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What To Buy In Dublin Airport, Ireland - Updated 2020

what to buy in dublin airport
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Listed as Europe’s 13th busiest airport, Dublin airport is an international airport in Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. Inaugurated in 1940, this airport initially had severe restrictions on international flights due to World War II. After the war ended there were major expansions in services at the Dublin airport. Over the years increased demand for business travel and a boost in tourism has led to many improvements and enhancements in this state-of-art international airport. There are two terminals, each with a range of shopping services. In case you have a long wait at the Dublin Airport, you can spend the time shopping to pamper yourself, pick up souvenirs, and collect treats for friends and loved ones back home. Read on for a list of things to buy in Dublin Airport, Ireland.

1. Christmas ornaments


Traveling through Dublin Airport during Christmas season gives you the perfect opportunity to pick up some beautifully crafted Irish Christmas tree decorations. At the House of Ireland outlet in Terminal 1, you can choose from romantic Newbridge silver decors, ceramic tree ornaments, nativity, and figurines, candles, and even votives. Many other lifestyle stores have a Christmas decor corners that you can browse through for Christmas-themed gifts and memorabilia. Spice up your Christmas tree with decorations from Ireland.

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2. Postcards

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Postcards are personal, affordable, quirky, and cute gifts that are guaranteed to make the recipient smile, especially in today’s digital world. Surprise your loved ones with postcards from Ireland with handwritten notes. You can pick up the postcards from Hughes & Hughes, WH Smith, or any of the other bookstores in the airport. And, there are convenient self-service postage machines in both Terminal 1 and 2 where you can get Irish stamps as well. Say hello from Ireland!

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3. Guinness souvenirs


Guinness merchandise is the perfect kitschy little item that you can take back for your friends from Ireland. And if you haven’t been able to buy some during your trip don’t worry. Guinness Export House, a vibrant Guinness brand store in Terminal 2, brings to you the best of the brand. From specialty beers to Guinness mini pint glasses, travel mugs and even Guinness-branded chocolates and toffees - you can find that little gift to suit every taste. And while shopping for souvenirs, you can also enjoy a refreshing pint.

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4. Irish handmade pottery


Irish ceramics is popular among travelers. Anyone who has held a magical Irish ceramic cup in their hand knows that the Irish potter somehow captures the sea, surf, wild beauty, and raw cliffs through clay and glaze. From functional crockery to home decor - there is a lot to choose from. And, if you are short of space something quaint and small like a teabag holder is a perfect choice. The House of Ireland store stocks Belleek Pottery (the brand that has been making exclusive hand-crafted pieces for over seven years) as well as other ceramic products.

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5. Shamrock towels


A shamrock is a young sprig used by Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick, as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity. It is also the symbol of Ireland. Towels, napkins, and other linen with shamrock prints make for charming gifts. The bright green prints are really cute and pleasing. Since the shamrock motif was very popular during Victorian times, it gives a nice vintage touch to your souvenir. You can find these at House of Ireland and The Loop outlets.

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6. The Irish whiskey collection


Great poets like Brendan Behan have been inspired by Irish whiskey. It has captured the imagination of artists, sparked political debates, and added cheer to many celebrations. This makes it a perfect souvenir from a trip to Ireland. For a really special gift, select rarer brands and special blends that are not available outside Ireland. The Irish Whiskey Collection store stocks an impressive range of local whiskeys. If you need some expert advice, talk to the in-store whiskey and gin ambassadors to buy the perfect bottle.

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7. Irish craft items


The emerald island is the perfect setting to inspire artists and crafters, which is why Irish crafts make for charming gifts and home decor. You can buy the whimsical whiskey stones - souvenirs hewn from pale green and grey marble found only in Connemara in western Ireland. Other interesting craft items include handmade candles, toys made of Irish tweed, Celtic ornaments, incense burners, lucky charms, and vibrant stained glass decors. These charming items are like taking home a bit of Ireland with you. And, you can find them at House of Ireland and The Loop outlets.

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8. Makeup accessories

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The Loop at Dublin airports is the perfect place to stock up on makeup accessories. They have the best of international brands and you get 15% to 40% off on makeup products and accessories. Choose makeup accessories by a host of brands including Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Ciara Daly, La Mer, Lancôme, and MAC. The MAC store offers complimentary walk-in demos which will allow you to try out the brushes and makeup that you want to buy.

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9. Perfumes

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Perfumes, in their beautiful bottles and packaging, makes for a very personalized gift. It has a timeless charm to it. And, if you find yourself at Dublin Airport with time on your hand, then shopping for fragrances is a great choice. The Loop in Dublin airport offers a variety of fragrances at 15 to 40 percent discount. Choose from Bath and Shower, Eau de Cologne, Eau de Parfum, Eau de toilette, and exclusive gift sets.

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10. Woolens


Knitwear and winterwear from Ireland is a warm and cozy buy for yourself or a loved one. Traditionally knit by fishermen, it is said they would weave in family patterns to identify the washed-up bodies of the drowned. Available in natural wool and synthetics, it is easy to get woolens at all budgets. You can buy sweaters, gloves, scarves, and hats. If you have ample space, then splurge on woolen throws in a bright tradition pattern. These are both functional and sentimental - making them the perfect gift.

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Memories of Ireland

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Source: Photo by user Jean Housen used under CC BY-SA 3.0

You will be spoilt for choice at Dublin Airport. Pick up your favorite souvenirs as gifts for friends and family back home. Use our list above as a recommendation for the things to buy in Dublin Airport, Ireland.

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Seema Misra is an artist and writer. She has over nine years of experience in various writing fields including instructional design, editing, technical writing, business writing, travel writing,...Read more

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