Only 2 Weeks To Christmas

Only 2 Weeks To Christmas

We can’t believe it’s only 2 weeks until Christmas, where has the time gone? 

We like to think of The Designerie and Makers House as a mini department store of times gone by, where we welcome you like family, and like you to stay a while.  So there’s no need to worry if you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute because we have something for everyone under one roof. You don’t even need to go outside to see the Taylor Yates selection of handbags as they’re here as well! 

Our team is on standby to help with gift selection and we’re looking forward to seeing you! 

Until then, here are some last minute gift ideas to inspire you:

1)Taste Causeway Food hampers

Spoil a loved one with a Taste Causeway Food hamper this year! With a choice of 10 amazing local brands, you can create a truly bespoke Christmas hamper for anyone in your life.

On our Taste Causeway stand in the shop you can find artisan products from Causeway Coffee, Tartine at Distillers Arms, Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil, Irish Black Butter, North Coast Smokehouse, Dundarave Estate, Old Bushmills Irish Whiskey Fruit Cake, Mussenden Sea Salt, Taste Joy Company and now Chocolate Manor too!

Call into the shop, and our staff will make up a custom hamper for you in no time!

2) Wall Art 

Why not give someone a beautifully unique framed wall art by the talented Laura McIlveen? 

Exploring the beautiful Causeway Coast, Laura’s photography captures colour and the movement of water, creating a bold piece of art that could brighten up any space and become a real feature in someone’s home or workspace. 

Come into the shop to see Laura’s beautiful work upstairs in Makers House where you can discuss a bespoke order including large framed made-to-order pieces, or check out her website.

 3) Lamps 


Give something meaningful this year with a sustainably sourced and expertly handmade lamp from Linen Lane.

Using high quality Irish linen, one of the most sustainable, eco-friendly fabrics available, and a variety of techniques Jill Gurney creates lampshades, bespoke lamps featuring recycled glass bases and textile gifts. 

If you’re not after a brand new piece, why not give your loved one’s favourite lamp a surprise refurb? Jill offers a ‘Revamp Your Lamp’ service in her studio, where she can renew any piece of sentimental value so you can enjoy them for years to come.

Call into Makers House to find something special for your loved one this Christmas.

4) Accessories 

Surprise the fashion lover in your life with a beautiful accessory this Christmas. 

For a lightweight option, the Silk Infinity Scarf from Strombolitwo comes in a variety of beautiful patterns and designs, making it the perfect accessory for any outfit. With multiple ways to style, these are the perfect addition to outfits all year round. 

For a heavier, and more traditional choice, Foxford - Classic Heritage Windowpane Lambswool Scarf, or McNutt of Donegal’s Linen Lambswool Scarf can make the perfect gift. Both are made from 100% lambswool so it is guaranteed to keep anyone warm in these colder months. 

And for those of you that love earrings Susan F Hunter of Makers House has added these stunning earrings to her collection, with sterling silver backs and finished with platinum or gold they’re perfect for this festive season. 

5) Handbags 


Treat the ones you love to something very special this year with Taylor Yates’ latest collection of luxury leather bags, the brand with a beautiful purpose in mind Taylor Yates now donates £10 for every bag sold to Glow NI.

From shoulder and drawstring bags to clutches and totes, there is a style for everyone in their selection.

6) Home Fragrances 

Give the gift of festive warmth and comfort with carefully selected handmade candles and reed diffusers. 

The 3 piece, Só Soy - Christmas Candle Collection can make the perfect gift if you can’t make your mind up on what scent to choose, or you can opt for this Rowan Beg - Design Urban Candle Cedarwood & Pinecones, presented in a unique concrete container.

If you want to give an alternative to open flame a diffuser base and refills can make a wonderful gift bundle.  Rowan Beg’s Concrete Diffuser Base paired with Urban Diffuser Honey & Bergamot, or the electric Jo Browne - Aroma Bamboo Diffuser with their Christmas Essential Oil are only a few combinations you can find on our website. 

You can find more fragrances and handmade candles here.

For more Christmas gift advice, inspiration, and to see our full product range visit our shop or browse our website to find beautiful artisan pieces for yourself, your home or as a special gift. 


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