As every year, Christmas time and holiday gifting is rushing towards us, and although supermarkets have been terrorizing us with holiday sweets since the end of August, there’s always just too few days left to get our gift-shopping done. I stick to what we love and support, independent Berlin shops, to solve your present-problem. I am so very sure, everyone of you will find the perfect gift in one of these lovely stores:
Something to wear:
Mankii offers a huge selection of very fashionable vintage garments for the smaller budgets – located in a sidestreet of the infamous hipster-center Torstraße, that you can explore after using this guide.
Gormannstraße 16, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon – Thu 13:00–19:00 , Fri – Sat 12:00–19:00
If your budget is a bit bigger and you’re looking for something more special – Rianna in Berlin has an amazing stock of delicate vintage jewelry and designer pieces.
The Voo Store in Kreuzberg features an ultra-contemporary collection of international labels like Carven, Kenzo, Acne as well as local labels and innumerous lovely small gifts.
Something to swagger:
This is a safe bet when it comes to gifts everybody likes – Parkhaus features not only furniture and smaller interior objects, but also cosmetics, books, children’s plays and much more.
Schröderstraße 13, 10115 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Tue–Fri 12:00–19:00 , Sat 12:00–18:00
The selection at SIMON&ME is certainly very small, yet all their products, made in Germany, are perfect Christmas presents.
Vintage Galore in Neukölln has a beautiful selection of vintage furniture and smaller objects like lamp shades and tea sets.
Sanderstraße 12, 12047 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Tue–Fri 14:00–20:00 , Sat 12:00–18:00
Every product in this store must meet the condition of being süper, and so it’s easy to find your perfect christmas gift at Süper Store.
Dieffenbachstraße 12, 10967 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Tue–Fri 11:00–19:00 , Sat 11:00–16:00
The photography book store 25 Books will definitely have a present for those with huge coffee tables and an exquisit taste in contemporary photography.
SOMETHING TO READ:
Take care you’re not ending up shopping books all for yourself in this excellent English book store called Saint George’s.
Wörther Straße 27, 10405 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – visit website
Mon—Fri 11:00—20:00 , Sat 11:00—19:00
If you can’t manage to find something at Saint George’s, try Shakespeare & Sons, basically around the corner.
If you’re looking for a beautifully designed, more arty book, check Motto in Kreuzberg.
Your source for books about contemporary culture, urban politics and art is Pro qm in Mitte.
SOMETHING TO DEVOUR:
Very spicy food is not only delicious, but also very health-supportive, especially in these freezing times – Pfefferhaus is dedicated entirely to the world of chilies and you’ll certainly find your hot gift here.
And I also think it would be a great idea to gift a whole loaf of Sironi’s delicious white sourdough bread.
Paper & Tea, the beautiful tea store out West has a great selection of holiday gifts assembled around their excellent teas.