2016 Greek Gift Guide: Add a Bit of Greek to Your Holidays

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Having a difficult time finding that special gift for that special someone? Struggling to find a present for that person that has everything?

This year we’re curating a special list– and will be adding to it regularly, with unique, Greek-inspired gifts that might help you with your Christmas shopping list.

Please check back regularly as we’ll be adding to this list as we find more, unique products.

 

The Gift of ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ

Greek lessons for your kids or grandkids are a gift that will last a lifetime

Greek lessons for your kids or grandkids are a gift that will last a lifetime

We have a very special gift to suggest for your beloved Greeks, aiming not only to put a smile on their faces but also to keep their Greekness alive! Sign them up for Modern Greek lessons with Greek Lessons OnLine. Qualified teachers, who are all based in Greece, teach Greek in the easiest and most effective way you have ever imagined. Buy 1 hour or a package of 20 or 40 hours of Greek lessons with Greek Lessons OnLine for your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends! To make sure this is the right gift, Greek Lessons OnLine invites you to book a free trial lesson so that you get a glance at the method and experience the interaction! If you do not wish to attend a trial session then you may just contact Greek LOL with your gift request. 

 

For the Beach Bum

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Sun of a Beach products– all made in Greece.

Order quickly because these popular Sun of a Beach products, made in Greece from the finest Egyptian cotton, are a big seller. We love the company and its principles– made in Greece from the best quality materials with a whole lot of love. The “Watch Out” line features the Mati design in a new and contemporary way and we’ve got a kids’ poncho with hoodie, an over-sized beach towel and a handsome beach bag to complete your whole look.

 

For the Jewelry Lover

A stunning book for any jewelry lover by Stellene Volandes

A stunning book for any jewelry lover by Stellene Volandes

Can’t afford that Bulgari brooch? It’s OK— we have the perfect book for the jewelry lover in your life. Town and Country Magazine’s Editor in Chief Stellene Volandes has published a gorgeous coffee table book called “Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design” and would make a dreamy addition to any jewelry lover’s coffee table or library collection. This over-sized volume id exquisitely photographed and features the stories behind the work of today’s most fascinating and influential jewelry designers. Volandes calls the introduction to her book “an ode to Lalaounis and the small store they had in the Athens Hilton.” In a further shout out to her Greek heritage, she includes Elena Votsi in her profiles, the Athens jeweler who remade the Olympic medal, and whose bold metallic pieces are like wearable sculptures. Get Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design by Stellene Volandes here.

 

Greek Tea Time Set

Everything you need for a nice afternoon tea. This set, curated in collaboration with Hellenic Farms, includes organic olive oil and sesame seed cookies from Crete, honey– also from Crete, as well as some of the best tea you’ve ever tasted, made from Greek herbs. The set is available here.

 

 

For the Carnivore

Greek-style loukaniko from Olympia Provisions

Greek-style loukaniko from Olympia Provisions

First generation Greek American Elias Cairo learned a few tricks from his dad— who mastered charcuterie at home and passed to his son many family secrets— including a special recipe for Greek loukaniko. The special blend of quality pork meat, with traditional Greek flavors (including the secret ingredient— orange peel) is one of Olympia Provisions’ biggest sellers and a great gift for the carnivore in your family.

 

For the Music Lover

Christmas Sessions by Rita Wilson

Christmas Sessions by Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson has enjoyed a long and successful career in show business as an actress, producer, director, and writer, but who knows her as a soulful singer? We do. We have her Christmas Sessions playing automatic repeat and you should too. Rita’s latest CD Christmas Sessions (one of many) is comprised of Christmas Classics that will add holiday flavor to any home or office.

 

For the Sweet Tooth

Edward Marc Salted Caramels

Edward Marc Salted Caramels

More than a hundred years ago Greek immigrants arrived in Pittsburgh, PA and started making chocolates. Today, four generations later, the Edwards family has perfected family recipes and shares their edible treasures with the world. There’s something very Aegean-tasting about their Salted Caramels. They have a way to take you back to the salty island breeze for the split second the sale touches your mouth, before it’s overcome with the sweet chocolate.

America's best cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake

America’s best cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake

If the taste of the country’s best cupcakes doesn’t reel you in, the story of the two Greek sisters who quit their day jobs to pursue their passion for baking should. Katherine and Sophie have taken cupcake baking to new heights in America with Georgetown Cupcake, serving as models of entrepreneurialism, philanthropy and pursuing your dream. In the process, they’ve become best-selling authors and oh— they do make the best cupcakes in the country and thankfully, they deliver.

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Homemade, traditional Greek sweets mailed to your home

Gold Ribbon Gourmet is a specialty home-baked goods company based in Canton, Ohio that uses recipes passed from one generation to the next. Offerings include traditional Greek holiday pastries, including their speciality baklava recipe that comes from a century-old recipe. They ship throughout the United States. Their melomakarona and kourambiedes taste like yiayia’s.

 

 

For the Greek Gourmet

eleaWhat do you get when you cross one of the UK’s most famous street artists with some of the best olive oil on the planet? The answer is simple: Eleia x Paul Insect, a stunningly decorated bottle of liquid gold— Greek premium extra virgin olive oil, so handsomely presented, it stands out as a conversation piece on any table. Only 1000 limited edition bottles of Eleia x Paul Insect were produced, each numbered on the bottom and containing a half-liter of Eleia Greek Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil, all the way from Greece. Get a bottle here.

 

 

For the Greek American History Buff

louistikas1024x786Palikari – Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre is an award-winning DVD that deals with labor relations in early 20th century America, as told through the story of Greek immigrant and trade union activist Louis Tikas. Acclaimed historian Howard Zinn called the events the “culminating act of perhaps the most violent struggle between corporate power and laboring men in American history”. Get a DVD here.

tgfAnother great idea for the history buff this year is Lou Ureneck’s book The Great Fire, about one of the most significant chapters in modern Greek history, the Asia Minor Catastrophe when millions of Greeks were forced to flee what was then the Turkish Ottoman empire in the early 1900s. Professor Ureneck’s book adds an interesting American twist, telling the largely unknown story of an American missionary whose actions helped save hundreds of thousands of Greeks from death. Get The Great Fire here in paperback or hard cover.

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