Six best German Christmas gifts
A bright Christmas holiday is coming. This is a reason to think about how to please your loved ones. Every year we have to think over not only New Year’s gifts for children, but also for the adults. If you are in Germany, the list below is for you. Although it can always be adapted to many other European countries, in case you are travelling comfortably down Europe with rental24h.
The process of choosing a gift, the share of love and appreciation, put in it, are very important. Well, and, of course, an element of surprise is important. The list below describes the gifts that are most often brought from Germany.
Domestic electronic equipment
The most popular and most significant category of gifts in terms of finance is all that relates to computers, the Internet or mobile communications: computer games, smartphones, tablets and the novelty of the season – smart watches compatible with smartphones. Although they are very expensive and technically still imperfect, some analysts believe that they could become a hit of the holiday season among German people, and you can follow their lead as well. Considerable demand is for mobile phones with large keys and a simplified menu. They are eagerly used by representatives of the older generation. Well, those who want to give expensive equipment to spouse, parents, or themselves, choose one of the new-generation automatic coffee makers. They make cappuccino, espresso, latte… You can set up the machine so that it will make your favorite coffee at exactly the specified time – say, right after your morning shower.
This is the most popular liqueur in Germany. Jägermeister is a strong liqueur, based on herbs and the bark of trees. The liqueur contains 56 varieties of plant components. The volume of alcohol is 35%. Its name translates as “Master-hunter”. It was originally developed as a medicine to improve digestion. It is recommended to drink it chilled without mixing with other drinks. The cost of 1 liter is about 18 euros.
This is an ancient mystical creature, which lives in the Alps, so the Germans say. This is the animal with the body of an eagle owl, the head of a hare, the nose of a heron and the paws of a goose. It is an unusual and interesting souvenir, which costs about 15 euros.
Cookies and other sweets
Perhaps nothing warms the soul as much as goodies cooked with your own hands. In Germany, homemade cookies is a gift out of competition: you can grab it with you at any celebration. They bake it often with the whole family, together with the children, and each one has their own recipe. Vanilla and marzipan crescents sprinkled with powdered sugar are called ‘Kipferln’, traditional stars with cinnamon and frosting, or figured spiced ‘Spekulatius’ cookies, depicting scenes from the life of St. Nicholas, are most often baked. Gingerbread cakes, traditional for the winter holiday season in Germany, are bought at Christmas fairs, where they are sold in unprecedented quantities. Traditional homemade German cookies could be as well found at these fairs.
It is believed that in the middle of the XVIII century at the famous Black Forest in the south-west of Baden-Württemberg, the wall clock with the cuckoo (Kuckucksuhr) began to spread around the world. Today, the range of prices for such clocks, made here, depending on their quality and the material from which they are made, ranges from fifty to almost two thousand euros.
What a beer could be drunk without a mug! Beer mugs in Germany are made with a lid so that the aroma of beer does not vanish. They make mugs from porcelain, silver, ceramics, wood, glass. The price depends on the material of manufacture and complexity of manufacturing- from 10 to 500 euros.
It could be added that the category of traditional Christmas gifts in Germany includes gifts to strangers, most often children. The holiday tree is a tree of wishes, which are allowed to be fulfilled not only by Santa Claus. Now in many areas of Germany, at the entrance to large stores and firms, there are Christmas trees, to the branches of which sheets of paper with wishes are attached. The one, who wants to give something to a stranger, chooses a piece of paper, then buys or brings a gift from home and gives it to the checkpoint: the gift is then given to the “addressee”. The purpose of such numerous actions is to bring joy to children and all those who need warmth and care.