Thoughtful Caymanian Christmas Gifts

If you’re looking to give your family and friends that unique, one-of-a-kind gift that’s true to Caymanian culture, look no further. Here are a few ideas to help you find the perfect holiday gift in the Cayman Islands.

THE EPICUREAN

Food Tours
Explore both local culture, food and drinks with Cayman Food Tours, a three hour-long walking day tour of George Town, the capital of Grand Cayman.

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Cayman Food Tours: Fresh Catch at Guy Harvey’s

Local ingredients are the star attraction of the Flavor Tour at Camana Bay, an evening dining voyage of four restaurants and an eclectic wine room.

Pantry Essentials
Stock the pantry and spice rack with Cayman Sea Salt BBQ Rub, Gourmet Pepper Jelly, and Hawley Haven Farm’s guava, papaya,mango and tamarind jams. All are available at Pure Art Gallery & Gifts and at local grocery stores.

THE SPA LOVER

Spa Treatments
Give the gift of a luxurious spa treatment to relax the body, mind and soul. Choose from signature men’s grooming and body treatments like indulgent massages, facials and body treatments. The Gentleman’s Retreat package at the Silver Rain Spa is a great way to treat the men in your life, as it includes a 60-minute facial simultaneously combined with a gentleman’s manicure and pedicure.

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Organic Body Products
An at-home spa experience can be given by bundling a selection of hand-made products using natural and local ingredients, like the coconut oil and goat’s milk soaps from Beach Bubbles and sugar scrubs from Carib Sandz.

THE ARTISTIC SOUL

Unique Creations
Featuring exclusive ceramic plates, bowls, candle holders, tea cups and home decor, 3 Girls and  Kiln offers several unique gift ideas. You can also opt for an up-cycled gift like the handcrafted angel, made from sea glass and wire – a sweet accent on any Christmas tree.

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3 Girls and a Kiln are gaining popularity for cute and quirky ornaments, dishware and knick-knacks

Local Art
The Cayman Islands is alive with artists of different mediums. Pure Art Gallery boast an impressive assortment of underwater photography, inexpensive prints, acrylic and watercolour paintings, Caymanite sculptures and even the unusual 3-D paintings.

THE MUSIC ENTHUSIAST

Local Music
CDs and music gift cards make great gifts for the music buff. Choose from a diverse selection of locally produced CDs at Pure Art Gallery, many featuring instruments such as the piano, heartstring guitar and steel pans. Or opt for purchasing an iTunes gift card and recommend the newly released album Poinciana by Cayman singer Cotterell.

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THE BOOKWORM

Caymanite Bookends
Authentic book worms still favour books over electronic reading devices, so giving the gift of a pair of handcrafted Caymanite bookends by local artisan Joseph Inga makes the perfect addition to their packed shelves. Available at Pure Art Gallery.

THE ACCESSORIES GURU

Handcrafted Jewellery
Handcrafted jewellery makes for a wonderful gift,especially when it is made from Caymanite, black coral, pink conch shells, black and white whelk shells or sea glass. Choose from necklaces and pendants, earings and bracelets while you’re browsing at Pure Art Gallery.

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Cayman Logwood Jewellry Displays

Cayman Logwood Displays
Pure Art Gallery also carry hand-crafted and hardy jewellery holders that beautifully display necklaces, bracelets, rings and brooches. Made from the Cayman logwood, the displays double as a saltcellar and piece of art.

THE GAMER

Waurie Board Game
For the more traditional gamer, choose a timeless board game as a gift. Sometimes referred to as “Worry”,Waurie is a two-player mancala game first introduced to the Cayman Islands by the pirate Blackbeard. The game includes a hand-crafted board made from local mahogany trees and grey nicker nut playing pieces. Available atPure Art Gallery.

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Here, an older Caymanian teaches a young boy how to play Waurie in a board carved right into the bench [credit: Dart Enterprises]

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Published: Skies Cayman, December 2014

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