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We can all admit that there are some Christmas gifts that we just dump in a drawer or under our bed for the foreseeable future.

The bath set gathers dust on the shelf and the blouse that’s too small is shoved in the back of your wardrobe.

One Dublin charity is urging the public to do something useful with these unwanted gifts by donating them.

We fail to realise that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Crosscare, a homeless charity, are asking the public to make use of their unwanted Christmas gifts by sending them to the charity.

Michael McDonagh of Crosscare said: “This simple idea has grown over the years and it is such a pleasure for our staff to be able to bring that small bit of extra cheer to people in our services with who struggle at this time of the year.”

They have vowed to put the unwanted gifts to good use by giving them to those less fortunate.

Crosscare have asked people to bring the gifts to St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin. They will then give the gifts to homeless people who avail of their help.

You have until January 6 to bring your gifts to the Pro Cathedral in Dublin.

You can make a massive difference to the lives of those less fortunate this festive season by simply donating gifts that will just be dumped in your room to Crosscare.

After all, it is the season of goodwill.


Do you know someone who doesn't like Prosecco? No, us neither. For some people though, the bubbly wine isn't only for birthdays and graduations. 

For this person who turns any weekday drink into an occasion to celebrate, we have found some fizzy presents that will bring a huge smile on their face. 


1. A sweet lip balm

Prosecco And Strawberry Lip Balm Gift by HEARTH & HERITAGE LTD, £6.95/€7.90, notonthehighstreet.com


2. A cute Christmas jumper

Prosecco Christmas Jumper, €20.00, etsy.com


3. A candy jar

SUGAR SIN, Fizzy Prosecco Sweets Gift Jar, €7.00, brownthomas.com


4. A makeup bag

NAILS INC, Prosecco Cosmetic Bag, €13.00, brownthomas.com


5. A Prosecco glass to fit your needs

Giant Prosecco glass, €17, thepresentfinder.co.uk


6. A magnum of Prosecco

Rizzardi Prosecco Magnum, €34.95, obrienswine.ie


7. A fun drinking game

Prosecco Pong, €14.07/€15.80, etsy.com


8. A bath oil

Prosecco And Strawberry Scented Bath Oil by HEARTH & HERITAGE LTD, £13.99/€15.80, notonthehighstreet.com



Cheese is more than any normal food. For some people, it is basically a religion.

If you know someone whose eyes start to sparkle at the mention of a cheeseboard, we have some great ideas of Christmas gift that will make them incredibly happy. 

1. A crackers and chutney hamper

EDINBURGH PRESERVES, Cheese Wedge Gift Pack, €18.00, brownthomas.com

2. A cheese maker

LEKUE Cheese Maker, €35.95, arnotts.ie

3. An elegant cheese dome

J by Jasper Conran – White marble and glass cheese dome, €60.00, debenhams.ie

4. A cookbook devoted to grilled cheese

Cheese Melts Cook Book, €17.55, asos.com

5. A delightful print

Kitchen Wall Art Print 'French Cheeses', €28.54, etsy.com

6. A pair of earrings

Cheese Earrings by BY POPPY, €11, notonthehighstreet.com

7. A cheese knife set

MASTERCLASS 3 Piece Cheese Knife Set, €25.00, brownthomas.com


We all know a person who has developed a slight obsession with avocado: avo toasts are their favourite brunch food, they could make guacamole in the dark and they always find a way to put some of the green stuff on their food, even dessert. 

To make this person the happiest in the world on Christmas day, we have searched the Internet for some of the cutest avocado presents on the market.  

1. A happy avocado water bottle

Sass & Belle Avocado Drink Bottle, €8.11, asos.com

2. A cute candle

Avocado tealight candles, €10, urbanoutfitters.com

3. Adorable pyjamas

Avocado Print PJ Set, €15, boohoo.com

4. A friendly mug

Happy avocado mug, €9.95, fruugo.ie

5. A quality eye cream


KIEHLS Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado, €26, arnotts.com

6. An essential cookbook

THE AVOCADO COOKBOOK, by Heather Thomas, €13.99, easons.com

7. An avocado in chocolate

Chocolate Avocado by CHOC ON CHOC, £12/€13.60, notonthehighstreet.com


If there is one thing we love about Christmas – apart from the boozing, snoozing and chilling, it is the excuse to binge on chocolate totally guilt-free. 

While most people enjoy chocolate on a regular basis, we all know a person who is truly obsessed it. Real connoisseur or simple cacao enthusiast, the chocolate lover in your life will be over the moon if you get them one of these presents!  

1. A chocolate fondue kit

Chocolate fondue set, Debenhams, 25 euros

2. A hot chocolate kit

Cocoa Creations, Whittards of Chelsea, 25 euros

3. Some sweet soaps

Box of Chocolate Soaps, Uncommon Goods, 24.23 euros

4. A chocolate workshop

1 Day Chocolate course, The Baking academy of Ireland, 150 euros

5. A dangerous game

Chocolate Russian Roulette Game, Debenhams, 11 euros

6. A membership to a chocolate tasting club

Bean and Goose Tasting Club Membership, from 20 euros

7. A hot chocolate room spray

Chocolate Fragrance Room Spray, by Sensory Decisions, 11.30 euros

8. The ultimate Parisian chocolatier gift box

Hatbox by Nastry, La Maison du Chocolat, 132 euros

9. A book with the best chocolate recipes ever 

'I Want Chocolate!' by Trish Deseine, 15 euros

10. A fun notebook

Chocolate notebook, Amazon, 5 euros



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



Let’s be honest, Christmas is all about lying on the couch, surveying your ever-widening waistline and vowing to get healthy in the New Year… just as soon as you polish off this double-decker turkey sandwich.

But it’s easier said than done though, right?

If you have spent countless hours envisioning a happy, healthier version of yourself for 2017, then you need to get in on the Happy Pear’s Happy Heart course, and pronto.

At just €99 for a four-week online course (and 20% off promotion before December 31!) you will be given 50 recipes exclusive to Happy Heart students in addition to live Q&A with Dave and Steve each week.

The course, which promotes a plant-based and whole food diet, helps increase energy levels, accelerate weight loss, lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.

Working from the inside out, the Happy Heart course is a major step in the right direction when it comes to cardiovascular health and general wellbeing.

We know what we’re getting ourselves this Christmas.