The jolly season is finally here, and the Lebanese people are now getting ready for the joyous festivities, preparing to celebrate at home and with friends, and joining the cheerful vibes at many Christmas markets in Lebanon.
In celebration of “the most wonderful time of the year,” people all over the world are now going on shopping sprees for gifts for their relatives, friends, spouses, and children.
In Lebanon, it is no different, except that many have been living on tight budgets due to the economic crisis and hyperinflation. Yet, they won’t miss the occasion to express their love with affordable gifts.
This Christmas is also a great opportunity for the Lebanese to express love and enact unity toward local and small businesses by seeking their products for gifts.
So here are some ideas for thoughtful and affordable Christmas gifts you can find at local and small businesses in Lebanon:
Crocheted accessories are all the rage right now in Lebanon and worldwide. There are many local artisans and businesses across the country and on social media offering these kinds of beautiful handmade items.
Budget binders and planners are great gifts for those who like to organize their time and expenses. And when these useful items can be personalized, they are always so appreciated.
By Lana Yassine offers such products customized and personalized as well as cards, calendars, and more. You may check her products for gift ideas on her Instagram page and order from her website store.
Another gift idea that speaks of care and love is a skin care product that is natural, handmade, and organic. A local Lebanese business that is great to check out is Oil of Nature, which provides organic, plant-based health & beauty products for both men and women (Contact: 71 610 239).
You can also buy body scrubs, exfoliating shower balls, and body lotions from local beauty and cosmetic shop like Serena’s Bodyline (Contact: 71 177 260), and other.
If your relatives or friends are coffee lovers, you can order beautiful, handmade, and customized ceramic Arabic coffee cups and Lebanese-themed products from Andy Design online via WhatsApp at 70 844 121.
Lebanon is the land of artisanal goodies, and many local businesses create wonderful gifts inspired by the Lebanese heritage, including Masaya Artisanat, which offers a variety of clothes, accessories, home decor, and artisanal kitchen utensils, from cheese sets to cake and salad sets.
Located in Hazmieh, the shop opens from 10 am until 6 pm. Contact 05 452 987 for more inquiries.
Whiskey can make a fine gift for whiskey collectors and connoisseurs. There are many local whiskey brands you can support this Christmas season, including Athyr, one of the first Lebanese single malt whisky made with Lebanese oak.