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Christmas Gifts – Saturdays at The Milk Market.

Gift BagsI finally remembered to bring my camera in with me to the market last weekend and took a quick run around to get some pictures of what I buy as presents for my family and friends so this post will be heavy on pictures and light on  words.

For Food Gifts I often  make up a wee hamper of non perishables.

Applejuice from Adam of Killowen Orchard which we give with our “Spices for mulled wine” -spices work for applejuice as well.Adams juice

Chocolates from Chocolate Trish at Wildes Irish Chocolatedecember 2011 038december 2011 037

Chorizo from Olivier  -“On The Wild Side”december 2011 033

december 2011 040Whole small cheeses from Pete of ” Kilshanny Cheese” .Every April we get him to put away a big Plain cheese  in his cheese house for us . By Christmas its fantastic- almost fudgey textured and sharp on the palate. A whole  cheese doesn’t last long in our house.

And of course Amazing preserves from Us at The Green Apron. I usually give  our Christmas Chutneys and Mustards. Partridge in a Pear Tree Chutney, Apple and Walnut Chutney,Sugar Plum fairy Chutney and our Crunchy Honey Mustard.Alex Green ApronKatrina also has the cutest Finnish Gingerbread Cookies in all shapes and sizes (also a whole range of Gluten free baking)december 2011 027

Aruns puddings from  Green Saffron look  fantastic  don’t they.december 2011 039Locally roasted award-winning Coffee is available from Ponaire s Coffee house and teas are available from “Teas and Grind” and “Tea4You”december 2011 022Why not pop in a bag of Irish Harvested Seaweeddecember 2011 041

For Immediate Gratification Gifts Brid has delicious awardwinning piesdecember 2011 043

Vi makes the yummiest sourdough  Rye Bread and a range of organic cakes and breadsdecember 2011 024You can pick up a variety of cheeses from Mairis Cheese shop ,december 2011 034 Pates, preserved fish, and terrines from Olivier, wines from Country Choice (along with about anything else you can think of.december 2011 058

There are lots of craftspeople selling their pieces  in the market. Local and Handmade Crafts

Here is some of Ruth at Nice Day Designs  fabulous  pieces.Ruthdecember 2011 046

Aileen with her beautiful jewellry december 2011 010Susan ‘s  Nativity scene december 2011 011 and her Crazy cameldecember 2011 012december 2011 017Handmade hats to keep you warm and stylish this winterdecember 2011 025

december 2011 006Handcarved wooden pieces

For Body and Bath Gifts

Tobias from Nonin Herbal has a  range of essential oils and a fantastic Rose Avocado Cream for problem skin It smells divine and works brilliantly -I bough some for mom for her birthdaydecember 2011 048december 2011 049Jasmine from Sunvale Soaps has a  great range of homemade and french soaps, salves and creams. december 2011 050

Last year I gave the sisters  each a chicklit book, a bar of Wildes Chocolate and Bath Melts from Sunvale . Ingredients for a  perfect evening.

There are plenty of Plants here for a lovely living present and lots of spring bulbs (get them in fast though)december 2011 047

Heres some of the other fabulous things available at the market Couldnt take enough pictures and get everything in .december 2011 023december 2011 028december 2011 030december 2011 005december 2011 007

Now you can see why almost all my presents come from the Market.

Oops – One last thing . I bought these for everyone last year and am wearing a pair now-invaluablewool socks


3 comments to Christmas Gifts – Saturdays at The Milk Market.

  • Meg

    I absolutely love shopping at the Milk Market. There’s defo something for everyone on my list, starting with chocolate-raspberry jam for my husband, Dan, from your stall, The Green Apron.
    While you’re in town, check out the sale on at Limerick Printmakers for affordable fine art, another really nice holiday present. xx

  • Angie

    Thanks for this great post. Really good gift ideas. This is my first Christmas in Limerick, I’ld love to send the family local stuff from the market.

    Happy holidays

  • Great post!! I’m doing lots of my shopping at the market again this year…also don’t forget Elalgallery who have really reasonably priced photography, they are just beside Moody Cow

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