Holiday gift ideas from Czechia for every budget and style in 2023

Gifts from Prague with love plus tips for locally-sourced Christmas baskets, gift vouchers, and more.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 08.12.2023 17:00:00 (updated on 11.12.2023) Reading time: 5 minutes

Give a piece of the Prague metro

Earlier this year, Prague City Tourism unveiled a new collection of souvenirs featuring a replica of the iconic tiles of the Metro Line A. In collaboration with Czech designer Petr Novague, two varieties of tiles can be purchased online or via the Prague City Tourism brick-and-mortar shop on the ground floor of the Old Town Hall.

Photo: Prague City Tourism
Photo: Prague City Tourism

Ornaments with a Czech motif

Czech illustrator Josef Lada's beloved holiday debut on Christmas ornaments this year, the first to be approved by his estate. Handmade by Glassor Decorations in Liberec, the frosted glass balls feature scenes of snowy villages and Christmas customs rendered in Lada's distinctive art.

Lada ornaments
Photo: Glassor Decorations

Czech authors and Prague-based novels

A number of new Czech novels were released in English translation this year. See our article for a selection of page-turners from some of the most talented contemporary Czech writers to put under the literature lover's tree, including Jaroslav Kalfař's A Brief History of Living Forever.

The perfect read for fans of mystery novels, the Honza series by British-born author Andrew Pratt is the first modern-day crime series written in English and set in the Czech capital, which becomes a second home for the book’s main character. 

Prague neighborhood t-shirts

T-shirts featuring motifs from Prague districts by designers Tričko z čtvrti (t-shirts from the quarters) let you wear your favorite 'hood close to your heart and your hometown pride on your sleeve, literally. Each original, t-shirt design comes with a keepsake booklet about the neighborhood. The brand also sells posters and postcards.

Tshirt
Prague district t-shirt

Build a beautiful gift basket with local foods

Crafted by Friends a new small-batch gastro collective established by Prague’s largest restaurant, Červený Jelen was designed to boost the growth and visibility of craft food and beverage producers on the Czech market. Goodies range from spirits to chocolate, spicy kimchi and condiments and other goodies that are perfecting for filling stockings (not to mention appetites)!

Gourmets will appreciate the selection of goodies from House of Julius Meinl Gourmet Shop, which curates Julius Meinl am Graben gift baskets, gift boxes, and trunks featuring some of their best-selling products. You can aslo create personalized gift baskets that show your appreciation for colleagues, family, and friends.

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Share a taste of Italian gastronomy and style with regional wines and other delicacies from La Dispensa Italiana, a deli and shop offering unique Christmas baskets. Made from leather, the baskets, a gift all their own, are filled with a mix of the shop’s bestsellers as well as seasonal goodies, like pandoro cakes and torrone.

Titbit supplies a wide network of retail chains in the Czech Republic with produce. Its Beze Zbytku Project also transforms bruised and bumped fruits and vegetables into delightful chutneys, jams, and preserves. Consider a gift box trio filled with savory and fruity spreads and chutneys, or chose a mango or pomegranate brandy for a gift that's as eco-friendly as it is flavorful.

Titbit chutney
Titbit chutney

A gift voucher is always a sweet idea and Ambiente has some particularly tasty dining experiences on offer this year including Dessert Tasting at Myšák, Breakfast for Two at Myšák, or Breakfast for Two at Café Savoy. Additionally, the Ambiente card can be filled up with any value and used at one of the group's outlets around town.

Heavenly scents from Czechia

The Prague Botanical garden's Fata Morgana exhibit has been transformed into a fragrance which it describes as 'the essence of Vietnam.' Fata Morgana No. 2, pays homage to the country's diverse flora, blending fragrant woods, spices, lotus, oud, citrus, and white flowers.

Photo via Botanical Garden
Photo via Botanical Garden

Czech cosmetics company Botanicus has gift boxes of Czech-made soaps, shampoos, fragrances, hand and body creams, and bath products (available at their e-shop or brick-and-mortar shop in Prague). Christmas gift packages containing a mix of organic jams, honey, teas, and chutneys are available online, in person, or custom-made. 

Myskino, a new niche perfumery near Wenceslas Square, stocks Czech brands like Pigmentarium and Onest as well as cosmetics, diffusers, and candles crafted with respect for Czech tradition.

Bedazzled gifts

For a one-of-a-kind gift that brings together the elegance of fine jewelry and the charm of fresh florals, GIYOU Jewelry Flowers are handmade from silver, gold, or fine gold, embodying a lasting and personal gift.

Handcrafted from precious stones and metals, Roberto Coin's jewelry pieces are meant to be treasured and flaunted, making them the perfect gift for lovers of art, fashion, and Italian creativity. 

Hats off to the arts

Pay homage to history and look cool while doing it. A new special collection of hats from the National Theatre, with two inscriptions and three colors to choose from, features the Czech greeting "Na zdar," (for success) a greeting commonly used during the National Theater's construction in 1850-1884. Crafted from quality organic cotton, you can also choose a hat with the word "Zvíře" for the animal in your life!

Photo: National Theatre
Photo: National Theatre

The Open House Prague Festival has released a wall-mounted architectural planner for 2024 in honor of its tenth year. Illustrated by Jan Šrámek, it showcases iconic Prague buildings. Orders support the Open House mission of offering educational walking tours of the city's lesser-known monuments.

Prague museum gift shops are the perfect place for picking up art books and prints with a Czech connection as well as locally designed jewelry, handbags, games, puzzles, and other items you won't find anywhere else. Our favorite museum shops in Prague include Kunsthalle, the National Gallery, and the Bendox shop (located within the museum but a separate family-run entity). Bendox features a fun collection of Prague-themed gifts, including a line of Prague pins. All have e-shops; museum memberships are also a great way to support the arts.

Prague pin by Bendox
Prague pin by Bendox

A class for Christmas

Paint and Vino is an art workshop tailored for groups of beginners. Cafe Buddha cooking school helmed by PRU58 chef Štěpán Návrat has a whole range of cooking classes devoted to sushi, Vietnamese cuisine, and more. Looking for something more practical? Give the gift of driving: Autoškola Horázný has gift vouchers for a driving-school course.

The gift of serenity

Gift vouchers for Emblem Hotel combine a romantic getaway with relaxation and spa treatments, including a special M Spa Christmas Voucher giving access to a special wellness package. 

NH Collection’s stunning Carlo IV Wellness & Spa offers three-, six-, and 12-month membership packages, including unlimited entry to Carlo IV’s tranquil sauna, steam room, swimming pool, and fitness studio, plus discounted spa treatments, vouchers for the hotel’s 1890 Restaurant & Bar, and other exceptional perks.

Carlo IV
Carlo IV

The newly renovated Falkensteiner Spa Resort in Mariánské Lázně, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage spa town, offers special wellness packages encapsulating the healing atmosphere of spas that complement active wellness activities in the hotel's surroundings. 

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