Ashford Castle, Ireland

Make life a fairy tale for the domestic diva in your life with a stay at a storied medieval castle. Set upon the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong in Ireland’s County Mayo — about a three-hour train ride from Dublin — Ashford Castle has played host to such dignitaries as Queen Mary and Grace Kelly over the years, and now operates as a five- star luxury hotel. Not only is it reminiscent of Downton Abbey, it’s also replete with offerings. Guests can partake in traditional activities such as archery and falconry, set out on wooden boat tours and horse rides, indulge in a massage, or enjoy afternoon tea in the drawing room. ashford.ie


Gift Photography by Gus Schmiege; Styling by Melanie Peskett
If HOME is where his or her heart is, select:

Mrs. John L Strong hand-engraved and hand-printed limited-edition men’s collection stationery, $125 for a set of 12, mrsstrong.com;
Kosta Boda My Wild Life series large bamboo vase, $350, kostaboda.us;
Jardin de Rochelle Peony porcelain diffuser,  $50, at Stanley Korshak, (214) 871- 3600;
Vista Alegre numbered, limited-edition Think bookend sculpture, $600, (917) 831-4377 ext. 3, myvistaalegre.com;
Book: One Big Happy Family by Lisa Rogak, $16;
Montblanc Writers Edition Honoré de Balzac fountain pen, $1,045, montblanc.com;
Linnea Lights 3-wick Winter candle, $50, at shopterrain.com;
L’Objet 24-karat gold-plate Ray frame with white Swarovski crystals, $275, Fortuny medium box with brass details, $895, and Bambou round platter with 24-karat gold bamboo lengths, $430, l-objet.com