It’s time to show some love and run away from the expected! Forget the overrated same same postcards, the predictable red roses, the cloying chocolate bonbons and of course the corny teddy bear – not to mention the hearted-shape stuff. Unless you didn’t offer any of the above for the last 10 years, it’s time to move on, step up your game and surprise the ones you love with originality!
Gifts often represent a long lasting memory on which we will be remembered for.
Despite all the tradition and hype around this so-called most romantic day of the year, the gifts listed below are meant to be offered to any chosen person by you, every time you feel like it, throughout the year. It can be a good friend of yours, your mom, dad, brother, neighbor, business partner… Up to you.
The 10 brand gifts suggestions you’ll see next represent Portugal at its best now, with the Portuguese quality stamp on and I do have tons of respect for the brands and their hard work with extremely good taste, never compromising the quality of their products and keeping up with customer expectations.
These aren’t products you’ll find in every gift store so save it and share it with the world. Check them below:
#1. Show Me Lisbon book | For a true Lisbon city mastermind host
“Love is poetic due to its light and way of life” by Chef José Avillez. If you want to know Lisbon from the inside out this is the ultimate modern insider’s guide to have! Learn the true meaning of being Lisboeta from 13 extremely interesting, genuine and very cool Lisboetas, including Artists to Chefs, Musicians to Politicians, Actors and Fashion designers. They make the type of suggestions you won’t find in a normal travel guide. Best of all, it’s written both in Portuguese and English. It costs 17,96€.
#2. The Portuguese tea brand Lisbon Tea Co. | Shaking Tea & national genuine ingredients
This brand offers a unique variety of teas combined with the best and most authentic Portuguese products. They include Azores island Organic green and black teas, Wine tea blends of Port wine, Madeira, Moscatel and Ginjinha (they don’t contain alcohol), Fruit Flavored Teas (I recommend the Azores Pineapple green tea – 7,90€), Caffeine free infusions (try the Algarve Orange & Chinese Ginger). They’ve recently launched the Azores Green Tea.Tox collection with a very cool new package style.
#3. Bottle stoppers by Cool & Classic | For the hip wine drinkers
This brand will stop you of drinking a whole bottle of wine at once. I’m sure you’ll want to show off their bottle stoppers to your home visits! My favorites are the famous Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa (20,00€) all in white porcelain and the notable poet Luís de Camões (18,00€) in painted ceramic.
#4. 50’s Messages and Hello Cities by Castelbel | Timeless vintage sophistication
I love this brand and have a lot of respect for them. They exist since 1999 in the North of Portugal creating home and body scented products with exquisite fragrances, using a unique vintage design. From their permanent collection, for women who like sweet seductive aromas, I recommend the Rosé Blush (keep the hand cream daily in my bag), for men that enjoy woody intense scents, the Men’s Black Range is wonderful. They’ve launched 3 new Soap collections that aren’t on their website yet. My favorite ones are the cheeky 50’s Messages (5,00€) and international Hello Cities (5,20€).
#5. iPad and Laptop Cases by Burel | The art & tradition heritage of today
Sustainable tradition are the key words for this brand. Their highlight product is Burel, a Portuguese handmade fabric from the North mountain regions, totally made of wool. My pick is the Pecegueiro Laptop Case (140,00€) and the Aforestdesign iPad Case (30,00€ for mini for iPad). Besides the Factory in the North which worths a visit, they have a magnifique store in Lisbon, Chiado (go downstairs and you’ll be surprised…). They’ve exclusively designed 3 covers for the Microsoft Surface in 2013.
#6. Swallow Shower Cap by Undo Design | Endless cool showers
This brand recreates everyday’s objects giving them a new cool design and different meaning, using the Portuguese culture in their rational. One of my favorite items is the Swallow Shower Cap (13,00€), inspired by the portuguese word Saudade, which meaning is related to the nostalgic feeling of missing something / someone.
#7. My Short Story Somewhere bottle by Short Stories | Genius feelings in a bottle
This is the type of gift that you should only think if you’re 100% fully committed. If you want to lock your words and feelings forever (yes, it is romantic!) in a very classy and unique way, go for this My Short Story Somewhere bottle (75,00€). The bottle is produced by glassblowing masters of Vista Alegre / Atlantis portuguese brand and the cork packaging complements the authentic portuguese feel.
#8. Honey with Gold by Aromatikus | Get richer and sweeter
With a floral, chestnut and rosemary flavor, this Honey with Gold (9,90€) was enriched with edible gold flakes, you will see, taste and feel it. This brand is also from the North of Portugal and they do own a variety of gourmet products aside from the honey, such as the Liquor with Gold and Silver.
You really thought this was a St. Valentine’s day post? No. Your dog deserves some attention too. Therefore, check this posh Dog Collar (25,00€) made of cork. And please, plastic iPhone cases are overrated. Add some class to your iPhone and cover it with this iPhone 5/5S protective case (19,00€) – love the dark brown cork. These two brands Pelcor and Cork & Co create design and fashion cork eco-friendly products.
#10. Tube Jams by Meia.Dúzia | Gourmet boundary breaker
Forget the spoons and knives, this is the coolest biologic jam you will have in your hands… and mouth! They’re inspired by the world of painting and I find the tube packaging very intelligent and practical since it reduces the exposure to fresh air after opening and the fruit oxidation. I do recommend the Strawberry Extra Jam with Port wine and Chilli and the “Fundão” Cherry Extra Jam with Lime – each of them costing 3,99€. Besides the jams, they also have other products with similar packaging including liquors, teas, honey and chocolate.
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