Many men have a deep attachment to Ireland. Men may have distant ancestors that came from the auld sod, or they may be first-generation immigrants, but they are all often very proud of their Irish heritage. Men that visit Ireland may have simply had a great time there on a golf trip. Men may be in love with an Irish woman, or they might be keeping up ties with family or in-laws that still live in Ireland. There are many reasons why a man would be happy with a gift from Ireland. Personally, I married an Irish woman in Ireland, visited Ireland for decades, and even lived in Ireland for years. I have both been given gifts from Ireland that I loved, and I have given men gifts from Ireland. I am happy and feel very qualified to list my favorite Irish gifts for men. It’s easy, Ireland has many manly connotations, and yet can really tug at the heartstrings. Let’s go!
Check out my favorite Irish gifts for men
Glencairn Whiskey Glasses
Most men who love Ireland love Irish whiskey, and not much is better for whiskey lovers than the perfect glass for drinking. These crystal glasses can be found in tasting events and serious whiskey bars around the world. These award-winning glasses are shaped correctly for “nosing,” with a wide base to see the colors, and to feel great in your hand. With over three million satisfied customers, many consider these the “official” glasses for the “Water of Life.” Crystal glasses in any case are a classic Irish gift.
Golfing novelty socks
Golfing rings a bell for many men, and any veteran of an Irish golfing trip would love a pair of golf socks. These socks, from Lavely, show off their “I’d rather be golfing” logo on their soles, whenever your man takes his shoes off and puts his feet up to relax. And they are “cheap and cheerful.”
Irish Tweed Patch Cap Irish gifts for men
Irish weather makes a cap pretty much required. This cap from Mucros Weavers is called “Trinity Style,” but many think of this style as a newsboy hat, or if that sounds too juvenile, a classic “auld one” hat. This very popular hat is always warm and unique, as it is made in Ireland from different patches of Irish tweed.
Biddy Murphy Leather Wallet
This Irish Leather wallet with a black Celtic design was made in Cork. Biddy Murphy is a famous Irish manufacturer with a very Irish name. Eternity knots are always a great motif in Irish design. The design is embossed onto Irish leather and is also available in brown. Your man can think Celtic thoughts each and every time he pulls out his wallet.
Silver Celtic Cross Necklace Irish gifts for men
Biddy Murphy makes this man’s crucifix jewelry in Ireland, with a double-sided Celtic cross hanging on a quality sterling silver belcher chain with a lobster claw clasp. Wearing a heavy silver cross on a chain is pretty popular with Irish men traveling around the world, and reflects the deep influence of religion on the Irish mind. This Viking / Goth design is hallmarked by the Irish Assay Office in Dublin Castle.
Irish Street Road Sign
Westman Works Girts makes this metal sign in Ireland. With a picture of the green isle of Eire, this ten-inch map sign is a “pub accent” perfect for hanging in any man cave to bring in a touch of Ireland. Directional road signs are a feature of driving through Ireland, and they are seen hanging on the wall in many pubs and homes. This one is a little meta, as it points to the whole of Ireland, but anyone who has driven the back roads of Ireland will get the joke.
Wild Goose Journey Cross
Wild Goose Studio now works with Biddy Murphy. Their bronze-coated resin plaques are very satisfying to look at and touch and give a great sense of the deep mysticism that pervades Irish culture. The Journey Cross-references the forty-day span before Easter, the journey of the cross, and shows two figures with walking sticks by a standing Celtic Cross over an eternity knot. Hard to go wrong with any Wild Goose plaque as an Irish gift, and this one is another lovely item to hang on the wall. Old Irish tradition was that every single room should have some sort of a cross hanging in it, so it is hard to have too many cross motifs. This one is lighter as it is not a traditional crucifix.
Solvar makes this thick, men’s Claddagh ring featuring the traditional two hands holding a puffed heart with a crown. This ring is sterling silver, officially hallmarked in Dublin Castle. The heart means love, the crown is for loyalty, and the hands holding the heart mean friendship. Wearing the Claddagh on the left hand with the heart facing inward signifies marriage. Wearing the ring on your right hand with the heart facing outward shows that your heart is still open. This ring could possibly be used as a wedding band but is much more of a friendship ring. Many men just wear Claddagh rings as a sign of their Irish heritage without any specific romantic meaning.
Irish Whiskey Flask Irish gifts for men
Mullingar Pewter makes this fabulous stainless steel whiskey flask in Westmeath, Ireland. Flasks are a traditional manly gift, and this one is the perfect pocket size. This flask holds five ounces of the Water of Life and says “Ireland” over a beautiful world snake Celtic design, surrounding a decorative pewter center accent. Any man who loves Ireland will love this flask.
Irish Food Gift Box
Igourmet makes this “A Little Bit of Ireland” gift box, including Irish cheeses, crackers, coffee, jam, etc. Irish men are surprisingly sensitive about their food, and many stores around the world stock different types of Irish foods to ring the nostalgia bell for the Irish palate. This version includes products from Follain and Bewleys, which are famous Irish brands.
Cadbury Hero’s Tin Irish gifts for men
Anyone who was a kid in Ireland, or just around kids in Ireland, knows and loves a big box of Cadbury candy. Technically this is a British gift, but Ireland and the Irish have a huge sweet tooth and are mad for candy, and may even have stunningly deep emotional associations with different types of candy bars. The grocery stores in Ireland fill up with candy for many occasions, and this will make an Irish man’s inner child happy around Easter, Christmas, or really any time. It is a tradition to eat too much candy more than once throughout the year. And the tin can be reused to store fishing tackle.
Irish Fisherman’s Sweater
Biddy Murphy makes this Aran Knit sweater in 100% wool. These sweaters originated on the isle of Aran. They are amazingly warm and practical for cold weather. The cream is the traditional color, so this sweater is authentic. The original Aran sweaters were knit uniquely for the man that would wear them, and each different pattern used would tell a specific story in detail about the man. For example, a certain knitting work of three rows meant that the man owned three boats, another pattern represented how many fields the man had, another two patterns meant he worked as hard as two men, etc., etc. Modern versions stray from this being 100% true, but still reference the tradition. Aran sweaters remain an awesome traditional and useful gift that will make any man feel the love when worn in cold, damp weather.
Irish Alpaca Scarf Irish gifts for men
Mucros Weavers are based in Muckross House, in Killarney National Park. Ireland has a long history of expertise and tradition in weaving, and the colors of this wonderfully soft scarf reflect the rocks, water, and greenery of Killarney. A warm scarf is a staple for an Irish man in cold weather, and this one is a work of art, with a beautiful fringe.
Croker Ireland Performance Shirt
Irish men can often be found in “performance” shirts, known for strong colors and stripes making the shirt look slightly like a superhero outfit, or a rugby or other sports shirt. These polo performance shirts are a lot of fun to wear at sports events or Saint Paddy’s Day or other Irish events. Croker is a famous Irish brand and makes this quality polo shirt in green with blue and white accents, with three buttons and an Irish shamrock logo.
Trinity College Baseball Hat Irish gifts for men
If a man is lucky and smart enough to have gone to Trinity College in Dublin, he will love this hat, Or even if he just had a friend that went there, or he enjoyed a visit to Trinity, this could hit the spot. Any man might just want an upscale Irish “gimme” hat, as in “gimme one of the hats.” Irish men love to wear baseball caps for everyday use. This cap is bottle green and has the Trinity College seal in yellow with white trim. The Trinity College Seal is pretty much as Irish as possible, including a harp, a lion, a castle, and a Bible.
The Great Golfing Gnome
Men love golf. Many Irish men love to garden. Ireland’s climate allows plants to grow all year round, which makes it easy to have lovely gardens. And most men like garden gnomes. The Twig and Flower store makes this hand-painted garden gnome out of weather-resistant polyresin. This gnome is wearing plaid trousers and a newsboy cap, sporting a beard and glasses. This could be the perfect gift, or it could be swiped from the garden and become a traveling gnome!
Donegal Celtic Cross Irish gifts for men
Design Toscano makes this impressive Donegal Celtic High Irish cross out of crushed stone mixed with durable resin and painted with UV-resistant paint for long-term outdoor use in the garden. Pretty much anyone who visits Ireland, let alone lived in Ireland, has been struck by the beauty of Celtic crosses, representing Saint Patrick’s merger of the Christian cross with the life-giving symbol of the sun. This garden cross could also be used in a memorial garden for an Irish loved one lost. It could actually be added to a graveyard, or in an upscale haunted house set up for Halloween. It’s 22 inches tall and weighs eight pounds and is covered with Celtic knot work designs.
Lucky Irish Sixpence Cufflinks
Almost every man needs cufflinks sooner or later, either for high-end dress shirts with French cuffs used for work or special occasions or just for the odd rental tuxedo when needed. Cufflinks are a great gift for men, and world cufflinks bring these to us. Lee Brother’s hand makes these beauties in Ireland from genuine old Irish sixpence coins. They are uncirculated coins in excellent shape and are graced with the images of an Irish wolfhound and the traditional Irish harp. Any man of Irish heritage will be thrilled to wear these cufflinks.
Sixpence money clip Irish gifts for men
Irish coin products are beautiful, but not everyone will appreciate the gift of cufflinks. JT6740 offers this money clip with the Irish wolfhound of the sixpence mounted on a black leather magnetic money clip, with a modern RFID blocking card holder. Everyone can use a money clip, either for full-time use or for special occasions where a full wallet is too much to carry. This version has a see-through pocket to be able to present ID without taking it out. Having the old Irish coin is wonderfully symbolic on a money clip, and means the money clip can never be truly empty as it always has the Irish coin, which brings good luck. This money clip is made by a small business.
Donegal Bay Irish Tie
Irish men often treasure specific ties, which may be given to them as part of a work or social association, a sports club, school, etc. Or they may just want to wear a tie that says “Ireland” when you look at it for Saint Patrick’s day or other occasions. This Donegal Bay NCAA Irish tie is made from 100% silk and is designed in a very simple, understated way, in a charcoal color with green and white accents and a small shamrock. It is made by hand in Ireland. Like “school” scarfs, ties are often recognized at a distance as being known by their colors and stripes. While this tie is specific to the Donegal Bay NCAA, it is generic enough to just work as an upscale Irish tie for any occasion.