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. As such, people have been flocking to its cosmopolitan capital, Lisbon. These travel posters are a fun reminder of getting lost in Lisbon'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:
Portugal is widely known for its quality ceramics and their dishes are popping up at popular retail stores including Cost Plus World Market, Crate and Barrel, Marshalls, etc. This set of coffee mugs is carefully crafted in Portugal and its blue design is reminiscent of traditional Portuguese tiles. Perfect for the coffee and tea drinker that needs an upgrade to their morning ritual vessel.
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 already excited for Euro 2020 this summer. Although Portugal was selected to play in the Group of Death, everyone is excited to see how the defending champions will perform this year. Make sure your soccer fanatic friend is sending Portugal's national team good vibes by sporting their Euro 2016 champions scarf.
8. For the foodie:
This delicious chouriço comes straight from Portugal and will get rid of any saudades of authentic Portuguese sausage. Even if you live in a city where you can get chouriço at a local market, your foodie friend will be beyond impressed.
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 new baby in the family:
This adorable poster features the alphabet with animal names in Portuguese. Just the right touch for that friend or cousin that's decorating a baby's room.
Soccer fans start young. If your friend's baby doesn't have a Ronaldo jersey yet, you should be the one to gift them their very first Portugal jersey featuring the world's greatest. Number seven. Cristiano Ronaldo.
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 casual gamer:
Fifa may have just released the 2020 edition of their ever-popular soccer video game, but there's no Cristiano Ronaldo on the cover, unlike the 2019 edition. Since it's been out for a year, Fifa 19 isn't as expensive as the newest release and still packs all the same action. It's a great gift for the teenage soccer fan you're not sure how to shop for, or maybe even your husband who thinks this is the year he gets back into his old gaming hobby.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. For the young at heart:
Here's one more azulejos-inspired gift idea. This adult coloring book features intricate azulejo designs. A great gift for anyone who needs a creative outlet but may not have the most artistic skills.
BONUS! 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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