- A Celtic Cross symbolizes the Irish belief in God's endless love.Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images
According to Stephen Walker, author of the online article "Celtic Cross History and Symbolism," while a cross is an icon of Christianity, a Celtic Cross is different because of the circle that represents God's eternal love. Give a blanket with an embroidered image of a Celtic Cross. Or, have an Irish proverb written in medieval style calligraphy and then frame it. Examples of proverbs are "A scholar's ink lasts longer than a martyr's blood" and "There's no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down." Other decoration options are metal wall hangings of Trinity Knots. If a person is of Irish descent, personalize the gift by looking up the history of the receiver's last name and framing the genealogy.
- For outdoor decor, give replicas of Ireland's flag.Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images
Give outdoor flags that are either replicas of Ireland's flag or are patterned with shamrocks and Gaelic phrases, such as "Erin Go Bragh;" which translates into "Ireland Forever." As the Irish are known for their fairy tales, give whimsical options, such as small fairy doors that can be attached to the bases of trees. Many come with sayings, such as "Ssshh...the fairies are sleeping." Another option is to give a packet of four-leaf clover seeds, so the family can grow its own shamrocks.
- Give utilitarian gifts, such as doorknockers in the shape of shamrocks.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
Gifts can be both functional and decorative. One example is a glass lamp with images of shamrocks on the shade. Or, purchase emerald green pillows and have Irish blessings embroidered on them. One traditional Irish blessing that can be found on the website Island Ireland (islandireland.com) begins with the phrase, "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back." Another idea is a doorknocker in the shape of either a shamrock or the Trinity Knot.
- Help decorate a new home or apartment with Guinness mugs in the "pub."Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images
During the Christmas season, give ornaments that are shaped like Irish cottages, glittery shamrocks, Celtic Crosses, rainbows over pots of gold or leprechaun hats. Or, there is the pub motif. Present a person with a case of Guinness mugs as well as a plaque that displays the receiver's last name and declares it is their bar. Add in coasters stamped with the person's last name, as well as Irish drinking toasts, such as "God invented whiskey so the Irish wouldn't rule the world."