Here’s some inspiration for gifts for coastal lovers this Christmas.
Coast Monkey contributor Gerry Brannigan from The Tide Clock Shop presents a great selection of idea from sea-loving outlets from around the Irish coast.
Prannie Rhatigan’s Guide to Edible Seaweed
This guide describes many edible seaweeds and tells you where these sea vegetables/herbs can be found and also when and how they can be harvested sustainably. Prannie Rhatigan is a medical doctor with a lifetime experience of harvesting, cooking and gardening organically with sea vegetables. Born and raised in the North West of Ireland where she still lives, she has a lifelong interest in the connections between food and health.
Get it here: Irishseaweedkitchen.ie
Grown | Ethical clothing, influenced by the coast
An Ethical Clothing Brand,designed and styled to create change. Grown clothing plant a tree for every tee sold. Proud members of 1% for the planet.Their products use only 100% organic cotton. They draw a lot of our inspiration from Ireland’s coastline, and have a desire to do things differently, with a passion for sustainability and a pride in transparency.
Check them out: Grown.ie
The Atlantic Equipment Project | Hard wearing equipment
Designed & made in the Northwest of Ireland, hard wearing backpacks & carry equipment, inspired by Atlantic adventure. This project is one of the many results of 6 years of classical Industrial Design study and work, lots of years of bodyboarding, surfing and muddy salty adventure amongst the rainy, windy beauty of the West of Ireland.
Find out more: Atlanticequipmentproject.com
Lani’s Surf Art-fun coastal art
Lani’s art depicts coastal living in a fun and bright style of watercolour and oil. She loves to paint campers,winding roads, cottages and waves.
Find out more: Lanis-surf-art.com
Sea Kayak trip to the Old Head of Kinsale with H2O Sea Kayaking
Visit the famous Old Head Of Kinsale with H2O seakayaking.A fantastic trip to this unique location with one of the only certified ISKGA guides in Ireland. Other trips and courses available but the Old Head trip is special!
Find out more: H20seakayaking.com
Oileáin | The guide to the Irish islands
Oileáin, initially published in 2004 has continued to grow and now includes 582 islands. There is a lot of additional local flavour, anecdotes, historical stuff as well as more flora and fauna than you could shake a stick at. This is the guide to Irish islands for all travellers around the Irish coastline.
Get it here: Oileain.org
SeashoreVeg | Refreshingly luxurious seaweed baths
Seashoreveg is hand picked seaweed from the Atlantic shores of the north west coast of Ireland. Handpicked wild Fucus serratus that’s been air dried and packaged nicely in a netted bag for convenience and easy storage. Run a hot bath and watch as the SeaShore bath releases its natural oils, nutrients and vitamins. Perfect to rehydrate, repair your skin and leave you feeling reinvigorated.
Get it here: Etsy.com/ie/shop/SeaShoreVeg
Mungo Murphy’s Seaweed Co | Fresh seaweed food and beauty products
Mungo Murphy’s Seaweed Co. brings you top-quality super foods that will make your mouth water while also improving your body’s health and uses only natural ingredients in the making of its beauty products for the benefit and health of your skin.
Find out more: Mungomurphyseaweed.com
Achill Oysters | Fresh oysters by mail
Our mission is simple: grow great tasting oysters and deliver them fresh, with minimum impact to the environment. But there’s a lot more to Achill Oysters than meets the eye. It’s been a long term labour of love, but we’ve won awards & accreditation for both our produce and our working methods – recognising the lengths we go to to ensure you get nothing but the healthiest, most delicious oysters money can buy.
Find out more: Achilloysters.com
Nautical Bracelets by Bran Marion
For the love of all things nautical, inspired by oceans and their travelers, Bran Marion set out to create bracelets of unique texture and nuanced form. Bran Marion produce nautical bracelets from ropes used for sailing vessels that are resistant to salted water and warm water. Their bracelets’ closures are made of stainless steel. This is why when you wear Bran Maron bracelets you can swim, you can bathe with hot or cold water, and they will keep their color and resistance over time.
Get it here: Etsy.com/ie/shop/TheBranMarion
Little Red | Handmade skin treatments
Little Red is a small seaweed skincare company, hand-crafting skin treatments in the Boggeragh mountains in Co. Cork. Little Red are passionate about all things pure and health-giving, and believe in using Mother Nature’s bounty to heal our bodies from the outside as well as from within. They use Atlantic Irish seaweed and the very best of organic ingredients to work their magic and nourish even the most sensitive of skins.
Find out more:Littlered.ie
PaperPetShop | Dolphin, whale and penguin 3D paper models
Paperpetshop hope to inspire and encourage people of all ages and abilities to Make Papercraft models for themselves. The paper craft templates have been made extremely user friendly that even a child can make their own paper pet. They have lovely dolphin, whale and penguin models that will keep kids and adults busy making for hours. (note-design download only,you need to supply the materials yourself)
Find out more: Paperpetshop.com
John Dunne Automota | Mechanical sculptures and toys
Based in Co. Wexford, Ireland, John Dunne makes mechanical sculptures and toys. Often but not excusively using driftwood and found objects.Automata, are mechanical figurative sculptures. They are operated by turning a handle, or can be run by a motor or wound spring mechanism.
Find out more:Facebook.com/pg/john.dunn.automata
Great Lighthouses of Ireland | Stay in an Irish lighthouse
For hundreds of years lighthouses have helped seafarers find their way. Now they shine their light on a truly unique experience around the stunning coastline of Ireland. Great Lighthouses of Ireland, is a new all-island tourism initiative, developed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights. Featuring twelve lighthouses in breathtaking coastal locations, Great Lighthouses of Ireland offers visitors from home and abroad the chance to visit or stay in a lighthouse, to find out about their history, to appreciate the spectacular natural world around them.
More info: Greatlighthouses.com
Suzeanne Leahy | Unique recycled coastal art
A swimmer, a surfer, a beach cleaner & an Hons. Degree Fine Art (sculpture) graduate, Suzeanne Leahy creates her work from items that she recovers along the Atlantic coastline.She recycles driftwood and various flotsam into pieces that transforms something wasteful into something beautiful.
More info: HazyBlueSkies
Poppy & Ivy Studios | Boho style Seaglass Jewellery
Emer O’Neill creates boho style Seaglass Jewellery and paints Contemporary Seascapes to connect you with the fierce power of the sea-pieces for ocean lovers, whether they surf every day or live in a big city and don’t see the sea for months on end. For those that have the desire to covet a piece of the great wide ocean and to keep with them.
Check it out: Poppyandivystudios.com
Tideclockshop.com | Always know the state of your local tide
Made in Ireland, the tide clock shop creates a range of beautiful tide clocks so that you never have to look up a tide timetable again! Easy to see the state of the tide by the position of the hand, the clocks are available in a variety of styles from slate, hand-painted timber, driftwood and there is also a series of clocks derived from nautical charts of many areas along the Irish coastline.
Get them here: Tideclockshop.com