A beautiful bilingual book
The perfect gift for kids — and kids at heart — this beautiful volume was written by 13-year-old Rozálie Vondráčková and inspired by her own cat. Designed by Studio Breisky with artwork by photographer Martin Babic and illustrator Soňa Juríkova, “Franny” tells the tale of a cat who encounters various ghosts while learning fascinating facts about Prague icons like Charles Bridge, Žižkov Tower, and the Golem. Includes a pull-out map poster. Order online here or buy at select stores throughout the Czech Republic.
Something public-transport themed
The DPP.cz fan shop will please enthusiasts of the Czech capital’s public transportation authority. Pick up everything from mousepads to coloring books, puzzles, key chains, mugs, and paper models with a Prague tram or metro theme.
Carp in a can
Like the flavor of the Christmas carp but hate the bones? Get in on the fishy fun this holiday season with boneless, easy-spreading carp pâté. Made from carp from the freshwater ponds of Farma Poříčí in the Pelhřimov region, the gift-box packaging also won a Reddot design award. Buy kapří paštika in Prague at Shop Farma Krasolesí, Ve Smečkách 2, or Rybistro Nám. Jiřího z Poděbrad 11 or order online.
Experience: Adolf Loos interiors
Three historic Plzeň apartments by the world-famous architect Adolf Loos recently opened to the public for the first time ever. Gift vouchers for an English-friendly guided tour through the interiors, considered masterpieces of modern design, can now be purchased online at www.adolfloosplzen.cz beginning at an affordable 330 CZK. Visits can be scheduled through June. An easy weekend getaway sure to please history and design enthusiasts.
Chocolate made in Prague
Pražská čokoláda recently opened a new Prague 6 boutique with regular chocolate tastings as well as a factory workshop in the Prague suburbs where customers can craft chocolate mandalas and personalized wooden gift boxes to put them in. Among the company’s portfolio of brands is Steiner & Kovarik which specializes in Czech nougat and Nachfolger one of the oldest confectionery companies in the Czech Republic. Its Prague-themed chocolates come in historic tins. Order online here.
Czech Christmas carols
A group of Czech jazz musicians who organize a popular annual advent benefit concert (this year it’s at La Fabrika on December 14) have made an album of holiday tracks featuring joyful and polyphonic modern arrangements of beautiful traditional folk songs from the Czech lands. Order MP3s or CDs here.
A made-in-Prague growler
These ceramic beauties from the Bohemian Growler Company, handcrafted in the Czech and leak proof, are perfect for filling up with pivo to go. They’re also ideal for coffee and the artist behind them is now designing a series adorned with scenes from Prague cafés. Growlers will be sold at the upcoming Maker’s Market at Lya Beer Cafe, on December 7. Follow the BGC on Facebook.
Find blueprint (modrotisk) tablecloths, handmade ceramics, graphic prints from Czech artists, unique photos of Czech hiking-trail markers, as well as an assortment of leather goods and handicrafts from Orel and Friends, a little shop with a big following on Nerudova Street. Stop by to support local artists; follow them on Facebook.
Vintage beer socks, iron-ons, stocking caps, and more
It wouldn’t be Christmas without stocking stuffers and it wouldn’t be Czech Christmas (or any Czech holiday for that matter) without beer. Combine the two traditions with a line of vintage-look, Pilsner-themed accessories (socks, patches, and caps) made by Slovak company Fusakle. Or opt for a larger gift for under the tree including Pilsner-themed Chuck Taylors. See e-shop here.
Czech artist Anna Steinerová produces a jewelry collection inspired by coffee beans under the Kaa-wa label. Bracelets, earrings, chains, cufflinks, and more are crafted from gilded gold or silver grains. Kaa-wa will be at the upcoming Papírníci pop-up holiday market (December 4). You can also shop the collection online.
For more tips on where to shop in Prague this holiday season see our article 25 hidden Christmas markets in Prague tourists don’t know about.