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If you're in need of a small pressie or Secret Santa gift, you'll want to check out Dealz.

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Prices start at just €3 which is an absolute steal. 

The range is hitting the shelves today – so get shopping.


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Wine lovers are usually the best people to get gifts for: a nice bottle of wine and Bob's your uncle!

But because we want to show this special person that we actually care about them and put a bit of an effort into their present, here are some ideas that will make the wine lover in your life incredibly happy.

1. Some tasty candies

HOLLYS LOLLIES, Mulled Wine Humbugs, €8.00, brownthomas.com

2. A cool wine cooler 

EDDINGTON, Epicurean Straight Sided Wine Cooler, €44.95, arnotts.ie

3. A mug to remember that wine time is coming

'Because It's Too Early For Wine' Hand Lettered Mug by HOPE AND HALCYON, €14, notonthehighstreet.com

4. A pretty candle

Recycled Wine Bottle Candle, €27.69, uncommongoods.com

5. A wine course

Wine course at the Dublin Wine School, from €120, dublinwineschool.ie

6. A sommelier set

J by Jasper Conran, Silver sommelier gift set, €42.00, debenhams.ie

7. A monthly supply of wine

Donnybrook Fair Wine Subscription, €39.99, donnybrookfair.ie
8. A sleek wine pump

LE CREUSET Wine Pump & 3 stoppers, €26.00, arnotts.ie

9. Elegant wine glass charms

JOANNA BUCHANAN, Set of 6 Jewelled Wine Charms, €55.00, brownthomas.com




Christmas is a great opportunity to show our friends and family how much we love them with a thoughtful present. When the gift helps raising money for a charitable cause, it only makes it even more meaningful.

In 2011, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services launched a cook book called The Mixing Bowl, which contained a collection of recipes contributed by the residents and clients of the Extended Care Unit and the Community Reablement Unit in Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6. This was a great success and raised over €95,000.

Six years later, The Mixing Bowl, Second Helpings is finally out, offering a special collection of tried and trusted recipes generously shared by 67 patients, residents, volunteers and staff of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.



Some of the featured recipes include a scrumptious Lemon Butter Cake, a yummy Peach Cobbler, a hearty Boatman’s Stew, as well as a Speedy Banoffee. 

The Mixing Bowl, Second Helpings costs €15 and is available in all good books shops, in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services both in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock or online




We’re not the only ones already inundated with Secret Santa groups, right?

Between work, school friends, college friends, life friends and family, it’s almost too easy to clock up several gift-giving circles during the festive season. And that’s not even considering the big presents required for BFFs and BFs!

Thankfully, in most cases, budgets are kept low for Secret Santa, so we’ve dug up some great wallet-friendly solutions from Heatons.

Buying clothes for friends is always a little dodgy, but if you have a fashion-loving acquaintance, accessories are a good way to go. These festive Bow Gloves (€10) would be perfect!

If you don’t know the person you’ve been assigned that well, something simple and elegant for the home, like this Berry Red Chenille Throw (€10.98), is a great solution.

Another no-fail option when it comes to Christmas gift giving is a fun festive item like these Novelty Elf Slippers (€8), this Christmas Penguin Jumper (€15) or these beautiful Satin Pyjamas (€10), which are perfect for Christmas morning.

For those who love their beauty products, Heatons also has some great options in this department. Grab something festive like the Cracker Bath Set (€6) or something cute like this Sugar&Spice Double Sided Nail Varnish (€6).

Perfume can also make a nice gift and Intimately Beckham Woman is only €13 in Heatons.

Last but not least, if your Secret Santa assignee is like most Irish girls and loves her fake tan, you can’t go wrong with a few cans of Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs (€6).

The best part about these items is that you can buy them online from the comfort of your couch (or bed), which means no trudging through large crowds of angry shoppers. Heatons’ new site allows you to check out the latest offers from desktop, tablet or mobile this festive season. Delivery from the new online store has also been improved and customers who order before 2pm each day can expect their purchase next day. You can also ‘click and collect’ from any of Heatons’ 54 stores around the country for free.

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