Really Cool Greek-Inspired Gifts Under $100

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Greek up your holiday gift giving with some of our hand-picked Greek-inspired gift ideas for all kinds of people– and animals. We’ve pulled these interesting items from various sources around the internet to help inspire you to add a bit of Greek flair to your Christmas giving this year.

For Kids…

GreekBuildingBlocksUncle Goose classic ABC building blocks— but instead of ABC, they’re actually ΑΒΓ… and so on. You can have fun with your kids building and playing, while spelling out their names in Greek and helping them learn their first Greek words. These Uncle Goose blocks are made in the USA. Click here to buy a set.

parthenon-blocksAre your kids a bit older and more adventurous with their building blocks? How about this cool set of wooden blocks that recreate an ancient Greek temple? Click here to buy a set.

For the Coffeeholic…

4594714224You can have a feel of New York City Greek diner right at home with your very own “Anthora” coffee cups that are everywhere in the city. Read about the Greek-inspired connection to these cups and buy a set of 100 (with lids) for your coffee-drinker friend. Get a set of 100 cups and lids here.

anthora-ceramicIn addition to the throw-aways (above), there’s a museum-quality ceramic of this iconic cup that’s actually a best-seller at the Museum of Modern Art gift shop. Get one here.

anthora-espressoOr you can opt for a cute set of two 3 ounce espresso-sized ceramic cups that are an exact replica of the larger version. Get a set of two smaller cups here.

For the Chocaholic…

edwardmarcThe Edwards family has been making chocolates for four generations and it all started when great-grandparents Ourania and Charlie emigrated from Greece, bringing with them their confectionary secrets from the old country. The couple settled in Pittsburgh and today, the great-grandkids are following in yiayia and papou’s footsteps. In the nine decades since their great grandparents first founded the business, the family has handed down– from father to son and mother to daughter– the traditions and techniques of fine chocolate making, each successive generation prospering upon the exact recipe that Charlie and Ourania perfected in 1914.Their boxed salted caramels invoke a hint of the Aegean Sea on your lips and although we’re not sure of the sea salt that is used actually comes from the mother country… the taste is enough to take you back. Get a box of 32 sea-salt caramels here.

For the History Buff…

Ludlow MassacreThe story of Louis Tikas and his efforts to represent Greek immigrant workers in the American Rocky Mountains is the stuff legends are made of. This immigrant from Crete helped change U.S. labor laws and make America a better place for hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers for generations to come. Get the DVD of the award-winning documentary, Palikari: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre here.

tgfAnother great idea for the history buff this year id 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.

For the Tech-Savvy Fashionista…

mariliza-bag1This hand-made Mati iPad case which doubles as a purse (or even a man bag) is made in Greece by Mariliza, who runs her very own gift shop on the Aegean island of Antiparos. Handstitched from the best materials around, your Mariliza Antiparos Mati bag is sure to protect your belongings in more ways than one! Get your Mati case here.

For your Furry Friends…

leashNothing says “woof” in Greek better than a dog collar and leash bearing the blue and white flag of Greece. Whether your furry friend is named Spot or Zeus, it makes a great gift so he/she can also share his Greek pride. Get the collar or leash here.

For Your Tree Trimming…

ornamentsThese charming Greece-inspired ornaments are crafted of glass. They will make a great addition to your family’s Christmas tree. The ornaments comes from the world-famous Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Michigan. Click here to get one.

For Sending to Family and Friends…

cartoulesWe love these hand-pressed Greek holiday cards by Julie at Cartoules Press in California. Julie takes great pride in her ancient skill of traditional old-fashioned letterpressing and her wide variety of cards include some great holiday selections. Check out Cartoules Press here.

 

 

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