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Looking For A Novel Gift Idea This Year?

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Christmas gift ideas, Gift product reviews | Posted on 16-09-2010

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Here at we spend a lot of time tirelessly trawling online, forever on the lookout for the latest unique and unusual gifts to bring to you. And this time we think we’ve found another sure winner!

Our personalised books for children have been a great success over the last few years, so when we saw personalised classic novels, we knew they’d be a hit.

You can choose between (to name just a few) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, Dracula, Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Sherlock Holmes classic, The Hound of Baskerville.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Personalised Novel

The plot remains the same, the only thing that changes is that it could be you following the yellow brick road, or your brother hunting vampires in the darkest depths of Transylvania, or your best friend starring in one of the best-loved romances of all time alongside her own Mr Darcy! Or if you’re brave enough, how about your mother-in-law starring as The Wicked Witch of the West!

It may sound complicated, but getting yourself inside one of the classics is as easy as selecting who out of your friends and family should make up the cast list for your favourite book, entering their details on our online order form and before you know it you’ll receive a uniquely tweaked edition of a literary classic.

It’s all pretty much straight forward to complete online, and you can even have the book dated and dedicated to the person you’re sending it to.

(Just remember, they take 14-28 days to print, so order now or as soon as possible if you’ve already got Christmas in the back of your mind.)

See the full collection of Personalised Novels in our personalised book section.

Personalised Christmas Gifts

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Christmas gift ideas, Gift product reviews | Posted on 28-10-2009

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Hi All,

Our Christmas Gift Collection is growing!

Here’s a great collection of personalised christmas gifts for the up and coming Christmas season. From Ornaments to Christmas Stockings to Santa’s Gift Sack all are exquisitely personalised with your recipient’s name. They take a few days to deliver due to the custom work involved so now is the perfect time to get them in before the Christmas madness. Oh, forgot to mention… free shipping on all of the above mentioned items!

Talk soon,

The Team

Christmas Hampers Launched for 2008!

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Christmas gift ideas, Company News | Posted on 17-10-2008

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Our new hampers for the up and coming season are now available for preview!

Click here and you’ll find some of our exciting new hamper designs and gift baskets for the up-and-coming 2008 Christmas period. All hampers will be available on the website for purchase from 1st November 2008, however you can now reserve your requirements. For corporate orders, enquiries and samples, please contact our corporate sales team on 01-4000365 or email

Christmas Hampers

Why buy a Hamper?
Hampers make great gifts for all business associates, friends and family. Imagine the delight as your recipient opens the basket an uncovers each delicious item one by one. Larger hampers also make great family gifts with many products to ensure suitable treats for all family members to share. Finally, hampers can be enjoyed over a prolonged period, such as the holiday season.

Christmas Hampers

Why buy a Birchall’s Hamper?

Simply put, we’re the best in the business – read why our hampers make the ultimate gift…

We insist on the use of only the highest quality products and taste test everything to ensure our high standard is maintained. Many gourmet products are sourced from Irish indigenous suppliers. Using strict QC procedures, all expiry dates are carefully monitored and dispatched well in advance of these dates to ensure the recipient can enjoy the goods at their leisure. Our hamper contents are modified each year, should you wish to give a similarly priced hamper to the same recipient.

Christmas Hampers

When gift-giving, presentation is paramount and our hampers arrive exquisitely presented. Following our production designs, each product has a special place in that particular basket with decorative sizzlepak and biodegradable loose fill added where necessary. We then shrink-wrap all open baskets to secure the products. Finally each hamper is placed into individually ‘fragile’ labelled shipping boxes for secure transport.

Christmas Hampers

We use high quality hand-made wicker baskets manufactured to our specifications. They are not only attractive, but also provide a very practical means of storage, be it in the kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom or playroom. These make a great gift in themselves.

Christmas Hampers

We use reliable nationwide carriers, each parcel is fully insured and can be tracked and traced. If there are any delays, we can contact the couriers directly for fast resolution. All individual orders received before 2pm are dispatched that same day and delivered within 1 to 2 days anywhere in Ireland. Shipping costs a flat fee of €9.95 for up to 5 hampers/gifts!

Christmas Hampers

All hampers can include your own corporate literature / complimentary slips. Alternatively, we can include individual greetings in each hamper on standard gift cards.

Christmas Hampers

Although Christmas is our busiest period, provides a professional hamper and gift service all year round. We’re here to assist you with all your corporate and personal gift requirements whenever you need us.

Christmas Hampers

Buy gifts online and pay in cash offline with Go&Pay

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Christmas gift ideas, Company News | Posted on 05-08-2008


go&pay™ is a revolutionary new system that enables our customers to buy gifts & hampers online at and then pay offline at any An Post post office in Ireland using cash.

How It Works...

Ideal for those who do not have a credit card yet and wish to shop for great gifts and hampers, the go&pay™ system has been integrated into our website. When ordering online, select the go&pay™ payment option during checkout. A unique barcode will be generated which, once printed, effectively reserves the required goods for you until you take your printed barcode voucher to any Post Office in Ireland and pay, offline.

Stuck for words? Christmas greetings…

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Christmas gift ideas, Greetings messages for all occasions | Posted on 05-12-2007

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Stuck for words on your greeting card? We’ve comprised a number of suitable greetings for Christmas cards…

  • Wishing you a very merry Christmas.
  • Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas.
  • Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas & prosperous New Year.
  • Wishing your family peace and love at Christmas and always.
  • Wishing you the love, peace, and joy that the true meaning of Christmas brings.
  • May your holiday season be blessed with the true meaning of Christmas.
  • May the timeless message of Christmas fill your heart and home with joy today and throughout the coming year.
  • Wishing you and your loved ones all the wonder and magic of Christmas.
  • May you have the spirit of Christmas which is peace, the gladness of Christmas which is hope and the heart of Christmas which is love.

The History of Christmas

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Christmas gift ideas, History of gift giving occasions | Posted on 01-12-2007

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The history of Christmas dates back over 4000 years. Many of our Christmas traditions were celebrated centuries before the Christ child was born. The 12 days of Christmas, the bright fires, the yule log, the giving of gifts, carnivals(parades) with floats, carolers who sing while going from house to house, the holiday feasts, and the church processions can all be traced back to the early Mesopotamians.

Many of these traditions began with the Mesopotamian celebration of New Years. The Mesopotamians believed in many gods, and as their chief god – Marduk. Each year as winter arrived it was believed that Marduk would do battle with the monsters of chaos. To assist Marduk in his struggle the Mesopotamians held a festival for the New Year. This was Zagmuk, the New Year’s festival that lasted for 12 days.

The Mesopotamian king would return to the temple of Marduk and swear his faithfulness to the god. The traditions called for the king to die at the end of the year and to return with Marduk to battle at his side.

To spare their king, the Mesopotamians used the idea of a “mock” king. A criminal was chosen and dressed in royal clothes. He was given all the respect and privileges of a real king. At the end of the celebration the “mock” king was stripped of the royal clothes and slain, sparing the life of the real king.

The Persians and the Babylonians celebrated a similar festival called the Sacaea. Part of that celebration included the exchanging of places, the slaves would become the masters and the masters were to obey.

Early Europeans believed in evil spirits, witches, ghosts and trolls. As the Winter Solstice approached, with its long cold nights and short days, many people feared the sun would not return. Special rituals and celebrations were held to welcome back the sun.

In Scandinavia during the winter months the sun would disappear for many days. After thirty-five days scouts would be sent to the mountain tops to look for the return of the sun. When the first light was seen the scouts would return with the good news. A great festival would be held, called the Yuletide, and a special feast would be served around a fire burning with the Yule log. Great bonfires would also be lit to celebrate the return of the sun. In some areas people would tie apples to branches of trees to remind themselves that spring and summer would return.

The ancient Greeks held a festival similar to that of the Zagmuk/Sacaea festivals to assist their god Kronos who would battle the god Zeus and his Titans.

The Roman’s celebrated their god Saturn. Their festival was called Saturnalia which began the middle of December and ended January 1st. With cries of “Jo Saturnalia!” the celebration would include masquerades in the streets, big festive meals, visiting friends, and the exchange of good-luck gifts called Strenae (lucky fruits).

The Romans decked their halls with garlands of laurel and green trees lit with candles. Again the masters and slaves would exchange places.

“Jo Saturnalia!” was a fun and festive time for the Romans, but the Christians though it an abomination to honor the pagan god. The early Christians wanted to keep the birthday of their Christ child a solemn and religious holiday, not one of cheer and merriment as was the pagan Saturnalia.

But as Christianity spread they were alarmed by the continuing celebration of pagan customs and Saturnalia among their converts. At first the Church forbid this kind of celebration. But it was to no avail. Eventually it was decided that the celebration would be tamed and made into a celebration fit for the Christian Son of God.

Some legends claim that the Christian “Christmas” celebration was invented to compete against the pagan celebrations of December. The 25th was not only sacred to the Romans but also the Persians whose religion Mithraism was one of Christianity’s main rivals at that time. The Church eventually was successful in taking the merriment, lights, and gifts from the Saturanilia festival and bringing them to the celebration of Christmas.

The exact day of the Christ child’s birth has never been pinpointed. Traditions say that it has been celebrated since the year 98 AD. In 137 AD the Bishop of Rome ordered the birthday of the Christ Child celebrated as a solemn feast. In 350 AD another Bishop of Rome, Julius I, choose December 25th as the observance of Christmas.

Shop Now, Ship Later for Christmas Gifts

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Christmas gift ideas | Posted on 01-11-2007

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Our shipping option for Christmas Delivery is no available. Simply logo to, choose from our gift selection and during checkout select ‘Christmas Delivery’. Your products will be reserved and dispatched in mid-December, just in time for Christmas!

New 2007/2008 Hamper Range Launched…

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in Christmas gift ideas, Gift product reviews | Posted on 15-10-2007

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Packed full of delicious gourmet treats and awarding winning wines, the new Birchall’s Gift Baskets hampers are now ready to ship! See all hampers now >>

As before the entire range is available in various themed collections, such as our ever-popular classic collection featuring the very best in Irish gourmet foods. See our classic collection hampers >>

Aoife HamperChildren of Lir HamperFionn mac Cumhail Hamper

Whether for morning breakfast, afternoon tea or Saturday night snacking, our contemporary collection is sure to please any recipient. Also back by popular demand, our updated Chocolicious and Super-Chocolicious baskets.
See our contemporary gift basket collection >>

Saturday Night Gift Basket

Our fine wine basket range has increased in variety as we have added some more wonderful wines from around the world. See our wine baskets and gifts>>