The best Polish gifts ideas [not only for Christmas]
If you ask me, that’s the best gift for every occasion. I buy and borrow books in large quantities, I also gladly give them to others [although unfortunately, not everyone is as enthusiastic as me].
This year – apart from the fact that books are just the best – there is another reason to reach for them. Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk received the Nobel Prize in Literature. So if you haven’t read any of her books yet, it’s worth catching up.
Olga Tokarczuk’s books have been translated into 37 languages, so there is a good chance that if a loved one does not speak Polish, he/she may read the translated version.
If you want to buy a present for someone who already knows Polish, I highly recommend Polish reportage, for example Tomek Michniewicz’s “Chrobot” or “20 lat nowej Polski w reportażach”.
Or maybe you want to encourage your family member to cook a few Polish dishes? Cookbooks will help in this, e.g.
“Last family” Ostatnia rodzina”, “Najlepszy”, “Zimna wojna” / “Cold War”, “Dekalog”/ “Decalogue”, “Bogowie”/ “Gods” – my favorites in recent years.
“Melodies of My Youth”
is a project by Zbigniew Preisner written especially for Lisa Gerard (voice) and Dominik Wani (piano). A minimalistic, atmospheric sound, and a comeback to the roots (as the composer says).
If you like alternative and rock music, you will definitely like the Męskie Granie. Is the tenth album documenting an amazing concert tour with the participation of Polish artists. All previous editions are also worth considering.
- If you live in Poland, you definitely know Dawid Podsiadło.
Polish Amber jewelry
Ministerstwo Dobrego Mydła
The Ministry of Good Soap offers handmade soaps and cosmetics. The offer includes vegan and super delicate soaps for both men and women. Interestingly, the owners make them based on their own recipes, many of them also have ecological packaging.
Shopping can be done online or in stationary stores, including in Warsaw, Kraków, Gdańsk, Katowice, Poznań and Wrocław.
Polish cosmetics, which can be bought e.g. at the Hebe drugstore chain or online. They also produce cosmetics such as Vianek, Biolaven, Duetus, Aloeslove.
- Mokosh cosmetics – one hundred percent natural and vegan in glass, beautiful packaging.
- Make me bio – 100 % natural and safe.
For true fans of everything Polish.
- A T-shirt and a bag for someone who is struggling with the beautiful – and extremely difficult – Polish language.
- Beautiful posters of Polish cities, for example Warsaw, Kraków, Wrocław [there are many designs to choose from]
- A Polish folk mug and a pot stand
- Why not sleep on pierogis…
Of course, you don’t need to recommend vodka. So if you have already drunk a lot of Żubrówka this year, it’s time to try something different, for example tincture. You will find them in various flavors: raspberry, cranberry, quince, plum, hazelnut, etc., etc.
- Another idea might be Polish beer, but not Tyskie or Żywiec, but real craft beer. I admire the creativity of names, especially Janusz Moczywąs melts my heart.
Polish Mead [miód pitny]
Poland is also famous for its delicious [non-alcoholic] honey. You can buy it pretty much everywhere, e.g. Allegro.
literally meaning “little cows,” are made from milk, sugar and butter. When handmade, they are hard and crispy on the outside, but the inside is more “fluid” than solid.
literally means “bird’s milk”, is a soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft, milk souffle.
[Wedel śmietankowe – the best one]
is traditional Polish gingerbread that has been produced in Toruń. It was a favorite delicacy of Chopin.
I hope I gave you some good ideas. So, what are you planning to buy for your loved ones? Share in the comment!
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