Miriam’s round-up of Christmas gift ideas

Prior to this horrible pandemic invading our lives, a major part of our Christmas tradition involved shopping ‘till we dropped and giving special gifts to family and friends. And while we can still spend our money and purchase those gifts, we, as your family-focused community newspaper, felt it would be remiss of us not to add a cautionary reminder regarding coronavirus remaining infectious on different surfaces; some for hours, and others for days.

According to advice from the HSE, Covid-19 can last for up to ‘72 hours on plastic and stainless steel, less than 4 hours on copper, and less than 24 hours on cardboard’. However, now that we’ve reminded readers of those stats, we’ve put together a rousing Roscommon People round-up of gift ideas we feel should please just about everyone.


The ultimate gift

While online shopping guarantees you won’t come into contact with others, there’s nothing like getting out and about to search for that one-off ‘wow factor’ gift. Therefore, if you’re trying to impress him/her this Christmas, why not choose a luxury watch, a pair of earrings, or a stunning pendant, etc.


For the whiskey/wine connoisseur

Looking for that unforgettable gift? Then why not get onto your local off-licence today and browse their selection of wine and spirit gifts guaranteed to add a touch of sparkle to any festive occasion. As a stocking filler, add a bottle opener and a couple of novelty drinking glasses.


For the kiddies

Yes, we know Santa will bring everything on their list this year, however, what about getting them something unusual that they can cherish, like a matching fluffy dressing gown and pyjama set. Or for those who are learning to tell the time, perhaps a nice novelty clock for their bedroom locker would be appreciated. Then again, if you’ve got a book worm in your life, we suggest you could capture their curiosity by sourcing not just the latest release from their favourite author, but throw in a book voucher and you’ll be helping them to develop their imagination and broaden their minds.


For the neighbours

Spread the cheer this Christmas and grab something nice for the neighbours. After all, if Covid has taught us anything, it’s that we need to look after each other and the people living within our communities. We’re not suggesting you blow the budget, but we feel you might possibly stretch to a nice Christmas candle, a tree ornament, or perhaps a holly wreath, or even a bunch of festive blooms, all of which will help brighten someone’s day.



Give the gift of style and beauty with a voucher for their favourite hair stylist/barber/beauty salon. Then again, if you’re trying to make up for missed milestones, why not give a gift card for a meal, an afternoon tea, a day at a spa or a mini-overnight getaway in a favourite hotel? Now wouldn’t that be something unique and luxurious to look forward to in 2021.