The Your Lebanon Last Minute Gift Guide

The holidays are here and there’s nothing like having absolutely no idea what to get your spouse, your teita, your best friend, eben 3amek….

I found myself in this predicament this weekend and decided to reach out to a few of my favorite bloggers and Lebanese creators for their last minute gift ideas.  

Tina, YourLebanon recommends:

Vanina World The Beirut based jewelry line Vanina World was started by Tatiana Fayad and Joanne Hayek in 2007 and has grown to become a lifestyle label, with products all proudly handcrafted in Lebanon.  We love their Arabic script bracelets collection, including their “Beautiful” and “Supermom” pieces. www.vanina.me  Insta:@Vanina_world 
Domestic & International shipping available

 

Arak Brun If they’re Lebanese, you can’t go wrong gifting arak. Arak Brun’s gift package includes their special reserve bottle with recycled handcrafted glass carafe, terrior’s anise bag and rare honey from Arak Brun’s anise field, produced in collaboration with Atelier du Miel ($50).  Their handcrafted arak carafes are produced in unique models from recycled class specially designed for Arak Brun by Green Glass Recycling Initiative Lebanon. www.arakbrun.com    Insta: @ArakBrun                                                                 
Available at The Cellar (La Boutique): 250 Monnot Street, Beirut Lebanon    Tel: +961-1-330-114

 

Tchenshol Another unique gift we love is pretty much anything from Tchenshol. Yasmina creates beautiful accessories inspired by Lebanese and Arabic culture with a vintage touch. Customization available. It was hard selecting just a few pieces to share here so be sure to browse her Insta page for more options. www.tchenshol.com Insta: @Tchenshol   
Domestic delivery available
(Price range $8-12 Customize +$2)  

 

Hand Painted by Sabah  Lebanese painter Sabah Naji is a professional calligraphist with experience in porcelain and oil painting. Her work incorporates her art and she does it all from her hometown Tripoli. Custom orders available. Insta: @HandPaintedbySabah                                        
(Mugs $20 each, Coffee cups set $60)

 


Pamela Chelala is a clothing and accessories designer from Batroun, Lebanon who selects and creates trendy and custom made pieces. We recommend checking out her handmade headbands and selection of cross earrings.  Insta: @PamelaChlala  Domestic & International shipping available  (Price Range: 20,000-40,000LL)

  

Beirut by Samir Kassir The book Beirut by Samir Kassir is a great gift for anyone who want to learn more about Lebanon. “Widely praised as the definitive history of Beirut, this is the story of a city that has stood at the crossroads of Mediterranean civilization for more than four thousand years. It is the last major work completed by Samir Kassir and takes the reader from the ancient to modern world. Generously illustrated and eloquently written, Beirut illuminates contemporary issues of modernity and democracy while at the same time memorably recreating the atmosphere of one of the world’s most picturesque, dynamic, and resilient cities.” English translation available on Amazon.com,$34.37

 

PawPots For our animal lovers, I recently learned about a wonderful new NGO for the adoption and rescue of pets, by President Jessica Rahhal, called Adopt Don’t Shop Lebanon, and they support Paw Pots, a local company that prepares healthy, ready-to-eat meals for dogs. Beit Chaar, Awkar, Mont-Liban.  Domestic delivery available.  
Insta: @adoptdontshop.lb  @pawpots 

Michel Zoghzoghi Another must-have gift for your animal loving friends are the new books Cattitude and The Unbearable Lightness of Woofing
by Lebanese Photographer and animal rights advocate Michel Zoghzoghi. Available at all We Are Urbanista restaurants ($70 each or $125 for both).
Insta:@Michel_Zoghzoghi    @WeareUrbanista

        

Slyp Socks Quick show of hands for our friends obsessed with socks! Your Lebanon rep. Daniel Chelala says that socks are the perfect stocking stuffer, and recommends checking out Slyp Socks, a brand created by designer Larissa Younes, proudly manufactured in Lebanon. 
($10/pair) Insta: @SlypSocks

Zafeel We’re all about supporting local artists, and Zafeel by Zayna Ayyad is one of those. We came across her Instagram and loved her custom made, hand painted woodwork. “Anything and everything can be my canvas.” Custom and ready made products available.
Tel:70877022 Insta: @zafeelz   
Price range $10+, photos here $70 for zain wood, $30 for commercial wood, $120-400 for personal paintings, depending on size and detail 

Baladi Home We have to have a great gift for the kitchen. A set of Farida Mezza plates from Baladi Home is perfect for our traditional Levantine and Mediterannean mezza spreads. A definite winner for that frequent hostess/host in your family.  www.BaladiHome.com Insta: @BaladiHome 
International shipping available   

   

Recommended by Food Blogger, Manal Massoud:  

“One of my favorite brands, especially to give out as gifts is Images D’ Orient. Their plate sets make great statement pieces for a modern Lebanese home, as well as a great hint of nostalgia and reminder of Lebanon to those living broad. And it’s always nice to support a great Lebanese family business that has so much potential.”
www.imagesdorient.com  Insta: @ImagesdOrient 
View website for list of retailers & their locations 

 

Recommended by Food & Travel Blogger Anthony Rahayel of No Garlic No Onions:

Anthony Rahayel shares his food and product recommendations through his international blog, No Garlic No Onions. One that caught our eye was a top quality, hand-crafted ship model by Atelier a La Mer. “That ship is in my office: made in Tripoli. 11 months of hard work by hand!”
Custom orders and a selection of pre-created ships are available at their shop: Labban Street, El Mina, Liban-Nord, Lebanon.       
Insta: @atelieralamer (Price range $100+)

   

    

Recommended by Designer, TV host and business woman Zeina Zoghzoghy:

“These rings designed by Wassila Skayki are really exceptional and at very affordable prices, made of diamonds with very special colors for the holidays. They are fashionable, stylish and unique pieces that you can wear it with different outfits and for many occasions.”
 Insta: @wassilaskaykijewelry  Tel: +9613049424

Recommended by Travel Photographer & Writer Diala Shuhaiber of Frame with a View 

Photographer & writer Diala will make you the popular guest at this year’s holiday parties, with her suggestion to check out the new Elmir Craft Beer, “there’s a new local beer on the block, and it’s not just beautiful on the outside but on the inside as well. This limited edition all-natural beer is just the right gift for this Christmas and it comes along with these two gorgeous glasses as well as a bottle opener. With lovely notes of red berries and other yummies, you’ll be sure to be cheersing your way, right into the New Year and beyond!”  www.elmirbrewery.com Insta: @ElmirBrewery
(Price for full set including free delivery within Lebanon, $50)

Recommended by Food Blogger Chicho of Yummy Lebanon:


Chicho, with YummyLebanon,  recommends a classic Buche de Noel. “I would go for a Buche de Noel from ARhallab (50,000-79,000LBP) because their Buche is creamy and spongy, besides I can have Halewet el Jeben there as well!”     www.hallab.com.lb/ 
Riad el Solh Street, Tripoli 
 Insta: @ArHallab1881

  

Recommended by lifestyle blogger Nayla Abdelnour:

Beauty, lifestyle and family blogger Nayla Abdelnour recommends the Dr.Jart+ Water Fuse Hydro Sleep Mask for her, “I recently bought it and tried it, it is so good for face hydration.” 
Available at all Sephora outlets & online at Sephora.com ($48)

Recommended by lifestyle and travel blogger Christina Naim, Traveling with Thyme:


Blogger Christina loves the Potion Kitchen skincare routine “Potion Kitchen is a 100% natural skincare brand handcrafted in Lebanon, using only natural plant-based ingredients…[they] use no synthetics, artificial ingredients,man-made chemicals or parabens. It’s the perfect last minute holiday gift for her because 1) they deliver, and 2) the products are amazing and affordable!” 
Available with free delivery in Lebanon through www.MintBasilMarket.com ($10-40)  
Insta: @MintBasilMarket @PotionKitchen  

   

Recommended by Beirut based baker and blogger Jihane of @maman_chocolat:

Jihane recommends personalized products from Caprice de fil. All products aremade in Italy and hand personalized by women in need from all around Lebanon. “I love the shop caprice de fil, it is a Handmade embroidery shop were you can find all kinds of gifts and favors for all occasions. They offer a beautiful Christmas decoration and things like embroidered towels, food containers, aprons etc… I always find there what I need”
Domestic delivery available for orders
Insta: @Capricedefil (Price Range $25-250) 

Jihane also recommends London Blue, a jewelry boutique based in Saifi Village. “[It]offers a variety of trendy and classic designs for all tastes. From necklaces to small bracelets, they have gifts for every age  and always new designs.”
Domestic & international shipping available 
Info@LondonBlueJewelry.com 
Insta: @
londonbluejewelry

Recommended by Dina Maktabi of Mums in Beirut:  


Dina Maktabi of Mums In Beirut, a network of mothers sharing knowledge  and experiences navigating motherhood shares with us her favorite gift ideas:  “For all Lebanese lovers this shawl by Nivine Maktabi with the Lebanese lira currency, depicting the pigeon rock, makes it an iconic fashion accessory.”
www.OumniaBoutique.com ($160)
Insta: @NivineMaktabi
Dina also recommends the Mums in Beirut eco bag and mugs, available through Insta: @MumsinBeirut



This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own unless listed otherwise. 

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