After five years of having ‘The List’ in every issue of Island Origins Magazine, we’ve accumulated the best of the best when it comes to Caribbean gift giving. From designer clothes to trendy home goods, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone. Here are our top 10 holiday gifts for 2022.
For the homebody, no quiet evening in is complete without a good scent melting in the air. These handmade candles feature lush notes of ginger, bergamot and vetiver. Need another reason to buy? The family-owned brand donates 10% of their profits to homeless shelters nationwide.
The Caribbean Charm Bracelet Stack from Omi Woods | $266 – $390
For the golden girl, the Caribbean Charm Bracelet Stack is sure to impress. Ethically handmade with fair-trade gold, Omi Woods’ designs include lost-wax casts of vintage coins from the Caribbean and Africa, so you can represent your heritage with an heirloom-worthy piece.
For the style icon who likes to make an entrance, these olive green thigh high boots will make anyone the talk of the town. Founded in 2018 by Karibbein Ann-Mariee, this brand makes a mark in accessible luxury footwear. See these sexy, olive-hued thigh-high boots as proof with a twist.
My Haïtea Bamboo Travel Kit | $24.95
For the one who’s always on the go, this travel kit will be their newest obsession. Founded by a Haitian mother-and-daughter duo, this brand is inspired by their love of teas and passion for supporting Haitian women farmers. The perfect gift set for any tea fanatic, the travel kit is made from eco-friendly bamboo and can keep your beverage hot for up to six hours.
Tek A Tups Card Game | $25
For the entertainer, this drinking card game celebrates the unique joy and hilarity of growing up Caribbean American. With 120 cards and five different game modes, Tek A Tups is the perfect nostalgic game for your next gathering with thirsty friends. This game makes a perfect interactive Caribbean Christmas gift to enjoy at your next holiday party!
For the cool guy, nothing says chic better than the Marble Jacket. Inspired by the infamous 1692 earthquake that gave way to modern-day Kingston, this menswear collection is an ode to beauty born from the rubble. Their Marble Jacket is made with premium heavyweight cotton twill and features utilitarian detailing like brass metal zips and plentiful pockets.
For the little learner, you can never go wrong with a book. Inspired by her father’s experience moving from Puerto Rico to New York as a child, author and illustrator Zara González Hoang’s moving and colorful tale for children captured the spirit of the adage, “Home is where the heart is.”
For the home chef, an island cookware ensemble isn’t complete without a traditional dutch oven. This one by the premier French brand comes in twenty different colors and will become the crown jewel of any kitchen, especially in their classic Caribbean blue colorway.
For the culture enthusiast looking to add an eccentric piece to their collection, the Gold and Green Spiky Head Homer Brown’s 3D vase series will definitely make a statement. Straight from the master ceramicist, this clay vase is made entirely by hand with Jamaica’s Blue Mountain terracotta clay and finished in rich, metallic colors. A bold “bumpy head” woman adorns one side — deftly balanced by a cutwork design on the other.
For the makeup-obsessed, try this Tropix Eyeshadow Palette from Posh Culture. Created by sisters Arianna and Daniele, this brand is all about celebrating the vibrancy of their home country, the British Virgin Islands. With nine vibrant colors to choose from, this palette is definitely a staple piece for the person who always likes a splash of color in their life.