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5 Holiday Gifts Made Right Here

Barbadian Holiday Handmades 

It’s that time of year again…where we make a list, double, triple and quadruple check and still forget someone! Don’t worry. yiga!’s got your back with a 100% Bajan Christmas Giftlist! So sit back, relax with a ham cutter, and enjoy.

Green Monkey Chocolatier

Words like “swoonworthy”, “to die for” and “heaven on earth” readily come to mind when describing this local macaron maker’s celestially fluffy little treats. Made and sold fresh, you can get in on the mouth magic at their South Coast Quayside location, or their West Coast Limegrove location by purchasing Signature or Holiday gift boxes of chocolates and macarons. Make sure you try the festive flavours like Gingerbread and Candy Cane, or the regulars like Crème Brulee, Lavender, Birthday Cake.

You can also get Sugar Monkey Gourmet Candy cubes in flavours like Champagne Bubbles and Lemon Meringue Pie, and salted caramel truffle tins. Swoonworthy, indeed.

Check them out on facebook or on their fabulous green monkey website.  

 

Sian Pampellonne

Sian is an incredible impressionist artist, whose artwork features gnarly sea creatures, vibrant open flowers, ocean scenes, bees, faces and of course, kitty cats. Her artwork will add flavour to any wall, but if you’re looking for some gifts for the art lover in your family without breaking the bank, Sian has also created prints of her work on 18” throw cushions and limited edition clutch purses. 

See what you can snag by emailing her sales@sianpampellonne.com or visiting her website.

 

Kalene Designs

Khala Hurdle, founder of Kalene Designs, uses batik and Africa-inspired textiles to make flowy scarves and distinct watches with long, elegant wrist ties. Designer Khala was recently selected for the Young Leaders Of The Americas Initiative, an amazing program put in place by Former US President Barack Obama to develop and equip entrepreneurs and small businesses across the Caribbean and Latin America. She makes fab tops and dresses too!

 

Ardezen

Sister...cousin...niece...auntie...colleague...babysitter...make sure you stock up on jewellery because it's a great gift for EVERYone. Ardezen features “distinctly unique handcrafted jewellery” from gemstones like jade, sliced agate in beautiful colours like pink, orange, vibrant blues and grey as well as pearls. Rosaries, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets also available. Check them out on IG @ardezen_gems.

 

Music To Tell On The Mountain!

Finally...MUSIC! While we'll always tell you to support local musicians and entertainers any time of year, now that we're in the holiday spirit we're highlighting Debbie Reifer. She has the most incredible Christmas album of Barbadiana tunes. Called “Noel”, the album is 7 tracks of mostly reinvented classics like “Silent Night”, “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”. These seasonal faves have been timelessly recreated with a cajon, percussion, acoustic guitar and Debbie’s angelic, soulful vocal.

Buy Noel for yourself, for your family and for a friend, you’ll find yourself singing along as you prepare your jug jug, ham and pepper pot.

BONUS: Don't stop here. As you're on itunes, remember the award-winning film “A Caribbean Dream” also has a soundtrack for download. Get yourself a copy of this magical fairy tale of music and see why Guardian UK describes it as “more twerking than your average Shakespeare.”

 

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