Still don’t know what to give for Christmas? Well, why not go local and bring something from the city we all love the most? But don’t fret, this list doesn’t recommend plush-Currywurst-toys or ombre-Fernsehturm-candles, but original and beautiful products by small and independent brands in Berlin. Husch, Husch, Go shop!
Well, the present-hunting season started weeks ago, but some of us (me) are always late and thus so very thankful for the popping up of various small Christmas stores all over the city, providing us lazy shoppers with a plethora of choices to score high on the gift-giving-scale. And first and foremost, support local business and creatives – most of the shops recommended here are not made with profit in mind, but with the passion to share and support local work and thus create sustainable gift-giving. No more Mon Cherie boxes! No more random DVD-sets! No more lazy vouchers for high-street brands.
Take your time, mark your calendars and hit the streets to pay these beauties a visit:
The other day, I was meeting a friend for coffee who recently had a baby. I got so excited about what it will be and look like that I almost forgot to buy a gift. But of course, it’s not something that happens every day, so I wanted to bring something special. Although it was my very first time that I would enter a children’s store, I immediately knew where I wanted to go. Having already seen the beautiful photos on instagram, there was no question: Tiny was the place – and I couldn’t have chosen better.
I am very sure you all know the best source of unworn vintage and new glasses and sunglasses, Lunettes Selection on Torstraße. But did you know they had a second store just off Helmholtzplatz with an even bigger choice of sunglasses and – as a real speciality – kid’s prescription glasses? And they’re soo cute, like this one tiny round glasses model in red with white dots… So if you don’t find the model of your dreams on Torstraße, get to the Prenzlauer Berg location (where you can also pick up all glasses from their online store).
While a few years back the centre of clothes-buying was certainly Mitte around Münzstraße, this area today seems to be entirely occupied by H&M owned stores. (Well, not entirely… One small street of indomitable fashion heroes still holds out). But don’t fret, Berlin is still vast enough to offer space for young entrepreneurs, courageous enough to start their own stores with a small budget. Like Gerda Jünemann, who just opened a small paradise for lovers of vintage treasures: The Good Store.