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Gifts from Berlin - Berlin in a Box for Berlin Lovers

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Christmas Guide - Day 19: Berlin in a Box - Unique Gifts for People who love the German capital

Have you got friends who are Berlin fans? Then we’ve got good news for you: with the following selection of gift ideas you will capture the genuine creative power of Berlin.
 

BERLIN IS ALL UNIQUENESS

Harry Lehmann is Berlin’s first and only perfume manufacturer. Set in the authentic part of the Charlottenburg Kiez, far off the touristic tracks in the Kantstrasse 106, Harry Lehmann offers a stunning collection of more than 50 perfumes and colognes, sold by weight starting at 3 Euros per 10 ml. Since any of the eau de parfum juices can be mixed to create individual blends, this is truly an affordable way to wear an individual scent. Gift idea: get a set of three small sized bottles that the receiver can mix as they like – and watch how they will be lovingly packaged in beautiful Florentine paper.

Below: Eau de cologne Wüstenwind, 100 ml, €5.
Eau de parfum Châtelaine, 50 ml, €30.
 

At Rita in Palma, the old craftsmanship of crocheting is rediscovered and brought back to life in an oriental inspired collection of collars, shawls and crocheted accessories, all handmade in Berlin.

Below: Knit Collar Scarf, approx. €60. 
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BERLIN IS NAUGHTY, NOT NICE

Flirt with the dark side: the Berlin-based label Très Bonjour is internationally noted for their artful and high fashion pieces made of glossy latex. Check the daring dresses, the lingerie, the fabulous biker-style and lace-adorned gloves (starting at €69), and the collar pieces (starting €79).

Above: Collar “Forbidden Island”, €129.
 

Know a girl who is moving to Berlin? Get her a dance studio gift certificate – but a naughty one! Germany’s first erotic dance studio Schönheitstanz is a ladies only studio offering burlesque, exotic and pole dance courses. A gift certificate for a taster course costs €10, for a two-hours burlesque course €60, for a four-hours pole dance course €115.

Above: Schönheitstanz Gift Certificate (10-115 Euros).

 

BERLIN IS ZEITGEIST

With a clutch by the Berlin-based leather goods label Gretchen you will stand out from any crowd. The designs – laptop bags, totes, shoulder bags, clutches, purses ­­– are all geometrical sophistication and coolness.

Above: Diamond Pouch in “Lipstick Red”, €299.
 

Being one of the most green cites in terms of parks and green spaces, Berlin is also home to a vegan, certified organic cosmetic label i+m Manufaktur. A frequent traveller among your Berlin-loving friends will say a huge thank-you for this cool travel set, consisting of a pH-adjusted shower gel with argan oil and aloe, a body lotion with argan oil and shea butter, a citrus shampoo and a wheatgerm oil hair conditioner – all from the Berlin series.
Above: 
i+m Manufaktur Travel Set Berlin Series, €9,90
 

And of course, how can you talk shopping and miss continental Europe’s biggest department store? The KaDeWe is a landmark. To get the festive shopping experience in Berlin (or worldwide at the new KaDeWe online store) pick this Christmas themed gift certificate that ranges from €25 to 250, freely selectable.

Above: The KaDeWe gift certificate “The greatest gift”, starting €25


 
—by Nath Fedorova


UPCOMING: Christmas Guide 2012


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