Belizean Made: Get A Head Start On Christmas Gifts

by McNab Editorial Team

Christmas is less than 70 days away, which means its time to star thinking of gift ideas for your loved ones. With the pandemic influencing the economy financially, one of the best way to do your part in supporting small business is by purchasing locally. We love the creative artisans behind Emilio Perera and Kaj Expressions. If possible, order from them. Or, request a custom-made piece through others like The Art Shack. Some, like Twig & Pearl, can even deliver abroad. However, you can also pre-order.

Support local Belizeans by getting ahead of your Christmas wishlist! 

Start your Christmas Shopping Early 

 Getting the perfect gift for that special someone is what the season of giving is all about! Check out some of our pics for the best Belizean Christmas gifts for your loved ones abroad or back home

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, with many handed down through generations.

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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

Photos by Ikooma

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.  

Kaj Expressions Jewelry

Photo Courtesy Kaj Expressions

Kaj Expressioons 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.  

Twig & Pearl 

twig and pearl belize leather gift christmas

Photo courtesy Twig & Pearl

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.  

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. Belize Chocolate Company is an award winning craft bean to bar chocolate making company based 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  offer online shopping on certain products.  

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