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Complete Your Christmas Shopping in Glasthule

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A twinkling escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the picturesque village of Glasthule and Sandycove brims with good cheer …

Interesting independent shops and small businesses in Glasthule and Sandycove are the heart and soul of the community at Christmas where the festivities are authentic, heartfelt, refreshingly uncommercialised. Here, local traders embrace the festive season to the full, creating a charming Christmas atmosphere in which to enjoy the stylish boutiques, special food and wine shops and great places to find fabulous festive gifts.

You’ll get right into the Christmas spirit at the family-run Cavistons Food Emporium. It’s a hive of activity, the shelves full of fragrant, exotic fayre from all over the world and delicacies from closer to home. Stock up on spices, herbs, cheeses and charcuterie, marzipan and mince pies. Place an order for fresh seafood and seasonal smoked salmon. Spot the traditional wicker hampers stacked and ready to be despatched all over the world. Bronze turkey ordered, it’s time to nip to Hatch for a cosy coffee stop: the hot chocolate and doughnuts are legendary … Think ahead: Order wine and spirits to be delivered to your door at Mitchell & Son: A special bottle of gin or whiskey makes the perfect gift … Collect a festive panettone or a bottle of superb virgin olive oil at Carluccio’s: your Italophile friends will love you … Hosting a drinks or supper party? Butler’s Pantry is the place for festive canapés and much more …

Back to buzzy, convivial Ely 64 Wine to buy a decent red for the Christmas table and enjoy some post-retail therapy mulled wine. Assemble your own case for Christmas or discover 64’s signature special wine selections: choose from an all-Natural, Favourite or Classic Six and impress the wine-lovers on your list. Those postponing indulgence until December 25 will want a pitstop at The Punnet, the healthstore with a difference, where former rugby players Darragh Buckley and James Norton offer detoxing juices like the Sandycove Sunrise or the Green Glasthule. Their loyal clientele – whether fruitarian, vegan, allergic or just lovers of the freshest fruit and vegetables – are well catered for with the sweetest satsumas, plumpest pineapples and grapes, and wonderful fresh produce.

Put some sparkle into festive fashion shopping with beautiful affordable jewellery at Halo … and at Rococo, Roxanna Allen’s divine boutique, you’ll find brilliant boho dresses, Mos Mosh denims and ethical brands like Semi Couture … or pick up a sensational evening dress at Emma Martin’s Miss E … perhaps some party heels at Soul … cool boots at House of Shoes … get amazing service and styling tips at Madison & Co or be spoilt for choice at Choice.

The beauty of Christmas begins at Nuala Woulfe’s Nu Aesthetic Skin Clinic, the only Skinceuticals flagship in Ireland and home to the groundbreaking Custom DOSE machine which evaluates skin before prescribing the right treatment. A gift voucher would be most acceptable, thank you, as would a “Shine and Sparkle” gift card from McCauley Health & Beauty, lovely to spend on fragrance, skincare, hairstyling tools … Speaking of hair, what about a seasonal cut and colour (or a bouncy blowdry) at Cabello or highlights at Janine Harper’s eponymous salon?

There’s tasteful shopping at every turn: The Christmas Shop at Formality at The Cowshed has gorgeous decorations, lights and artisan gifts … Mirella is full of amazing inspiration: gifts for adults and children from the quirky and curious to the useful and stylish as well as wonderful stocking fillers, stationery and candles … Casa Home is worth a visit for new lampshades and fabrics … the Wilton Gallery offers an ever-changing edit of small antiques and art: on December 12 you can browse with a glass of bubbly at their Yuletide Event from 4pm. Celebrating Christmas is an art form in Glasthule: they have perfected it here!

Glasthule’s cosy restaurants exude holiday cheer: Choose The Cookbook Café for chef-owner Audrey McDonald’s stylish, delicious seasonal menus … For friends who love classic Indian cuisine, pick up a gift voucher at Rasam … or for seafront air, go around the corner to Fish Shack or Toscana.

Go on your merry way with … a hot port in Fitzgeralds, established in 1861 and in the same family for generations: see the chapters of Ulysses immortalised in the stained glass windows … or partake of a Guinness in the Eagle House: you never know, another wintry walk around the village might beckon …

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