With the holiday season approaching, there is nothing better than a thoughtful, authentic or handmade gift from Jamaica. This holiday season, you can give the warmth of the island to your friends and family. From Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain Coffee to handmade jewelry and resort wear, Jamaica offers authentic gifts from the Home of All Right. Following is a selection of gifts that can be purchased in the U.S. and online.
For the Chef
Jamaican sister chefs Suzanne & Michelle Rousseau’s “Caribbean Potluck” and Robin Lim Lumsden’s “Belcour – Jamaican, French and Chinese Family Recipes for Entertaining,” offer a glimpse into Jamaica’s international cuisine. The diverse culture makes the islands of the Caribbean a fine place to savor beautiful landscapes, turquoise oceans, hot sunny days, warm sultry nights, urban cities, intoxicating music and fantastic food.
Where to Buy: Amazon: Caribbean Potluck | Belcour Cookbook.
For the Coffee Lover
Jamaica’s world-renowned Blue Mountain Coffee is a classification of coffee grown above 7000 feet, and is one of the most sought-after coffees in the world. The coffee is known for its mild flavor and lack of bitterness. Where to Buy: BlueMountainCoffee.com, Jablum.com, NewYorkGourmetCoffee.com, Amazon.com and Costco.
For the Condiment King
Belcour Preserves, a family-run business nestled in the foothills of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, makes farm-to-table, all natural gourmet condiments that have become a staple in Jamaican dishes. The line includes three fruit preserves, three hot pepper sauces and three savory condiments. Where to Buy: Sold in leading supermarkets of New York and Florida, may also be purchased on CiaoImports.com.
For the Chocolate & Rum Lover
Chocolatiers Charbonnel et Walker’s Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum truffles are a must try! Their delicately rich dark chocolate is perfectly infused with Appleton Estate’s 12 year old Jamaican Rum. Where to Buy: Bloomingdales.com
For the Accessory Queen
Created by Jamaican designers, Jody and Rachael, the JoRaeGO eclectic jewelry collection is inspired by their Caribbean heritage where every piece is personalized for each buyer. They recently designed their Fall/Winter 2016 Wood + Water collection. Where to Buy: Requests can be sent through their Instagrampage.
For the Shoe Connoisseur
For over 20 years, Bridget Brown, a self-taught Jamaican designer and owner of Bridget Sandals, has created exquisite handmade ladies leather sandals inspired by the look and feel of Jamaica. Sandals range from leather sling backs to ankle-wrapped thongs and ornamental flip flops. Where to Buy: Capricho Inc, 269 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL
For the Beach Babe
The Bang! Swimwear collection, created by Jamaican model Nell Robinson, is influenced by rock music icons using distressed denim, textured fabrics and rock star inspired prints. Bang! Swimwear is versatile and fits women of all body types. Where to Buy: www.BangSwimwear.com
For the Team Jamaica Fan
Land We Love is a Jamaican gear collection designed by entrepreneur Jacques Graham. Launched for the Rio 2016 Olympics, the first phase of the collection features a variety of t-shirts and hats for women and men, as well as Team Jamaica mugs. Where to Buy: www.LandWeLove.com