Donegal Food Coast Gift Guide

Pivoting was the name of the game in 2020, and in spite of all the trials thrown at our food and hospitality businesses this year, there was still so much creative thinking and innovation to be proud of! Many of our Food Coast members used the period during Lockdown to improve and develop their online stores with a Trading Online Voucher, which now means they can trade to the world online this Christmas. Here’s a round-up of some gift ideas and inspiration from our Food Coast members this festive season:

Kinnegar offers a variety of gift options from must-have brewery apparel like T-shirts, hoodies and beanies, to glassware and traditional metal signs. If you’re looking for a good Donegal gift, the Limeburner sign featuring Fanad Lighthouse is a must-have; it’s light and easy to ship, so perfect for your friends and family abroad who may not make it home this year. Printed, finished and hand crafted in Donegal at the Pixalili Studio on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Kinnegar’s range of cushions, designer tote bags, tea towels and lamps are truly unique.



OURganic One to One Vegetable Garden Design

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Give the gift of green fingers this Christmas, with an OURganic one-to-one Vegetable Garden Design voucher. Started by owners Joanne and Milo Butler in 2009, OURganic Gardens has become an outdoor green space focused on food, sustainability, and horticulture. There has never been a better time to get growing your own food, and with OURganic’s online vegetable garden design consultation package, Joanne will take you step by step through planning your own vegetable garden and get you off to a head start for next year’s growing season. Their Vegetable Starter Packs also make a lovely stocking filler and are available in packs of 12 plants grown from seed in peat free compost, ready to be transplanted to final position.



Filligans Christmas Giftsets

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Filligans of Donegal has been making award-winning jams, marmalades, chutneys, mustards, relishes, oils and dressings for over twenty years. Christmas giftsets are now available and make the perfect present for food lovers this festive season. Gift packs can be personalised to suit preferred tastes; Filligans Cranberry Sauce with Port is one you will love.



Wild Fuschia Bakehouse

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While this small bakery, located in Dunfanaghy, has been closed for most of the year, owner Sian moved her Award Winning Dry Bread Mixes on-line and has developed a range of hampers and gift packs which would make beautiful gifts this Christmas. Suitable for both the novice baker and more experienced baker, the bread mixes are simple, wholesome and tasty and so easy to make. All the mixes are designed to be ready in under an hour; the quality of the bread mixes has been independently recognised and the “Bakehouse Mixes” have received three awards this year: The Irish Stout Bread Mix won Silver at the 2020 Blas na hEireann Awards and both the Irish Soda Bread Mix and the Irish Wheaten Bread Mix received 2 stars from the 2020 Great Taste Awards. The bread mixes now also hold “Guaranteed Irish” status, signifying the company’s commitment to the local community and Irish produce.



A Selection Box with a Donegal Difference

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The Shines Seafood Selection box is the perfect gift for the seafood lover in your life. Containing a selection of the award-winning Shine’s range, this beautifully presented 100% recyclable gift box is a gift idea that’s healthy, convenient and friendly to the environment.



Best Of The Northwest Hamper From The Counter

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The Counter is now taking pre-orders for its “Best of The North West Hamper”, which is available from 16th December and costs €95.00. This special hamper for the festive season is packed full of amazing locally produced food and drink along with a beautiful 2021 Calendar designed by local artist Laura Buchanan.



Algaran Seaweed Hampers

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Give the gift of the “Secret Treasure Chest” of the ocean this Christmas with an Algaran Seaweed hamper. Every hamper comes with a free voucher to be spent in 2021 and delivery to Ireland and Northern Ireland is free.



Hooked & Cooked Seafood Experience

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This seafood trail is a collaboration between two Donegal businesses and begins with a visit to Atlantic Treasures – The Fish Stop, where visitors will learn about different fish species before selecting their choice of fish and five different glaze or seasoning options. After receiving their fresh cook-bag, visitors will head across the street to Hughie’s Bar to have their fish cooked and plated, garnished with a side dish, and served to their table. Vouchers cost €15 each and can be posted anywhere in Ireland for free.



Oakfield Park

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Give someone the gift of a beautiful day in the Donegal outdoors, with a voucher for Oakfield Park in Raphoe. Vouchers can also be used to purchase the park’s selection of organic garden produce from Buffers Kitchen, including a delicious Honey & Mustard Dressing and Apple and Shallot Chutney. Annual passes also make a wonderful gift for families.



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Reintroduce the whiskey connoisseur in your life to the rich smoky peated Irish Whiskey with Dark Silkie from Sliabh Liag Distillers. Dark Silkie reveals a darker side, with a blend of carefully selected Irish Whiskeys; it’s the perfect stepping-stone for introducing the dry, rich, smoky style that Sliabh Liag Distillers believes is true to Donegal and the wild Atlantic coast.



Chef Brian McDermott

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Book an online cookery class with Chef Brian McDermott and take your cooking skills to the next level. Whether you are a beginner or an enthusiastic and confident cook, this is an unique opportunity to join Brian in his own kitchen and learn the secrets of one of Ireland’s leading chefs from the comfort of your own home. During the class, you can cook along with Brian through every step of the recipe as you receive recipes in advance to allow you shop and prepare. Or, if you prefer you can simply sit back and watch the master at work! Classes are designed as a relaxing and enjoyable experience, transporting you from your home kitchen directly into Brian’s home kitchen. A gorgeous present for yourself or the food lover in your life. Start dropping hints now!



Dicey Reilly’s Hampers

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No trip to Ballyshannon could be complete, without a visit to one of the town’s longest established and finest hostelries, Dicey’s as it is affectionately known by the locals. This family run bar, off licence and microbrewery is now in its third century of trading as a Public House and has been mentioned in publications all over the globe. They have just launched a great selection of new hampers for Christmas, with artisan beers, wines and delicious Donegal Farmhouse cheese.



Benny & Co.

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This beautiful hamper of goodies is available from Benny & Co in Ballybofey. Packed full of treats from delicious wines and cheese to chocolate and chutney, it has everything you need for the quintessential Christmas feast. Gift vouchers are also available.