With prices on the rise across the board, this Christmas season why not make every cent count by shopping local and supporting the community around you? Help turn Black Friday Green by getting out to the shops this November 24th-27th and supporting the amazing businesses in your locale while ticking off your Christmas list. That sounds like a win-win to us!
Small businesses are plentiful here in Galway and are the first port of call for many when it comes to getting Christmas presents sorted. The shopping experience within the walls of these local shops is unrivalled by larger retailers, providing valuable service and a human connection you won’t find anywhere else...
West Coast Herbs
Specialising in natural herbal remedies, this store has loads of terrific Christmas gift ideas. West Coast Herbs' expert team is trained in all aspects of herbal medicine and treatments and can offer professional advice on all their products. They stock a range of products including; herbal teas, natural perfumes, soap bars, facial moisturisers, joint oil/gel and dried herbs as well as Christmas gift boxes. Shop at 3 Market St or online at https://westcoastherbs.ie/
Get your hands on Standún’s gigantic range of high-quality Irish craft and design by ordering for delivery online or calling into them in person to explore their range of goodies available in store. From crystal homewares to pretty candles, leather handbags to wool sweaters and pretty much everything in between, you're guaranteed to find the perfect gift for yourself here. Their winter sale is now live so don't miss out on bagging yourself an amazing bargain! Visit them in Spiddal or Oughterard or online at www.standun.com
Who wouldn’t love receiving a gorgeous Foxford Throw for Christmas? The Sheep stocks Cashmere, Lambswool and Merino Wool Throws by Foxford and they are the ideal present for that special person in your life who is always cold (..yourself included). Alternatively, their adorable, handcrafted Sheep come in all shapes and sizes are exactly what ewe need this holiday season and always make for an eye-catching addition to the home. Shop at 4 Mainguard St or online at https://www.thesheep.ie/
The Sustainable Studio
Bringing you the best pre-owned authentic designer and luxury handbags and accessories this festive season. The Sustainable Studio is running a special Black Friday sale from 6pm on the 24th of November on Instagram, featuring bespoke designer jewellery, and Louis Vuitton, YSL, Gucci and Chanel bags. You really never know what amazing finds you will discover this Christmas. Shop at Dominick Street Lower, or online here.
There's no reason why you can't look good while working out especially when you have the help of Galway's newest sportwear store. They have everything your workout fit needs including sports' bras, leggings, tops and jumpers and hoodies and they've got special Black Friday sales running both instore and online with offers including; save 50% on the second pair of leggings purchased in one transaction. Shop at 2-3 Middle Street or online at https://www.sweatybetty.com/.
There’s nothing like enjoying a bit of retail therapy in Public Romance. This clothing store offers an alternative to the mass-produced fashion of the high street by selling hand-picked items and one-off pieces, and we are just some of the few here in Galway who absolutely love popping in for a browse. They stock a huge range of contemporary clothing and accessories as well as vintage pieces and upcycled and customised clothes, so make sure you pay them a visit and check out what they have on offer this festive season. Shop at 52 Abbeygate St Upper, City Centre.
The Autumn/Winter range at Aplomb Menswear contains loads of fab items that would look pure sexy in your wardrobe. Aplomb’s aim is to showcase sustainable fashion from across Europe, while also offering goods from closer to home. Each of their products have been made with love and made to last so rest assured you can find pieces here you’ll love to wear time and again. Shop at 23 William St West, Galway’s Westend or online at https://aplombmenswear.com/
Black Friday weekend can only mean one thing… It's time to go on a shopping spree at Kilkenny Design. They have a stunning new Lennon Courtney x Kilkenny Design collection instore for the winter season and the shop space is buzzing with bright pops of colours, special discounts, a personal shopping service in both fashion and wellness departments. Don’t miss out on their up to 50% sale and special offers, and get your Christmas shopping done way ahead of time with the help of Kilkenny. Shop at 6/7 High Street or online at http://www.kilkennyshop.com/
Brighten up your home for the winter season with one of the seasonal flower arrangements from Yes Flowers. There’s no shortage of beautiful flowers available here, but this florist goes an extra mile by supplying home accessories, outdoor planters, beautiful vases and their signature scented candles. It’s almost impossible to walk past without calling in. Shop at 5 Eglinton St.
Outset Gallery comprises Outset Gallery, Outset Design & Outset Framing acting as a one stop shop for art, prints, framing, furniture, botany, homeware & more - the perfect place to find yourself a unique gift. Buy any of their available artworks in store at Outset Gallery and avail of their bespoke framing service to complete your gift. Shop at Cornstore, Unit 14 + 15, Middle St.
Louis Copeland & Sons
Synonymous with fine tailoring and high-end men styles, this should be your go to for men's fashion offering everything from knitwear to jerseys and suits. Louis Copeland & Sons are currently running unmissable Black Friday offers instores so if you are shopping for the men in your life be sure to pop in and take advantage of these super deals. Shop at Merchants Road or online at https://www.louiscopeland.com/.
Coffeewerk + Press
Showcasing Irish and international design and art whilst serving specialty coffee, Coffeewerk + Press is a perfect spot to visit while doing your shopping. While you’re waiting for your coffee, browse about the shelves of postcards, prints, candle holders and more. If you fancy making this winter one that’s all about comfort, be sure to check out Coffeewerk + Press’ range of felt slippers, blankets and cushions. Shop at 4 Quay St or online at https://coffeewerkandpress.com/
We don’t know about you, but we absolutely love partaking in a bit of jewellery shopping at Ór Jewellery. They’ve got such a gorgeous collection of both gold and silver items which add a lovely subtle finish to every outfit. They’ve also got a stunning new collection in stock for the new season so make sure you call in to check out their special offers in the run up to Christmas. Shop at 42 William St or online at https://orjewellery.ie/
The gift that everyone wants - a cosy pair of Irish made socks! They are an essential part of every outfit and when you get them from Irish Socksciety they are the highlight of your outfit too. If you’re Christmas shopping, you can get their gift boxes as a chic stocking filler or sign your gift receiver up for 3-, 6- or 12-months Sock Subscription which will get them a random pair of Irish Socksciety’s socksy socks every month! Shop at https://irishsocksciety.com/
Famous for their premium leather offerings, there are so many reasons you should pop a Mishnóc bag, purse or wallet into your basket. They’ve also got passport covers, belts, sketchbooks and notepads to choose from, all handmade to the highest standard in their Athenry workshop. For a beautiful product that will last for years, choose Mishnóc. Shop at Unit 3 Cathedral Buildings, Abbeygate Street Lower, City Centre.
Cosy hats are appropriate year-round in Galway, so you know Plámás’ beanies are the perfect wardrobe addition this winter. There are loads of gorgeous colours to choose from so not only will you be able to keep warm, but you will also look blooming lovely. Speaking of lovely thing, Plámás are currently exhibiting the work of Irish artist, Fuchsia MacAree. These prints are also available to purchase and would make for a gorgeous gift this Christmas. Shop at 6 Dominick St Upper, Galway’s Westend.
Enjoy a special Hotel Getaway for Unbeatable Prices!!!
If you're dreaming of enjoying a little break away from norm, you'd never go wrong with a weekend in the West. Even if you're Galway born-and-bred, you can enjoy all that our wonderful city has to offer. Unwrap The Hardiman Hotel's Black Tie Friday offers which are available until the 27th November. Its 20% off Vouchers & also 20% off 1 nights B&B or 1 night B&B with dinner in Hardiman, so check out the full details of this here and get booking. Out of the city, Lough Rea Hotel & Spa is running a 20% sale on their B&B rates, shop here. Alternatively, head out even further west to the idyllic Clifden and book yourself a gorgeous weekend away at Alcock and Brown Hotel. They’ve also got an amazing Black Friday B&B sale for €50 which is available for the night of the 24th. Shop here.
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