Meadows Scented Candles, from 1,090–1,490 CZK
Available at meadows.cz
Meadows Scented Candles are based on a mold discovered by the Czech candlemakers from a 100-year-old glass factory. Each soy-wax candle is hand-poured into a unique, hand-blown Czech glass holder. Available as a full-size single candle or a box of 3 smaller votives, each wick is made of natural Egyptian cotton for a lengthy burning time.
Jana Kirschner Moruša, 198 CZK
Available at itunes.com
The talented, multi-award winning Slovak singer/songwriter Jana Kirschner may have started out as a beauty pageant contestant, but has proven herself more than just a pop tartlet. With seven studio albums to her credit (including one in the English language) and a solid career of accolades and accomplishments behind her, Ms. Kirschner continues to impress. Her new two-part album project Moruša is no exception and makes a nice stocking stuffer for the music fan in your life.
Freshta: A Novel, 325 CZK
Available at Shakespeare & Son
Czech journalist Petra Procházková’s debut, Freshta, is the story of Herra, a Russian-Tadjik woman, who falls in love with Nadir, an Afghan, having no idea about the life that awaits her in post-Taliban Afghanistan, nor about the family she is about to join. With so few books by Czech women writers available in translation, this one is highly worth purchasing for book loving significant others.
Gift card for a Mumray customized handbag, 500 or 1,000 CZK
Available at www.mumray.cz
Czech designer Lucie Michalcova is the brilliant mind behind this line of retro-cool bags (ranging from totes, backpacks, briefcases, clutches, and wallets) that can be customized to fit anyone’s personal style. Not daring enough to design one for her? Opt for a gift card, sure to win you a holiday hug.
Pipipunk Snowflake tights, 390 CZK
Available at Kuraz.cz
These Czech designers specialize in outfitting legs to lovely effect and have expanded their range of tights, stockings, and knee-highs just in time for the holidays. Their snowflake tights (and all of the label’s other delicious leg candy) are available in a multi-functional decorative metal gift box.
Personalized fragrance from Parfumerie Rafaella, prices vary
Available at Parfumerie Rafaella, Vlašská 15
This minimalist atelier stocks perfumes from around the world (French labels L’Artisan and M. Micallef, the musky Arabian scents of El Nabil, natural Les Fleurs De Bach elixirs from the UK). Here one can conjure a customized scent for his beloved, and purchase organic cosmetics and soaps and handmade silver jewellery, also perfect for gift giving.
Mixit Gift Box with Blue Onion Bowl and Christmas Mix, 429 CZK (650 g)
Available at Mixit.cz
Mixit lets you make your own trail mixes of fruit, cereal, and nuts, and other delicious munchies. Their Christmas mix muesli bowl is in the Carlsbad porcelain design “cibulák”, and includes an elegant metal spoon bearing the Mixit bird. All arrive conveniently packaged in a neat gift box with a window. Breakfast in bed for the time crunched (no pun intended!).
Hanuš Lamr Gold Maple Earrings, 2,900 CZK
Available at Molo7.cz
Boyfriends/husbands bearing little boxes will always be wildly appreciated. These delicate earrings from progressive Czech designer Hanuš Lamr resemble maple achenes and are gold plated in 18 carat gold and feature classic spring closures. The size of each earring is 3.5 cm; weight: 6 grams. Affordable luxury for her.
Lush Snow Fairy Box, 675 CZK
Available at Lush Palladium Praha
Ready-made for her complete relaxation and luxury, this prettily packaged box includes Snow Fairy shower gel, a star of Angel’s Delight soap and a very sparkly Shimmy Shimmy glitter bar. Let her lather up in mounds of cotton candy scented bubbles, then rinse, dry and massage in strawberries ‘n cream scented cocoa butter and iridescent glitter bar.
Prague Opera Ball, February 8, 2014, tickets 4,000 CZK-10,000+ CZK
Available at www.plesvopere.cz
Get in her very best graces by a gift of a very enchanted evening: Prague’s Opera Ball, held at the State Opera, ranks among the most prestigious on the continent and has (since 1948) been considered one of Central Europe’s most prestigious social events. This year’s ball, themed Strauss, Strauss, and more Strauss, promises soaring music, sweeping gowns, and preening celebs, though despite the glitz factor funds will be raised for charity.
Looking for some additional inspiration for holiday giving? How about…
…Flying yoga lessons
…Ballroom dance classes
Who and what are on you holiday gift giving list this season?