Discover the Best Greek Christmas Gifts

Are you wondering what some Greek Christmas gift ideas are? As the holiday season draws near, everyone starts thinking about Christmas, family gatherings, and joyful decorations. In this guide, we embark on a journey to uncover the best Greek Christmas gifts, each resonating with the warmth and heritage of this ancient land.

If you are one of Greece lovers, discover in this post a festive selection of unique gift ideas and some of the best traditional Greek gifts that you can purchase from the comfort of your own home.

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Greek Christmas Gift Ideas

Up next I am going to tell you about my favorite Greek Christmas Gifts!

1. Greek Coffee Maker

Greek Christmas Gifts: Greek coffee maker.

The traditional copper Greek coffee pot, known as a “briki” in Greece is not just a brewing vessel; it’s a symbol of cultural tradition and the art of coffee making in Greece. It is also a unique gift idea, and especially for Christmas.

The narrow neck and wide base create the perfect conditions for brewing finely ground coffee with sugar and water, resulting in the thick and rich concoction that defines Greek coffee. As the Greek coffee slowly simmers, the aroma wafts, signaling the arrival of a strong and flavorful cup. Surprise your guests with real Greek Coffee like the one from Loumidis in Greece.

Brewing tip: The briki can be used in electric ceramic heaters as well!

2. Greek Wine for the Christmas Meal

Greek Christmas Gifts: Family around a Christmas table pouring wine in the glasses.

In the sunny vibes of Greece, there’s this awesome lineup of local indigenous grape varieties each embodying the essence of its terroir. First up, you’ve got Assyrtiko, the Santorini superstar, making wines that are like a taste of sunshine mixed with volcanic vibes (crisp acidity and mineral intensity).

Wine tasting in Greece, Palivos vineyard.
Nemea Vineyards

Then there’s Agiorgitiko crafting robust reds in Nemea Peloponnese and people call it the “Blood of Hercules”! Moschofilero adds a pop of aromatic flair to the Peloponnese – think flowers and citrus having a party in your glass. Up north, Xinomavro is like the rockstar red, and Malagouzia will enchant you with jasmine and citrus blossoms, alongside fruity elements like peach, apricot, and tropical fruits. Robola, on the Ionian isle of Kefalonia, imparts elegance with its saline-kissed whites.

These indigenous varieties weave a narrative of Greece’s viticultural diversity, offering a sip of history and culture. Check all the Greek wine varieties out in Greece and Grapes dedicated e-shop here!

3. Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Greek Christmas Gifts: A plate of Greek Salad with a jar pouring olive oil.

In the heart of Greece, olive trees have long been revered as symbols of peace and prosperity. Gift your loved ones the liquid gold of Greece – extra virgin olive oil. With its unparalleled quality and rich flavor, it’s not just a kitchen staple but a cultural gem. Opt for beautifully crafted olive oil sets, such as the olive oil harvested and bottled at the Olive Estates of Kolymvari on the Island of Crete.

Another fantastic traditional Greek gift is a jar of stuffed almond green olives (gluten-free) that you can add to the Greek salad or accompany a glass of Greek wine!

4. Greek Honey (Top Greek Christmas Gifts)

Greek Christmas Gifts: A priest selling Greek honey and other stuff at a kiosk.

A jar of Greek honey (Μέλι in Greek) is one of the best Greek Christmas Gifts. Just like with the ones, every region in Greece produces some special honey, it’s a sweet journey through the diverse landscapes of Greece. From the floral notes of Attica to the aromatic thyme-infused honey of Crete, each region boasts unique flavors. Consider gifting honey gift sets, pairing this golden nectar with complementary delights like nuts, herbs, or Greek cheeses. It’s a sensory experience that captures the essence of Greece’s vibrant flora.

Tip: Add a small packet of natural mastiha drops from Chios Island.

5. Greek Soap Bar Made of Olive Oil

Greek Christmas Gifts: Papoutsanis green soap.

Papoutsanis is one of the oldest soap-production Greek factories in the country. Established in 1870, this family-run business has perfected the art of creating pure, traditional Greek olive oil soap bars. Utilizing locally sourced olive oil, each soap bar is a testament to Greek heritage, natural ingredients, and eco-conscious practices.

My mother, when she was very young and living in a small village in the Peloponnese – she is 89 today – used olive oil soaps for everything (for personal hygiene and washing clothes alike). We are still using Papoutsanis bars which have retained the authenticity and purity of the product.

6. Hand-Painted Ceramic Vase Pot

Another great Greek Christmas Gift is a pottery with scenes from Ancient Greek mythology. Bring a piece of Greece’s ancient pottery tradition into modern homes with classic Greek ceramics. Opt for hand-painted replicas of iconic vessels, such as the Goddess Athena and God Poseidon vase or a Minoan vase with a bull leaping. These artful pieces depicting scenes from Greek mythology are a testament to Greece’s enduring cultural legacy.

7. Evil-Eye Jewelry

Greek jewelry, with its symbolic motifs and timeless designs, makes for an elegant and meaningful Christmas gift. Consider pieces featuring the Evil Eye, an ancient symbol believed to protect against negative energy. I have singled out this gorgeous SWAROVSKI Duo Evil Eye with a rose gold-plated metal necklace. It is delicate gold jewelry adorned with a sparkly and impressive evil-eye pendant.

8. Greek Christmas Gift: Karavaki

Greek Christmas Karavaki
Traditional Boats (Karavaki) decorated for Christmas on Aegina Island

The Greek traditional Christmas karavaki, or “little boat,” stands out as an emblematic and heartwarming symbol of the festive season. Rooted in maritime heritage, this unique Christmas tradition involves decorating small boats with colorful lights, ornaments, and festive trimmings.

The karavaki not only symbolizes the country’s deep connection to the sea but also holds a symbolic significance of hope and renewal. This small wooden fishing boat, adorned with a Mediterranean touch, is an ideal addition to your Christmas decorations. Simply place a Christmas ornament on it, and you’ll have your own Greek karavaki gracing your mantel.

9. Funny T-Shirt

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Wrap up the holiday season with a touch of humor and Greek flavor by gifting the “I’m Just Here For The Spanakopita” funny Greek t-shirt. This playful tee is not just an outfit; it’s a festive declaration of love for the irresistible spinach and feta-filled phyllo pie. Perfect for the foodie in your life or anyone with a taste for laughter, this shirt combines style with a dash of cultural charm. Make Christmas memorable with a gift that sparks joy and smiles, celebrating the season with a wink and a nod to the beloved spanakopita.

10. Personalized Greek Experiences

Ski Resort in Kaimaktsalan

For a truly unforgettable gift, consider offering a personalized Greek experience. This could range from a cooking class with a local chef, a guided tour of historical sites such as the Acropolis, or even a weekend getaway to a ski resort (Greece has 19 organized ski resorts). Tailoring the experience to the recipient’s interests ensures a gift that creates lasting memories!

Are you planning on visiting Athens during Christmas? Then this dedicated post here will give you the best 14 ideas for a festive Christmas in Athens!

In the spirit of holiday joy, these best Greek Christmas gifts offer a glimpse into the heart and soul of Greece’s festive traditions. This holiday season, unwrap the magic of Greece and share the gift of Hellenic traditions with your loved ones.

Kalá Christoúgenna! (Merry Christmas!)

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Hi! I am an Athens-based Greek obsessed with exploring Greece and bringing you the best travel experience ever!

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