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Bean and Goose make chocolate at Last Tree Farm in the Wexford countryside using the traditional technique of hand tempering on marble slabs to bring our customers the very best in Irish chocolate. We spoke to some of stockists around the country to get their take on the most wonderful time of the year and how they like to do Christmas in-store. They also talk us through great gift suggestions for this year, with sustainability, self-care and a little bit of indulgence being the themes of the season.

Paula, The Wilds

23 Weafer St, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

The Christmas season is such a special time for us, and we try to create a lovely, but relaxed, festive atmosphere.

Bean and Goose Stockists The Wilds Enniscorthy Ireland Wexford

It is our busiest season, particularly in the shop where we sell a selection of vintage and new furniture, homewares, kids’ toys, handmade skincare, luxury gifts and artisan foods.

We start researching and planning months in advance for our Christmas season. We try to source new products that are suitable for gifting and for feasting and celebrating Christmas at home. We love to enhance people’s experience in the build up to Christmas, whether that means escaping the madness with a quiet cup of coffee and a Bean & Goose Bar Beag, or joining in the festivities of our Christmas fair, we hope that the experience is meaningful and memorable.

Bean and Goose Stockists The Wilds Enniscorthy Ireland Wexford

Our decor is normally fairly understated with a strong Scandi influence and this year we have used a lot of natural foliage from the fields and gardens of family and friends in our festive decorations around the shop and café. Our statement centrepiece in the shop is a stunning display of pampas grasses, eucalyptus, hydrangea and berries and is a lovely example of how you can incorporate nature’s beauty into your Christmas decorating at home. Our product ranges are made up of natural colours and materials inspired by the landscape, the sea and the wilds of Wexford, hence the name!

Bean and Goose Stockists The Wilds Enniscorthy Ireland Wexford

We love and support Irish design and craft and champion local produce, both on our menus in the café and on our shop shelves. We recently received the Georgina Campbell ‘Just Ask’ award for our dedicated use of local and Irish produce in the café. Sustainability is very important to us, so much of what we sell is handmade or produced in Ireland, (or handmade overseas by artisan producers under fair trade agreements or by family owned companies). We are blessed to have such a wealth of designers and makers here in Ireland, offering unique products born out of a passion for what they do. We put so much of our hearts into our own business and we choose to work with and support like-minded people so that we can provide the best experience possible for our customers.

Bean and Goose Stockists The Wilds Enniscorthy Ireland Wexford

We usually recommend Irish-made gifts to our customers; we are focusing a lot of our gift selection on wellbeing and self-care this year, as well as selling products that are sustainably made and promote positivity and kindness. ‘Buy less, choose well’ is our motto. We have a selection of small batch skincare products, soy wax scented candles, essential oils and diffusers, inspiring local art prints, and of course, beautiful handmade chocolate to make you feel good from the inside out.

Bean and Goose Stockists The Wilds Enniscorthy Ireland Wexford

At Bean and Goose, we’re all about giving the gift of delish this year! Perhaps you could share some thoughts on food as a gift, and how to choose for the right person?

You simply cannot go wrong with a foodie gift! The Bean and Goose Sharing Slabs are always very popular gifts at Christmas time, as they can be shared at the table after dinner or enjoyed gradually over the holidays. Who doesn’t love to receive chocolate and even better when it is so beautifully crafted and presented? You know that you are giving something of exceptional quality that will be remembered. We also put together different types of hampers and one of our bestsellers is The Wilds of Wexford hamper, which contains only Wexford produce. Needless to say, our next door neighbours’ Bean & Goose chocolate features!

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Andy, Indigo & Cloth

9 Essex St East, Temple Bar, Dublin

Christmas season means a great deal to us. It’s a chance to see old friends back home for the holiday, as well as welcoming new people to the store.

Bean and Goose Stockists Dublin Ireland Indigo & Cloth

There’s a great atmosphere in-store with so many faces visiting. With the cafe also part of the business, it means we can get different customers interested in all kinds of products related to menswear, lifestyle, design and coffee.

We tend to start our Christmas set-up after the first week in December to avoid celebrating the festive season too early, as it can be a little over-bearing if done too soon. We’ll usually decorate our window in collaboration with a local florist, as well as some festive pieces around the store. Our product curation also helps a lot to add seasonal colour to the floor.

Bean and Goose Stockists Dublin Ireland Indigo & Cloth

We’ve got a lot going on for Christmas. We’ve been working on opening a new floor within our building for the last few months, which is set to launch at the start of December. With that opening, we’ll have a number of new brands and collaborative projects to release. We also opened our own cafe in March of this year, meaning we’ll have some very special seasonal releases in terms of coffee too. That and an exciting festive hot chocolate with Bean and Goose!

Bean and Goose Stockists Dublin Ireland Indigo & Cloth

Profiling Irish design is incredibly important to us. As an independent fashion store, it’s likely most of our customers have been to visit international stores with a similar brand curation. What makes us different is naturally our location, but also the indigenous brands we stock. It’s what sets us apart from international competitors. Being located in the heart of Temple Bar allows us to engage with a very international customer-base too, meaning it’s really important we have a good selection of Irish products.

In terms of gifting, we’re lucky to have a really wide selection of products. We’ve some of the most reputable menswear brands found internationally, unique lifestyle and design products and some of the best coffee products. All of our brands for the store and cafe change quite regularly, meaning we’re always aiming to stock the most interesting, high quality brands around.

Bean and Goose Stockists Dublin Ireland Indigo & Cloth

At Bean and Goose, we’re all about giving the gift of delish this year! Perhaps you could share some thoughts on food as a gift, and how to choose for the right person?

If deciding to go with food as a gift, we’d recommend the Bean and Goose sharing slab as a great seasonal option. For us, it encourages sharing and enjoying it with others.

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Colleen, Café Rua

New Antrim St, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Like most food and retail businesses it is the busiest time of year. It’s all about the pre-planning and expecting the unexpected!

Bean and Goose Stockists Cafe Rua Ireland Galway

I think the Christmas ‘tab’ is always open throughout the year. Always keeping a lookout for new products that we would love to stock, sourcing and planning menus etc. All our Rua products are made from scratch by our teams here, so mincemeat for pies, cranberry jars, chutneys etc and lots more have to be made in plenty of time…for maximum Flavour.

Bean and Goose Stockists Cafe Rua Ireland Galway

It’s very important to our brand to profile Irish design. There are so many superb Irish food products at the moment from cheeses to chocolate, charcuterie, nut butters and condiments most of which have really well considered, cool design and packaging, making them an instantly perfect gift.

Obviously a bar or slab of Bean and Goose is always a recommendation! Everyday items to help reduce waste is something that we will be recommending this year also, items such as reusable coffee cups, beeswax kitchen wraps and reusable lunchboxes - all of which we stock in our deli.

Bean and Goose Stockists Cafe Rua Ireland Galway

At Bean and Goose, we’re all about giving the gift of delish this year! Perhaps you could share some thoughts on food as a gift, and how to choose for the right person?

Food is always a great gift and always appreciated. We have always championed smaller, local suppliers throughout our cafe menus, so naturally this ethos extends to the shop and retail part of the business. One of our most popular hampers is our ‘Best of the West’ hamper which features lots of great food from the West of Ireland which is a great source of pride for our customers when they give this as a gift.

Bean and Goose Stockists Cafe Rua Ireland Galway

Discover our Christmas Gifting page here and give the gift of delish this year.