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Top 10 Lithuanian gift ideas for Christmas

We’ve all been there. It’s easy to buy a traditionally French gift (some perfume or a bottle of exquisite champagne), a gift with a Spanish flavour (a hamper full of chorizo sausage and wines, or a set of terracotta tapas dishes) or even a typical Russian gift (usually a doll called matrioshka). If you are a Lithuanian national stranded somewhere in Europe, it is rather tricky to find a symbolic yet unforgettable Lithuanian gift for someone special.

I’ve recently picked up a brochure published by Lithuanian State Department of Tourism entitled “25 things not to miss in Lithuania”, and the 23rd thing not to be missed was called “Lithuanian handicrafts”:

Traditional Lithuanian handicrafts, such as artistic linen, ceramic or amber articles, can make beautiful decorations for your home or great gifts.

And I couldn’t agree more. One thing is to go to Lithuania and shop for those items at numerous fairs and markets; however, shopping for Lithuanian art or Lithuanian linen products while abroad becomes more difficult. Here’s my selected list of recommended retailers specialising in just about anything Lithuanian you can think of.

1. Amber and silver pendant

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By Ula © Ona.com

Think Lithuania, think amber. If traditional amber bead necklaces are not your cup of tea, opt for something more modern and subtle.
Available from: Ona.com

2. Tea brewing set

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By Ruta Sipalyte © Ona.com

Lithuania has always been known for its pottery and this cute ceramic object will cheer you up every time you feel like having a hot drink.
Available from: Ona.com

3. Lithuanian linen napkins

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© LinenMe Jazz collection

Linen is one of the most traditional Lithuanian textiles, admired worldwide and available in so many weaves and colours. Pick these trendy linen napkins from a UK retailer LinenMe.
Available from: LinenMe

4. Ceramic composition ‘Mysterious life’

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By Agne Semberaite © Ona.com

Even though flying fish and winged dragons are not really a part of Lithuanian fauna, this beautiful and unique piece will definitely make a lovely gift for someone who loves Lithuanian art.

Available from: Ona.com

4 Responses

10 December, 2008, 3:04 am, Global Voices Online » Lithuania: Christmas Gifts said:

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11 December, 2008, 10:46 am, Luxeat said:

Beautiful, especially the “Mysterious life”, it reminds me Japanese art…

13 December, 2008, 9:28 pm, Kestutis said:

Aciū už informaicia apie dovanos. man megst linenme. Linkiu laimingu šv kaledu. Iki

4 June, 2009, 7:31 pm, ELT said:

I enjoyed your English

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