There are many ways to say “I love you” to those closest to you and as the holidays grow near, many people set out on a what seems like an impossible task: finding the perfect gift for their loved ones.
If you are shopping for a Greek person, the good news is that you have a couple of extra days to find and send the perfect gift, since Greeks usually exchange gifts after midnight on New Year’s Eve, or January 1, unlike in other Western cultures, where people wake up on Christmas morning to dive into the wrapped boxes lying under the Christmas tree.
With modern conveniences being what they are today, the good news is that you don’t need to go to Greece to find a great Greek gift — in fact, you don’t even need to leave your house! Let’s take a look at some of the amazing Greek gifts that you can purchase online this holiday season.
Where to shop for Greek Christmas gifts
There are a few great choices out there when trying to select an online site for authentic and high-quality Greek gifts.
The online Greek gifts available through the EFI Store, which are also available on Etsy, are beautiful, handcrafted products which offer you many options when trying to find that unique, one-of-a-kind gift for your one-of-a-kind loved one. Also, you will find low-priced, high quality accessories with an emphasis on hand-made jewelry.
When it comes to gifting that perfect Greek spice, or therapeutic oils and aromas made of fruits and flowers, the best site to visit is Bachari.gr. Here you will find an enormous variety of Greek products that are sure to be the perfect gift you are hoping to give!
Let’s take a look at some highlighted gift ideas for 2022:
2022 New Year’s Charm. Every new year means new dreams, hopes and expectations. A good way to start the year off with a positive feel is by looking for happiness where it truly is and feeling grateful for the gift of life, the gift of friendship and the gift of love received by our family — which are all more precious than the biggest diamond in the world.
Especially now, it’s important to not forget to show your love to your most beloved ones in every possible way. Presents are always welcome, and what is a better present for the New Year to a lucky charm with special Greek symbolism?
Etsy offers a wide selection of traditional Greek handmade komboloi and begleri, also known as Greek worry beads. This Meander komboloi, a traditional Greek handmade product, with a metal tassel and glass beads by EFI, costs only €17. Greek Worry Beads are a great way to stay calm this year and they make a thoughtful gift for anyone. Komboloi can also be used for decoration and they make a great gift for both men and women.
This bracelet, with a ceramic eye and 6mm crystal beads and hearts made of hematite, is from the EFI Store and is also available on Etsy. The eye, called “mataki” in Greek, is traditionally thought to keep evil away and bring luck to its owner. It is sold at the affordable price of €19.50.
Bachari.gr has a huge selection of spices and Greek herbs which have an array of therapeutic and beneficial properties. As Greek yiayias say, “Herbs can cure every illness.” A basketful of such products would be the perfect gift for people who are interested in homeopathy or who enjoy preventive natural medicine. Pictured is the essential oil “Winter Savory” (BioAroma 5ml) which sells for €7.70.
Efistore also offers a variety of handmade necklaces. This lovely necklace features a pendants depicting Alexander the Great; it is all handmade, with all metal elements either brass and silver plated or gold-plated, strung on a long cord. The pendants measure 2.3 cm (1 inch) in diameter. These unisex necklaces cost only €9 and are also available on etsy.com.
Handmade sandals may be an unusual winter gift but the receiver will surely appreciate and make the most of them during the Summer. The EFI Store and Etsy all offer a beautiful selection of natural leather sandals, all handmade in Greece.
According to ancient Greek mythology, the gods and goddesses had their sandals made on the beautiful island of Crete by a gifted sandalmaker who bestowed magical powers on each pair. These sandals, featuring a gold leather cross strap, are from the EFI Store and are just €45.