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Local gift ideas from Painted Earth

Northern Irish gifts are more popular than ever, as Northern Ireland increasingly becomes a desirable tourist destination. You may be looking for Northern Irish gifts to bring home as a reminder of your holiday here. Gifts from Northern Ireland can also be sent to friends and loved ones as a little taste of home. Many simply feel proud of their own wee ‘Norn Iron’ as its reputation grows! Others live here and have a strong passion for supporting local shops, businesses, artists and craftspeople.

Whatever your reasons for searching for that perfect Northern Irish gift, we have plenty of ideas to inspire you.

Northern Irish gift idea: authentic coastline art

Rosalinda Connolly is not just a talented painter, she is the founder of our wee Norn Iron shop - known to most of us as Linda! Since handing over the retail reins to Tanya, Linda has immersed herself in her love of pastel painting. The result is a stunning body of work, unmistakably inspired by the mountains and seascapes of Newcastle and the North Coast.

We very proudly stock a range of mounted prints from her impressive portfolio, all of which are insanely reasonably priced, so it’s no surprise that they don’t linger on our shelves for too long!

Wild Irish Waters is a great example of the drama and turbulence Linda is so skilled at capturing. A perfect Northern Irish gift for anyone with a love of the sea and its power. This work is available as a large or a small print. Morning Mist, Mourne Mountains captures beautifully the delicate pastel colours of dawn in this stunning part of Northern Ireland. A delightful piece to complement any home decor. 

Irish gift idea: colourful textiles

Northern Ireland has a rich history of textile manufacturing, world-renowned for our linen production. McNutt’s of Donegal shares in this proud textile history, having produced weaves for over 60 years. Their team of talented designers take inspiration from the stunning natural scenery all around them, and their trained craftspeople only use the finest wool in their creations. 

Why not pick up a beautiful Lambswool children’s scarf to keep the little ones in your life cosy? For something a little more grown up, check out the range of Cashmere Wraps.

Local gift idea: hand painted wood to make your house a home

Once Upon a Dandelion are a husband and wife team who create the most gorgeous handmade wooden signs and wall hangings. From traditional Irish sayings to motivational messages, their work is sure to bring a smile to your face. 

Each piece is designed by Lisa right here in Newcastle, County Down, before husband Phillip transfers the designs onto local responsibly sourced wood using traditional screen printing methods. 

We love There’s No Place Like The Mournes for obvious reasons! 

This is just a small selection of Northern Irish gifts available at Painted Earth. We also stock locally made candles from Field Day natural treats for the body and senses from The Handmade Soap Co plus Irish and Northern Ireland craft jewellery, stationery and books, wall art from local artists… and so much more. 

 All available to order online right now - why not click the link and have a browse for your perfect Northern Irish gift?