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Watching a colorful parade. Enjoying a plate of corned beef and cabbage and a pint of green beer at the pub. Wearing green to an after-work party. These are just a few of the traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebrations that won’t be happening this year because of the pandemic. However, there are still plenty of ways to share the fun of March 17 with your friends and family members.
There’s an old saying that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ve put together a list of gift ideas to get your loved ones in the green spirit.
One way to spread the magic of St. Patrick’s Day is by giving gifts to your loved ones. Freda Hayes of Blarney Woolen Mills, an Irish goods store in Blarney, Ireland, tells us that you can pass on the luck of the Irish by gifting something green.
“Shamrock grows freely in the gardens of Ireland,” Hayes says, “but there is probably a garden center near you that sells shamrock plants.” She also recommends a home celebration that includes “plenty of Irish music and dancing and lots of traditional Irish food on the table.” She suggests serving up heaping amounts of traditional Irish stew and lots of spuds (potatoes).
St. Patrick’s Day gifts for the home
Green is the color associated with Ireland, which is nicknamed the Emerald Isle. This St. Patrick’s Day, why not decorate your home with green shamrocks, green leprechauns, and green flowers? Here are some gift ideas.
This lovely holiday arrangement features green and white blooms in a willow basket tied with a pretty shamrock ribbon. Send it as a gift or enjoy it as a centerpiece on your own table.
You can personalize this canvas print with two lines of text. It comes in five sizes ranging from 8 x 8 to 24 x 24 and is sure to be something your lucky recipient will treasure all year long.
These washable placemats come in a set of four and feature cute Irish owls wearing leprechaun hats. For an added dose of luck, there are horseshoes on them, too!
St. Patrick’s Day gifts for the wardrobe
Part of the St. Patrick’s Day lore is that wearing green on March 17 brings good luck. Others say it helps you avoid being pinched by a mischievous leprechaun!
Face masks are part of our daily fashion these days, so here’s your chance to change up yours for St. Paddy’s Day and beyond. This set of five masks from Blarney Woolen Mills features double-layered cotton and an all-over shamrock pattern.
Another fun way to wear the green is on your feet with these green and white shamrock socks from J. Crew.
Keep that lucky new addition to the family safe from a leprechaun’s pinch with this personalized bodysuit. It’s made of 100 percent cotton jersey and is available in sizes six months to 18 months.
Share the luck of the Irish with this sweet, delicate shamrock bracelet. Make a wish as you tie the bracelet around your wrist and when it falls off, your wish is supposed to come true!
Going green just for the fun of it
Sweet treats – especially if they are green in color – are the perfect way to mark St. Patrick’s Day. You can make a batch of delicious homemade cookies, of course, but you may not be able to resist these ideas.
You can create your very own pot of gold complete with chocolate coin candy and this tutorial.
Combine the good luck vibes of fortune cookies and Irish symbols with these hand-dipped customized fortune cookies. (You’ll love the cute leprechaun faces, shamrocks, and green sprinkles!)
Everybody loves popcorn. And when you call it “Leprecorn,” it just can’t miss for some good munching on March 17.
Festive and juicy, these strawberries — one dozen in all — arrive dipped and drizzled for someone very lucky to savor. If you like these treats, you’ll also enjoy the St. Patrick’s Good Luck Pot.
Coloring the future green
Irish Heritage Tree
Here’s a unique way to honor someone you love. In cooperation with IrishCentral and the Irish Tree Council, the Irish Heritage Tree program will plant a tree in County Tipperary, Ireland in that person’s honor and send you a certificate of dedication.
“IrishCentral actually launched the Irish Heritage Tree during the pandemic,” says Toby McCoy, spokesperson for Irish Heritage Tree. “We reflected on all the Irish around the world who would be unable to make their annual visit and envisioned this endeavor as a way for them to connect with Ireland by planting a tree in honor of a loved one or in celebration of a family occasion or holiday.”
The organization hopes to plant 100,000 trees in various locations of Ireland this year.