The holiday season is in full swing, and you may find yourself in the slum of procrastination with last-minute shopping. Though some people may have meticulously planned their Christmas shopping months ahead, you can still create heart-felt gifts to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces. Don’t get overwhelmed! Last-minute Christmas shopping can be an exhilarating adventure filled with unexpected joys. Here are a few gift ideas that can be ready in time for the Christmas morning fun!
Local Taste and Trinkets
There are so many pop-up shops countrywide, bringing online stores to an outdoor setting. From locally-made jewellery, journals, clothing, and personalized items, it eliminates the need to browse the internet. To add even more holiday cheer to your pop-up shop experience, you may even snag your gifts beautifully packaged, making it quicker to slide them under the tree on Christmas Eve! A few of Santa’s elves also offer the services of putting together gift boxes and baskets if you need to move swiftly!
Nature Tours and Cultural Experiences
Instead of material items, consider gifting experiences that will create memories for a lifetime! Arrange a nature tour to explore the lush rainforests, like horseback riding, cave tubing, or visiting ancient Maya cities. Go out for a day at the stunning Belize Barrier Reef, snorkelling, or diving in the awe-inspiring marine diversity. Sign up for cultural adventures like Garifuna drumming lessons or a Maya cooking class to learn the secrets of Belizean cuisine as these offer a unique and memorable way to celebrate the holiday season.
Opt for handmade Belizean crafts as thoughtful presents. Look for intricately carved wooden sculptures, handmade pottery, or Belizean-inspired artwork. These unique, handcrafted items not only showcase the talent of local artisans but also carry the essence of Belize’s rich cultural heritage. You probably have a fashionista in the family you’d like to surprise, order a hand-woven bag or Guayabera that was created by a Maya-owned company!
Tropical Skincare and Wellness Products
Harness the power of Belize’s natural beauty by gifting your loved ones with locally-made skincare and wellness products. Small businesses offer organically crafted soaps, cleansers, eye creams, lip balms, and a vast line of products from harvested ingredients in the country. Whether it’s the soothing properties of turmeric, coconut oil, aloe vera, cucumber, and other components, these products can help with eczema, tired eyes, or stubborn pimples. If you have a wellness enthusiast in your circle, they’ll be in awe to see what they got!
Staying in Belize for the holidays is a unique experience as you immerse yourself in the local traditions, including the bustle of last-minute shopping. From choosing a couple of options at marketplaces and pop-up shops to a gift certificate to an unforgettable adventure, the holiday rush will all be worth it after the bright smiles on Christmas day!
Gift box photo: @babyearthbz