Waterford Crystal, Waterford
After the tour (which was included in our bus tour so we didn't pay extra for it), we went to the in-house Waterford shop. Afterwards, they told us that they would free engraving if we bought something - which my grandson did. I also paid to have the item shipped home to his family. I felt that I didn't want to have the worry of it breaking during our packing and unpacking. The shipping was more expensive than the ornament.
What to buy: My daughter in law loves cut glass, so my grandson bought her a crystal Christmas tree ornament and had it engraved with their surname and the date. It was a relatively plain flat ornament which I think was for the year (2007) and I don't see anything like it on the website but they do have a several ornaments for $55.00.
The list of items available includes
* Bowls & Centerpieces
* Buffet Lamps
* Ceiling Fixtures
* Christmas & Holiday
* Desk Accessories
* Floor Lamps
* Perfume & Bottles
* Serveware & Storage
* Table Accessories
* Table Lamps
* Vanity Accents
What to pay: My First Christmas ornament (for a baby) $19.00
Candlestick, Pair $39.00
20" Cobalt platter $550.00
Designer Studio Manhattan Centerpiece, Signed $2800.00
Waterford Cranmore Lilac Drop Nine Arm Chandelier $8,500.00
Factory outlet shop & visitor centre.
Tour of the factory is €6, which we decided to skip, preferring to go to the shop instead :-)
What to buy: Waterford Crystal make glasses, carafes, linen, etc.
What to pay: You buy it at cost price as you are buying on-site. It's still bloody expensive though!!!