Planning a trip to the Emerald Isle and wondering what to buy in Ireland? This guide to the best Ireland souvenirs will help!
Shopping in Ireland is absolutely delightful: between the number of unique souvenirs from Ireland that you can pick up to the delightful experience of picking them out, choosing some Irish souvenirs will no doubt enhance your already-magical trip.
Not sure what you want to buy in Ireland? Here are some fun ideas!
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Decor + Collectibles to Buy in Ireland
If you’d like a beautiful Irish souvenir to display in your home, these souvenirs from Ireland are for you!
Waterford crystal is famous worldwide for its beauty and brilliance, and it is headquartered in the beautiful town of Waterford, Ireland on the west coast of the country.
A tour of the Waterford Crystal Factory itself is an incredible experience that is definitely worth having, but whether you visit Waterford or not, a stunning piece of Waterford crystal is definitely among the best souvenirs from Ireland.
Irish Pottery and Ceramic
Beautiful pottery and ceramic is extremely popular in Ireland, and you can find it in small tea houses and craft shops around the country.
In our experience, the Dingle Peninsula in particular has a wonderful selection!
For the most iconic (and priciest, too), you can’t beat the beauty of Belleek china.
For a particularly memorable souvenir, consider picking up a piece of original Irish art to display in your home.
Touring the Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular things to do in Dublin–and while there, Guinness fans will have plenty of opportunities to shop for Guinness-themed souvenirs, including beer glasses, t-shirts, replicas of vintage signs, and more.
Of course, even if you don’t visit the Guinness Storehouse, you can still easily find Guinness memorabilia for sale all over Ireland.
Whether you’re visiting during the holiday season or not, Christmas ornaments are fun and easy-to-find Ireland souvenirs!
Teapot + Cups
It’s easy to fall in love with tea drinking and the charm of a beautiful tea set while in Ireland–even if, like me, you were never much of a tea-drinker before visiting.
What better way to remember your trip than to pull out your Irish tea set whenever you brew a cup at home?
Irish linen is known around the world for its beauty, durability, and quality. If you’re in the market for a new linen piece, shopping in Ireland is bound to give you a dizzying array of excellent choices.
Images of the Dublin Doors
As you stroll the streets of Dublin, you’ll notice that the residents of the city have a wonderfully colorful tradition: the beautiful Georgian front doors of Dublin’s homes tend to be extremely colorful!
There’s a long history behind why, but today, the doors are an iconic symbol of Dublin, and images of them make excellent souvenirs from Ireland, whether that’s in the form of a photo, a painting, or even a magnet!
Best Foodie Souvenirs from Ireland
Personally, we tend to be partial to food-centered souvenirs on our travels, as they make it so easy to extend a trip by bringing part of a destination home with us.
These foodie souvenirs from Ireland are perfect for bringing a taste of Ireland home!
Whether you go for the ever-famous Jameson whiskey (you can even pick some up after touring the distillery, if you’d like!) or for one of Ireland’s more niche whiskey producers, whiskey lovers will find plenty of opportunity to stock up on local Irish whiskey!
Not all of Ireland’s delicious food can be easily transported home–but Irish brown bread (also known as Irish soda bread) easily can be.
There is some delicious artisanal chocolate that is made in Ireland… but Dublin is also the home of Cadbury, and many Cadbury connoisseurs swear that the chocolate is just a bit tastier when purchased in Ireland!
Irish cheeses–and dairy products in general–are some of the absolute best on the planet.
If you’re a fan of Irish cheese, consider picking up a block (or several) during your trip to Ireland.
Fall in love with Irish tea during your trip to the Emerald Isle? Consider picking some up to bring home!
Irish food is absolutely delicious–if you fall in love with it on your trip to the Emerald Isle as much as we have, consider bringing a taste of Ireland home with you in the form of an Irish cookbook!
Best Ireland Souvenirs to Wear
If your idea of the perfect souvenir is something you can wear, these Ireland souvenirs might be for you.
Dating to the 17th century, Irish Claddagh rings are one of the most popular things to buy in Ireland and carry symbolism that reaches beyond a fond memory of a trip.
Wear the ring on your right hand with the heart facing away from your body to symbolize that you’re single, on your right hand with the heart facing inward to symbolize that you’re in a relationship, and on your left hand with the heart facing out to show that you’re engaged.
Finally, if you’re married, the ring is worn as a wedding band, on the left hand with the heart facing inward.
However you wear your Claddagh ring, there’s no doubt that it is an especially meaningful purchase when in Ireland where the tradition originated–and especially if you’re taking a romantic trip with your partner!
Other Silver Jewelry
If a Claddagh ring isn’t your style, Ireland still has a wide variety of beautiful jewelry to shop for. The country is especially known for its gorgeous silver pieces.
An Aran wool sweater is one of the most popular and iconic souvenirs from Ireland, and is definitely a beautiful one!
The craft hails from the Aran Islands, located a short ferry ride away from Doolin (near the Cliffs of Moher), but even if you don’t make it out to the islands, the sweaters are easy to find–you can find them for sale all over the country.
Other Wool Items to Wear
Want a piece of Aran wool to wear but don’t want a sweater? Hats, scarves, and gloves are also great options.
Hailing from County Donegal, Donegal tweed is absolutely beautiful and makes for a lovely souvenir from Ireland.
Other Things to Buy in Ireland
Ireland’s famous Connemara marble is gorgeous and tends to have a distinct green hue–if you pass by the region of Connemara, a small piece of marble makes for an excellent (and easy to carry home) Irish souvenir!
If you love the idea of shopping for Irish wool but don’t like to wear it, consider picking up a thick wool blanket as one of your souvenirs from Ireland.
Love the idea of Irish wool, but prefer to knit a piece yourself? Consider picking up some local yarn to bring home from Ireland!
Books About Ireland
One of my favorite things about traveling in English-speaking countries is the ease of picking up unique books that I may never come across shopping at home.
Bibliophiles will find plenty of literary Ireland souvenirs to choose from, and while you can’t go wrong with beautiful copies of works by famous Irish authors like Oscar Wilde and James Joyce, consider also picking up a book on local Irish history or culture!
Inexpensive (But Fun!) Souvenirs from Ireland
Only have a few Euro or a tiny bit of luggage space to spare as you go shopping in Ireland?
These easy, fun Ireland souvenirs might be for you!
Magnets are one of the most popular souvenirs to collect around the world: they’re inexpensive, easy to find, and lots of fun to pick out!
I bought a fun magnet with an Irish sheep on it during our first trip to Ireland years ago, and it still makes me smile whenever I see it.
While you can buy an artisanal ceramic mug in Ireland as we mentioned above, there are also plenty of inexpensive-but-fun touristy mugs for sale around Ireland that can make a great addition to your collection!
Postcards are the ultimate combination of inexpensive, easy to pack, and easily personalized, making them one of the best budget souvenirs from Ireland!
They tend to run .50 to 1 Euro each, but if you’re up to spending an extra couple Euro on top of that, consider filling a postcard out with your memories of the day right then and there–and then sending it to yourself so you can relive your Ireland memories as you return home.
Tips for Buying Irish Souvenirs
Consider shipping fragile items home.
If you buy something that is particularly fragile, heavy, or potentially regulated, it’s definitely worth at least inquiring about the cost of shipping–many small businesses and artisans in Ireland are able and willing to ship their goods abroad.
Have a plan for what Ireland souvenirs you’d like to purchase before arriving.
There’s no need to stick to your plan exactly, of course–shopping spontaneously can be part of the fun of travel–but having a general idea of what you want to look for when shopping in Ireland can help add structure to your browsing, and in some cases, help limit indecisiveness (it definitely does for me!).
Consider quality over quantity.
When deciding what to bring home from Ireland, think about quality over quantity. It’s incredibly easy to end up buying more Irish souvenirs than you planned, and end up with more knick-knacks than you really need.
In our experience, it’s much better to buy 1-2 truly memorable souvenirs than a whole slew of less memorable ones!
Be prepared to pay steep prices for handmade goods.
For example, a truly handmade Aran sweater can easily be a couple hundred Euro–but if you’re willing to compromise with a machine-knit one as you weigh what to buy in Ireland, the prices will certainly drop.
Check on transportation regulations.
For the vast majority of these souvenirs from Ireland, there is absolutely no issue with bringing them back yourself in your checked luggage–but for food items, be sure to double-check any necessary regulations before packing up to leave.
For Americans like us, check the TSA regulations here.
Note the place and date of purchase on your souvenirs from Ireland.
You may find it easy to remember when and where you purchased your beautiful souvenirs from Ireland now–but give it a decade or three, and you may be very glad you noted the place and year of purchase with the item!
We tend to write the info on the bottom of home decor pieces or Christmas ornaments and love the tradition of it–and, for example, we’ll definitely never forget what year we purchased our shamrock ornament in Waterford because of it.
… and leave extra space in your bag!
It’s definitely worth leaving a couple of extra outfits or gadgets at home in order to make sure you have room in your bag for a few of the best souvenirs from Ireland!