If you are going back to your home country to celebrate the holidays this year, soon you will want to start your list of Christmas gifts to bring from Berlin. Follow Archer Relocation’s guide to all-things-Berlin, and you will be the popular family member and friend this holiday season.
Berliner Winter Drink
Your Christmas gifts from Berlin should surely include a drink to share with friends around the holidays. Berliner Winter Drink will evoke warm thoughts of drinking a hot beverage at a Berlin Christmas market. Described as “winter-spiced, organic apple juice with, of course, vodka”, you will stay warm (and maybe a bit tipsy) while tackling holiday obligations. You can purchase Berliner Winter Drink at a lot of Christmas markets, online, and at concept stores like Hallesches Haus and Voo Store.
Chocolate from Rausch Schokoladenhaus
Berlin’s fifth generation chocolate shop near Gendarmenmarkt is a must-visit for all chocolate lovers seeking Christmas gifts from Berlin. A giant, chocolate sculpture of the Brandenburg Gate will amaze you, and a multitude of different chocolate varieties will keep your sweet tooth satisfied. Berlin-friendly offerings include chocolate bars engraved with Berlin landmarks and Berlin chocolate bears.
A Christmas Pyramid, unique to Germany and originally from the Erzgebirge region, is a Christmas gift from Berlin that should be given to only the most deserving recipient (based on its dear price). Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Christmas Pyramids originally hung from the ceiling in the family home. These days you will find them small enough to decorate your dining table. The more traditional pyramids highlight the nativity scene, while modern versions will include Santa Claus and snowmen.
You can find Christmas Pyramids at a lot of Christmas markets around Berlin. However, if you want to shop in peace, we would suggest the lovely shop, Erzgebirgskunt Dregeno Original, near Hackescher Markt.
Christmas Stars (Moravian Stars)
Born out of a geometry lesson at a Moravian school in the early 1800’s, Moravian stars can be found at almost every Christmas market around Berlin. The original stars were made out of paper, but modern day versions are constructed out of paper and plastic. The stars are generally foldable, making transport back home easy. Lights are also sold with the Moravian stars, but you will want to consider the voltage in your home country.
Since we have only skimmed the surface of possibilities for Christmas gifts from Berlin, we would like to hear about your favorite Berlin gifts. Tag us on Facebook or Instagram using @archer.relocation. The most unique will be featured on our feed.
Contribution by Julie Schoen.
Julie is the founder of Track the Town. A runner for 22 years, Julie leads running tours of Berlin’s neighbourhoods to introduce visitors to lesser-known historical sights, cool restaurants, and unique bars.