Shop Local, Click Local!
Local shops lie at the heart of our towns and villages, and it's never been as important to support local retailers and suppliers.
The good news is that even with all but essential retail outlets closed, businesses have been adapting to ensure that you can continue to support your local shops.
One of the biggest changes in the last few months is the number of outlets that have developed websites to let you to shop online. There’s no longer any need to stick to the big international online retailers – check around to see what’s available, you might be surprised to see how many great Irish producers and retailers will now deliver straight to your door.
Check out our guide to help you get started shopping online here: Guide to Online Shopping
You can get tips on how to shop safely online here:
Shopping Safely Online in 2020
What you can do to support local:
- Shop locally, safely - some retail shops have stayed open, providing essential services
- Buy gift cards online from local retailers or restaurants for future use
- Order take away directly from your favourite local restaurant
- When shopping online buy from local stores
Even in extraordinary times, we can all make a difference by staying local, shopping local and clicking local.
You'll find links to retailers in some of our towns and villages below:
If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, there are a range of online sites which feature unique Irish made and designed gifts and products.
- Just Buy Irish is a directory of almost 600 independent producers across Ireland, selling a broad range of products including food, clothing, skincare and jewellery.
- One of the biggest craft events every year is the Gifted Craft Fair that takes place in the RDS each December. This year, it has moved online and Gifted from Ireland features a host of Irish makers, producing all kinds of craft and design gifts.
- The Biscuit Factory is an online marketplace for craftspeople and artists where you’ll find a range of prints, jewellery, skin care and household gifts from a host of independent makers.
- Originally established in 1974, Guaranteed Irish continues to support Irish brands and their site provides links to many Irish brands and producers.
- Market Street has gathered products from 150 independent creative makers and designers selling all sorts of gifts. It also features a very adorable dog modelling a range of bandanas.
- Finally, Design Ireland showcases a range of Irish-made products from a host of Irish designers.