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Need something special for herself for Christmas?

Here’s where you should head to in Dublin to pick up something special.

GIVING IS LOVELY, isn’t it? You put all that thought and care into a present, hand it over to your beloved or your mammy or whatever lovely lady in your life you’re buying for and… end up chewing your nails to ribbons with the fear that they won’t like it.

Well, help is at hand. No matter what lady you’re buying for or what she likes, we’ve put together a list of all sorts of goodies to choose from and all the great shops around Dublin city centre to pop into and pick up something beautiful.

So, get ready.


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Popping into a bookshop to grab a present is a great idea, because no matter what the lady in your life is into there’s bound to be something there to satisfy her. From literary fiction, to true life, to something easy to read, to cookery books, gardening books, art books… the list is endless.

We’re blessed to have many gorgeous bookshops around the city so try Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street, Easons on O’Connell Street or Nassau Street, Chapters on Parnell Street or Books Upstairs on D’Olier Street.


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Most women will have a signature scent and will always appreciate a new bottle of their favourite perfume (that’s stuff isn’t cheap) so head over to Boots Chemist (Grafton Street, St  Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre or Henry Street) or The Perfume Shop (St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre) for a wide range of all sorts of perfumes. If you’d prefer something a little more natural then L’Occitane (15 Wicklow Street) uses natural and organic essential oils in their indulgent selection of scents.

Quirky bits and bobs

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There are some shops that cover a multitude so if you need records, vintage clothes, interesting head pieces or even stationary, head to Urban Outfitters, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, Folkster on Eustace Street or Siopa Ella on Temple Lane South. 


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We don’t think any woman would be upset with a little additional sparkle in her collection, so if you’re looking for something Irish-designed and a little special, head over to Powerscourt Townhouse Centre and check out Chupi’s range of nature-inspired rings, necklaces, earrings and more. Or there’s the Design Yard on South Frederick Street or Weir’s on Grafton Street.


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No matter what age she is, every woman loves to indulge her skin in some gorgeous smelling gloop. Head over to Brown Thomas on Grafton Street for the ultimate in luxuriousness. Other great places are Arnotts or Debenhams on Henry Street, Boots for more affordable skincare, or the Body Shop or Lush, Grafton or Henry Street for more natural fare.


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As any woman can tell you they don’t call make up ‘war paint’ without reason. And no matter how natural she looks, chances are she’s got a little foundation, blusher or mascara on somewhere.

So head over to Brown Thomas or Space NK, Grafton Street for some really high end stuff, or Make Up Forever on Clarendon Street or Benefit on South William Street for make up artist-grade cosmetics or any of the major department stores (Arnotts, Debenhams) as well as any chemist such as McCabes or Lloyds around the city.

Clothes, handbags and shoes

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What woman doesn’t want a new wardrobe (every… single… day…)? Luckily there are loads of places around the city to pick up some new threads. So head over to Topshop, 6/7 St Stephens Green, Zara, 46/47 Grafton Street, Arnotts, Henry Street or try the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street for some Irish designers and one-off pieces.

Over to you: any more suggestions for great shopping for her around Dublin at Christmas? Let us know in the comments.

No matter who you’re shopping for (even if it’s yourself) you’ll have no problem getting in and out of the city centre using the Luas. It’s quick, convenient and frequent – so leave the car at home and enjoy a wonderful winter’s day in Dublin.