This blog post was originally posted on December 10th, 2015 and was updated on October 31st, 2017
We love Christmas in Spain with all the lights, decorations and delicious food.
Of course, the Christmas season also means buying gifts for our friends and family. If you’re stumped for ideas like us, check out these eight ideas for awesome Christmas gifts from Málaga.
One of the best ideas for gift giving is something unique from one of your vacations. We are always on the lookout for a unique treasure when we travel. That said, if you are traveling to Malaga, or if you live here and are racking your brains to think of what to bring the folks back home, we’ve come to the rescue with these ideas for Christmas gifts from Málaga.
1. Sweeten up with a bottle of wine
You really can’t go wrong with a good bottle of Malaga sweet wine. It is one of the most typical wines from the area, and you can impress your friends telling them that the Queen of England ordered this wine especially on her 88th birthday. You don’t need to wait until you turn 88, though. This wine is delicious served as an aperitif or with some Christmas cookies as a dessert.
2. Liquid gold for the kitchen
It seems everyone is starting to cook with extra virgin olive oil these days. That’s a good thing, too, because it’s Spain’s “liquid gold.” Here in Malaga there are lots of farms that produce local olive oil, and it’s the most delicious thing on toast, drizzled over fresh tomatoes, or pretty much any other way you can think to use it. If you are looking for a gift for a foodie family member, this is the way to go!
3. Painted Ceramic Treasures
One of our personal favorite Christmas gifts from Malaga are the painted ceramics. You can find little plates, decorative spoons, and more all hand painted with typically bright Andalusian colors. There is something for everyone, so just remember to get it wrapped in bubble wrap for the plane ride!
4. Go nuts!
If you’ve ever wandered down Calle Larios or taken a stroll through the local markets in Malaga, you know that almonds are grown locally. Any of the sweets made with almonds (including cookies, turrón (a nougat-like bar typical at Christmas) or even the nuts themselves make a great Christmas gift from Malaga.
5. A touch of Andalusian elegance
A Spanish shawl is the perfect Christmas gift from Malaga if you are looking to impress. These beautiful shawls come in all colors and Spanish women use them when they get dressed up in the summer to keep the chill off. You can find them hand embroidered in silk or polyester – there is something for every price point!
6. Picasso for a present?
Pablo Picasso is perhaps one of Malaga’s most famous sons. If you have an art lover on your gift list, we suggest you head to the Picasso Museum shop or the Fundación Picasso to buy a special Picasso themed present. Our personal favorites are the prints of Picasso’s artwork, which, if you find the right frame can really make a nice Christmas gift from Malaga.
7. Flowers that last forever
The biznaga is something that you will only find in Malaga. This flower is handmade from jasmine blossoms and in the summer months you will find men dressed in traditional Malagueño style selling the biznagas in the historic center. They smell wonderful and are great to ward off mosquitos! All year round you can find biznaga broaches and pendants, and it makes an elegant Christmas gift from Malaga, to be sure.
8. New Beer for the New Year
If you are wondering why we are recommending craft beer from Malaga as a souvenir, think again. Recently craft beer has become a hot topic across Spain, but Malaga boasts a few brews that are worth giving as a gift (especially if you have someone interested in microbrews in your circle of friends.) We suggest Cabra Azul (Calle La Cuesta, 13) or Malaqa (Calle del Alcalde Guillermo Rein, 158) but why not do a taste test before committing to one? There are plenty of places to drink craft beer in Malaga, after all!
Gift cards are available forour food tours, making it a wonderful gift for a foodie friend who may be happening to visit Malaga soon!