By Maria Gregoriou
It is finally December and that means the month of shopping is here.
If you err more towards worrying how far you can stretch your cash end of the spectrum rather than thinking it is the most wonderful time of the year, here are a few events where you can pick up some gifts.
First up is a collection of handmade lifestyle products, such as jewellery, bags and scarves from the Kalikut Story accessories shop, which will be sold from Friday until Sunday at Breakfast at Teafunny’s in Nicosia. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these ethnic handmade products will go towards supporting Hope for Children UNCRC Policy Centre. So if you are looking for an item that is exclusive, which brings together modern and vintage feels and will also help a charity, then this is the event for you.
Another option could be a hand made bag for a lovely lady in your life. Julia Astreou-Christoforou Weaving Workshop in Nicosia will be presenting and selling its new collection of hand woven bags and home accessories inspired by the Art deco movement. The store will be open from 9am until 9pm, and promises to present you with the perfect gift idea because, lets face it, a girl just can’t have enough hand bags.
How about something for the soul and a new Christmas single called Christmas Isn’t Christmas Anymore. The single was written by Harri Kakoulli for Freedom Dolls, an organisation that helps women who have been sexually exploited through human trafficking in Cyprus. You can download the single for 99c on http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Isnt-Anymore-Harri-Kakoulli/dp/B00Q2YA0JO, itunes, Spotify and Google Play. All proceeds from the sale of the single will be donated to Freedom Dolls to help establish a safe house for victims. This may not be something that you can give someone on Christmas day but it could be a bit of a gift teaser to get some humbug Christmas spoiler in the mood.
Something a bit different and educational is the book entitled The History of the Faneromeni church by Demetris Taliadorou. The book is around 800 pages long and it is only the first volume. The second is planned to come out in the next few years. This one took ten years to complete and refers to events documented since 1945. According to the author “this is not a book so much about the church building, but the characters, the bishops and priests who played a big part in what the church has achieved and contributed to society.”
Finally, each household will be cutting the famous New Year cake on December 31 but this year why not make it a little different (besides, it has been going on for centuries now). You can purchase some special coins called Constantinata to put in the cake and support The Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends organisation. There are a total of six different coins for sale and the silver ones cost €15 while the gold one costs €300. So instead of playing secret Santa, maybe put one of these coins in the cake and mix things up this holiday season.
The Kalikut Story
Exhibition and sale of lifestyle products in support of Hope for Children. December 5-7. Breakfast at Teafunny’s, 17 Limassol Avenue, Nicosia. 10am-10pm. Tel: 99-222462
Julia Astreou-Christoforou Weaving Workshop
Hand woven handbags and accessories on sale. December 6-7. Julia Astreou-Christoforou Weaving Workshop, 1 St Barbara’s Street, Kaimakli, Nicosia. 9am-9pm. Tel: 22-466373
Christmas Isn’t Christmas Anymore
Download the song by Harri Kakoulli on http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Isnt-Anymore-Harri-Kakoulli/dp/B00Q2YA0JO
The History of the Faneromeni Church
Book by Demetirs Taliadorou. €50. Available at the offices of the Faneromeni church in Nicosia.
Sale of special coins for the New Year cake. Call the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends on 22-345444 for more information or to place an order. €300/15.