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
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 gift store at doromu.com, which is also available on etsy, has beautiful, handcrafted products which offer you an easy fix when trying to find that unique, one-of-a-kind gift for your one-of-a-kind loved one.
Also, be sure to stop by the Greek e-shop, called the EFI Store, which is also available on etsy, where 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 2021:
2021 Collectible Tsarouchi – the perfect charm to honor the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution in 1821. Handmade items, which include a bracelet and a necklace, feature the tsarouchi itself, along with the number 21, commemorating both the Greek War of independence in 1821 and the new year, 2021. Available on Doromu.com and Efistore, these are available at the low cost of €15 each.
Doromu.com offers a wide selection of traditional Greek handmade komboloi and begleri. This Meander komboloi, a traditional Greek handmade komboloi made 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. Komboloi can also be used for decoration and they makes 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 Doromu. 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 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.
Doromu also offers a variety of handmade necklaces. This lovely pendant is their “Alexander the Great” necklace, all handmade, with all metal elements with brass and silver plated or gold-plated on a long cord. It measures 2.3 cm (1 inch) in diameter. It costs only €9 and is also available on Doromu.com and 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 Doromu.com 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.