Who doesn’t love a Christmas ornament? Forget store-bought ones, and gift a tatted one, instead. The dying art of tatting is being revived by Rohini Cardoso Diniz, from Alto St Cruz, a nutritionist by profession, who has a passion for tatting. Choose from her festive selection of decorations, bookmarks, earrings, pendants, bracelets and baby booties.
Candles give a warm glow to any ambience. And an added fragrance can transport you into another world. Tina’s Creations (Sanguem) offers a range of handmade chemical-free scented candles (fragrance of peppermint, lavender, rose, lemon grass, cinnamon etc). Custom options are also available.
CONTACT: +91 7767024023
Elegant pottery curios are sure to please those with artistic tastes. Ave Maria Earthernware (Fatorda), run by Seby Rebelo, has a variety of earthenware and gift items, such as a clay Christmas tree, clay wall mount stars, etc.
CONTACT: +91 8007192945
Sharon Cota (Sharon’s Decoupage, Utorda) can convert virtually any surface such as wood, metal, wax, glass and even a cement wall into a work of art through decoupage. Check out her selection for the perfect gift.
CONTACT: +91 9822102242
Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without Bebinca & Dodol. Varsha Fernandes e D’Souza (Relish by Varsha, Carmona) makes some of the most tantalising Bebinca and Dodol around.
CONTACT: +91 9823454779
Looking for unique gift hampers, but clueless about your options? The Pear Tree (Navelim) customises gift hampers as per the client’s requirements for all occasions, including Christmas.
CONTACT: +91 9272313819
Chocolates are always a hit. Christmas or not! Saili Kale (Choco Rush, Ponda) has a mothering selection of chocolate hampers for the festive season. She makes chocolate bars, chocolate lollipops, and chocolates such as Shaahi Gulab, Dry Fruit Delight, Naughty Nutty, Mint O Hint, Classic Bubble Gum, Paan Ki Shaan, Classic Delight, etc.
CONTACT: +91 9405739261
Convert your fabric scraps into a beautiful gift! Joscia Coutinho (Ecocia, Margao), a pharmacist by profession, fashions unique upcycled fashion accessories such as bags and purses from old/discarded denims, donated by family and friends.
CONTACT: +91 9850997112
A pair of uber-cool, trendy earrings is the perfect gift for your fashionista pal! Maryl Fernandes (Star of the Sea, Loutolim) creates beautiful handmade earrings from clay, beads and fabric.
CONTACT: +91 9158404160
Give your skin some TLC this season with handmade cosmetics that are gentle on your skin! Nadiya Sequeira (‘My Mirror’, Benaulim) offers a range of handmade cosmetics, including shampoos, balms, soaps, lipsticks, face packs, facewash, body lotion, hair and face serum, eyeliners, and more.
CONTACT: +91 8408012084