Personalized Irish Blessing Gifts for a Housewarming

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Personalized Irish Blessing Gifts for a Housewarming
A personalised Irish blessing can make a wonderful housewarming gift for an Irish family. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Housewarming gifts should fit the style of the recipients while also being useful in the new home. For new homeowners with an Irish heritage or a particular fascination with Irish culture, a personalised Irish blessing can be the perfect fit. An Irish blessing can either include the lyrics to a popular folk song called "Irish Blessing," or simple Gaelic words that offer a blessing.

Irish Blessing Cross

Personalisation offers a personalised cross with the family name in the centre and the words to the "Irish Blessing" song above and below the family name. The cross is solid wood, painted white on the front and black on the sides. Green clovers and vines decorate the edges of the cross, which is meant to be hung on a wall, possibly in an entrance or hallway. A similar item can also be made at home with wood, a mitre saw and paint. Use the Personalization item as your template.


A doormat, which greets guests coming to a new home, is a perfect housewarming gift. Several different companies offer Irish Blessing personalised doormats, including Personalized Gifts For You The mats include the phrase "Cead Mile Failte" which is Gaelic for "one hundred thousand welcomes" and is a traditional Irish blessing. The family name is written under the Gaelic words. Most of the doormats available commercially also feature green clovers around the edge. This present can be created at home with a blank doormat, stencils and paint.

Personalised Canvas

A green canvas with the Irish blessing, "May your home be filled with laughter, May your pockets be filled with gold, And may you have all the happiness your Irish heart can hold!" and a family name can be a great addition to a new home. The saying is more recent than the lyrics to the "Irish Blessing" or the Gaelic words from Section 2, but it's quickly becoming a favourite among Irish families. You can purchase the canvas from Personalized Gifts For You or create your own with a store bought canvas and paint.

Personalised Afghan

<p> offers an afghan--or knit blanket--with the lyrics to the traditional "Irish Blessing" woven on the green and yellow background. A family name can be embroidered on the blanket below the lyrics. The afghan can be hung on a large wall, displayed over a couch or chair or just used to keep the new homeowners warm. Creating a version of this blanket at home is difficult unless you're a skilled knitter.

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