Couples around the world will celebrate their love this weekend and Irish people will collectively spend around €60 million on loved-up presents. Instead of opting for the typical selection of flowers, chocolates and jewellery, make it an Irish love story by spending local with Donegal businesses.
I’ve complied a list of some great gift ideas from my clients so whether you’re looking to spoil him, her, a special friend or even yourself, here are some sweet gift ideas that can be delivered straight to you:
A CHEESY NIGHT-IN WITH DONEGAL FARMHOUSE CHEESE
If you’re looking for a cosy night in, the Kilard Party Box (€32.50 incl. delivery) from Donegal Farmhouse Cheese is the perfect option. Filled with Kilard Cheddar, delicious chutneys and sourdough crackers, it’s the ideal foodie box to share with your other half. Based in Kilar, Donegal Farmhouse Cheese is run by husband-and-wife duo, James and Noreen Cunningham and their cheddar is handmade from pasteurised cow’s milk and contains no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives and is also suitable for vegetarians. Shop online donegalfarmhousecheese.ie
SEAFOOD EXPERIENCE FOR TWO FROM ATLANTIC TREASURES THE FISH STOP
Seafood lovers can dine-in this weekend with fresh catch from Killybegs. The Valentine’s Seafood Special from Atlantic Treasures The Fish Stop is the ultimate experience for fish fans and includes three-courses of canapes, starters and mains. Created in mind for an easy and relaxed night, the offer includes Atlantic Treasures Sliced Smoked Salmon (100g), a freshly prepared Prawn and Monk Gratin in a garlic butter sauce and the choice of fresh fish with a choice of seasoning and glaze for each person, that come in cook-bags. The Valentine’s Weekend Seafood Special from Atlantic Treasures The Fish Stop costs €35.00 for two people including nationwide delivery. If you’re spending Valentine’s away from your other half, there’s also a Virtual Home Seafood Experience available. See thefishstop.ie
CELEBRATE LIFELONG LOVE FROM LINOCUT STUDIO
Linocut Studio in Ramelton makes a beautiful collection of hand-printed linocut prints and seasonal greeting cards. Artist, Shelagh Dwyer, originally from London, takes her inspiration from her love of the natural environment and her designs are drawn from impressions of wildlife, landscapes and seascapes of Donegal. The Wild Swans at Coole (€50.00) is based on the poem by Irish poet W.B. Yeats. Celebrate your lifelong love with this piece from Linocut Studio. See linocutstudio.com.
Even though we aren’t able to travel, why not rediscover our stunning county and treat your other half to a Donegal get-away in summer 2021. Lough View Cottage in Glen Carrigart is ideal for people looking to escape to the country and soak up Donegal’s majestic views. Overlooking Glen Lough and Muckish, the luxury cottage sleeps up to ten people with four bedrooms. Prices start from €125 per night, visit Facebook to book. The luxury pods at Wild Atlantic Camp in Creeslough is also a great staycation option if you’re looking to experience glamping. Enjoy chic and contemporary glamping in the new glamping cabins and relax in the stylish living area with wall mounted TV, modern shower/bathroom and private patio. Perfect for those summer evening BBQ’s. Visit wildatlanticcamp.ie.
FILLIGANS DONEGAL DELIGHTS – THE PERFECT VALENTINE’S GIFT FOR FOOD LOVERS
Donegal artisan producer and family-run business, Filligans of Donegal, has been making award-winning jams, marmalades, chutneys, mustards, relishes, oils and dressings for over twenty years. The full range includes 60 different products and each one is handmade in small batches in Glenties using recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation or developed through the process of research, experimentation and taste testing. Discover the distinctive taste of Filligans and share an authentic Donegal handmade artisan product with the food lover in your life this Valentine’s Day. The Filligans Taste Gift Set includes Filligans favourites such as Strawberry Preserve and Chilli Jam and the gift packs can be personalised with your preferred tastes. Filligans Taste Gift Sets come in two sizes with a choice of two or three jars in a traditional tweed gift bag. Prices €9 – €14.50. Shop now at filligans.ie.
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