What’s the big deal about March 17th? “Why, St. Patrick’s Day of course!” Accredited with bringing Christianity to Ireland, and because March 17th was the day he supposedly died, all the Irish honor St. Patrick.
Even if you’re not Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate. In largely Irish populated American cities, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal, celebrating with huge parades, Irish music and song, Irish food and drink, activities of all kinds, and let’s not forget the “wearing of the green”.
What better way to honor St. Patrick than to give your friends, loved one’s or even yourself small tokens of love or appreciation in a thoughtful gift that won’t cost very much.
I’ve put together a list of my TOP 5 inexpensive gifts in which there is a little something for everyone.
If you’re looking for less expensive gift ideas try making these for your little one’s, or let them bring some to school to share with their classmates, not only are they fun to make, but they taste amazing too! (Actually, everyone loves cupcakes J).
- Shamrock Cupcakes
Cooled cupcakes (baked from your favorite recipe)
Green gum drops or spearmint leaves
Heart-shaped cookie cutter
- Frost a cooled cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe) with white icing.
2. For the shamrock, flatten 3 green gumdrops or spearmint leaves with a rolling pin (sprinkle on a little sugar, if necessary, to keep the candies from sticking).
3. Use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter ( 1 & 1/2 inches across) to cut a heart from each flattened leaf.
4. Place the hearts together on the cupcake to form a shamrock.
5. Cut a stem from the excess of one of the flattened candies and set it in place below the 3 hearts.
Need something for the entertaining cook in your life? This is the perfect solution!
2. The Gourmet Slow Cooker Cookbook
Simple and Sophisticated Meals from Around the World
by Lynn Alley
Looking for slow cooker recipes that are praiseworthy at your dinner parties? Tired of same old -same old recipes? This cookbook has imaginative recipes, and fresh ingredients added to an ‘upscale approach’ to a “time-tested and mother-approved” tradition of slow cooked meals. There are even beer or wine suggestions along with each recipe..
2. If you’re going the less expensive route; ditch buying the cookbook and make this fantastic recipe from “The Gourmet Slow Cooker Cookbook” for your family and friends; yummy and simple too!
Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional Easter Sunday dinner in Ireland, and a St. Patrick’s Day favorite for many Americans. Cabbage, potatoes, and carrots are common during the colder months in the British Isles since they store well. Corned beef and cabbage should be served with a crock of mustard.
3 pounds corned beef
3 large carrots, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 large yellow onions, quartered
1 green cabbage, cored and cut into 8 pieces
1 sprig thyme
1 bay leaf
2 cups water
1 cup Guinness stout or Harp Lager
In the slow cooker, combine the beef, carrots, potatoes, onions, cabbage, thyme, and bay leaf. Add the water and beer.
Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, until the meat and vegetables are very tender. Remove and discard the thyme and bay leaf.
Transfer the beef to a cutting board and cut into thin slices. Divide the meat among shallow bowls, surround with the vegetables, and spoon some of the cooking liquid over the top. Serve immediately.
To drink: Guinness stout or Harp Lager (brewed by Guinness according to a traditional Irish recipe).
3. Instead of buying this gorgeous expensive St.Patrick‘s Prayer bracelet (described below); make your someone special a personalized copy of the “St.Patrick‘s Prayer” by printing it out on fancy paper and laminating it, or carve the words into a potato (or 6) and ‘ink-stamp’ the words with paints onto thick cardstock and frame it. Just get creative and use the resources you have.
3. St Patrick’s Prayer Mobius BraceletFrom $72.99
A beautiful gift for that special someone in your life. Great for any “his” or “hers” St. Patrick’s Day present. An impressive inscription of the St. Patrick’s Prayer is carefully emblazoned all around the inside and outside of this dazzling sterling silver bracelet.
The beautiful prayer is also known as “St. Patrick’s Breast-Plate”, and is supposed to have been composed by him in preparation for this victory over Paganism.
The Mobius bracelet was designed specifically so that these striking words flow all around, inside and out, without end. The unique properties of this design make the prayer seem infinite. I bind to myself today
God’s power to guide me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to teach me,
God’s eye to watch over me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to give me speech,
God’s hand to guide me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to shelter me,
God’s host to secure me.
4. Make a CD Of An Irish Artists Or Bands. This is an inexpensive and fun way to make any St. Patty’s Day party even better. Every great party needs great music! Gifting anyone with a personalized CD of songs by Enya, Elvis Costello, The Chieftains, Van Morrison, Loreena McKennitt, or U2. There are tons of Irish musicians out there to choose from, and what could be more inspired and fun?
5. Irish Friends Candle
Wrap a tea-lite (green if you can) and a shiny penny in an 8″ square of shamrock fabric. Tie it with a green ribbon and attach this poem:This little Irish Candle comes from a friend.
So on St.Patrick‘s night burn it down to the end.
Because this Irish Candle burned to the socket,
brings you the luck of the Irish and a coin in your pocket.
Bonus Idea;Wrap Hershey’s Kisses in green tulle and tie with green ribbon, and attach the poem below;
Just a little bit of Ireland
That I’m sending you today
To bring you luck and happiness
On this fine St. Patrick’s Day
It’s a wee and tiny present
Full of luck and wishes
Seems the little folk of Ireland
Have sent you some Leprechaun Kisses!
And to top it all off
a lovely Irish poem
from http://www.aweebitoireland.comIreland There’s a dear old land of leprechauns
And wondrous wishing wells;
And no where else on God’s green earth,
There be such lakes and dells.No wonder that the angels love
That shamrock covered shore;
It draws my heart home again,
And I love it more and more.Have you ever heard the story of
How Ireland got its name?
Well, I’ll tell you so you’ll understand
From whence old Ireland came.No wonder that I love
That dear old land across the sea;
For here’s the way my dear old father
Told the tale to me:”A little bit of heaven fell
From out the sky one day;
And it nestled on the ocean
In a spot so far away.””And when the angels found it
It looked so sweet and fair;
They said, “Suppose we leave it?
For it looks so peaceful there.””So they sprinkled it with stardust
Just to make the shamrocks grow;
‘Tis the only place you’ll find them
No matter where you go.””And they dotted it with silver
To make the lakes so grand;
And when they had it finished,
They called it … “IRELAND!”~ Author Unknown ~
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