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An Overview Of Irish Gifts

Aug 17, 2007
Today many people are turning to shopping for Irish products to find artistic and meaningful gifts. Many Irish products use special Celtic designs that date back over 5,000 years. Each of these traditional Irish designs has a special meaning or story attached to their creation. Because Irish designs are made to be so meaningful, Irish products make great gifts for special occasions.

When you are shopping for some Irish gifts, you must first consider your location and the type of product you wish to purchase. Some people prefer to visit Ireland to find Irish gifts. It may feel more authentic to purchase gifts directly from Ireland shops. Do not fret if you cannot afford to visit Ireland to purchase gifts. There are many other methods you can use and there are many Irish stores located all over the world.

The most convenient way for purchasing Irish gifts today is to use the Internet. Large numbers of web sites with an assortment of Irish gift shops are available online. You can view pictures of the products and order directly from most Irish shopping websites. The shipping costs may differ widely, depending on where you are located and where the Irish shop is located. You may order from a shop in Ireland and pay more for shipping, or you may order from an Irish shop that is closer to your location.

When you visit an Irish gift shop or website, you will notice a variety of Irish products that you can purchase. The most popular items seem to be jewelry, especially rings and necklaces. Irish jewelry is usually made from either gold or silver. Artwork and other display items are also popular Irish gifts.

Authentic Handmade Clay pipes presented in a high quality box with parchment history scroll are also very popular gifts. Maps of Ireland made from slate that has been salvaged from one of the fast disappearing derelict old cottage ruins dotted around Ireland. Craftsmen have spent many long hours selecting and restoring the most suitable pieces to finish these in the craft decoupage to make them a lasting and pleasing decoration.

The Celtic Cross, like the Shamrock and Harp, is symbolic of Ireland and its Celtic heritage. Though used by early Christian monks (600 A.D.) to mark the limits of an ecclesiastical enclosure, around 800 A.D. its primary use was a visual one in the propagation of Christianity. It was in the period 800 A.D. that the Celtic Cross with a circle surrounding the vertical and horizontal bars was popularized. The now familiar ring added to the simple Latin Cross and interlacing similar to those in the Book of Kells, Durrow and other such manuscripts of the period began to appear on the Crosses as also episodes recorded in the Gospels resulting with the Celtic Cross sometimes being referred to as a Scripture Cross.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is a business consultant and author for many online and offline businesses and lives in Navarre Florida with his 16 year old son. For a great selection of irish gifts go to http://www.uniqueirishgifts.com
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