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The festive season is upon us once again, after a year of utter madness. One last item on everyone’s agenda (other than make it to the end of the year) is what to gift their loved ones for Christmas. Whilst we always recommend you shop from local brands, it is even more important we do so this year, given the number of currencies we are juggling and the limited purchasing options. By shopping local, we support Lebanese businesses stay afloat.

A few tips to get you started:

  • Try placing your Christmas gift orders online, to avoid overcrowding at the malls and stores (COVID is still around… and will be for a while) and to keep traffic at bay on the streets
  • Set a budget for all the gifts to not go overboard. Buy gifts within your means (we’re all on the same boat)
  • Remember that something sentimental can be much more valuable that something super expensive (expectations are already managed)
  • Buy something that is useful, personal and can be enjoyed alone or with a group

Now, the Christmas gift ideas from local brands, to get you inspired

Gifts for everyone

  • A basketful of holiday treats from Mint Basil Market
  • Pay tribute to Lebanese architecture with these detailed creations by Bayt-lb
  • Get your favorite photo designed in intricate steel with Steelouette
  • Add a bit of fragrance to their home, with these clean scented candles from Potion Kitchen
  • A funky pouch or reusable tote bag inspired from Lebanon, from Luanatic
  • Beautiful plants for the home or office from Opa
  • Fun local board games, funky notebooks and accessories from Everythink
  • Handmade gifts, stitched with love from Atelier Bonheur
  • Delightful gift boxes filled with goodies from Eshmoon Organics
  • A bottle of their favorite wine or spirit from 209 Lebanesewine
  • A hint of Lebanese crafts for the home and table tops from L’artisan du Liban
  • Support Lebanese photographers by gifting these exceptional captures from Digital Fountain

Gifts for her

  • Made to measure pieces for the fashion enthusiasts from Lemonade Fashion
  • Find a pair of socks with a phrase she always repeats, at Siaksok
  • A cool sweater with a little bit of Arabic on the front, to keep her cozy from Boshies
  • Help her complete her makeup obsession with items from Feel22
  • A matching set of fashionable comfort from Rush and Reez
  • A ring, necklace or pair of earrings as a staple piece, from Albi

Gifts for him

  • Keep his feet warm with smart and sassy socks by Sikasok
  • Check out the men’s collection at Feel22, complete with perfumes, creams and grooming items
  • Give his wardrobe an uplift with hand-picked items from the Oddfish
  • Personalized cufflinks to complete the formal look from Ray Designs

Or pay it forward and make a donation in their name

Here are a few NGOs that could use the support to continue spreading goodness across society: Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL), Live Love Beirut, Food Blessed, Beit Al Baraka, Sa3ed Tas3ad, Nusaned, Arc-En-Ciel and the Lebanese Food Bank.

Join BDD’s Christmas Market on December 15!

Happy holidays to you and your loved ones.

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