So you thought smart presents which won’t blow the budget were an urban myth. Think again!
Let’s hear it for small pressies which come without the freight of huge expectation and any consequent guilt about waste or expense. Inexpensive doesn’t have to mean insignificant: a delicious-smelling handcream for the car or a super-effective luxe lip balm are both useful and lovely to use, a fun pair of shoes or a clutch bag gives us a glamorous boost, and decorative accessories for the home, whether a smart tray or a champagne bucket, even a beautiful coffee table book, are always welcome …
Sun, moon and stars locket, €45, Newbridge Silverware.
The Joy of No, €12, at Topshop.
Rosie Posie Candle, €19.95, at Avoca, 11-13 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 and branches.
Essentials Travel Palette for eyes, lips and cheeks, €54, Nars, at The Loop.
Bloomsbury champagne trug, €67, at Marks and Spencer.
Bamboo handle bag, €39.99; www.parfois.com
Sequined skirt, €39.99 at H&M.
1950s in Vogue, The Jessica Daves Years 1952 – 1962, Rebecca C Tuite, Thames & Hudson, €65.94 at www.blackwells.co.uk.
Futuredew oil-serum for dewy skin, €26; www.glossier.com.
Leather sandals with feathers,€69.99; www.zara.com.
Natural lip balm, £16stg; www.haeckels.co.uk.
Jackie O doll, €40, Lucie Kaas at Brown Thomas.
Sequined bag, €34, at Topshop, 6-7 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 and branches.
Shea butter handcream, €24, at L’Occitane, 15 Wicklow Street, Dublin, Dublin 2 and branches.
Mirrored tray, €33; www.next.ie.