It's that time of year again when we all go in search of the perfect Christmas gifts for our friends and family. After the year we have all had we all want to make sure we hit the right note with our festive gifting this year and support local businesses at the same time. We have put together this guide to give you some inspo, with all the businesses features being based in the Boyne Valley region of Ireland.
This year, why not make your search easier by checking out all of the great gift ideas Boyne Valley Flavour members have to offer. With something for everyone from fabulous foodie delights to culinary adventures or magical stays in the Boyne Valley. By choosing to buy a gift from one of our members you are also supporting local businesses and families this Christmas.
The Boyne Valley Flavour’s Christmas Hamper Collection
This year for the first time we are thrilled to be able to offer a selection of beautiful hampers made up with products from our producers across the Boyne Valley. Thanks to our new website which features our Boyne Valley Flavour's Online Market we are able to offer these hampers for home delivery or collection.
From our wonderful community of talented and passionate producers we have created several different hamper offerings that are perfect for gifting or stocking up on luxurious Irish products for festive feasts.
On our online market on www.boynevalleyflavours.ie you will find several options in our Christmas Shop and when purchasing a hamper you have the option of adding some drinks that are all produced across the Boyne Valley.
Boyne Valley Christmas Cupboard Hamper
A well stocked kitchen larder is a Christmas must and we have the perfect hamper to replenish your cupboards with the most delicious condiments to be found!All of which are or course produced in the Boyne Valley using local ingredients and will enhance the flavours of your festive feasts. We have also included beeswax sheets from Bee Natural which is a super sustainable way to store leftovers.This Hamper costs €45 including delivery & include the following products
Boyne Valley Flavour's Festive Favourites
Christmas is a time for enjoying the finer things in life and we have put together a collection of our favourite sweet treats, tea/coffee & cheese guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
All created & produced in the Boyne Valley using local ingredients wherever possible.This hamper costs €55 including delivery & includes the following products-
Flavours of the Boyne Valley Gourmet Hamper
Our ultimate Christmas Hamper featuring a scrumptious array of luxurious products. In this fabulous Hamper you will find all you need for a truly delicious Boyne Valley Christmas, the perfect mix of Christmas condiments, ideal for flavouring your festive feasts or spicing up leftovers. Lots of treats and tea/coffee to enjoy with them and cheese & crackers to finish!
We have also included our Boyne Valley Flavour’s wooden spoon to help you with all your festive baking!
This hamper costs €100 including delivery & include the following products
Boyne Valley Flavour’s Drinks
Available as an add on to hamper purchases
Food & Drink Gift Ideas from around the Boyne Valley that are all available to purchase online.
Great Northern Larder
Great Northern Larder are offering a great selection of delicious treats on their online Christmas Shop including lots of gift set options and a make your own hamper option.
Rock Farm Slane
Treat yourself or loved ones to a delicious organic Christmas dinner this year with turkeys, hams and breakfast packs from Rock Farm Slane.
They also have their weekly market every Thursday 2-5pm with special markets taking place on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd from 12-3pm.
They are also offering Gobbleboxes - a selection box of condiments and sauces to bring your Christmas Dinner and leftovers to the next level. All available to purchase on Neighbourhood Food for collection at their weekly market every Thursday 2-5pm with special markets taking place on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesady 23rd from 12-3pm.
Newgrange Gold are offering a Premium Rapeseed Infusions Gift Box containing their Smokey, Garden Herbs with Lemon and their Chilli & Garlic Rapeseed Oil in one stylish Box! A wonderful present to give anyone who loves their cooking. There really is something for everyone in this sleek little gift box. Each Infusion is made using the Finest Cold Pressed Irish Rapeseed Oil Grown Pressed and Bottled in the Boyne Valley.
Listoke Distillery have lots of great gift ideas in their online shop, of course you can purchase any of their 3 signature gins as well as gin hampers & for someone really special how about a subscription to their new First Sip Society?
Although their Gin School has been forced to remain closed due to covid you can purchase vouchers for this unmissable experience.
Maperath Farm is a small free range farm founded on the principles of sustainable farming just outside Kells in Co.Meath. They have delicious free range bronze turkeys and geese available for Christmas. Available to order online for collection.
Who doesn’t love cheese and wine? Sheridan’s Cheesemongers new Meath outlet situated beside the Virginia Road Station is the ideal place to discover lots of fabulous foodie gifts with lots of local produce on offer as well as delicious cheese, wine and vouchers. All available on their online store.
A Bit On The Side
A Bit On The Side offer delicious award winning savoury gourmet jellies which would make an ideal gift for the foodie in your life. All made in Meath by Hilary McGrath. This year they have beautifully packaged gift boxes of their delicious jellies.
Bee Natural produce and sell food wraps made from Local pure beeswax. Their product is an eco friendly alternative to cling film, tin foil and plastic bags. They also do vegan friendly alternatives to our beeswax wraps which are made using wax sourced from the natural Candelilla plant.
Hilda’s Homemades is a family business producing a high quality range of award winning marmalades, conserves, chutneys and jellies, located near the village of Summerhill where they grow their own fruit. All products are made in small batches with no additives, colourings or preservatives.
Oriel Sea Salt
Oriel Sea Salt, located in Port Oriel, Clogherhead, harvests a mineral sea salt with a taste profile that is full of intensity and depth. 100% Irish Natural Sea Salt, harvested through a sealed system to retain the taste and depth of flavour while also retaining all the other minerals making it a healthier option with less sodium.
Maria is known across Ireland for her colourful variety of Irish Speciality and Heritage Potatoes with the top chefs in the country using her products. She began growing purple potatoes in 2015 and now offers six varieties of potatoes and has also started to produce delicious purple sprouting broccoli. Available to order online.
Garlic Peter and Maria Collier, produce heritage Irish Garlic on their a 100-acre farm in Co. Louth. They are the largest grower of garlic and scapes in Ireland with their product range including garlic gloves, garlic scapes, smoked and unsmoked elephant garlic and asparagus. This year they have fabulous hampers and handcrafted chopping boards.
Silly Sids creates homemade ice cream from their Holstein Friesian dairy herd. They are the first company in Ireland using fresh milk from their farm to produce rolled ice cream at markets and festivals. They are now shipping a range of premium ice cream in 750ml tubs.
Hogan’s Farm is a family run turkey farm who offer a range of products all year round, and are best known for their award winning Free-Range Woodland Bronze Turkeys that are exclusively reared for Christmas. The Hogan family have been rearing and producing turkeys for over 55 years.
Killua Castle Foods
Killua Castle Foods, under stewardship of the Krause family, is farmed in a sustainable and responsible manner with a focus on red deer, rare breed cattle, sheep and goats. They are fully committed to a high quality standard that is traceable from farm to fork. They are best known for their delicious venison range of products.
The Smokin’ Butcher
Award-winning butchers based in Ashbourne, led by Butcher Hugh Maguire also known as “The Smokin’ Butcher”. Hugh is dedicated and passionate about local, fresh & innovative Irish produce. He is known for his award winning Smoked Black Puddings, European Champion sausages to Irish Dry Aged Steaks which are available for home delivery.
Boann Distillery produces a range of triple distilled Irish single malt and Irish pot still whiskey from three handmade bespoke copper pot stills. From milling to mashing, distilling, maturing and bottling, every elegant mouthful of Boann Single Malt and pot still whiskey and craft gin, is created at their unique family distillery.
Coole Swan is an exquisite mix of full single-malt Irish whiskey, real white Belgian chocolate and fresh dairy cream. It hails from the rich pasture land of Co. Meath where Mary Sadlier and Philip Brady’s family business is run from a converted barn on their fourth-generation family farm.
Dan Kelly’s Cider
Dan Kelly’s Cider is made from apples harvested in Boyne Grove Fruit Farm, their own family farm in the Boyne Valley at Drogheda, owned by the family since 1962. They are one of only a few cider producers in Ireland to grow their own fruit. Their apples are blended to ensure the full fruit flavour comes through in their craft cider.
Sixling Gin, owned by husband and wife Tom & Nicola Grills, is Ireland’s first and only cloudberry gin. They source their cloudberries from Scandinavia and use locally sourced Cooley Mountain elderflower with an additional 8 botanicals. This superb combination creates a truly unique fruity floral gin with a smooth herbal finish.
Slane Irish Whiskey is a smooth spirit of natural character with untamed notes of oak and spice from a signature triple casked blend. From the family Conyngham of Slane Castle, the barrel-raising art of BrownForman, and the proud people of Slane Village, this is a whiskey for those living the stories that will be told for generations to come.
The Cider Mill
The Cider Mill is situated on an old Georgian farmhouse and orchards in Stackallan, Slane, where they produce the award Winning Cockagee Irish Cider. Available at the weekly Rock Farm Slane Market and also to buy on line on the Bru Brewery online shop Farm Slane Market.
Jeremy & Alona are the team behind the delicious hand-made creations from Merci Beaucoup Cakes. They specialize in French patisseries, desserts, macarons and tarts and their attention to detail is award winning. Order online via their Facebook Shop for local delivery and watch out for their pop up shops.
Unglu-d is a dedicated Gluten Free business. It started as a pop up shop and from that developed a global following of Coeliacs and Gluten Freers. They now have their own range of sauces. They also share recipes and keep customers updated on new products and events happening in Ireland and elsewhere.
Lily Chen is originally from the Fujian province, where she was reared on quality leaf tea. Over the years she has developed a strong passion and knowledge for quality tea served in the most natural way. Thanks to the accessibility to the best tea farms in China, Lily only selects the finest tea leaves for her customers.
A small family business, which began in 1998, based in Dunleer who prepares specialty teas in the Artisan way. Their tea is carefully selected from the best tea gardens in the world and is then hand packed by their skilled team creating a range of quality specialty teas.
McEntee’s Tea is unmistakably Irish, rich in tradition with a strength and flavour consistent with their commitment to sourcing from only the world’s finest tea gardens.
Studio Coffee Roasters
This husband and wife team, Alan and Louise, are specialised Award - winning boutique coffee roasters. They seek out the finest single origin speciality grade coffee and roast in small batches. The ethos of the company is very much directed by sustainability & ethical and organic sourcing and now offer a wide range of quality coffee.
The Buddha Home Bakery is located in Slane.
A Breton chef living in Ireland for 22 years, Goulwen started the Buddha Home Bakery out of a passion for baking. He brings his knowledge as a pastry chef to create quality artisan products made with love and care.
Available to order online at Neighbourhood Food Slane for collection at Rock Farm Farmer’s Market.
Phoenix Delite make gorgeous Luxury Handmade Belgian Chocolates and Truffles. Luxury Sugar Free Handmade Chocolates for Diabetics and people who want to maintain a healthy weight.
Nick's Fish is Ireland's leading family Fishmongers. Fresh Fish and seafood from daily around the country. Visit their retail store in Ashbourne or shop on their online shop.
BRÚ Brewery, located in Trim, Co. Meath. Produce includes Lagers, Pale Ale, Red Ale, IPA and Stout. Quality produce made with passion. At BRÚ, they will always go that bit further, to ensure our customers are spoiled for taste. They also stock a range of other locally produced drinks in their online shop.
Bakealicious is a small cafe and bakery in Navan, Co. Meath. Spelt cakes and breads. Gluten, dairy, egg, sugar free cakes. Bakealicious, you will always find a beautiful selection of spelt cakes and bakes on offer, as well as their delicious brunch and lunch menu. They ship nationwide.
Boyne Valley Flavour’s Getaways & Food Experiences
What better gift for a food lover than a foodie adventure to look forward to in 2021? There are so many special places to visit and experience in this magical part of Ireland. All our members are dedicated to featuring as much locally produced food & drink across their menus so you know when you stay in or visit one of our member’s venues you are guaranteed to experience the flavours of the Boyne Valley.
A great location for a short getaway or a longer stay to really discover all the ancient mythical secrets the Boyne Valley has to offer. There are many fantastic food experiences to enjoy throughout the region and although many have been forced to remain closed this year they will hopefully be able to reopen once more in 2021.
Below we have some gift card ideas from our Hotel, Restaurant, Cafe, Self Catering & Food Experiences members.
Slane Food Circle
Join the award winning artisan producers of Slane Food Circle- Rock Farm Slane, The Cider Mill, Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheese and Newgrange Gold for an unforgettable day visiting their farms, learning about their products and most importantly tasting their delicious products!
Listoke Gin School
Listoke Distillery have two fantastic things to offer-
The Gin School offers the exciting experience of making your own bottle of gin! For €95 per person, it lasts 3 hours and you will receive a distillery tour, followed by everyone choosing from hundreds of botanicals to make their own bottle of gin. While the gin is distilling you will sample some delicious local foods such as meats, cheeses, breads, dips. This experience is a bottomless gin and tonic experience!
Headfort Arms Hotel
The Headfort Arms Hotel offers a great array of Headfort Golfing, Activity & Spa packages.
The Vanilla Pod Restaurant offers Award-Winning Dining Experiences and Cafe Therese, Headfort Lounge and traditional Kelltic Bar offer more casual but not fewer quality options, all using locally sourced produce from the impressive display of Boyne Valley Producers.
The Headfort Spa Rooms offer a vast range of treatments using Irish peat-based products, bridal packages and much more.
A voucher for Headfort Arms ticks a lot of boxes and is sure to go down a treat! This year they also have a range of Headfort Hampers, full of delicious treats.
Located in the Cornmarket in Navan Co.Meath Bakealcious offers delicious bakes with an extensive Christmas menu with all the favourites such as Christmas cake and mince pies available to order. They also offer a beautiful afternoon tea experience.
Scholars Hotel in Drogheda Co.Louth offers vouchers for a range of fabulous dining experiences and overnight stays. A perfect base from which to explore the Boyne Valley.
Give them a gift they’ll love this Christmas, with a Tankardstown Gift Voucher.
Available to use for Dining, Afternoon Tea, Overnight Stays or Spa Treatments.
Conyngham Arms Hotel
Located in the centre of Slane Co.Meath Conygham Arm’s Gift vouchers are always a welcome treat as they can be used against restaurant meals, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, overnight accommodation, weekend or midweek breaks or special offers that may be available from time to time.
The Cross Guns Gastropub
Give the gift of a delicious feast at The Cross Guns, a gastropub serving the best of Boyne Valley produce.
These unique 5 star whitewashed seaside cottages are situated on the famous six mile sandy beach between the villages of Bettystown and Laytown, just 25 minutes from Dublin Airport, making them the perfect base from which to explore the hidden treasures of the Boyne Valley and Ireland’s Ancient East. An ideal getaway for a relaxing stay in the Boyne Valley.
The Glyde Inn
The famous Glyde Inn is renowned for its fabulous menu featuring lots of local seafood and produce. Located in the scenic village of Annagassan it is a must visit in the Boyne Valley.
East Coast Cookery School
East Coast Cookery School gift vouchers are a wonderful present for that special someone in your life. They can be used on any of their fantastic online Cooking Classes.
The Central is an award winning, multi-purpose venue featuring 7 bars, a restaurant, heated beer gardens and a cafe – all conveniently located in the heart of Navan town centre.
The Central supports local business with over 90% of food, suppliers and contractors sourced within Co. Meath
The Bective Restaurant in Kells Co.Meath is a relaxed, atmospheric restaurant in the heritage town of Kells.The Bective specialises in Irish beef and fish, with over 90% of food sourced within County Meath.
A gift of a tour of Slane Distillery will be appreciated by many. Learn all about the production of Slane Whiskey and then enjoy a cocktail in their historic bar.
This much loved family run venue has many special features, one of which is that they provide their own beef for the restaurant from their own herd of beef cattle so we would highly recommend their amazing steaks!
The Spotted Dog
Brothers Brendan (chef) and Vincent (manager) provide a wide range of menu options catering to vegetarians and vegans as well as several gluten free options, something new and exciting in Dundalk. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a cosy modern style restaurant.
The Spotted Dog pride themselves on their food and service, using mainly locally sourced produce throughout the menu. As well as supporting local businesses and suppliers they aim to provide their customers with a relaxed comfortable and welcoming atmosphere and an excellent dining experience.
Farm Tours Ireland
Farm Tours Ireland’s Boyne Valley Food Tour includes a visit to three local producers, Tasting Menu in the Monasterboice Inn and a quick stop at the Monasterboice Round Tour allowing you to experience the best of Ireland's Ancient East. Meet with artisan food producers, hear the story of their product and production, tour the premises, and of course, sample the goods!
The Lawrence Hotel
The Lawrence is a Boutique event location, offering old world bar, 1920’s Room,luxury accommodation, and outdoor courtyard. As suggested by the name, this venue celebrates the local connection with Lawrence of Arabia.
The Gastro offering is sourced at local Markets and in collaboration with the Boyne Valley flavours series. The food style offered is a Gastro fusion of food styles, overseen by Chef Jeff Norman.
Earl’s Kitchen is a bustling little café in the centre of Navan. Owned and run by award winning chef, Sandra Earl, their mission has always been to serve fresh and delicious high quality food. They have fabulous Christmas Hampers, Cakes, Puddings & lots more festive foods currently on offer.