Whilst we would all love to be lounging on a beach in Belize right now, the current climate has made it a bit more difficult. That doesn’t mean your Christmas gifts can’t spread a bit of sunshine and cheer however! From cookbooks to satiate the taste buds to local tipples and Belizean beauty buys to pamper, these festive gifts will make those daydreams a bit more real! In addition, you’ll be supporting local Belizean artisans and suppliers.
Gifts For Those Planning a Trip
Here’s one local’s inside perspective for a Belize travel guide that outlines all the experiences of why Rebecca Coutant of San Pedro Scoop fell in love with Belize over 11 years ago. Whether you’ve been to Belize before, planning to visit or revisit, or just to simply make notes; inside includes nitty gritty details of the best breakfast tacos on the island, day trips on golf carts, and DIY fly-fishing advice. Plus, shopping for items you forgot at the ubiquitous Pacas stores —and what IS a pacas store. All in all, it’s 50 big experiences packed into one hardback or paperback book.
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Gifts For Foodies
A festive Belizean tipple to add some joy to your holiday! This rum was recently hailed ‘Best Rum in the World.‘ Holmes Cay offered by Travellers Liquor Distillery, is the country’s first ever tropically aged cask strength rum to be offered Stateside. Fifteen years in a barrel in the heat of Belize is a surprising amount of rum aged in more temperate European warehouses, hence the “tropically aged” distinction. Nonetheless, it has given the rum a shockingly dark ruby-amber color. On the palate, it is intense as well; with notes of dark cherry, baking spices, stewed prunes and a hint of tobacco. For a rum matured entirely in ex-bourbon barrels, it’s got surprising sherry qualities, especially on the finish. It’s a fascinating rum that’s a top-of-the-line introduction for Belizean rum novices.
Flavors of Belize Cookbook
Flavors of Belize: The cookbook is a culinary tabletop book, which highlights the best of Belize’s cuisine from the mix of rich cultures our country boasts. The cookbook itself shares a little about all of Belize. While it is very heavily focused on food, it’s not just a cookbook. Inside, find over 120 authentic Belizean recipes that represent the most delectable foods of Belize. The cookbook features recipes from over 10 different ethnic groups, many which were handed down through generations.
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Belize Chocolate Gift Set
Whats not to love about chocolate? Belize Chocolate Company, located on Ambergris Caye has got gifts of many shapes and sizes. Besides, Belize Chocolate Company is an award winning craft bean to bar chocolate making company based right in Belize. They make a signature 70% dark chocolate, called Kakaw, and add other Belizean ingredients to make different bars. From orange, cacao nibs, chili, nibs and much more. Also they make bars, truffles and other value added chocolate products, chocolate drinks, desserts and unique gifts. Can make it inshore to pick up a gift? They also offer online shopping on certain products.
Gifts For Pampering & Preening
To compete with global coffee scrub brands, Bare Bean wanted more than a generic “coffee shop” look. It was also one of the first scrub lines produced in Belize for the international market. The line is bold and fun drawing inspiration from brands like Bali Body and Missguided who shared the confidence Bare Bean promotes. Soak in the bath and daydream of days on a Belizean beach!
Ikooma Seaweed Hair Care Products
An original seaweed hair care line that’s 100% natural, high quality, sustainably farmed and hand-harvested. It is a powerful gift from the sea that helps transform damaged hair. Owner and founder of Ikooma, Jolie Pollard created this product after many kitchen experiments. She longed for a product that would keep working on her hair beyond 12 or 24 hours during her backpack adventures in Central America. Her grandfather Cleveland Berry became popular in Placencia for his famous “Seaweed Punch” which was a brandy spiked milkshake with seaweed. It was rich with antioxidants and minerals with lots of health benefits. She then discovered seaweed was her missing ingredient for her haircare line.
Ikooma’s seaweed hair care products contain vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids to help fortify your hair and grow stronger. It combines 100% natural Belizean seaweed with high-quality natural ingredients (cold-pressed oils, pure butter, botanical essentials) to stimulate scalp hydration and increase hair mineralization. Ikooma also promotes saving the environment by introducing the growing global trend of refillable cosmetics in Belize. Save your jars and bottles and refill with Ikooma. Place your order now for Ikooma products which range from $25 BZ- $50 BZ.
For more details on purchasing her products, visit www.ikoomahair.com.
Gifts For Fashionistas
TWIG & PEARL is a fashion brand that celebrates the love of Belizean life, while positively impacting the environment. Inspired by the blend of cultures; the strength of feminity, village life and the animals and plants that flourish in the Belizean rainforest and sea. Designer Rebecca Stirm has created pieces that are beautiful, eco-friendly and practical. Meanwhile, Rebecca inspires a uniquely Belizean lifestyle and look.
For more details on purchasing her products, visit www.twigandpearl.com.
Kaj Expressions Jewelry
Kaj Expressions makes captivating pieces of jewelry incorporating exquisite beads, gems and even lionfish from the seas of Belize. Handmade and handcrafted one by one with the option of custom making your jewellery. Owner Khadija Assales also known as “Kaj” ties her love for art with marine conservation creating a most unusual collection of wearable art. She uses precious metals such as highly tarnish-resistant Argentium Silver and fuses it with non-venomous tails of the invasive lionfish. Each piece of jewelry is detail-oriented and handcrafted with love. The products are 100% Belizean. Furthermore, the best part of buying Kaj jewelry is you have the option of creating your own expression. You can tell them exactly what you want or leave it up to them and get your dream customized jewelry.
For more details on purchasing her products, visit www.kajexpressions.com. Visiting? Stop by either walk-in stores in San Ignacio or Placencia.