What better way to thank your vegan hosts than with a unique gift? Show your Thanksgiving or Christmas hosts your appreciation by bringing thoughtful and genuine Portuguese heritage and design gifts they are bound to love and feel inspired by.
Worldly pleasures: Ginjinha, Lisbon’s favorite drink makes a great host or hostess gift.
If you have visited Lisbon, you may already know about the “Ginjinha”. Cousin to the kirsch, Ginja – or rather “Ginjinha” like the locals prefer to call it – is Lisbon’s favorite drink. The sweet and delicious liquor results from macerated cherries (Prunus Cerasus) and can be served with or sans soaked cherries at the bottom of the glass, depending on personal taste. It's a great gift for hosts with a weakness for sweet things. Claus Porto Handcrafted Soap Gift Box, $65
Hand-crafted soaps, perfumes, and candles inspired by the lush Portuguese countryside and wrapped in eye-catching designs, that's what Claus Porto us all about.
Claus Porto is a 130-year-old beauty and fragrance house, focusing on hand-crafted soaps, perfumes and candles inspired by and made with the fragrances of Portugal’s lush countryside herbs. The artisan nature of the products contrasts with the vintage graphic design packaging, colorful labels, and patterns. If you want to impress and thank your hosts with something unique, this Gift Box might do the trick. It comes with nine Shea butter soaps wrapped in dramatic Art Deco designs that will make your hostess eyes sparkle. The Bordallo Pinheiro Ceramic Swallow, $25
Born from the genius of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, ceramist extraordinaire, The Swallow is a staple of Portuguese homes and a unique gift for your hosts home.
The ceramic swallow is a Portuguese icon born from the genius of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, a 19th-century caricaturist, and ceramist. In this re-edition following the original mold, The Swallow gets a fully renovated house: a box that doubles as reading material, providing interesting details on the Bordalo de Pinheiro ceramics factory, selected images, such as the original drawing, and the story of how this little bird became a Portuguese home decoration staple.
Cork, the leather alternative that grows on Portuguese trees.
Globally, there are an estimated 2.3 million hectares of cork oak forest, the majority of it located in Portugal, home to the world’s oldest cork oak tree, The Whistler Tree, and the greatest cork producer in the world. Why does this matter? Because cork is the leather alternative that comes from trees!Actual vegetable leather: a vegan, eco-friendly alternative to leather you that makes for beautiful and unique handbags, like the Cork Crossbody Bag. Hand-crafted in Portugal, this crossbody bag softness, and unique look will put a smile on your hostess’s face.
Give your hostess the Royal treatment with the delicately scented Benamôr Rose Amélie Cream and Soap Kit, inspired by Queen Amelia of Portugal.
Give your hostess the royal treatment! The delicately scented Benamôr Rose Amélie Cream and Soap Kit was inspired by Queen Amélie of Portugal, a fan of the beauty brand since its debut, in 1925. The recipe combines argan oil and beautifully scented roses, in a uniquely textured hand cream and a deliciously moisturizing soap. Thank your hostess with soft and perfumed skin, she'll love it.
Portuguese cork: the sustainable and eco-friendly material that is taking vegan accessories to the next level. Cork is one of the most sustainable and unique textiles in the world: an eco-friendly material that is taking the vegan fashion world by storm, particularly accessories. Corkor is breathing new life to cork, incorporating this traditional material in innovative designs. And making year-end travel a lot more stylish in the process! The Cork Passport Wallet is the natural choice for vegan travelers, both male, and female, and a stylish way to keep all traveling staples organized in a single place (that includes passport, boarding pass, cards, cash, tickets, and hotel cards). If your hosts are vegan globetrotters, this gift will be more than welcome.
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