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No midwinter holiday celebration would be complete without the exchanging of tiny bags of dried mistletoe. (At least that’s how the Gaulish Celts rang in the New Year.)
But hey, I get it. Not everyone in your circle will appreciate getting a bag full of a parasitic plant as a holiday gift.
The good news?
I’ve put together a list of gifts that people will like—especially people who have a penchant for Irish and Celtic mythology.
Now, if you’re a long-time IrishMyths.com reader, you might be thinking to yourself:
Didn’t you already publish an awesome list of Irish Christmas gift ideas?
Why, yes. Yes I did. But here’s the thing:
With that previous list, I focused only on presents that were available on Amazon.
With this list, I’m tapping into a different source, one that has much rarer and older Irish mythology-inspired objets d’art for sale.
I’m talking about eBay, of course. And as it turns out, this legacy online reseller can be a treasure trove for Irish mythology lovers.
So without further ado, here are 12 of my top finds.
The Top 12 eBay Treasures for Irish and Celtic Mythology Lovers
Per the seller: “Illustrated. Hardcover. Dust-jacket. 112 pages. It’s 12″ x 8.5″ x 0.7″. 1lb 15oz. In Very Good condition. Dust-jacket shows some wear. Pages are clean and attached to spine. No markings, tears, stains, etc. Jim Fitzpatrick (born James Fitzpatrick in 1944) is an Irish artist. He is best known for elaborately detailed work inspired by the Irish Celtic artistic tradition. However, his most famous single piece is a two-tone portrait of Che Guevara created in 1968, based on a photo by Alberto Korda.” Learn more…
Per the seller: “Preowned. Good used condition. Some cover wear. Some separation from spine and pages. 1978. Stated FIRST EDITION book. Paperback. Great art throughout entire book! Genre: Folklore & Mythology, Body, Mind & Spirit.”
Per the seller: “Original, 1985, 21 cm x 30 cm, 111 pp. Illustrated. Book is in Very Good condition with the spine splitting from the inner pages, however cover and book are still intact. Inner pages show no age tanning, annotations or mold. Outer covers show little to no shelf or rubbing wear.”
Editor’s note: I featured Jim FitzPatrick’s work in my article “10 Graphic Novels Based on Irish and Celtic Mythology.” I’m amazed these are even available—they’re hard to track down!
Per the seller: “Condition: New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item (including handmade items). Handmade: Yes. Country/Region of Manufacture: Ukraine. Religion: Wicca & Paganism.”
Per the seller: “A gorgeous colouring book featuring over 50 pages of texts, original black line illustrations and Celtic knot ornaments designed for adults and children alike and inspired by Irish Celtic mythology. This Celtic Colouring book with a difference will carry you back to ancient times and help you discover – or rediscover- some of the most famous protagonists, may they be gods, heroes or creatures of Irish mythology. In the first 2 parts of the book, “Gods & Heroes” and “Fairy Creatures”, a full page of intricate unique black line illustration will mesmerize you while the facing, richly ornamented explanation page will get you a little bit more familiar with the story behind the character. In the third part of the book, “Animal Symbolism”, you will find one page per animal to both colour in complex knotwork animal designs and read about their symbolism.” Learn more…
Per the seller: “Brand New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. See the seller’s listing for full details. Binding: Paperback. Item Length: 10.8in. Publisher: Irish American Book Company. Intended Audience: Ages 9-12. Publication Year: 1997. Type: Activity Book. Language: English. Author: Anna Donovan. Learn more…
Per the seller: “Condition: New with tags: A brand-new, unused, and unworn item (including handmade items) in the original packaging (such as the original box or bag) and/or with the original tags attached. Metal: Stainless Steel. Ring Size: 7-15. Style: Claw Ring. Color: Silver. Metal Purity: 316L Stainless Steel. Theme: Mythology.” Learn more…
Per the seller: “Description: Vinyl. Spoken Word. LP. 12′. 33RPM. Susan Porter was a storyteller by trade, known as as the ‘Story Teller’ of Big Sur (from the sleeve). She lived in Big Sur, California from the 1930’s until her death in 1964. Porter was of Irish decent, and was profoundly influenced by her heritage and the mythology. A 1978 KPFA folio, produced by Padraigin McGillicuddy, says: ‘Somewhere in the 50s, she made a record of some of her Irish stories… Of particular interest is the role of women as portrayed in this ancient culture.’ The sleeve features a photo by Edward Weston, who lived nearby in Carmel, California during the same period. Record: VG. Sleeve: VG. Sleeve shows shelfwear, particularly on black cover, and is split halfway along the top seam. Bottom seam starting. From the collection of Rod McKuen.” Learn more…
Per the seller: “[includes:]
- Challenge of the Clans (1986)
- Storm Shield (1986)
- The Dark Druid (1987)
All 3 books are in Very Good to Like New condition.”
Per the seller: “[includes:]
- The Riders of the Sidhe (1984)
- Champions of the Sidhe (1985)
- Master of the Sidhe (1985)
2 books are in Very Good To Like New Condition 1 Book, Champions is in Good Condition with crease down spine.”
Per the seller: “Condition: New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging. Type: Statue. Color: Brown Theme: Celtic Mythology. Size: 9 inches. Material: Oak tree, morilka and varnish. 100% handmade work. The statue is carved by hands of our experienced artisans.”
(And learn more about Aengus here.)
Per the seller: “[includes:]
- Ireland by Derek A. C. Davies, This Beautiful World, Vol.37
- The Great Shame and the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World by Thomas Keneally
- The Celts: An illustrated History by Helen Litton with photo research by Peter Costello
- How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill
- The Truth About the Irish by Terry Eagleton
- Ireland: A Terrible Beauty: The Story of Ireland Today with 388 Photographs, Including 108 in Full Color by Jill and Leon Uris
- Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of the St. Patrick’s Day Symbols by Edna Barth and illustrated by Ursula Arndt
- Trinity by Leon Uris
- Ireland by Terence J. Sheehy
- Ancient Ireland by Nick Constable
- Treasures of Irish Art 1500 B.C. to 1500 A.D. Published by The Metropolitan Musem of Art & Alfred A. Knopf in 1977
- Heroes of the Dawn: Celtic Myth by Time-Life Books.”
Per the seller: “This is a custom one of a kind sword made for cosplay and re-enactment use at renaissance fairies or other type historical or fantasy events. Single hand / hand & a half handle with leather and sinew wrapped. Bronze finished fittings. Wooden scabbard with green leather wrap. Comes with a double wrapped sword belt. And a wall plaque with Tree of life on it. 45” overall length. Guard 8” across.” Learn more…
Per the seller: “Ancient mythology can be seen as a source of understanding of the universal themes and conflicts that have beset human beings throughout time, such as the transitory nature of life, the inevitability of separateness, and the existence of the personal and collective unconscious. ‘Beyond the Mist’ is an introduction to Irish mythology which also explores its contemporary relevance to the mysteries, unknowns, and vicissitudes of life. It explores the various divine and other figures as symbolic aspects of the individual psyche and the unconscious mind, while providing insights into these repressed aspects of our inner life and suggesting appropriate ways of relating to and integrating these qualities.” Learn more…
Per the seller: “Condition: New. ‘King Dagda’ figurine made of polystone by the Veronese brand. Bronze Coating. Dagda (literally translated as ‘Good God’) is a deity of Irish mythology. The Dagda became High King of the Goddess Danu Tribes after being wounded. The attributes of the Dagda were considered to be a cauldron in which food never ran out, and a club with which he hit enemies.” Learn more…
Want to learn about the darker side of Irish mythology? Check out…
Perhaps the most important holiday on the ancient Celtic calendar, Samhain marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new pastoral year. It is a liminal time—a time when the forces of light and darkness, warmth and cold, growth and blight, are in conflict. A time when the barrier between the land of the living and the land of the dead is at its thinnest. A time when all manner of spirits and demons are wont to cross over from the Celtic Otherworld. Learn more…
In the Ireland of myth and legend, “spooky season” is every season. Spirits roam the countryside, hovering above the bogs. Werewolves lope through forests under full moons. Dragons lurk beneath the waves. Granted, there’s no denying that Samhain (Halloween’s Celtic predecessor) tends to bring out some of the island’s biggest, baddest monsters. Prepare yourself for (educational) encounters with Irish cryptids, demons, ghouls, goblins, and other supernatural beings. Learn more…
“A thrilling romp through pubs, mythology, and alleyways. NEON DRUID is such a fun, pulpy anthology of stories that embody Celtic fantasy and myth,” (Pyles of Books). Cross over into a world where the mischievous gods, goddesses, monsters, and heroes of Celtic mythology live among us, intermingling with unsuspecting mortals and stirring up mayhem in cities and towns on both sides of the Atlantic, from Limerick and Edinburgh to Montreal and Boston. Learn more…
More the listenin’ type?
I recommend the audiobook Celtic Mythology: Tales of Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes by Philip Freeman (narrated by Gerard Doyle). Use my link to get 3 free months of Audible Premium Plus and you can listen to the full 7.5-hour audiobook for free.