole Hotel has always been one of Cork’s favourite spots for a cosy cuppa. Now you can give the traditional afternoon tea experience and if you’re lucky, the recipient will invite you along. €50.00 More info here
For the art lover in your life, The Everyman Theatre has a beautiful, ready-to-frame anniversary print. It’s two gifts in one, as proceeds help the theatre continue its artistic legacy. €10.00 More info here
After the year that we’ve all been through, why not give the gift of health & wellness? Flex In The City offers pilates and barre classes that will help them to find peace and tranquility. Available in variable amounts, we recommend €75.00 More info here
What do you give someone who has it all? Well, the whole world of course! This stylish globe from Unbound fits into any decor and lights up to show what night on Earth looks like from space, making it the perfect night light. €99.00 More info here
Why not put a bit of zip in their stocking this year? Ross Motorcycles offers the Zahara 50 4T, the fun and sporty way to get around the city. Quiet but powerful, this scooter will pull any sleigh. €2,295.00 More info here
A thoughtful gift is one where they can keep their own thoughts. This “Persian Splendour” journal from Vibes & Scribes has a gorgeous cover and is lined for easy note taking. €16.50 More info here
Is that warm gingerbread in the oven? Share the scent of Christmas to friends and family with this 3 piece “The Country Candle Company” set from Falvey’s Pharmacy. €24.95
Looking for something for the coffee nut in your life? Cork Coffee Roasters has gift sets in a variety of flavours with chocolates to match. Makes a perfect office present. €16.00 2 Bridge Street
We could all use a getaway after the year we’ve all been through and Hotel Isaacs has a perfect escape package for 2. Including breakfast, this gift could be a great way to ring in 2021. €180.00 More info here
What’s the best way to share the Christmas spirit? Number 21 on the corner of Coburg & Bridge has this elegant gin gift set along with others, that are sure to make the evening bright. €52.00
We’re all looking forward to dining out again, and Gallagher’s Gastropub is sure to be high on their list. You can send them on a great night out with this gourmet gift card. From €20.00 More info here
Restrictions have kept us all at home, so here’s a great way to “escape”! This interactive escape room game from Unbound is a fun way to challenge your friends or family. Available for click & collect on Bridge Street. €34.99 More info here
Experiences have become more important to us all. Being stuck at home has renewed our appreciation for culture and the arts. A voucher from The Everyman Theatre lets them choose their own adventure. We recommend €60.00 More info here
If you’re looking to spread a little joy this year, Tara’s Tea Room has delicious orange marmalade, and it’s ho, ho, ho-made! Great for office mates or bookclub besties. €4.95 45 MacCurtain St.
No Christmas would be complete without a tub of “Roses” candies. They’ve become essential to any holiday gathering. Spar-MacCurtain Street has plenty in stock, for all the kids or the young at heart. €7.95
Of course, most of our Victorian Quarter traders and restaurants offer vouchers and online deals. Please visit our complete list HERE, for more great places to shop, eat, and stay. Thank you for supporting your local businesses and a big “Happy Christmas!” from The V.Q.