It’s Christmas time, the most wonderful time of the year, unless, of course, you always know what to get your loved ones. Despite the beauty of the season, it can also be quite a stressful time, especially if you’re shopping on a budget, or for a difficult recipient, or with time running out, or all of the above. Your stresses can even be made worse by supply issues (that’s really a thing) or shipping delays.
We’re happy to say we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together some great, affordable gift ideas. The best part? You can find them all here in Guyana, many of them are made with love and joy by small businesses. And honestly, we can all do with a little love and joy this holiday season.
For those who need to take care of themselves
If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that we need to take better care of ourselves. Personal grooming has become all the rage in recent years, and we’ve got it. Life can be tough, and most of us deserve a little attention. If there’s someone in your life who enjoys personal care (or maybe someone who needs more of it), then these companies may have just what you need:
â SACH Guyane – SACH Guyane specializes in cruelty-free and non-GMO skin care products including facial bars and oils. For Christmas, SACH Guyana offers customizable holiday tub sets with your choice of face bar, soap saver, and tub soap dish. Christmas-themed packaging is also available. Find them on Instagram @sachsoaps or in store at Lot 161 Waterloo Street.
â AYA – With a focus on minimalist natural hair care, AYA (which stands for “As You Are”) Hair Guyana is a new small business getting into the Christmas spirit with Christmas boxes full of great products and services like video tutorials. AYA is offering a $ 20,000 âluxury boxâ for the seasoned naturalist; a $ 12,000 âfresh boxâ for the new natural; and a personalized box for those who may have more specific needs. Find them on Instagram @ aya.hairgy.
â Iconic By K – If you are looking to add a little luxury to your daily routine, Iconic By K brings you (literally) a selection of loungewear and accessories made in Guyana. Iconic By K prides itself on ethically made satin products including bathrobes, pillow cases, hats and scrunchies. Prices range from $ 1,000 to $ 6,000 and the items are available in a range of beautiful colors. Find them on Instagram @iconicbyk or call them at 628-5463.
For the accessory lover
We understood; shopping for jewelry can be intimidating. What if they already had something like this? Or if it was just too expensive? There are so many things to consider when giving a jewelry gift. But what if we told you that you can buy unique and beautiful pieces that do not dry up your pockets? Check out these suggestions:
â DOLNÃ, with love – If you are looking for unusual jewelry, DOLNÃ, with love can help. This small business, launched earlier this year, offers lightweight, handmade polymer clay jewelry in unique designs that are sure to turn heads. If you’re looking for something Christmas-themed, DOLNÃ has a Limited Jewelry Pack containing a ceramic jewelry box, necklace, and four pairs of earrings, all for $ 6,500. For this and other options, check out DOLNÃ, lovingly on Instagram @ dolni.hand made or call them at 655-9628.
â Purple Clover Jewelry – Purple Clover combines beauty and affordability with authentic luxury and semi-fine jewelry. You can choose from a wide range of earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces, charms and anklets that provide you with a variety of timeless pieces that will be your favorites for years to come | more modern pieces. Their new line of crystal trees is also sure to make a lovely addition to an accessory lover’s collection. Find Purple Clover jewelry on Instagram @purplecloverjewelry or visit it at 152 Barr Street, Kitty or the Giftland Mall.
For the one for whom it is difficult to shop
We’ve almost all been there: we want to buy a gift for someone but it’s either a) hard to shop or b) they already have everything and more. Rather than buying another basic gift, try these gift ideas based on size:
Treats – Holiday gifts don’t always have to be long-lasting items. Sometimes these can be items that provide fleeting but great pleasure to the recipient. If the recipient of your gift is someone who appreciates a sweet treat more than anything, we recommend Quai Craft Chocolate, which describes its products as “quality chocolate handcrafted in small batches from cocoa beans. ‘ethical origin from Guyana’. This Christmas you can choose from four flavors: Cinnamon Sorrel, Dark Milk, Orange Cardamom, and Peanut Praline. Or forget to choose and get them all. Check out Quai Craft Chocolate on Instagram @quaicraftchocolate. If you don’t want to offer sugary treats, you can also try Espresso Expresso for an assortment of coffee, cocoa, and tea products. You can find them on Instagram @espressoexpressgy or visit their Au Hub space at 74-75 Main Street (Tower Suites).
Books – Books can be boring for some, but for others, they can open up a world of adventure, romance, healing, and more. It’s true when they say you can never have enough books and that local small businesses like Novelty Bookstore (@noveltybooksgy on Instagram) have a range of options at affordable prices. Looking to make things more interesting? Buy a set of books and create your own theme that tells a story. Get creative and you can turn a “boring” gift (it really isn’t!) Into something more. And who knows, maybe a book or two will remind your gift that he promised to read more this year …
Experiences – When someone has had enough material things, it’s time to focus on the immaterial. Enter courtyard side: local tourism. Guyana is fortunate to be home to wonderful ecotourism and there are many small businesses available to help you experience all that our country has to offer. Blackwater Adventures (@blackwater_adventures on Instagram or call 610-9774) is a small business that can provide you with activities on weekdays and weekends, from fishing and caiman watching to bush cooks and barbecues. If your gift prefers quieter experiences, you can also find plenty of spa options to suit their needs (and your budget).
Subscriptions – When all else fails, you can go the safest route by paying for a subscription service that your recipient already has or might be interested in. While this option is technically accessible locally, it will most likely be a local business or a small business. BUT if the weather is against you, are you really in a position to discuss the semantics of this suggestion? Many subscription services like Spotify premium, Netflix, and Audible offer options for giving someone access to their platforms. Even Amazon offers the option of purchasing a Prime Gift subscription. Be careful, subscriptions can be expensive, especially if you buy several months for your gift. But they really are the gift that keeps on giving.