This Valentine’s Day is more than a little different. That doesn’t mean it can’t be special.
While we can’t physically browse our local shops, creative Donegal makers and stores are making gifting easy with unique pieces online.
Whether you’re treating your other half, a friend, family member or yourself (we’re all about self-love!), here are the local gifts we’re loving this year:
Laura Buchanan Designs
Made in Ramelton, this riso print is a fun take on Swizzels famous ‘Love Hearts’ – Donegal style! Get 10% off Riso Prints on laurabuchanan.ie this weekend only by entering the code RISOLOVE at the checkout. If you order within Ireland this weekend, you’ll receive your order in time for Valentine’s day.
And how sweet is this Valentine’s card? Shop at: laurabuchanan.ie
Orla Vera Accessories
Buncrana designer Orla Vera has launched a Valentine’s collection of beautiful handmade bags and card holders. All the pieces are made from 100% leather that is sustainably sourced. So there’s a lot to love! Check out www.orlaveraccessories.com
All Things Fiona-Lily
Another sustainable brand, Fiona McIntyre in Ballyshannon rescues end of line material from factories to make feel-good clothing.
Her new collection pf rainbow sweaters drops on Valentine’s Day, featuring purely positive messages of LOVE, HOPE and DREAMS. This is the ultimate self-love range for comfy lockdown looks. A self-love candle is also launching this month, filled with super charged rose quartz crystals.
Spraoi agus Spórt
By showing the love for Spraoi agus Spórt, you’re supporting an entire community. These Valentine’s Day magnets and postcards are made by the award-winning social enterprise from Carndonagh to continue providing its vital services for children, teenagers and families throughout Inishowen.
Purchase the unique, personalised gifts by visiting www.spraoiagussport.ie
Note: Due to phenomenal demand they have had to stop taking orders for Valentine magnets but hope to reopen the online store on Tuesday. A Valentine’s Draw remains open on: spraoi-agus-sport.myshopify.com/collections/valentines
Orwell and Browne
A new collection of Donegal Merino Wool Knit Scarves is sure to brighten up our 5km walks. The Kilcar brand, founded by Catriona Mc Ginley, uses locally-sourced fabric, hand-loomed in Donegal. Shop the new scarves on www.orwellandbrowne.com
Lynda Strain Cosmetics
Spending Valentine’s Day at home doesn’t mean we can’t look and feel glamorous. Makeup artist Lynda Strain, based in Kerrykeel, has a full collection of luxury cosmentics on www.lyndastrainmakeup.com – including kiss-proof lipstick.
If you’re looking to indulge in some stylish intimates… McElhinneys has a full selection of luxury lingerie: www.mcelhinneys.com
Mask Your Face
When you think of romance, a face mask might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but gifting a mask can be a lovely way of showing someone that you want them to stay safe.
Mask Your Face, a new brand by Letterkenny sisters Anna, Lisa and Molly Kennedy, has cute masks especially for Valentine’s. Their handmade Mo.Li.An candle and diffuser may also be a great gift for the person who loves their home pamper evenings. Shop: maskyourface.ie