We’ve all been there. It’s Christmas ‘crunch time’ and stress levels are rising as even the most organised Christmas shoppers among us are racking our brains for last minute Secret Santa gift ideas for that colleague, family member or friend we have no idea how to gift!
Thankfully there’s an abundance of great gifts available in Cork City Centre across the city’s unique range of independent shops and market trade stalls, as well as the central high street stores.
And to help those of you still struggling, we’ve compiled a selection of Secret Santa gifts priced under €50, with a little help from Cork Business Association and Cork City Council who have just launched a new @CorkCityShopping social media channel promoting shopping, dining and entertainment in Cork City.
Don’t forget, there’s also free parking in the Paul Street and North Main Street car parks on Thursdays, Fridays and
Saturdays until January 12 when you enter the car parks after 5pm, plus extended park and ride services and additional late-night buses, so get your Secret Santa selves in to the city centre and get shopping!
Gifts under €50
For Him –
What do you get for the guy who loves video games and board games? Fortnite Monopoly! This limited edition of Monopoly is inspired by the popular Fortnite video game. Players claim locations, battle their opponents, and avoid the Storm to survive; the last player standing wins. A sure-fire Secret Santa win, for him.
Available in Game Stop on Patrick Street. Price €29.99
For Her –
It would be hard to visit ethical, Irish craft and design store Wild Design without finding something uniquely beautiful. We love these Lil’ Moon necklaces, hand crafted by the award-winning Danu Designer Ceramics. Porcelain half-moons on a gold fill chain.
Available in Wild Design, Paul Street Shopping Centre. Cost: €45
For the history / book lover –
Everyone loves a hero, and the greatest heroes of them all were the ancient Greeks.
Stephen Fry’s ‘Heroes’ is a blistering retelling of the Greek myths and legends and the perfect gift for history fans, young and old alike.
Available in Vibes and Scribes on Lavitt’s Quay. Price €12.99
For all Corkonians –
The perfect gift for all the family, a loved one abroad or someone coming home to Cork for Christmas. All you need is scissors and glue to make these creative Build Your Own Tiny Cork City Collectible 3D Models inspired by buildings around Cork City, including the Shandon clock tower, replete with a golden fishy! They’re so simple, even adults can make them.
Available in the Crawford Art Gallery gift shop on Emmett’s Place. Price: €15.00
For the retro Fashionista –
Shopping for someone who rocks a retro sense of style? Then these chic woollen winter sweaters will keep even the coolest fashionista warm this Christmas. His and her vintage knits available in a range of designs, some even come with a party sparkle!
Available in Records and Relics on Lancaster Quay. Price €20 each or 3 for 2.
For the candle lover –
Light up someone’s life with a colourful tea light glow globe this Christmas. Suitable for use throughout the year! Cheap and cheerful.
Available from Candle Mania on Oliver Plunkett Street. Price: €12.95
For the Game of Thrones Fan –
All Lannisters love a good gift and what could be better than a Game of Thrones gift set complete with a mug, coaster and key chain bearing the Lannister coat of arms? Perfect for Game of Thrones fans. Available from Penney’s on Patrick Street. Price €7.50.
For the girl who likes to sparkle –
Keep a teen or twenty-something warm, happy and shiny both inside and out this Christmas with a Hello Gorgeous Pom Pom Hat and / or scarf. The perfect festive gift combination.
Available from Oasis on Patrick Street. Price: Hat €21 and matching scarf €33
For the ethical recycler –
You can’t go wrong with this handy hessian bottle carry bag. Made from strong, hessian sack material, sturdy in design with six separate bottle compartments. Your recipient will look good as well as displaying their environmental awareness down at the recycling bank!
Available from My Goodness in the English Market. Price €5.00
For the local Cork food fan –
Edible gifts are always appreciated so if you’re stuck in a jam (ahem!) for a last-minute gift idea, why not pick up a Big Red Hen homemade jam gift box set in The English Market? Flavours include traditional strawberry, Irish Apple Butter and Chilli Jelly. Delish!
Available from The Roughty in the English Market. Price €15.00
For more inspiration on fantastic gift ideas available in Cork City Centre, check out @CorkCityShopping on Facebook and Instagram and @corkshopping on Twitter, in Association with Cork Business Association.