Finding the best gifts (especially budget-friendly ones) for the slew of recipients isn’t always an easy task, which is why we’ve compiled this list of the 25 best Belizean gift ideas under BZD$50 for the 2021 Christmas holiday season. From hand-cut sustainable leather coin purses to 100% soy wax artisan candles and local turmeric-rich skincare, look nowhere else to do your holiday shopping this year.
Keep checking back as you shop for stocking stuffers and the like—we’ll be adding more gift guides up until Christmas, including some last-minute ideas to turn to when you’ve run out of time to wait on shipping, like experience gifts and even gift cards.
The perfect little card and coin purse for carrying your essentials, this Twig & Pearl original features two card slots, a slim zipped compartment for coins, and a clasp for easy attachment of keys, tassels, or charms. Retails for $50.
Fitted caps continue to be the go-to accessory, especially when it comes to showing your allegiance to your favorite team, brand, or in this case, beer. On arrival, literally—as you land at the Philip Goldson International Airport, you’ll notice the neighboring Belikin Factory. And I’m sure that throughout your vacation, you’re bound to try at least one Belikin Beer. Famously made by Belizeans, for Belizeans, only in Belize, don your loyalty to the beer of Belize with their iconic trucker hat from the Belikin Store. Styles start at $20.
Handpoured in Orange Walk, Shade Co. features 100% soy wax artisanal candles. This season, enjoy limited edition scents, like Spice Me Up—a rich blend of caramel, pumpkin, and pecans. Retails for $45.
Ambergris Caye has so much to offer – but where do you start? In this small things guide, Rebecca Coutant of San Pedro Scoop recounts the little things that made her fall in love with Belize over 11 years ago. Within, find 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. A what? Find out on Amazon here, available on Kindle and in Paperback.
Boasting an original seaweed hair care line that’s 100% natural, hand-harvested, and sustainably farmed, Ikooma (Creole for Eucheuma Seaweed) of Placencia is the perfect gift set for someone that loves a little extra pampering. Free of sulfates, parabens, silicones, mineral oils, formaldehyde, propylene glycol, & drying alcohols, try a 4 oz. Moisturizing Curl Cream and 8 oz. Moisturizing and Curl Defining Gel for $50 here.
Infused with orange, lemon, and grapefruit notes, Baby Earth Belize’s Citrus Room Spray instantly freshens up any space. Retails for $20.
Enjoy Belize Chocolate Company’s signature hot chocolate at home with their mix—hand-grated 70% dark chocolate combined with milk powder and mini handmade marshmallows complete the experience as if you were sitting in their chocolate boutique. This gift brings all the Belizean warmth to your Christmas corner, retailing for $22.
Measuring at spacious dimensions of 15″ x 15″, these local canvas tote by Belize Eco-Bags can hold a significant amount of personal belongings whether you’re going to the gym, work or vacation. Bags start at $50.
Sustainable, natural, and functional. Choose from bases like coconut oil, olive oil, and more with these small-batch artisanal bars that are hand poured and scented for the season, like Harvest Embers (a blend of cedarwood, orange, and clove notes). Bars start at $11 each and are available on BelizeON.
No lies told. For the Fry Jack fiend in your life, this is a good reminder of how simple life’s pleasures can truly be. Get it here for $30.
11. EST/Her Bracelet
Handcrafted by artisan women in Belize, this beautiful turquoise bracelet is made from Amazonite semi-precious gemstones. The bracelets each contain a Job’s Tear seed, which is native to Belize, and hand drilled to create unique beads. Each exclusive piece—which provides jobs, training, and restoration to women—is available for $28 each, for both men and women.
This woman-owned and operated brand transforms the non-venomous Lionfish tails into stylish, ready-to-wear jewelry pieces. Adorned with Turquoise on Sterling Silver hooks, grab this pair for $50.
Small-biz savvy Sofia uses 6-strand embroidery threading on canvas cloth, offering completely customizable designs that are sketched from scratch. Pouches take less than a day to complete and start at $15, depending on size.
Take a toast to Christmas with a sampler set of Traveller’s Rum, the award-winning line of liquors from the Perdomo family in Belize. The Belizean Rum features iconic images of Belize on each bottle, but the sample set lets you taste barrel-rested rums from one, three, five, and even ten years. Find a bottle here, or grab the sampler set of minis for $21.
If you’re looking to take back some Belizean zest, then Zest Handcrafted Jewelry is a must. Using resin as her base, Aesha — the local creative behind the brand — embraces the vibrancy of being Belizean, designed each with that in mind. Her designs range from statement pieces to simple studs, with the majority priced well under $50.
Gallon Jug’s Belizean Blend of whole coffee beans features shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee grown directly on the Gallon Jug Estate in Northern Belize. This uniquely smooth and tropical Arabica makes it one of the Caribbean’s only 100% shade-grown coffee that the caffeine fiend is sure to love. Grab a bag for $28.
Illuminate with this locally produced lemongrass and turmeric scrub: all organic, while being paraben and silicone-free. A four-ounce pack starts at $15 and runs up to 12-ounces for $35.
For your brother, your dad, or your boyfriend, gift him with the labor of love his beard is missing. After all, a daily application of beard oil will keep his scruff looking lush and feeling soft while moisturizing the skin underneath. Try the locally made Swasey’s Beard Oil, available for $32 on BelizeON.
Belizeans genuinely love Lissette’s and pretty much smother it on everything. It’s a great gift for persons especially missing Belize and its cuisine, or even people who’ve done the tour themselves. About 2.5 hours from Belize City, the Gallon Jug Estate is famous for its spicy sauces and sweet jams ranging from all sorts of fruits native to Belize. Find one at a local grocer for an easy Christmas gift to the Belizean in your life, starting at $8 per bottle.
20. A Belize Zoo Tee
Support conservation for Belize’s wildlife with The Belize Zoo (TBZ), or as we like to call it, the best little zoo in the world. Unlike the average zoo, TBZ is a non-profit organization that’s entirely made up of rescued or rehabilitated native wildlife. Tees start at $20 each.
Your skin is the most functional at its natural pH level (4-6), which means you want your skincare products (including cleanser) to feature an identical or close pH. Hailing from Toledo, COCOLove’s Aloe Seaweed Jelly Cleanser is specially formulated to a pH of 4.8-5.5 to allow the skin’s microbiome to thrive. Buy direct for $50.
You’ll find it on practically every table once you sit down to eat in Belize, and there are so many to choose from. If you like it hot, pick up a bottle (or three) or Marie Sharp’s signature habanero pepper sauces. Find a distributor (even internationally) here. Trust us when we say any Belizean would love the gift of Marie Sharp under their Christmas tree.
Design your everyday with mini art you love, thanks to this small art coop of over 25 Belizean artists and artisans! Perfect for your bedside table or office space, sprinkle in cutesy art with these 100% made-in-Belize paintings. These 3″ × 3″ minis are priced at $25 without easels and $30 with, available here.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Perfect on its own or transformed into another recipe entirely, this single origin chocolate from San Jose, Toledo is a great opportunity to dive into the taste of Belize. And if you’re looking for more travel-friendly options, grab a Hazelnut Chocolate Spread instead here or in-person from Wings & Feathers Boutique & Cafe in Belmopan.
25. Macrame Coasters from UpCycle Belize
Once you get your own apartment or home, you’ll agree: you always need a coaster. Grab these handmade macrame ones from UpCycle Belize here. Either solo or in a set, this makes a great Belizean Christmas gift!