If mass production isn’t your thing and you want to shy away from international online shopping beasts, then shop locally! Support smaller LOCAL businesses because you can find plenty of unique regionally produced ideas for Christmas shopping right here in Luxembourg. Here’s a selection of things to get you started on that gift list!
Shoes from Duchess Blvd
Stilettos or Ballerina, Duchess Blvd brings Italian luxury to Luxembourg with gorgeous and interchangeable shoes and bracelets.
Address: Either buy directly from her site online and get free shipping in continental Europe or if online isn’t your thing, then go to Chaussures R.V. in the City Concorde or at Pallcenter 2
Cost: Bracelets from 49.95 EUR, shoes from 109.99 EUR
Make It Your Own- Miyo Family Concept Store
Original gifts for all ages. Give the gift to a child of making a stuffed animal, (hedgehog & koala are our favourites), from scratch. Need a gift for an older girl? How about giving them the experience of designing and making jewellery? With the help of the experts, a kid can hand make a furry friend or make jewellery from the root of a palm tree- (yes, you read correctly). They also have clothing for kids from 0 to 12 years old that might be the most original, adorable threads found in Luxembourg as well as original books and games that you cannot find anywhere else. Another reason why we love this place: If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate a birthday, there is an entire floor dedicated to making your child’s birthday party an event they will never forget.
Address: 169, route d’Arlon, L-8009 Strassen, find them here
Cost: 25 euros to make your own animal
Books from Little English Bookworm
Little English Bookworm was founded in 2014 in Luxembourg by Ophelia and her family on the principle that every child deserves a good book and every family deserves great value. Her markets pop up all over Benelux but she can get you any book, any time and it will arrive at your front door. Buying books from Ophelia means you are supporting an independent business woman while receiving personal attention and fabulous recommendations. She is always able to tell us what we need to read as well as what would suit our kids.
Candles from Liv North Reykjavik Candles
Hand-poured in Luxembourg, 100% soy candles with vegan friendly essential oils and fragrances
Give the gift of learning another Language!
Perhaps Brexit has encouraged your loved one to go ahead and qualify for their second or third passport? If time is an issue, Languages.lu has created fantastic ‘My First 100 words’ flash cards to learn throughout the year and something the whole family can do together. There are also great lessons you can teach yourself. Or they can learn a word a day with the ‘365 days to Learn Luxembourgish Calendar’ (also great for colleagues). If you are worried about pronunciation, you can get the files delivered directly to your computer.
Address: Available at Languages.lu, Ernster, Auchan, K Kiosk, Press+ Books
Tickets from The Philharmonie: Made In Luxembourg: A series of 3 concerts
Three different concerts that invite audiences to discover Luxembourg’s rich and multifaceted musical scene: the pianist Francesco Tristano, who is as much at home in classical works as he is in the field of electronic music, will be constructing a digital city on Bach’s Goldberg Variations, while the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg will be appearing in two concerts under the direction of Gast Waltzing, at the first of which they will be accompanying the world premiere of White Fang, an animated film produced in Luxembourg, and in the second they will be performing with the Benin-born singer-guitarist Lionel Loueke.
Date: Francesco Tristan: February 9th, 2018/ White Fang (Ciné Concert): March 9th, 2018, Loueke & Gast Waltzing: May 9th 2018, all begin at 8pm
Address: 1, place de l’Europe, L-1499 Luxembourg
Cost: 60 EUR to 115 EUR
Contact: Buy tickets here
Personalized Crémant bottle from L&R Kox
The thought and elegance of a personalized bottle of Crémant is nothing short of stunning. The ‘Naked Bottle’ makes a perfect hostess gift and your kids can have fun with personalising for their teachers.
Address: 6a, rue des Prés, L-5561 Remich
Prices: A steal at 11.70 a bottle!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; +352 23698494 Open from Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm. You can either go to the vineyard itself or they will deliver personally if you order online.
Handmade Ceramics by Nordic Stella
Everyone appreciates homemade presents so why not make your own Christmas gifts for all your loved ones! The atelier will be open every SUNDAY in December from 2pm to 6pm
Your one stop shop for Indian gastronomy. For the foodie in your life, Pickle Tango makes gorgeous hand-labeled spices.
Contact: via Facebook
If you want to buy personalised gifts or design your own gift that’s that’s been ethically sourced, then Les Sutras is your answer. Les Sûtras brings together high quality Linens, Scarves and customized hand embroidery for Couture and Bridal dresses. Les Sûtras specializes in everything handcrafted and exclusive for your home & personal use.
Contact: via Facebook
Who doesn’t love a spa treatment?! Especially at Luxembourg’s premier luxury spa! Yoaké combines five star hospitality with the commitment to spiritual well-being. The spa encourages energy flow upon entry with its minimal and clutter-free interiors. This is a sanctuary that helps you disconnect and find balance. Their quality of treatments on offer and the harmonious interiors leave no room for tension. Check out their new spa menu with the details of treatments that will make anyone on your list grateful.
Anne’s Kitchen Cookbook & Cookie Cutters from Anne Faber
What could be more local than giving someone the gift that teaches them HOW to cook like a darling Luxembourger by the famous chef, Anne Faber? Anne’s mission in life is to bring culinary inspiration to your home! All the recipes on here are super easy to make – She might have trained at Ducasse in Paris, but she still loves to create simple, straight-forward recipes that anyone can make at home! (Goes fantastically well with her cookie cutter in the shape of Luxembourg.
Contact:You can buy the books directly from the Anne’s Kitchen website
Unicorner is a concept store located in Luxembourg and boy is it a breath of fresh air. You can find a range of beautiful, unique products sold by different entrepreneurs. Mint Mouse makes handmade shoes, Party Ville sells cool party supplies and Cinnamon Home has gorgeous home decorations, crafts, gifts, stationery, cushions, lamps, etc.
Tickets to The Grand Theatre
How about the gift of tickets to a shared cultural event? If you have a dance enthusiast on your list, there are some phenomenal dance performances which will hit the Grand Theatre in 2018.The Martha Graham Dance Company is coming to Luxembourg in February. Israel Galvin- La Fiesta is coming even sooner in January- a time when everyone needs to get out of the house for some artistic inspiration. Two others that made our list are Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and São Paulo Companhia de Dança as they both promise to ignite the stage.
Website: Find all show information here
Find Them:1 Rond-point Schuman, 2525
New Zealand-born Rowena offers a range of products, lovingly and skilfully sewn by herself. Including cot blankets, ballet bags, bibs and other special gifts available in a variety of fabrics. Choose a pre-made item, or if there is a particular colour combination you would like, Rowena will custom make. Shop to suit the colours or favourite theme of the recipient.
Tanya, a teacher and avid knitter, works with a group of talented like-minded knitters to offer beautiful baby gifts. Consisting of some of the most gorgeous blankets meticulously knitted with matching hats or sweaters, you can view their full range on the website. A lovely gift for the Christmas new born in your life.
These crochet creations are 100% hand-made by Silvia in Luxembourg and include hats, scarves, accessories (bracelets, necklaces), decorations, baby shoes, bags and hanging mobiles.
Prices: Start from €4 for a set of 5 crochet decorations, up to €30 for a pillow.
Find Them: On Facebook, Yourshop.lu, and the online blog.
Contact: Directly through Facebook, or email Silvia at email@example.com.
Caroline turns her illustrations and custom designs into cards, canvas wall art, pins, magnets, t-shirts, luminaries, table decorations and other unique little gifts made in Luxembourg (see the photo featured in this article for an example of her work). She uses her digital skills, great photographic eye and love for creating with her hands to make every project unique, including her Christmas collection “It is the Season”, available in her online shop. An arty gift for your creative friends or family members.
Filipa and Katrine have opened a clothing show room and shop to give you the opportunity to shop locally for the Danish brand for children ‘Wheat’, ‘Maria Bianca’ exclusive baby clothes, and Portuguese women’s brands ‘Vintage Bazaar’ as well as Danish Stine Bülow bracelets and necklaces, and ‘du coeur’ soaps and candles from the Danish company Alfred & Co. Some stylish gifts to give this Christmas.
Prices: Start from €18 for soaps or candles, up to €75 for women’s clothing.
Find Them: On Facebook, or visit their showroom on the 4th floor of the Art Rooms building located at 48, Avenue de la Liberté (Check for opening times on their Facebook page).
Contact: Directly through Facebook, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crowns & Petticoats comes from the need to turn creativity into something useful and pretty. No matter if you are a bride, a bridesmaid, a flower girl, a girl receiving First Communion, a wedding guest or you just want to primp your look at any special event. If you wish to have a particular design or want them to work with other materials, they will gladly work with you to create your very own personal crown.
Milk & Green
Eco-friendly concept store just for little ones. Check out their Christmas catalogue of beautiful selected non-toxic, eco-toys for something special and guilt free! Enjoy browsing the rest of their website for gorgeous clothing, toys, furniture and bedding.
LOCAL CHRISTMAS MARKETS….You know that Christmas has definitely arrived when you stroll around the City Center and find all the Christmas Markets in full force! For those who have just arrived, and will experience their first-ever European Christmas, this is definitely something that you need to do!
Christmas Fair in Esch
Are you trying to find some original ideas for those on your list? Weorganize.lu, (an event management agency), is having a Christmas fair where you can find clothing, jewellery, handbags, scarfs, and loads more of fun gifts. It’s a Christmas Fair in Luxembourg, so naturally there will be food and drinks!
Date: December 10th from 11:30pm to 5pm
Venue: Youth Hostel – Grande salle de Conference, 1e etage, 3 BLD J.F. Kennedy, L-4170 Esch Sur Alzette
Cost: Free entrance
MUDAM – Marché des Créateurs
Once again Mudam opens its doors to Creators Market. This is a must for lovers of design and unusual creations. In an exceptional space, local and international designers present their various techniques, disciplines and universes.
Or for the local daily market:
Date: Now until Christmas Eve
Venue: Place Guillaume II, Place d’Armes and Place de la Constitution
Cost: Free entrance