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Impressive local gifts lead the way this Christmas
by Korena Darnelle

As you get ready to shop for Christmas gifts, many of you may look to Amazon and Ebay, but we’ve got some local gems right here in Bim that will blow you away. We’ve rounded up the best fashion, jewellery, candles and more at a wide array of price points for everyone on your list.

For The Guys: Food And Drinks

Some guys love to sit back and have a drink. Check out Bumbu Spirit Rum Original, an impressive 18 year old Panamanian blend distilled locally by the West Indies Rum Distillery and retailing at just $46.22 for a 750ml bottle. Shopping for a guy who’s not a drinker? No worries! Get him dressed up with an Icon gift set from Monumental Watches starting from $350. They also have an excellent Bella gift set collection for the ladies.

Growing up, we’ve all heard the phrase ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’ so why not give him a belly full of Yelluh Meat fresh off the fire? Each bowl features delectable toppers such as tuna, lentils, pork, buljol and other incredible seasonal delicacies making them the gifts that keep on giving. With $15 gift certificates available, the man in your life can enjoy Yelluh Meat bowls long after Christmas ends.

For The Ladies: Lux Finds

For the ethical fashionista in your life, handcrafted vegan leather, purses, bags and accessories in a range of styles, prints and colors are available from Ayola. With prices ranging from $60 to $240, you’re sure to find something to fit your style and your budget. Pair your pick with a handcrafted gemstone or crystal piece from the Emme Rose jewellery line and you’re sure to be the talk of the town. Prices range from $40 to $200.

Earthy Collections’ colourful, elegant style is sure to be a great fit for someone on your list. Their genuine leather sandals come in a variety of colours, including their top sellers, the Tameka and the Zari, for just $155 and $185 respectively. They also have gift certificates available if you’re shopping for someone who prefers to pick their own accessories.

Is there a beach lover in your life? J'aiNique Couture offers a selection of masks and hair accessories to complement their beautiful swimsuit collection. Their newly released Eli trunks for gents would be a great add-on to make an impressive His & Hers set for the perfectly coordinated couple.

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East Coast Road by Native Candles

For Those Who Prefer The Finer Things

What’s Christmas without chocolate? Agapey Chocolate Factory carries a rich Mount Gay Rum Caramel Dark Chocolate that’ll simply melt in your mouth and starts from $14. Need a health-conscious option? Their 85% plain chocolate, made from local sugar and cocoa beans, may be the perfect choice at just $12.

Want to set the mood? Check out the signature scents that evoke the very best of island life from Native Candles, like Brown Rum and East Coast Road. If you’re in the market for a more practical gift, Native Candles can help keep those pesky mosquitoes away with their Lemongrass candles. Their Burn Mr. Harding candle is an ideal present for the history buff with a love of interesting stories. Get your mini candles starting from $28 or a regular-sized candle for $40.

There are plenty of other incredible, high-quality local products that aren’t on this list, but once you buy local, we’re sure you and your loved ones will have a Happy Holiday.

*All prices quoted in Barbados dollars


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