Christmas Travel Gifts on Newstalk’s The Hard Shoulder

Are you stuck for some last minute Christmas presents for your nearest and dearest? What about the gift of travel to make wonderful memories in 2019?



50% off WOW air return flights in Christmas sale

  • Offer available from Wednesday, 12 December until 23:59 on Sunday, 16 December
  • Valid on select return flights to any WOW air destinations from Dublin for travel between 12 December and 31 March 2019
  • WOW air operates direct daily flights from Dublin to nine North American destinations, including New York, Washington DC and Toronto, via Reykjavik.

WOW air, Iceland’s low-cost airline, has announced 50% off return flights for Irish passengers in its annual Christmas sale.

The offer is available for booking from today (Wednesday) 12 December until 23:59 on Sunday, 16 December using the promo codeWOWXMAS.

The discount applies on select return flights to any of the WOW air destinations from Dublin for travel between 12 December until 31 March 2019. 

WOW air operates direct daily flights from Dublin to Iceland and connects Irish passengers to nine North American destinations via Reykjavik, including New York, Washington DC, Toronto, Montréal, Detroit, Boston, and Chicago.

From next Tuesday, 18 December, the airline will also be connecting Irish passengers from Dublin to Orlando, via Iceland.

Commenting today, Svanhvít Fridriksdóttir, Director of Communications at WOW air, said:

“We want to give our Irish customers some festive cheer this Christmas by offering them discounted fares for travel to Iceland and North America. Christmas can be a hectic time, so what better way to unwind from the madness than by treating yourself or someone else to a 2019 getaway?”

The WOWXMAS promo code is valid for new online bookings on selected WOW air flights when booking a return flight. To redeem the code, simply book a return flight from Dublin before 23:59 on Sunday, 16 December.

To book flights visit and use the promo code WOWXMAS.

*Fares based on return flights, excluding taxes and charges, booked on  Restrictions and baggage fees may apply.Promo codes are not valid when booking a WOW Stopover. Booking fee is not included.


  1. Visit
  2. Pick a select round-trip flight from Dublin
  3. Insert the promo code WOWXMAS before you search for available flights. The discount will be visible on the next page.


Give the gift of travel this Christmas with Tour America. Treat your loved ones to memories that will last a lifetime with our fantastic USA deals and Cruise deals for 2019 from only €429pp. Tour America Gift Vouchers are also available and are the perfect stocking filler! Gift Vouchers are available for purchase online and in-store and start from €50. For more information contact our Award-Winning Travel Experts on 01-8173562 or visit Terms and Conditions apply. 

New York from only €459ppPrice includes return flights (bags not included)3 nights at the Roosevelt Hotel Based on 4 sharingTravel 11 January 2019Ref 638999


Ireland’s Blue Book, the impeccable collection of country house hotels, manor houses, castles and restaurants located throughout the island of Ireland launch their 45th Anniversary Edition with the addition of six new properties.


Happiness is opening an Ireland’s Blue Book gift voucher….

Blue Book gift vouchers can be used in over 50 romantic country houses, historic hotels, castles and restaurants throughout the island of Ireland. For more information or to purchase gift vouchers please see  or call 01 676 9914

Ireland’s Blue Book gift vouchers can be used in over 50 romantic country houses, historic hotels, castles and restaurants throughout the island of Ireland. With a choice of elegant Georgian Manors, Stately Castles, Historic Hotels, Luxury Boutique Hotels, Designer Lodges and gourmet restaurants, there is something for everyone.

For those looking for a gourmet getaway or seeking a scenic retreat, there is somewhere perfect for them in the Blue Book. We offer the perfect places to switch off and escape from it all. For those desiring a more active break there is fishing, golf, cycling and equestrian pursuits. Included in the collection are some indulgent spas for those looking to be spoiled.

The collection includes the five-star Merrion Hotel, Dublin; Park Hotel Kenmare, Co. Kerry; Glenlo Abbey, Galway, Hayfield Manor, Cork and Ballyfin Demesne, Co. Laois.  Also included are Gregans Castle, Co. Clare; Dunbrody House, Co. Wexford; Mount Juliet Estate, Co. Kilkenny; Ballymaloe House, Co. Cork and Dublin restaurants L’Ecrivain, Chapter One, and Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. 

For more information or to purchase gift vouchers please see  or call 01 676 9914

Ballyfin Demesne Co. Laois, Bishop’s Gate Hotel Derry/Londonderry City, Cahernane House, Killarney, Co Kerry and Butler House, Kilkenny City are being revealed as new members of this exquisite collection for 2019. Two private rental properties are being unveiled, Dunowen House in West Cork and The Hideaway at Dromquinna Manor, Co Kerry bringing to 56 the total of properties in the collection.


Click&Go are doing great vouchers this Christmas – offering different bonuses depending on the voucher price range. Eg: Buy voucher for €100-199 and receive a free €25 bonus voucher. These vouchers have no expiry date, can be used on existing and future bookings. These must be booked by 23rd Dec

Some sample deals……

Salou Sun in May 2019 from €279pp

From €279pp for the 3 Star CYE Holiday Centre Aparthotel. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in May 2019.

Price includes:

·        7 nights in the 3 Star CYE Holiday Centre Aparthotel, Salou Town, Salou

·        One bedroom Apartment on a Self Catering basis

·        Return flights from Dublin to Barcelona

·        Airport Transfers 

·        Airport taxes & charges

·        Link to offer

4* top selling Algarve family holidays in June 2019 from €939 per family

From €939 per family for the 4 star Estrela do Vau Aparthotel. Price is per family based on 2 adults + 1 child sharing for travel in June 2019.

Price includes:

·        7 nights in the 4 star Estrela do Vau Aparthotel, Praia do Vau, The Algarve

·        One bedroom apartment on a self-catering basis

·        Return flights from Dublin to Faro

·        Airport Transfers 

·        Airport taxes & charges

·        Link to offer:

Fly/Cruise to the Baltic Capitals from €899pp onboard MSC Meraviglia

7 nights (May – September 2019)

Inside From €899 per person sharing

Balcony From €1,049 per person sharing

Itinerary: Copenhagen – Helsinki – St Petersburg – Tallinn – Kiel – Copenhagen


ü      Return flights from Dublin

ü      Transfers

ü      Carry on bag

ü      7 night cruise

ü      All meals and snacks on board,

ü      Entertainment

Upgrades: Balcony cabins from €150

* Prices are ‘from’ prices, based on select departure dates from Dublin. Price includes return flights, specified accommodation and airport taxes and charges where stated. Prices are per person, based on 2 adults sharing. Prices for cruises exclude gratuities. Offers are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Prices exclude check-in luggage unless stated. Click&Go is fully licensed & bonded by the Commission for Aviation Regulation T.A 0700.


Flynn Hotels Gift Vouchers

  • Spend €250 on a voucher and receive a complimentary One Night stay at any Flynn Hotel – Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny; Old Ground Hotel, Ennis; The Park Hotel, Dungarvan and The Imperial Hotel, Cork.
  • Midweek stay at any Flynn Hotel during the months of January, February and March 2018   
  • For more info check out the Christmas Gift Vouchers page at


Aer Lingus Vouchers

There is nothing like booking a trip and having a break to look forward to – and it’s even better when you’re not paying for it all yourself!

Buy a gift voucher right here, and your lucky recipient can use it to purchase flights or put it towards the cost of flights on

Gift vouchers can be bought in Euro, U.S. Dollars or Pounds Sterling in denominations from 25 to 500. They can be redeemed at against bookings made in the currency of issue and there is no expiry date!

Simply fill out your gift voucher information below and click on ‘Continue’. The voucher will be sent to your recipient’s email address, followed by a PIN email. Your recipient can then use their gift voucher towards a booking to any of our wonderful destinations!

If you don’t want your recipient to get their gift voucher until a particular date, that’s no problem. Just choose your delivery date during the voucher purchase process, and keep it a secret until their special day comes.

Please note that vouchers can only be redeemed against bookings made in the currency of issue.


For the Travel Junkie in your life the perfect gift at Kilkenny Design is a Travel Wallet

Travel Wallet


Description: A sweet and safe travel wallet.In on-trend shades of cream, pink and turquoise. With a black and white hot air balloon design on the front. Magnetic cloud shaped clasp to fasten it closed.

 8 tabs, 1 window tab, 6 large slots, passport holder, coin pocket, and pen holder inside. 
Dimensions: Length 23.5cm x width 15cm x depth 2cm 
 PVC and nylon