Step by step, the world is gradually opening up again. But that may not mean you’re ready pack your bags and jump across the Atlantic Ocean. Many travelers – even the most seasoned – may feel hesitant to put on nomadic legs again. However, if you want to satisfy your cravings, you can make your holiday shopping list globally with shopping inspiration from your favorite countries.
Whether you love Italy’s sprawling Tuscan vineyards, sublime Japanese charm or the cozy, hygge atmosphere of Denmark, there’s a wide range of products perfect for gifting – and all course can be a small retail therapy for yourself.
All of our top picks below were made in their respective countries or were founded by local entrepreneurs. When you shop with them, you’re fulfilling your travel bug and supporting the global economy. For us, it’s win-win!
With a vibrant culture and fascinating cuisine, India is a special place to visit to broaden your worldview. It offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in a deep and fascinating history and discover ancient traditions dating back thousands of years.
Rooshy Roy, the founder of Aavrani, is a first-generation Indian-American, but she makes annual trips to Kolkata, India, where she learns family rituals and recipes. She was inspired by this experience to start her own skin care company. This complete set utilizes the healing properties of turmeric to reveal radiant and luminous skin. Inside, you’ll find an exfoliator, a serum, a moisturizer, and an elixir.
When you think about CanadaCan you imagine the culinary delights of Montreal? Perhaps the incredible slopes in Whistler? Or maybe, just maple syrup, friendly people and snow? There’s much to love about America’s northern neighbors, and these brands prove it.
If you love voluminous hair but don’t want to wear real feathers to keep warm then Noize’s vegan line is perfect for you. The brand is run by George Batchoun, a Quebec businessman who runs Noxs Designs, which sells and manufactures 10 different Canadian brands, including Noize. This luxurious yet affordable, high-quality PETA-approved vegan jacket will keep you – or your gift recipient – delicious all season long.
Your beloved pooch deserves a gift to open up this holiday – and indeed, this collection is the one for you, too. Founded by French-born Jonathan Bensamoun and Canadian Loren Kirkby, you’ll be supporting two countries by providing your pup with this GPS-enabled smart collar. When they wear this, you’ll be able to track your location, health insights, sleep, and other data from your phone. May we also suggest throwing in a chew bar?
There’s great wine, beautiful views, fresh pasta and olive oil and passionate people. What’s not to love in Italy? These gifts will remind you why this shoe-shaped country is a must-visit for almost every traveler, young and old.
Cosabella Bella Pajama Boxer and Outerwear Set ($100.50; cosabella.com)
Since 1983, husband and wife team Valeria and Ugo Campello have developed their cosabella couture clothing and lingerie company. The name means “beautiful thing” – and that’s exactly what you’ll feel wearing this pajamas and shirt top. The company’s products are still made in Italy, and fans are enthralled by their silky texture and soft feel.
This is an Italian holiday tradition that you cannot miss if you love all things Italian. Here’s the deal: Many legends circulate about how Panettone became an essential part of Christmas. The most famous is The Legend of Toni, which tells the story of a kitchen boy who burned dessert for the Duke of Milan on Christmas Eve. To remedy this situation, he created panettone, a type of dessert bread. In the early 1900s, Italian immigrants brought his festive dish to the United States, and it became a staple among Italian-Americans as well. Choose from lemon cherries, double chocolate with Malvasia or olive oil and blood oranges from Bona Furtuna for your holiday celebration.
Venchi Fine Italian Chocolate Gift Box of Assorted Chocolates ($58; amazon.com)
Founded in 1878 by aspiring 20-year-old chocolatier Silviano Venchi, these rich treats were first created in a small apartment in Turin. Now, they are still made in Italy but loved around the world. In this gorgeous gift box you’ll find a collection of milky and dark colors, perfect for gifting your holiday hostess.
With excellent skincare, great vodka and plenty of personality, Russia challenges visitors with its people and architecture. If you’ve been to this part of the world, you’ve probably tasted the delightful food and marveled at the cityscapes and countryside.
Founded by Russian entrepreneur Maria Karr, this skin care website offers a wide range of beauty products. We love this selection from Botavikos that cleanses your pores organically, with 99.2% natural ingredients. In fact, it’s PETA-certified cruelty-free and vegan. Like a great stuffing Ideal for your overworked, this serum uses niacinamide and essential oils like peppermint and cotton to brighten and soothe your skin.
Lured for its clean beauty and skincare approach, Korea has taken the beauty world by storm. If you can’t get past Korea’s scrumptious food markets, you can at least pursue the secret of youthful skin with these gift ideas.
Gift a salon-quality nail set with these highly rated sticky nails from ManiMe. It was co-created by Korean-born entrepreneur Jooyeon Song and offers custom-fit, sticky gel manicures and pedicures. It works thanks to its proprietary 3D modeling, machine learning and laser cutting technologies. Each set is made to match your gift recipient’s specific nails, making the final look sleek and professional.
Founded in 1969 by Imsoon Yoo, Mediheal has been creating coveted skin care products for decades. In addition to its best-selling mask line, it also offers premium serums and moisturizers like this uniquely formulated product. Ideal as a stockpile, it’s made with superfoods, vitamins, minerals and hyaluronic acid for extra plumping and hydration in one.
From the beaches of Tulum and Cancun, to the vibrant capital city, to the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico has a lot to offer. The country’s artisans are so talented and versatile that it can be difficult to pick out a gift idea.
Want to improve the balance of your whole family? If so, this rocker board makes for a fun holiday challenge. It was created by Mexican entrepreneur Ana Cecilia Parra Nava and intended for children but is suitable for adults to experiment with. This is one of the company’s most popular items and will provide hours of fun from toddler to teen.
UNICEF Marketplace Hand-blown Tequila Glass ($49.99; unicef.com)
The best thing about purchasing these Mexican-made handcrafted tequila glasses is that your holiday shopping will benefit people in need all over the world. In fact, this purchase can provide dozens of children’s measles shots. In addition, the glasses are also an interesting gift for your friend who often goes to Mexico. We recommend pairing it with a great bottle of tequila so they can try them out.
This West African country leaves an impression on anyone who visits. With its friendly locals, rich culture and kilometers of beaches, Ghana is an energetic country – with a wide selection of gifts.
Christie Brown is a haute couture brand from Ghana. Founded by Aisha Ayensu in 2008, the brand designs clothing for global citizens, with all of their products made in Ghana. This gorgeous tulle dress is the perfect gift to give to the fashionista in your life, or check out other outfits and accessories in Christie Brown’s collection.
A trip to Vietnam to visit rice fields and enjoy local cuisine and lush mountain peaks probably won’t be on the card anytime soon. That’s not to say you can’t shop internationally to satisfy your wanderlust.
Have you ever enjoyed Vietnamese coffee? If not, you are being treated. Rich in flavor, stronger in punch and silkier than others, this is a great gift for any coffee aficionado. Debbie Wei Mullin founded the company, and she uses her legacy to guide flavors. This set comes with all of its bestsellers to create the perfect cup of Vietnamese coffee.
The dazzling madness of Tokyo, the serenity of Kyoto and the Zen Monastery of Kinosaki are just a few of the wonders of Japan. Luckily, you can still satisfy your Japanese passion with this holiday gift.
In Japan, matcha is a beloved tradition. While it may be a favorite of many, for those who love tea and design, this luxurious gift will delight them. Cuzen was founded by Eijiro Tsukada and offers premium products. Beautifully handcrafted, this set comes with a maker and three shade-grown organic matcha leaves. It’s also wrapped in a sustainable Japanese gift wrapping fabric for added touch.
As one of the happiest places on the planet, you’ll find Denmark peaceful, friendly and colorful, not to mention cosy. This country’s hygge tradition stretches from the city to the countryside and is easy to recreate at home during the holidays – and beyond.
Skandinavisk hibernation gift set includes 3 mini scented candles ($68; libertylondon.com)
Founded by Danish businessman Shaun Russell, this sweet gift set helps you send gifts to those closest and dearest. It includes nods from other Scandinavian countries and comes in an FSC certified box that can be reused. The scents include Skog, which means forest in Swedish, and have notes of pine needles and fir cones. Then, Hygge, Danish for cozy, offers notes of black tea mint leaves and dried apple. Finally, Koto, an old Finnish family dish, is flavored with vanilla beans, dried orange zest, and a bitter taste.
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