The Christmas season is approaching fast. And if you are looking for the perfect gift, the search should not be limited to the usual suspects: a coffee table book about life or decorative mugs with funny sayings. The options get endless if we take a look at faraway lands and exotic cultures. Bhutanese handicrafts are one of such options that will delight anyone who receives them as gifts. And if you’re looking for truly authentic Christmas gifts from Bhutan, there’s no better place to look than Taste of Bhutan!
From a Pure wool blanket for your mother complaining about the cold to a Bath gift basket for the sister who’s a skincare enthusiast, a pair of hand-painted earrings for your partner who loves jewellery, and even a happiness incense for that coworker who has always been good to you, the following list from Taste of Bhutan has something for any and every person on your list.
Check out the 9 best Christmas gifts from Bhutan to give to everyone on your list in 2021.
1. Tea Set by Bhutan Organics
Giving gifts doesn’t have to be difficult. You’ll be sure to please everyone on your list with a high-quality Tea set by Bhutan Organics. The tea set includes four different tea blends made with herbs and grains produced in Bhutan’s pristine valleys. Each type is prepared with a foundation of Sea buckthorn leaves and other components like nettle or lavender. Each bag has its own distinct flavour and healing powers. Includes 4 different tea blends: Minty Highland Mix Tea, Wild Tea Infusion, Sea Buckthorn Cereal Roast, and Herbal Burst Tea.
Embrace the goodness of Bhutan with this wonderful gift of premium teas.
2. Hand-painted earrings
There’s no better way to show your loved ones how much you care this Christmas season than with meaningful jewellery. You don’t have to provide something expensive or extravagant as a gift. It’s the thought that counts. Rin Yang’s hand-painted earrings are one-of-a-kind, considerate, and unforgettable gifts for your loved ones. The earrings are made of light wood and have acrylic painting and silk tassels on them. They’re lacquered for long-lasting durability and set on a silver hook that’s gentle on the skin.
These wooden earrings are quite light and comfortable to wear, and they will undoubtedly complement the recipient’s appearance.
3. Pure Wool Blanket in Soft Natural Wool
Warm, soft, and cozy, Pure Wool blankets make the perfect Christmas gift. They represent your true thoughts and best wishes for the recipient of the gift. And it’s for this reason that a wool blanket is always an appreciated gift. This pure Bhutanese wool blanket, handcrafted at the Druk Yathra studio, is a wintertime blessing. It is woven with a solid colour’ jichu metoh’ and ‘churi’ pattern, giving it a contemporary vibe and a smooth texture. The navy hand-stitching touches add a nice contrast and make it even more lovely!
It can be used as a throw to elevate your home decor or as a blanket to keep warm on cold days. The product is made on order and has a two-week production lead time. Custom sizes and colours are available on request. Classic, refined, and silky. What’s stopping you from having one at home?
4. Bath Gift Basket
What do you get the woman who has it all — or the woman you hardly know? Everyone enjoys being pampered, so a Bath Gift Basket is a simple but valuable gift to give. Mothers who are exhausted, teachers who are overworked, and friends who are dedicated all need some “me” time and the chance to rest and engage in self-care.
This bath set has everything they’ll need to transform their bathroom into a spa hideaway, plus more. They can use scented soap, nourishing and hydrating balms, and organic essential oils to perfume their bath, disperse as an aroma scent or add to their skincare.
5. Nado Happiness Incense
This holiday season put an end to conventional candles and give your loved ones elegant incense instead.
Nado Happiness incense is produced by the famous Bhutanese factory “Nado Poizokhang”, the leading incense manufacturer in Bhutan. ‘Nado’ products are famous for their purity of ingredients and careful preparation. It is made in exact conformity with the practice manuals. It contains a traditional combination of fruits, cereals, medicinal plants, and whole milk. Many of these substances may be found at altitudes of over 4000 meters in the Himalayas. Yak herders who migrate their herds up and down the slopes in search of summer and winter pastures, as well as people that live permanently high in the remote Himalayas, conduct the collecting.
Incense has played an important role in religious traditions, healing rituals, and defining the ambiance of a room throughout history.
6. Wooden bowl – Dhapa
This exquisite wooden bowl, known in Bhutan as Dhapa, would make a wonderful Christmas gift. Beautiful and one-of-a-kind! It’s made from the burl of Maple wood and has unique intricacies and patterns. Each bowl is carved by hand by craftsmen who have learned from their forefathers or have received training at the National Institute for Zorig Chusum. Bhutan’s School of the Thirteen Arts and Crafts.
Wooden bowls are traditionally used to serve food in Bhutanese families. Wooden bowls are not only environmentally sustainable, but studies have shown that wood retains fewer bacteria than plastic and is inherently antibacterial. They can be used to either serve food or to beautify a space.
7. Eri Silk scarf with classic motifs
Looking for luxurious gifts that won’t break your bank? It’s time to place high-end silk scarves at the top of your gift-giving list. This beautiful scarf is made of Eri Silk, cruelty-free, sustainable silk with a subtle Bhutanese motif.
The Eri silk is handwoven on a traditional backstrap loom after being handspun. The colours have been kept muted to mimic old Bhutanese textiles before the entrance of chemically coloured yarns into the Bhutan textile scene. The motifs on these scarves are typical scarves patterns. The theme is present and equally stunning on both sides of these scarves because they are double-faced. Only a few weavers in Bhutan are capable of achieving this.
You can be sure that if you give a valuable silk scarf, it will be worn with joy in any situation.
8. Handcrafted Bhutanese Phallus – Black & Gold
The perfect gift for history buffs. Hand-carved and hand-painted by a master artisan in the Punakha valley, this Bhutanese Phallus is stunning. This one is painted black and has a golden dragon on it.
Phalluses are revered in Bhutan for their historical and spiritual value. Drukpa Kuenley, often known as the “Divine Madman,” is honoured with Phalluses. With his philandering ways, non-conformist lifestyle, bawdy wit, and poetry, this Tibetan lama blew the lid off orthodoxy. To ward off evil, they are painted on homes or carved in wood and placed above doorways and under eaves. They are thought to bring good fortune to the owner.
This willy present is guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face 😉
9. Gift Card
If you are still not sure what to give, give your loved ones the freedom and flexibility to buy whatever they want. The Taste of Bhutan Gift Card takes the guesswork out of gift-giving by allowing recipients to select from our authentic, organic, and handcrafted goods.
Each e-gift card is emailed to the buyer, who can then forward it to the recipient, giving it a more personal touch. No additional processing costs apply to our gift cards, and they can be used on any item at any time! If you’re not sure what to get, the Taste of Bhutan’s Gift Card will actually be appreciated by your loved ones.
It’s that time of year to celebrate and enjoy! We’ve put up a list of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted presents that will make your loved ones feel extra special. You are not only treating your loved ones but also helping Bhutanese artists and producers with every gift you offer at the Taste of Bhutan. This holiday season, your purchase can benefit others while providing delight to your loved ones!
We are wishing to each of you our best wishes for the holidays.