Let Portugal be an inspiration for your giving spirit.
Need help finding the perfect gift this holiday season? Let us alleviate the pressure and give you a little Portuguese inspiration. We scoured Amazon, Etsy, and more to find THE best gifts with a Portuguese touch! Whether you're shopping for a Portuguese family member, a friend that traveled to Portugal this year, or a coworker who loves cultures from around the world, there's a gift for everyone.
1. For the world traveler:
Portugal has been named the best tourist destination three years in a row. So it's no surprise that people have been flocking to its cosmopolitan capital and visiting its quaint towns. These travel posters are a fun reminder of getting lost in Portugal's neighborhoods.
2. For the one who's always cold:
This traditionally-made blanket is hand woven in Faro, Portugal. It's the perfect winter-time gift for a friend or family member who wants nothing more than to get cozy on the couch with a warm blanket and hot cocoa...or some chá de limão.
3. For the game night host:
Inspired by the famous azulejo tiles that adorn Portugal's buildings, this board game promises to be a good time for all ages and has a beautiful game board. For the ultimate game night host, this is the coolest game they don't have yet.
4. For the coffee and tea drinker:
There's no better way to start the morning than sipping on a freshly brewed cup of coffee in a Portuguese-inspired mug. One of these mugs can even be personalized with your loved one's name!
5. For the eco-friendly friend:
It's lightweight. It's sustainable. And it's sophisticated. All the way from Viana do Castelo, Portugal, this minimal cork handbag is the perfect splurge for mom this year, or a reeeaallly good friend.
6. For the literary buff:
Fernando Pessoa is Lisbon's beloved poet full of quirky insight into the world around him. The Book of Disquiet is an autobiography of sorts considered to be Pessoa's greatest literary achievement and the complete edition presents the texts chronologically for the first time.
7. For the soccer fan excited for Euro 2020:
You definitely know someone that's excited for Euro 2020, now postponed until summer 2021. Although Portugal was selected to play in the Group of Death, everyone is excited to see how the defending champions will perform in the upcoming tournament. Help your your soccer fanatic friend send Portugal's national team good vibes with this sleek training jersey.
8. For the foodie:
For your friend who loves to make gourmet food from the comfort of their kitchen, gift them this authentic linguiça spice blend. They can add it to ground meat to create their own homemade linguiça (or other Portuguese sausage) or add it chilis, stews, and more.
9. For the friend who always reminds you they're from the Azores:
There's nothing wrong with showing a little pride in your roots. If you're Portuguese, you already know that being Portuguese really means you're from the mainland, from the Azores, or from Madeira. And Azoreans love to remind you which island they're from ;) They'll love a good reason to show off some of that islander pride.
10. For the cute baby in the family:
This onesie is the cutest declaration of a Portuguese grandpa's love for his granddaughter. It also comes in a variety of colors including dark grey, light grey, and yellow.
Soccer fans start young. If your friend's baby doesn't have team gear of Portugal's Seleção Nacional yet, they're slacking! But you can be the one to gift them their very first unofficial Portugal soccer jersey...plus you can personalize it with their baby's name. How cute is that?!
11. For the trendy one:
Atrio's jewelry designs are inspired by the azulejo tiles that bring color and art to buildings all around Portugal. These earrings are a versatile accessory for almost any outfit -- casual or formal. We love Atrio's work and even own a pair of their earrings.
12. For the baker:
We guarantee that your favorite bakers -- your mom, your uncle, your best friend -- don't have this quintessentially Portuguese rolling pin. It has an intricate embossed design that stamps the Galo de Barcelos onto cookies when rolling out dough, creating the most Portuguese cookie ever.
13. For stocking stuffers:
These scented soaps are made in Porto and are a great gift to include as stocking stuffers. I mean, who can't use a nice bar of soap? Though we'll admit, these are probably better stocking stuffers for adults, not kids.
14. For the avid reader:
Written by Pulitzer-prize winner Diana Marcum, The Tenth Island is a travel memoir of the Azores archipelago. Marcum was first introduced to the islands by the Portuguese-American community she met when reporting on the California drought's affects on people in the state's Central Valley, where small Portuguese-American communities reside.
15. For the person who could use a little luck next year:
Every Portuguese person has a Galo de Barcelos in their home, or at least they should. These days, these roosters come in every size, every color, and every material. Some homes even have two or more as the Galo de Barcelos is believed to bring good luck. If they're sold out of the color you want, it may be available in a different size.
16. For the young at heart:
Here's one more azulejos-inspired gift idea. This adult coloring book features fun azulejo designs to help you relax, meditate, and exercise the right side of your brain. A great gift for anyone who needs a creative outlet, both young and old!
17. For the friend who likes to get tipsy, but keep it classy:
Ginja is a sour cherry liqueur made from...ginja cherries! This Portuguese drink is often served in a chocolate cup, making it a delicious after-dinner sipping drink. Ginja 9 is based in the U.S. but their ginja is produced in Portugal. This ginja and chocolate cup gift set is the perfect gift to impress your in-laws, a new boss, or someone you really appreciate.
Last but not least, don't forget to add a personal touch to your gift. Handwritten cards are nearly a lost art even though the messages they hold are adored for years to come. This year, no matter what you give, include a holiday card with a little note...even better, give a card with a festive Portuguese message.
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