Christmas Gift Guide

We hope this gift guide will help inspire you if you are hard-pressed for gift ideas this holiday season.

One of the most stressful things for us during the holidays is shopping for Christmas gifts. Will they like it? Will they use it? We put a lot of thought into gift giving. Gifts should be unique, useful and practical. We have therefore made a list of original gift ideas that should cover everyone on your naughty and nice list.

Great Gift Ideas




For the Ladies

Kia-Charlotta – Trendy, vegan and toxin-free nail polish. Give the gift of clean beauty. Check out our interview with the founders.

Arabella Spa – Do you know a friend that deserves a relaxing spa day? Get them a gift certificate for a massage or spa day at this amazing wellness oasis.


Das Boep – A doctor-mom developed her own skincare products for babies and toddlers free of synthetic chemicals. Completely natural, vegan and certified organic skincare for your little ones.


Hammer & Nagel – Mani & Pedi for the modern man. This men’s only grooming salon is a real man cave with leather chairs and rustic wooden work tables where men can pamper themselves in a comfortable atmosphere.

Beyer’s Oil – with these special beard care products, his beard will always be on fleek!

Barber House  – get your special man a gift certificate for an authentic old-school Baber shop experience.

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Hammer & Nagel in Munich

Cinema Lovers

Get them tickets to the English-speaking Cinema in Neuhausen, Cinema Muenchen!

Or, if you really want to impress, Gloria Palast often plays movies in the OV (original version) and offers gift packages with food and champagne!

Coffee Lovers

Man vs Machine Coffee Roasters – an independent, specialty coffee roaster with two stores here in Munich. Drink better coffee! Find your favorite here.

FLSK – the ultimate water bottle and German Design Award winner of 2018. Contemporary design style combines with function – it will keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 18 hours.

Muenchner Kaffee Roesterei – this company’s slogan is “Simply good coffee, from Munich for Munich”. Coffees made here are finished by a long-term drum roasting process. Uniquely resulting in coffee that is highly aromatic and gentler on the stomach, as well as low in pollutants. Order yours here.

Cocktail Connoisseurs

Slyrs Bavarian Whiskey – distilled in Schliersee, Germany, this is a must try for all Whisky fans out there. Check out the online shop for the perfect gift.

The Duke – Munich Dry Gin – two very determined students set out with one goal in mind, to create the best-tasting Gin. Distilled right here in Munich, The Duke Munich Dry Gin is “your must-have ingredient” for the perfect Gin & Tonic.

Bavarka Bavarian Vodka – Bavarian potato vodka, great for those Gluten Free Vodka cranberry cocktails that we love to sip on during the Holiday season.

Stocking Stuffers

Buffy´s Schmanker´l – your four-legged pets deserve the best for their unconditional love & devotion. This pet shop on Kreuzstraße 5 near Sendlingertor offers natural homemade food and treats for cats & dogs. Tip: Great for traveling.

Real Passionates – get organized and stay organized! A great goal for everyone in 2018. The founders create and design beautiful day planners, organizers, notebooks and office accessories that help keep you on task!

Bavarian Couture & Bavarian Caps – Wear a bit of Bavarian tradition in today’s modern world. Similarly, both brands offer cool clothing and accessories such as hoodies, sweatshirts, and T-shirts for men, women and kids.

Coco Monaco – very cool pop-up shop located downtown Munich that will only be there until Dec 31st. Showcasing products and designers from Munich!

A Kind of Guise – this local brand gives a modern twist to casual wear while still remaining practical and wearable. Visit their local branch in Munich or in Berlin.

If you are traveling in Munich and would like to combine unique souvenir ideas with Christmas gifts, here are some cute shops:

The “Not So Typical” Souvenir

Holz-Leute Wooden gift shop
Holz Leute in Virktualienmarkt

Holz Leute – this shop is on the corner of Virktualienmarkt and Marienplatz. You won’t find the typical key-chain souvenirs here. Only the most amazing high-quality kitchen items and home accessories made out of wood. This is my go-to souvenir shop. Beautiful Christmas decorations can be found here.

servus.heimat – since 2003, this unique souvenir shop has been passionate about selling modern interpretations of the “classic” souvenirs. Useful and delightful little gifts from the southern alpine area of Germany, are the perfect gifts to take back to your “homelands” for Christmas.

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The photos within the post were taken by Nisha Ramesh