Irish Tatler gift guide: editorial director Elaine Prendeville’s luxe Christmas list

From investment knitwear to the perfect eye palette and winter reads, editorial director Elaine Prendeville rounds up her top 10 Christmas wishlist items

From homegrown designers to luxury labels, here are 10 ideas that will make any giftee happy. Picture by Taisiia Shestopal on Unsplash

My mum’s knitting is unrivalled, except perhaps by one man: Colin Burke has made traditional methods look brilliantly modern; I’d happily accept one of his incredible cardigans.

Black square heel leather knee high boots, €870,

High boots are back, and these block heeled, perma-stylish pair by Legeres get my vote.

Luxe link necklace, €249,

This necklace from Loulerie’s fashion collection will improve a hundred outfits, and at an affordable price point, too.

Winter Papers volume 9, €40,

A Christmas staple, I always look forward to Winter Papers, the annual arts anthology edited by Olivia Smith and Kevin Barry. This year I’m especially excited to read writer Roisin Kiberd’s contribution – she’s a genius.

White Chocolate with Sharp Raspberry Bar, €4, Skelligs Chocolate at locations nationwide including Fallon & Byrne, Dublin

Ireland’s best chocolate bar, and great for sharing after a festive meal.

Voucher, Ireland’s Blue Book,

An Ireland’s Blue Book voucher is a present that never fails. I’d use mine for a night of total switch-off in Clare’s Gregans Castle Hotel. A luxury retreat hidden right in the Burren, it’s a real treat for any giftee.

Powder-coated metal bird feeder, €42,

Every year is a good year to buy Christmas gifts from We Make Good, Ireland’s social enterprise design brand. This bright blue bird feeder would be a lovely thing to receive.

‘The Long Set’ in floral burgundy, €200,

The pyjama equation is proportional: the older we grow, the more desirable they become. These truly lovely PJs from Irish label Moon + Mellow are at the top of my loungewear lust list.

Going Infinite by Michael Lewis, from €26.99

My fallen tycoon book pile keeps growing, so I may as well top it up with Going Infinite, Michael Lewis’ account of Sam Bankman Fried’s epic decline.

Le Regard Hermès Ombres Fauves, €104 at

My kind of stocking filler: Hermès has recently introduced an eyeshadow collection that speaks to the label’s mastery of colour. The Ombres Fauves palette contains four shadows in strong autumnal tones, and in silky textures from matte to shimmering. The chic compacts are refillable, too, adding marks for sustainability.