If you are still searching for interesting or handcrafted gifts for someone special, here are a few of my favorite places, close to the city center:
1. For the jewelry junky who prefers things a little edgy and not so common, check out Galerie Gesamtmetall Schmuck, on the corner where Toengesgasse meets Bleidenstrasse. This beautiful, little store showcases unique pieces of jewelry by local artists. They are also willing to help you design a one-of-a-kind custom piece.
2. If you walk across Liebfrauenberg towards Cafe Liebfrauenberg, near the Kleinmarkthalle, you will see a beautiful corner store where you can find interesting cufflinks, gorgeous selections of leather wallets, bags and purses, cashmere shawls, ceramics, and stunning copper lamps. Their second floor houses sleek leather chairs, recycled furniture from Piet Hien Eek, and stunning lamps from Tom Dixon, among others. Whenever I walk by this store, I can’t resist the urge to go inside and see what new items they have received. Recently, I noticed that they have the new collection of monochrome (and lined) bags from Freitag, the Swiss company that recycles used truck tarpaulins, bicycle inner tubs and used car belts to create beautiful new bags.
3. As part of the ongoing Christmasmarkt at the Roemerberg, a group of local artists display their handiwork inside the building where the newcomers’ orientation took place a few months ago. While many of the stalls outside sell things that are produced in China, Thailand, India or Indonesia, and which can be purchased all over the world, the unique treasures inside the Roemer building are all handcrafted by the artists themselves. Whether it’s a beautiful silk scarf handwoven by a weaver, a unique oil painting by a painter, or gold cufflinks hand built by a Goldschmied, the works are unique and would make a beautiful gift for that special someone.