The countdown to Christmas has already begun and so have the festivities around the city. With the easing of restrictions around malls & shopping centers, it’s difficult not to get swept up in the spirits. After all, we’ve all earned this one!

Social distancing guidelines are still in place & crowded areas are not recommended. So we thought of a way to make it easier for you to shop gifts for your friends & family this Christmas, from the comfort of your home.

We’ve put together a list of 5 great gifting ideas. These are handpicked for being different from the usual gifting ideas while sharing the commonality of being local businesses so you’re also spreading joy by shopping with them.

  1. Parfumery

Gifting perfumes to someone you know is relatively simple. You know their tastes or even better, know their favorite brand and all you have to do is find a good deal & wrap it up. But that’s too easy and not to mention, completely impersonal. So how do you spin this in a way that makes them feel loved and cared for?

That’s where Parfumery comes in. They’ve got a great take on an old gifting idea. What’s so great about them you ask?

Well you first pick a bottle of your choice (yes, a custom bottle), then you pick a label (they even have Christmas special labels) or you can upload your own for a nominal cost which can then be pasted on the bottle or printed on it. Then you pick the fragrance that you’d like the perfume to be inspired by. They have a long list of branded perfumes so you can be sure to find one that you like. Once you’ve selected the fragrance, you get to put in a name or a custom message (like an inside joke) on the bottle & voila! Your custom made gift is ready! You still have to enter the shipping details & pay for it, of course!

Give their insta handle a follow & check out their website parfumery.co.

2. Craft by Two

We all know you can’t have Christmas without wine & another thing that’s synonymous with Christmas is lights. Lots of colorful lights, but what are we getting at here? Let us throw some light on that. (pun intended)

Craft by Two, a Dubai based local business makes amazing wine and spirits dispensers using pipes, T-joints, ropes, wood & other simple material. All by hand, right here in the UAE. Some of them even double up as a cool table lamp. So you’ve got a 2 in 1. See what we were getting at?

If you’re going for the rustic & industrial look for your interior, their stuff is going to fit right in. You can find them on insta using the handle @craftbytwo or visit their website craftbytwo.com from where you can make an online purchase too.

3. Design A Box

Design A Box is a gifting studio that customizes their boxes to include items varying from quick bites to shower essentials to accessories & mugs and a lot more. So if you know someone who loves it all, this service could be the right gift for them.

They even have special festive boxes for Christmas, but time is of the essence. However, if they run out of them, you can always pick one from their collection that you know your friends or family will like because gift boxes make for such a great & thoughtful gift.

You can get in touch with them through their insta handle @designaboxae.

4. Thirdcultchr

What’s a great festival without pictures, right? But we’ve all seen polaroids & picture frames on walls. They look all too familiar after a while and lose it’s essence. Wouldn’t it be cool if those pictures could get an interesting twist?

Well, Thirdcultchr can do that for you, by throwing in a dash of ‘portraiture’ to your existing photographs. Portraiture is a way of giving your existing photos a caricature like appeal to make them fun, vibrant & look completely out of the ordinary.

Their stuff is not restricted to portraitures alone. They also have great jewellery, bags & other accessories that you might enjoy. You can find them on instagram @thirdcultchr.

5. Mr. Blue Fish

Now that you’ve got these amazing gifting ideas from us, we thought we should wrap things up in style. No prizes for guessing who does a great job at that!

With all these gifts going around, imagine the amount of paper that gets wasted in the wrapping! Thankfully, the folks over at Mr Blue Fish are doing something about it. Something almost unheard of. Sustainable gift wrapping using fabric based material that can later be reused for other purposes.

Make sure you check them out @mrbluefishco. They sell online, as well as at markets. 

We hope you found this article helpful in finding the right gifts for your near & dear ones. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, do let us know in the comments!

Merry Christmas! 🙂

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