Jamaican Making: Your Guide to Local Christmas Gifts | Way of life

The countdown to Christmas is on, and many have yet to get any freebies. So, with the help of lifestyle trend watchers who double as Santa’s helpers, we’ve put together a list of unique Jamaican products to help you give your loved ones a gift they’ll love when they come. of their local purchases this holiday season.


Jill of All Trades and Creative Simone Michelle specializes in a selection of designs that include resin art, home decor, handmade clocks, coasters and other accessories under the ACreativHaus umbrella. which will inevitably be model gifts for family and friends.

Where to find: Send an email to [email protected], or visit acreativhaus.com and @acreativhaus on Instagram.

Amashika Lorne’s “Chat Tu Mi & Color” book

Kids will love this 44 page coloring book that guides them through a range of Jamaican proverbs and their meanings. Aspects of Jamaican culture spanning: national hero Marcus Garvey, genres of music native to Jamaica, baking pudding, and other traditional Jamaican settings, are featured in line art for children to express themselves in a way creatively and develop fine motor skills using wax or pencil crayons to complement the pictures.

Where to find: For $ 1,500 at Fontana (Waterloo and Barbican) or order online at [email protected]


Not your average baskets, Beenybud has redesigned the Jamaican straw design for the home and heart in the form of many accessories such as bags, hats, rugs and more. Beenybud partners with artisans and island community groups to produce beautiful gifts. Their collection is handmade by predominantly rural women who specialize in sustainable, locally sourced natural fibers and traditional weaving methods that embrace modern design, making the brand’s items unique and ideal gifts for all. .

Where to find: In Kingston – My Jamaica, Craft Cottage, Sobelio and Fontana (Waterloo); Ocho Rios – Harmony Hall; Montego Bay – The Collective, Shoppes of Rose Hall, Fontana (Fairview), as well as major hotel gift shops. You can also visit beybud.com or find @beenybud on Instagram.

Be Sterling and Give Back

It has been months since the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked southwestern Haiti on August 14, 2021. Sterling Asset Management has stepped up, encouraging its stakeholders to donate to Food For The Poor in the spirit of giving this holiday season. Even though months have passed, Haiti is in need of support as many continue to be without food, clean water, housing, education, medicine and self-sufficient projects that generate consolation, dignity and happiness. ‘hope. Give a gift on behalf of a loved one as a gift this holiday season.

How to make a donation : Until January 31, 2022, you can donate directly by check to Food For The Poor or through their website, foodforthepoorja.org.

Blue banyan pounds

There is nothing like getting lost in a story that only a book can provide. Blue Banyan Books is an independent local publishing house producing captivating, captivating and enduring works of the Caribbean imagination for shelves around the world. They aim to discover, recover and discover great writings and present various voices from the Caribbean.

Where to find: Visit bluebanyanbooks.com or @bluebanyanbooks on Instagram.

JA portrait canvas

Have your favorite photos printed on canvas or let the company turn your favorite photo into an artistic masterpiece and give it to a loved one. Using special technology, Canvas JA transforms photographs into graphically altered works of art that resemble lifelike oil paintings, pencil sketches and more.

Where to find: Visit canvasja.com, or @canvas_ja on Instagram. You can call 876-352-7714.

Drift home

This family business was founded in December 2020 by the mother-daughter team of Diane and Jami Spence. Helping you make your home a beauty getaway with handmade decorative items such as trendy raffia placemats and wooden garlands, the duo’s creative mix of design talent fashion and event ornamentation allows for a distinctive and timeless interior design while being functional.

Where to find: In Kingston to Fontana (Waterloo) and in Montego Bay to Spaces, Fontana (Fairview) and The Collective. Visit drifthome.bigcartel.com or @drifthomeja on Instagram. You can call 876-850-5969.

Marlon James Fine Art Photography Print

With all of your choices for gift giving this Christmas, it may be worth considering investing in a piece of art that will grow in value over time. Celebrity photographer Marlon James has photographed everyone from reggae icons Yellow Man and Buju Banton to model Tyra Banks, and now you can decorate the hallways of your home with one of his limited edition prints.

Where to find: Limited edition prints start at US $ 600. Visit marlonjames.wordpress.com or @moderndaycaveman on Instagram.

Rachael lane

Rachael Lane was founded by mother-daughter duo Charmaine and Jo-Ann Morris. The diversity of their ages is used as an advantage to organize handmade aromatic and cosmetic products for professionals who appreciate the importance of “time for me” to relax and rejuvenate. With artisanal products including refillable soy wax candles in ceramic containers made by Jamaican potters, soaps, body scrubs, face masks, body butter and more, you won’t go wrong with gifting a brand gift.

Where to find: In Kingston – The Life Store and Montego Bay, The Artistree and The Collective. Visit rachaellane.com or @rachael_laneja on Instagram.

History and myth

Mixing Job’s native tear seeds with symbols made from semi-precious stones and charms, these island-inspired, handmade protective jewelry sets set the scene. With seeds collected by local farmers and jewelry assembled by a small community of artisans, some of whom have physical disabilities, each piece is made with thought and intention and aims to bless, guide and protect the wearer. PS. Madonna and the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, are fans.

Where to find: Visit historyetmythe.com or @storyandmyth on Instagram. You can call 876-322-6358.

Touch by VLS

Victoria Silvera’s handcrafted ceramic pieces make great gifts. His current series, The Urchin Collection, is a unified blend of handmade ceramic sculptures, lighting and tableware featuring experimental decorative processes such as 3D sliding, hand sculpting, screen-printed decals and multimedia additions including driftwood and overhead lighting. Your loved one will be delighted with one of these pieces.

Where to find: Studio appointments are available on request on the website touchbyvls.com or on Instagram @touchbyvls.

For more gift ideas, see this Monday Flair.

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