Christmas Shopping in Dublin

Traditionally, December 8th, the ‘Feast of the Immaculate Conception’ was the day when bargain hunters from all over Ireland descended on the big smoke to pick up their Christmas shopping. With the spread of better regional shopping centres, not to mention online shopping, the tradition is no longer as popular, but that doesn’t mean Dublin isn’t a great place to find quirky and uniquely Irish gifts. The following is Travel Edits’ pick of the best this year…

  • Avoca Suffolk Street: Irish handmade goods, cute and quirky homeware, books, and gifts and also a nice food department downstairs and restaurant upstairs.


  • Fallon and Byrne Exchequer Street: Boutique–style supermarket/delicatessen, impressive range of imported international ingredients and products as well as local specialities. Perfect for Irish-themed gourmet hampers.


  • Brown Thomas, Grafton Street: High End Retailer – check out The Marvel Room for some very cool gift ideas. Plus, take a minute or two to browse the super-creative window dressing.


  • Arnotts, Henry Street: Department store with a slightly edgier range than Brown Thomas. Excellent cosmetics department and interesting fashion labels. Their window displays are always extra special at this time of year.


  • Kilkenny Nassau Street: Selection of Irish designed jewellery, homeware, clothing and artwork.


  • Designist Georges St: Cool design pieces including art, kitchenware and lighting – all with an Irish influence.


  • Article Powerscourt Town Centre, South William Street: Trendy and creative (mostly Irish –designed) homeware and gifts.


  • Stable of Ireland Westbury Mall, Dublin 2: Irish tweeds, woven blankets, linen tableware and everything you need to bring cosiness into your home.



Where’s your favourite place to shop in Dublin at Christmas time? Leave a comment and share your tips!


  1. 12th December 2012 / 11:06 pm

    This post makes me want to go to Dublin before next year’s holidays and do all my shopping there on the way to see family in Europe. 🙂

  2. 13th December 2012 / 2:49 am

    What a great guide for shopping in Dublin! You must love the researching this requires 🙂

  3. 13th December 2012 / 1:59 pm

    You had me at shopping!!

    Very interesting about the 8th of December – we do the same in Portugal too (or used to).

    You do know that Brown Thomas is one of my spiritual homes!

  4. 13th December 2012 / 8:08 pm

    love avoca! so sad we didn’t make it there this time. think we’ll have to come back just for the shopping… xo

  5. 14th December 2012 / 1:48 am

    LOVE Brown Thomas and LOVE Avoca. Is it out of the question to travel to Dublin just for the shopping? I think not!

  6. 15th December 2012 / 11:32 pm

    Great holiday tips for shoppers in Dublin. My favorite is all the above.

  7. 16th December 2012 / 10:19 pm

    I love Brown Thomas! Aww, I love shopping in Dublin with my cousins, but I’ve never been before Christmas. Always love the decorations, and I’ve spent a lot of time hungover in that Starbucks, haha.

  8. 17th December 2012 / 8:04 pm

    My mom would just love to be in Dublin on December 8th… maybe one year I”ll give her that as a gift – Tickets to Dublin. Until then it is showing on-line.
    stay adventurous, Craig

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