“Considered” by Helen James for Dunnes Stores

Recently I have had a lot of  email queries about homemade gifts -in particular the packaging.  Being the Queen of recycling I have no end of suggestions for those used jars, tins and cartons.  Over the coming months, I will have lots of  blog posts that will focus solely on homemade gifts and wrapping and no doubt you’ll see my ideas featured in a couple of publications.  Eggs (29)

But what if you don’t have the time to create your  own homemade goodies AND devise a unique and personalised method of packaging?  The alternative is usually to hand over your hard earned cash for an overpriced sheet of wrapping paper or a glitzy paper bag.  So we have the two extremes – make it all yourself at little cost, or if you’re time-poor, spend a fortune in a shop.  But I have found a happy medium.

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Personalise ten of your homemade gifts with this box of craft tags for €4.50

Personalise ten of your homemade gifts with this box of craft tags for €4.50

Considered” by Helen James for Dunnes Stores is the latest instore and      online range, offering a wide variety of kitchenware and textiles designed  by Helen James especially for Dunnes Stores.

And the good news is that this range is extremely well priced.

With a variety of kitchenware and textiles there’s something to suit every budget, and from just a couple of  euro upwards, you can’t go wrong..

Cute tea towels, storage bowls, mugs and baskets are some of the items that can be used to transform your gift into something really special.  Of course if you fancy “gifting” yourself something nice for the kitchen, you’ll be spoilt for choice too.

So there you go, if you are going to spend money on packaging, why not make it a teatowel, bowl or basket that can be reused?  Think outside the cardboard box when it comes to giftwrap and make your gifts extra special…



Disclosure:  I recently received a gift pack of items from the “Considered”  range.  However, I was under no obligation to write about or recommend these products.

Product photos courtesy of thinkhouse.ie 


You’ll find my take on Irish Apples in the Oct/Nov edition of Irish Country magazine.

For more of my “back to basics” tips, check out the current edition of the UK’s Home Farmer 

Join me at Savour Kilkenny from Oct 24th – 27th.  I’ll be there joining in the food banter sessions, giving cookery demos, signing books and generally having a good time.

“Food from an Irish Garden” is available in bookstores nationwide.

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