St. Patrick’s Day may not be the first holiday you think of when it comes to giving gifts, but it offers a chance to celebrate your Irish heritage. There’s more to St. Patrick’s Day than wearing “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” t-shirts and drinking green beer all day long. Amidst the leprechauns, shamrocks and pots of gold is the history of St. Patrick, known for converting the Irish to Christianity through the parable of the shamrock and banishing the snakes from Ireland. In America, the holiday also honors the rich history of Irish immigrants and the struggles and discrimination they faced before finally becoming an integral part of American society. While drinking and wearing green from head to toe may be the way you choose to celebrate the holiday, it is also the perfect time to stop and reflect on your Irish roots. Look for gifts that contain a history of traditional Irish surnames or represent the religious meaning of the holiday or Irish traditions when choosing a gift for your Irish family and friends.
Irish Blessing Personalized Cross
For St. Patrick’s Day, bring Irish blessings to your female relatives and friends who are of Irish descent with this personalized cross.
Whether you are a Murphy, O’Connor, Flanagan or Doyle, this Irish Blessing Personalized Cross will help you celebrate your heritage on St. Patrick’s Day. Made from solid wood, decorated with shamrocks and personalized with your family name, this cross makes the perfect addition to any Irish home. The verse included on the cross is a traditional Irish blessing and reads:
May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
the rain fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His Hand.
Surprise older family members and history buffs with an armorial history, which contains an overview of a family name, for a unique St. Patrick’s Day gift that will celebrate their Irish heritage.
This regal looking armorial is customized to contain the coat of arms and specific details about a specific Irish surname. The document, printed on parchment paper, measures 11 x 17 inches and contains a seal of authenticity. Family members will enjoy learning of some of the more noteworthy individuals in history who bore the surname and read of the names existence from the Middle Ages to modern times. Armorial histories may be purchased with a PVC tube to help store it safely or framed to allow recipients to display it proudly in their homes.
Ladies Emerald Silver Claddagh Ring
Give your mother, wife or daughter a beautiful piece of jewelry on St. Patrick’s Day that will help her display her Irish heritage all year long.
The Claddagh ring is a traditional piece of Irish jewelry that contains symbols to represent the rich history and traditions of the Irish people. The heart represents love and is surrounded by hands on each side to represent friendship and a crown on top to represent loyalty. This particular Claddagh ring is stunning, with a synthetic diamond set in the center and synthetic diamonds it surrounding it in the shape of a heart. You may purchase the ring in sterling silver or 14K white or yellow gold. An inscription may be added to the ring for an additional low cost.