Little by little, the world is gradually opening up again. But that might not mean you’re ready to pack your bags and jump over the Atlantic Ocean just yet. Many travelers, even the most seasoned, may hesitate to put their nomadic legs back on. But, if you want to satisfy your travel urge, you can create your holiday shopping list inspired by around the world with purchases from your favorite countries.
Whether you love the rolling Tuscan vineyards of Italy, the wonderful charm of Japan, or the warm and hyggeic vibe of Denmark, there is a range of products that are perfect to give as a gift – and maybe a little retail therapy for you too. yourself, of course.
All of our top picks below are either made in the respective country or founded by entrepreneurs in the country. When you shop with them, you are fulfilling your travel urge and supporting the global economy. For us, it’s a win-win!
With a vibrant culture and mouth-watering cuisine, India is a special place to visit to expand your world view. It offers travelers the chance to immerse themselves in a deep and fascinating history and explore ancient traditions that date back thousands of years.
Rooshy Roy, the founder of AAVRANI, is a first generation Indo-American, but she made annual trips to Kolkata, India, where she learned family rituals and recipes. She was inspired by this experience to start her skin care business. This complete set uses the healing properties of turmeric to leave skin looking radiant and glowing. Inside you’ll find an exfoliant, serum, moisturizer, and elixir.
When you think of Canada, do you imagine the gastronomic delights of Montreal? Perhaps the breathtaking slopes in Whistler? Or maybe, just maple syrup, nice people and snow? There is a lot to love about North America’s neighbors, and these brands prove it.
If you like chunky down jackets but don’t want to wear real feathers to keep you warm, Noize’s vegan line is perfect for you. The brand is led by George Batchoun, a Quebec entrepreneur who runs Noxs designs, which sells and produces 10 different Canadian brands, including Noize. This high-quality, luxurious yet affordable, PETA-approved vegan coat will keep you or your gift recipient warm all season long.
Your beloved pooch deserves a gift to unwrap this holiday – and really, this pick is a gift for you too. Founded by the French Jonathan Bensamoun and the Canadian Loren Kirkby, you will support two countries by giving your puppy this GPS compatible smart collar. When they’re wearing it, you’ll be able to track their location, health info, sleep, and other data all from your phone. Can we also suggest adding a chew stick to it?
There is good wine, beautiful views, fresh pasta and olive oil and passionate people. What’s not to love about Italy? These gifts will remind you why this shoe-shaped country is a must-visit for almost any traveler, young and old.
Cosabella Bella Short Sleeve Top and Boxer Set ($ 100.50; cosabella.com)
Since 1983, the husband and wife team Valeria and Ugo Campello have developed their luxury lingerie and loungewear business Cosabella. The name translates to ‘beautiful thing’ – and that’s exactly how you’ll feel when you wear this top and pajama set. The company’s products are still made in Italy and fans rave about the silky smooth texture and feel.
It’s an Italian holiday tradition that you just can’t miss if you love all that is in Italy. Here’s the deal: There are plenty of legends circulating about how Panettone became a Christmas staple. The most popular is the Legend of Toni, which tells the story of a young kitchen boy who burned the Duke of Milan’s desserts on Christmas Eve. To remedy the situation, he creates panettone, a dessert bread. In the early 1900s, Italian immigrants brought its festive food to the United States, and it became a staple for Italian Americans as well. Choose from lemon cherries, double chocolate wine from Malvasia or olive oil and blood orange from Bona Furtuna for your holiday season.
Venchi Fine Italian Chocolates – Assorted Chocolates Gift Box ($ 58; amazon.com)
Founded in 1878 by 20-year-old aspiring chocolatier, Silviano Venchi, these rich treats were first created in a tiny apartment in Turin. Today they are still made in Italy but appreciated all over the world. In this beautiful gift box you will find a collection of dark and milk varieties, perfect as a gift for your holiday hostess.
With great skin care, great vodka, and lots of personality, Russia challenges travelers with its people and architecture. If you have been to this part of the world, you have probably tasted some interesting dishes and been in awe of the scenery of the city and the countryside.
Founded by Russian entrepreneur Maria Karr, this skin care website has a plethora of beauty products. We love this option from Botavikos that cleanses your pores organically, with 99.2% natural ingredients. In fact, it’s PETA certified to be cruelty-free and vegan. A great stocking stuffer idea for your overworked best friend, this serum uses niacinamide and essential oils like mint and cotton to brighten and soothe your complexion.
Coveted for its approach to skin care and clean beauty, South Korea has taken the beauty world by storm. If you can’t make your way through South Korea’s delicious food markets, you can at least run after her fresh skin secrets with these gift ideas.
Give the gift of a professional-quality manicure with these beloved ManiMe self-adhesive nails. It was co-created by South Korean entrepreneur Jooyeon Song and offers bespoke adhesive gel manicures and pedicures. It works thanks to its exclusive 3D modeling, machine learning and laser cutting technologies. Each set is designed to match your recipient’s specific nails, resulting in a polished and professional final look.
Founded in 1969 by Imsoon Yoo, Mediheal has been creating coveted skin care products for decades. In addition to its best-selling line of face masks, it also offers luxury serums and moisturizers, like this uniquely formulated product. Perfect as a Christmas stocking, it’s made with superfoods, vitamins, minerals, and hyaluronic acid to add volume and hydration all in one.
From the beaches of Tulum and Cancun to the bustling capital, to the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico has a lot of variety to explore. The artisans of the country are incredibly talented and versatile, which makes it difficult to choose just one gift idea.
Want to improve the balance of your whole family? If so, this rocking board will be a fun vacation challenge. It was created by Mexican entrepreneur Ana Cecilia Parra Nava and is intended for children, but can be tested by adults. It’s one of the company’s most popular items and will provide hours of play from toddlers to teens.
Handcrafted Blown Glass Tequila Shot Glasses by UNICEF Market ($ 49.99; unicef.com)
The best part about buying these Handmade Mexico Tequila Shot Glasses is that your vacation shopping is giving back to those in need around the world. In fact, this purchase can provide dozens of measles vaccines for children. Plus, the glasses are a fun gift for your friend who regularly goes on vacation to Mexico. We suggest pairing it with a good bottle of tequila so they can test them out.
This West African country leaves an impression on all who visit it. With its friendly locals, rich culture, and miles of beaches, Ghana is an energetic country – with plenty of options for gifts.
Christie Brown is a luxury fashion brand from Ghana. Founded by Aisha Ayensu in 2008, the brand designs clothing for the citizen of the world, with all of its products made in Ghana. This gorgeous tulle skirt is the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life. Or check out other clothing and accessories from the Christie Brown collection.
A trip to Vietnam to roam the rice paddies, soak up the local cuisine and lush mountain peaks might not be possible anytime soon. That doesn’t mean you can’t shop with international inspiration to satisfy your travel urge.
Have you ever tasted Vietnamese coffee? Otherwise, you will be in for a treat. Rich in flavor, powerful in punch and silkier than other varieties, this is a thoughtful gift for any coffee lover. Debbie Wei Mullin founded the company and she uses her heritage to guide the flavors. This set comes with all of their bestsellers to create that perfect cup of Vietnamese coffee to pour.
The dazzling madness of Tokyo, the serenity of Kyoto and the zen of Kinosaki are just a few of the wonders of Japan. Fortunately, you can still satisfy your Japanese binge with this holiday gift.
In Japan, matcha is a very popular tradition. While it may be an acquired taste for many, for the lover of tea and design, this luxury gift will delight them. Cuzen was founded by Eijiro Tsukada and offers high-end products. Beautifully crafted, this set comes with the maker and three varieties of shade grown organic matcha leaves. It is also wrapped in a durable Japanese gift wrapping fabric for an added touch.
As one of the happiest places on the planet, Denmark is calm, welcoming and colorful. Without forgetting: cozy. The country’s hygge tradition stretches from town to country and is easy to replicate at home during the holidays – and beyond.
Skandinavisk HIBERNATE Gift set of 3 mini scented candles ($ 68; Libertylondon.com)
Founded by Danish entrepreneur Shaun Russell, this lovely gift set helps you deliver hygge vibes to your loved ones. It includes nods from other Scandinavian countries and comes in an FSC certified box that can be reused. Scents include Skog, which is Swedish for the forest, and has notes of pine needles and fir cones. Next, Hygge, which is Danish for comfort, and offers notes of black tea mint leaves and dried apples. Finally, Koto, which is an old Finnish for the house, and has notes of vanilla pods, dried orange peels and bitters.
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