Mayo North’s Perfect Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is a time for giving - we're here to help you pick the perfect Christmas gift

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on! While an organised minority might have managed to do their shopping months in advance, the rest of us are starting to panic. Whether you are looking for a nice Christmas gift for your boss, loved one, family member or friend, these affordable yet fantastic gifts are sure to please!

Ballina Christmas gift guide the ice house spa voucherA voucher for a treatment in the Ice House, Ballina

With five luxurious treatment rooms, a beauty room, steam room, experience shower, relaxation room and the Spa garden with outdoor hot tubs, seaweed baths and a barrel sauna, the Ice House Hotel Chill Spa is one of Mayo’s most perfectly formed spa destinations.

What better present to pop into a loved one’s stocking than the gift of a perfect day of pampering by the River Moy?

Why not treat someone to a Swedish hot stone massage or an illuminating facial?  Guests can relax before and after treatments in the beautifully atmospheric relaxation rooms. There are also monthly special treats available!

Buy your Ice House spa voucher today by calling 096-23511 or purchase online at

Christmas gift guide Ballina the High Kings Great National Hhotel

Tickets to see The High Kings  at the Great National Hotel in January

The High Kings are an Irish folk group formed in 2008 with a wealth of history in the music business behind them.

To say that The High Kings are charting a new course for Irish ballad music – equal parts rousing and reflective, energetic and insightful – is an understatement. They are marking out a new and bright era for Irish folk music, and aiming to bring a broad demographic along for the journey. They play in the Great National Hotel, Ballina on 19th January 2018.

This would be the perfect Christmas gift for the family. A lán craic agus ceol! Tickets are available from the Great National Hotel.


 Foxford Woollen Mills Christmas gifts throws_optA textile treat from the Foxford Woollen Mills

Foxford Woollen Mills produces some of the world’s finest weaves, using traditions passed down through generations. The iconic Foxford blankets, scarves and throws are produced by master craftsmen who work in a mill that has survived for over 100 years and is one of the last working mills in Ireland.

There is a wide variety of gorgeous products to choose from, catering for male and female, young and old.

You can also avail of a tour of the mills, or enjoy a delicious lunch in its airy cafe, which specialises in using locally-sourced, fresh and seasonal ingredients, or pick up a delicious food hamper with products made on-site.

Check out Foxford Woollen Mills’ gift selection on their beautiful new website,  www.foxfordwoollenmills


Christmas Gift Guide Afternoon Tea Ballina Manor HotelAfternoon Tea overlooking the Ridge Pool in Ballina Manor Hotel

Afternoon tea in the Ballina Manor is such an indulgent treat that everyone should try, with its spectacular views over the River Moy.

Enjoy an impeccable selection of dainty freshly cut finger sandwiches, freshly baked warm scones served with homemade preserves and fresh cream, the chef’s patisserie selection and tea and coffee for only €19 for two people. What a steal!

And why not add some bubbles for an extra special experience? The perfect Christmas gift for you and a friend, loved one or family member.

Email to book or call on 096-80900

 Christmas gift guide Ballina Dillons RestaurantCosy dinner and drinks at Dillon’s Bar and Restaurant, Ballina

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the town, you’ll find the atmospheric Dillon’s courtyard an ideal place for food to chill out after a hectic year. This refreshing spot will give you an opportunity to enjoy cosy drinks and food on a crisp cold evening.

You can also enjoy an extensive a la carte menu with many imaginative dishes.

To buy a voucher or go right ahead to book a meal you can call 096-72230 or email Paul Regan (owner) at

Visit for more.


Christmas gift guide Shop local ballina chamber vouchersA Ballina Chamber Shop Local Voucher

Ballina Chamber Shop Local Vouchers can be exchanged in over 60 local businesses in Ballina for a  variety of goods and services with  restaurants, hotels, gift stores, gyms, hair and beauty salons, clothes shops and many more involved – you’ll be amazed with the selection! Available in denominations of €10, €25 and €50, they have no expiry date, nor  is there a commission charged to either users or business owners.

Employers can save 56% on staff rewards by giving employees a Shop Local Gift Voucher instead of cash. Under the Small Benefits Exemption Scheme, company Directors and Employees can receive a non-cash bonus of up to €500 in value on a completely tax free basis each year, making Shop Local Gift Vouchers the perfect Christmas bonus.

Vouchers available to purchase in Ballina Chamber and Tourist Office, Pearse St, Ballina or call 096 72800. Visit

And just like that, your holiday shopping is complete!

Photo of Ballina at Christmas: Mike Kinsella

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