Best Christmas present shopping in Barcelona: 21 Alternative Ideas
Looking for Christmas presents? Does the thought of the queues at FNAC and El Corte Ingles make you break into a cold sweat? Here is my list of alternative ideas for finding unique presents that won't break the bank. Many of them are great for foodies too!
For your tea-loving friend Caj Chai is a temple. They are experts on teas, and they also sell absolutely stunning ceramic tea accessories. Don't stop by without trying one of their teas!
C/ Sant Domenech del Call 12
Are you a fan of vintage items? Then this place is perfect for you. Here you will find beautiful unique items (some of them also new but of excellent quality) to buy for Christmas for your vintage-loving friend.
What an adorable shop! Do you like Etsy? Then this is paradise. In a quiet corner in Raval you find this little corner of heaven. The items on sale are carefully hand-picked to suit the atmosphere of the shop. You'll find beautiful prints, gorgeous kitchenware, organic Australian chocolate, delicate jewelry and fascinating tarot decks.
Carrer del Peu de la Creu 25
The guys at Ferment 9 are geniuses when it comes to fermentation. They make amazing things that you can't get anywhere else in the city, and they are constantly working and experimenting on fun new things in their lab upstairs. Go here and select between many different kimchis, water kefirs, kombuchas, junes, labneh, and plenty of non-refrigerated things too. I can guarantee you will surprise even the most knowledgeable of your foodie friends.
A cool guide of 50 carefully selected new places to have breakfast, brunch, lunch, a snack, a dinner or drinks. It's fresh out of the press and it's the perfect gift for anyone who's into eating..! I'm proud to say that I'm one of the co-authors this year too. Order it online here!
Is your partner or friend a fan of craft beers? Then head to the Family Beer shop and buy a home-brewing kit. The package is really cute and the instructions are easy to follow, their web page has even a video in case you get lost. The guys at the shop are very helpful. Oh, and they arrange courses too.
Carrer de Joan Blanques 55
For any amateur chef (or professional, for that matter!) nothing beats authentic Italian ingredients carefully selected by those in the know. LeccaBaffi has shelves filled with quality pasta, sauces, vinegars, oils, wine and much more, all imported from Italy. While you're there try some of the food in the deli, you won't regret it..!
Carrer de València 341
Lovely Anjalina Chugani, a local chef with Indian roots came out with her book Soul Spices last year. It's gorgeous, packed with beautiful, colourful photos and tasty recipes, inspired by spices. You can order the book online here, or maybe book a cooking class with her! Read more about Anjalina in my blog post here.
For your cooler than cool friend you can find books and magazines on design and contemporary culture that you won't find anywhere else, and very hip clothing too. While you're there check out the art exhibition and get something to eat too while you're at it. The staff is very friendly and helpful. This space is gorgeous, and I hope it will show the way for what's to come in the city.
Carrer d'Aragó 287
On a small side street in Gracia you can find this shop with gorgeous things for your home, inspired by the owners´ origins in Galicia and Portugal. It's impossible to leave this place without buying something.
Llibertat 7, bajos 2ª
This concept store is just next door to the Fábrica Moritz restaurant, and it's very much worth checking out for Christmas presents. There are lots of really interesting items like fascinating books, gorgeous pottery, quirky items for decoration... A perfect place to find something for those friends who have everything.
Ronda de Sant Antoni, 39
If you live in Manresa you can visit their shop, but if you don't that's ok: you can order their beautiful decorative items online. They have plenty of absolutely adorable items for the home (and for yourself).
I love this shop for clothes and accessories on C/ Verdi. They always have fun beautiful things to wear, cool backpacks and lovely shoes. Overall Verdi is a great place to shop nowadays, with wonderful small shops with handmade jewellery, clothes shops and more.
A shop full of goodies for those who love wonderful notebooks, washi tapes, papers... It's a place to fall in love with, so cute. You can order online too if that's your thing.
This place is perhaps a tad expensive, but it's a great place to find some very unique vintage items to give away. It's mostly furniture but you can also find beautiful lamps, kitchenware and pillows.
Passatge Mercantil 1
Another great option for finding presents for a foodie friend. This is mainly a shop for cheeses, but there is plenty of other interesting food-related items. I love their different salts (I have their smoked and their truffle salt and they are marvelous), the jams, the orange blossom water... And they have a great collection of French champagnes, the best in Barcelona according to the owner.
Carrer de Berga 4
In the Raval and in Gótico you can find these little concept stores filled with unique limited edition items of clothing, accessories and art made by (mostly) local upcoming designers. Well worth a visit when shopping for Christmas presents.
Pintor Fortuny 30 and Bòria 23
If you have a friend who is into Nordic Design then check out Domestico Shop, that in addition to furniture have plenty of beautiful smaller items that will not break your bank. And they carry Aesop products too, plenty of them! They have a café there also if you feel like having breakfast before shopping.
You know how much I love this café in Poble Nou, but don't forget that it is also an excellent place to find a different kind of Christmas gift! Why not a beautiful plant, a cool magazine, prints or hand-made jewellery by a local artisan?
Have a friend or a family member who adores cats? Gatuari is a non-profit organisation and a cat café (where you can adopt a cat!), and they have a little shop with plenty of cat-related items. By buying something here you will do something good, too!
C/ Sant Lluis 14
I have also received suggestions from my readers:
The Livingfood - A vegan organic shop in Sant Antoni where you will find delicious things for your vegan friend. Particularly recommended is the vegan cheese, but they also have other interesting things, including beauty products. Viladomat 85
La Moderna Singular - They have really beautiful vintage objects. Comte Borrell 99
Florentine Kitchen Knives - Stylish knives at this new shop on Notariat 7.
Libreria On the Road - A fun, different bookshop, also plenty of books from Latin America.
Lea Joyas - Absolutely gorgeous jewelry from a shop in Gracia. Ramon y Cajal 126.
To Be Concept Design Store - Plenty of gift ideas at this concept store in the Raval. Joaquin Costa 9.