Buying local is big news. But that doesn’t mean just buying your bananas from the back of a truck. Anything purchased locally allows your community to flourish: not only are you supporting the diversity of talent in the region, you’re also reducing your environmental impact and ensuring money stays circulating in your area; purchase locally rather than from big businesses and, according to independent economic think tank the New Economics Foundation, you’re doubling the money that stays in your community!
With that said, and coming up to the busiest retail period of the year, why not consider buying your Christmas gifts from a little closer to home in 2017? There are endless options for really gorgeous, handmade products on our creative little island. Here are just a few suggestions for cosy Christmas…
BBWOLF children’s clothing
A handmade local brand which boasts the quality, simple imagery and whimsical details that make each item a perfect present for the youngsters this Christmas.
Available from: Vagabond in Old Nicosia
Price: from €33 to €80
For more information: call 96398886 or visit the Facebook page ‘BBWOLF’
Wooden design combines fine craftsmanship techniques with modern aesthetics, and uses all natural materials to create furniture and toys with a difference. Check out their handcrafted spinning tops for a gift that can be treasured for generations.
Price: from €8
For more information and outlets: call 70000603 or visit www.lovenlight.eu
THE T-SHIRT PROJECT
Produces unique, environmentally-friendly, kids’ t-shirts: 100% organic cotton, ethically made, and screen-printed in Cyprus using non-toxic dyes. Each t-shirt tells the tale of superhero Kiko, whose goal is to protect the environment. Perfect for kids between the ages of 3 and 12, €1 of every purchase goes to local charity Cans for Kids.
Available from: various outlets in Nicosia and Limassol, Price: T-shirts cost €30. For more information: call 22380707 or visit www.ecohome-store.com/buy-a-tshirt
ELENA ANTORKA ACCESSORIES
Made from fabrics and materials collected all around the globe. Bags, cases, capes, neckwarmers, fingerless gloves and a small series of eco-friendly products and home accessories all make for a delightfully personal gift that’s both colourful and playful in character.
Available from: online from both Facebook and Etsy as well as Nicosia concept store Artnaldas
Price: from €8 to €70
For more information: call 99 334545 or visit the Facebook page ‘Elena Antorka’
That all-round Christmas-gift staple, but with a unique twist! Massage candles, beeswax candles and melts, and soy wax candles and melts (which burn slower and don’t emit any soot), in a range of over 100 rich scents will make anyone’s evening a cosy treat this winter.
Available from: the candles can be purchased at most Christmas Fairs as well as online (Facebook Candles Cyprus)
Price: starting at €3
For more information: call 70009070 or visit the Facebook page ‘Cyprus Candles’
THE HUGA STUDIO
In Nicosia’s Old Town, this shop is packed with locally-made gifts. From Georgia Moditi’s chic camel suede purses, tote and clutch bags (priced from €30), to Studio 3533’s wooden serving platter (priced from €55), this delightful one-stop shop boasts a rich selection of potential presents for your favoured female (or male!).
For more information: call 99 370073 or visit the Facebook page ‘huga studio’.
MY AKAMAS MANDALA
By journalist and author Melissa Hekkers, this is an interactive colouring book for both children and adults which features 11 endemic plants of the Akamas peninsula on the west coast of the island – perfect for quiet, artistic evenings in front of the fireplace!
Available from: the Soloneion, Moufflon, and Mavromatis bookshops, as well as through the Facebook page ‘My Cyprus Mandala’
For more information: call 99803832 or visit www.melissahekkers.com
THE WILD MAMMALS OF CYPRUS
By local author and expert on indigenous flora and fauna, Haris Nicolaou, this is a beautiful compendium of fascinating information (in Greek) and gorgeous wildlife photography. A wonderful coffee table book
Available from: Parga, Kyriacou, Moufflon, and Soloneion bookshops
For more information: call 99698767 or email [email protected]
By local author Fortino Samano, a wonderful collection of Cypriot-dialect haikus set in an arid landscape and featuring cacti, lizards and motorbikes. Perfect for those who enjoy a shot of original creative writing, each limited-edition book is numbered
Available from: Phaneromenis 70 art shop, the Moufflon Bookshop, and the Soloneion
For more information: [email protected]
APHRODITE – THE NAKED TRUTH
An erotic graphic novel, is a great gift for anyone who enjoys a bit of love, sex, fun and local history all in one book! Available in Greek, English, and German and published by CIPS Publishing
Available from: selling points are listed on the website www.aphroditecomic.com
Price: €12.50 in store and €16.50 online
BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL HERMANN GOURMET COSMETICS
The first Cypriot brand to have been approved by PETA International: a collection of 35 hand-made cosmetics, including soaps, face creams, body creams, perfumes, scrubs and a new limited edition candle – something special for everyone this Christmas.
Available from: a list of selling points around the island is on www.hermanncosmetics.com
Price: from €6 to €65
For information: call 2252728
KYPWELL NATURAL PREMIUM SKIN CARE
A fantastic gift for the beautiful! The ingredients in the products are all locally-sourced, while the three herbal tisanes (detox, slimming, calming) would make a delightful present for anyone needing a luxurious pick-me-up post-Christmas.
Available from: the Kypwell Club spa Yermasoyia and online (www.kypwell.com)
Price: from €15
For more information: call 25 105585 or visit www.kypwell.com
A gorgeous local, handmade brand of natural herbal skincare which both promotes self-care and produces minimal waste. Made from strictly natural ingredients
Available from: Ark in Limassol, Ecohome in Nicosia, Katana in Kalavasos, Solar Kitchen Bar in Larnaca and online at www.gaiaolea.com
Price: between €5 and €30, gift sets start at €25. Available from
Jewellery designs by local creative Skevi Afantiti have long been a popular gift for those with style. Simple lines and exquisite craftsmanship make for a classic but modern present this season; check out the LINK collection
Available from: Krama, 3E, Arnaldas street, Nicosia (off Makarios Ave).
Price: from approximately €45
For more information: call 22 761655 or visit www.skeviafantiti.com
A BIT DIFFERENT BY DEREK HARRIS
The internationally recognised and award-winning artist who draws inspiration from the light, scenery and remarkable sunsets on the island he has called home for the last five years boasts a portfolio that includes painting, photography, design and illustration. But he’s also recently branched out into homeware: his gorgeous cushions based on original artwork come in six designs and are a wonderful gift for anyone who’d love a little bit of Cyprus in their home. Cushions cost €50 including postage. For more info: call 99022358
or goto http://derekharrisartworks.com
Homemade food and produce is a real favourite with foodies far and wide. But it’s the Paphos-based store’s pumpkin bread which brings visitors from miles around: loaded with delicious fresh organic pumpkin, festive nutmeg, and warm vanilla, it’s the ideal gourmet gift for family, friends and self over the Christmas season! Each loaf weighs just over 1kg
Available from: Kika’s Garden in Paphos, selected delis in Nicosia, or can be delivered anywhere on the island
For more information: call 99459400 or visit the Facebook page ‘Kika’s Garden homemade food & produce’
A local tour company offering experiences with a difference in Vavla, Larnaca. Perfect as a gift for nature-loving families, offers include ‘Become a Beekeeper for a Day’, the eco tour ‘Get to Know Nature’, a ‘Gastronomy’ tasting programme, as well Christmas gift baskets (delivered island-wide), and various hive products such as honey, royal jelly, and pure beeswax candles.
Price: Taking place all year round, tours start at €12; products at €3
For more information: call 96 373013 or visit http://ecophysiscy.com
OOH LA LA TEA PARTIES
Might just be the ultimate in Christmas experiences! Mobile and able to travel pretty much anywhere, the parties can cater for up to 40, providing a feast of homemade delights (mouth-watering scones, scrumptious cakes, exquisite cupcakes, and delicious teas) on elegant vintage china. Perfect for an office do with a difference or a catered get-together, this is English high tea at its finest
Price: from €14 per person
For more information: call 99 152693 or visit the Facebook page ‘The Metropole Hotel Vintage Tea Room’
MICROGREEN GROW KIT
From Stone Castle Farms, this is perfect for the person who already has everything or for any budding health nuts out there! Containing two re-usable seed trays, four little bags of organic compost, four packets of assorted organic microgreens seeds and an instruction sheet, the kit boasts everything the recipient needs to grow their own antioxidant-packed windowsill garden!
For more information: call 99 714325 or visit the Facebook page ‘Stone Castle Microgreens’