SHOP LOCAL // THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
We here at This is Galway are all about supporting the local, independent businesses that make this city what it is. Through their unique offerings and thoughtful service, these stores have enhanced the personal charm of the city, adding colour and vibrancy to every nook and cranny.
By spending a few quid in an independent store, you’re simultaneously supporting the entire locality and ensuring that Galway maintains that community-driven quality, which is becoming increasingly rare. Bespoke, one-of-a-kind items that have been produced with tender love and care make for ideal gifts that will withstand the tests of time.
While we should be shopping local all year round, it’s particularly important coming up to Christmas. Rest assured, you’ll find something for everyone on your gift list in any one of these fantastic, independent places…
Whether you’re kitting out your wardrobe for the festive season or you’re hoping grace your nearest and dearest with the gift of style this Christmas, there are an abundance of options right under your nose. At 30 Eyre Square you’ll find a wide selection of classy and casual womenswear from the ever-reliable Lanidor. Instantly recognisable for their beautiful prints, vibrant colours and chic designs, they even offer an in-store personal shopping experience along with Christmas gift ideas and vouchers. For the sustainably-minded people among us, Story Tailors will be right up your alley. Breathing new life back into fashion through their motto of local, organic and sustainable, this clothing store work with local artists, designers and creatives while stocking established international brands. You’ll find Neutral, Carhartt and vintage Thrasher, as well as Dr. Denim’s new line of organic denim. This is an ideal spot to give your wardrobe the revival it needs, without harming the planet.
In a similar vein, NO. 8 stock an eclectic mix of great quality items from local designers, pre-loved sustainable pieces and a range of affordable new labels. The concept boutique invite their customers to bring in some of their own pre-loved bits and pieces to swap or sell, allowing them to replenish their own pocket, extend the life of their clothes and do their bit to reduce the consumption of fast fashion. For high-quality menswear, it’s got to be Wolf & West. Contemporary casual style, formal attire and everything in between, they stock leading labels from around the globe including Andre, Meyer and 2Blind2C, as well as plenty of Irish designs. Not stopping at jeans, suits and shoes, they also stock a great range of accessories, including belts, wallets and cufflinks. Open late from Wednesday to Saturday, you’ll have plenty of time to find the perfect ensemble for any occasion.
If you’re hoping to unearth some hidden treasures, keepsakes and pieces filled with character this Christmas, set aside a few hours to comb through the city’s many nooks and crannies. A toy shop loved by many, Wooden Heart offer ethical, safe and high-quality wooden toys and unique gifts that can be enjoyed by the whole family. For everything from ceramics and jewellery to sculptures and books, 2 Wild Geese is nothing if not an emporium of Irish design. Adding an extra bit of character to each corner of your house. Providing local designers and artists with a route to market, this is a space where art is accessible to everyone. A veritable treasure trove, Tempo Antiques stock an array of carefully handpicked jewellery, old and new, as well as an extensive selection of necklaces, brooches and earrings dating back centuries. With precious stone engagement rings available alongside breath-taking eternity and dress rings for any occasion, there’s something for every budget and every taste.
FOR THE MUSIC MAD
For any aspiring musicians hoping to commence their journey into the industry, there’s no better time to start than in the new year. Whether it’s a thoughtful gift for someone special or you’re treating yourself, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at Powells Music Shop. Overflowing with musical instruments and accessories, a range of art supplies and an abundance of other buried treasures – all your creative needs will be met. Also specialising in all things musical, It Music is a friendly, local, affable, and handsome music store filled with banter. You’ll find keyboards, drum kits, brass and woodwind, PA systems and a huge range of accessories — as well as a passionate staff that can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
GEMS AND JEWELLERY
No matter who you’re buying for, jewellery is always a good shout. Necklaces, rings, watches – they’re all winning gifts. Hartmann’s Jewellers on William Street is home to a broad selection of rings, watches and gifts galore. The exclusive authorised stockist for some of the world’s top brands such as Rolex, Tudor, Longines and Tag Heuer to name but a few, Hartmanns of Galway combines a proud tradition with contemporary and desirable pieces. For jewellery for every budget and taste, head to Ór Jewellers. With a range of contemporary jewellery from exclusive designers around Europe, you are guaranteed to pick up something extraordinary for that someone special in your life. This mother-daughter business pride themselves on bringing their customers something a little different, while keeping their collection fresh and their grá for Irish heritage evident.
Since your feet hold all your weight, it’s only right that you treat them with tender love and care. Start out with a pair of comfortable socks filled with character from Irish Socksciety – they’re good for the sole! Emblazoned with witty slogans and colourful imagery, these socks are far from a boring stocking-filler. For high-quality products at a purse-friendly rate, a visit to Gosh! Shoes should definitely be on the cards. They’ve got Birkenstocks, Converse and Amy Huberman footwear, to name a few, so you know you won’t be leaving empty-handed. Their sister store Greenes Shoes Galway are equally as good, stocking a wide range of footwear for all ages and sizes. Keeping up with the trends, Greenes also have an online blog to keep you in the loop with what’s hot and what’s not.
ODDS AND ENDS
If you’re looking for something that doesn’t fall under any of the previous categories, there’s plenty of places to find something extra special right here in Galway. The brand new grooming and lifestyle pop-up store FIÁIN stock home fragrance, body soaps, shaving material, formal accessories, every day carry items, all with a vision of perfecting ole time values with a modern twist while The Sheep Shop is one of Galway’s most unique and authentic stores. Adding a charm and personality to a farmyard animal, they stock ‘the sheep’ in all shapes and sizes, in both black and white, because every family has their own black sheep. As well as that, the beautifully arranged store stock an array of beautiful Merino wool hats, scarves, slippers and throws and you’ll even find some prints by Siobhan Mc Nutt available as greeting cards, mounted prints and framed prints.
For some floral excellence, YES Flowers have all the tropical fresh cut flowers, palms and topiary plants and plenty of terrariums to give your home an added sophistication. For the festive season, their upstairs will be transformed into a Winter wonderland, making it a one-stop-shop for all of your Christmas wreath needs. We all know the way to a Galwegian’s heart is through their stomach, so the gift of grub from Herterich’s will always go down a treat. Lending a hand in the preparation of Christmas dinner, you’ll be the apple of your mammy’s eye if you organise this year’s feast.
For the best leather goods around, Mishnóc is opulence at its finest. Specialising in leather goods from around the world, they also craft and stock a number of their own Mishnóc brand, which is designed and manufactured in their Athenry workshop, where each item is cut, stitched, sewn and assembled by hand. For everything from Aran Sweaters and Women’s, Men’s & Children’s clothing to jewellery and giftware, Standún Spiddal quite literally has it all – even a cosy cafe! Priding themselves on their great customer service, keen prices and high-quality products; this retailer provides a relaxed, traditional shopping experience with the added appeal of their helpful team.