Are you looking for some great Christmas gift ideas from Seville? The shopping season starts so if you happen to be here, it’s a great moment to look for that perfect present.
From food stuffs to flamenco accessories, the city certainly has its fair share of amazing typical Spanish gifts. Wondering what to stuff your suitcase with for friends and family this year? Here are 10 awesome ideas to inspire you.
With so many buildings in the city decorated with ornate tiles, both inside and out, ceramics are the ultimate souvenir from Seville. The main shopping streets are lined with ceramic stores, but for top quality plates and tiles, head across the Triana Bridge to Cerámica Santa Ana (Calle San Jorge 31), famous for its traditional ceramics.
One of the traditions in Seville has always been to go and buy sweets from the nuns in the different convents of the city. Every convent has their own specialty, so depending on which pastry or sweet treat you are looking for, you might have to go to a different convent. One of my favorites has always been the Convent of Saint Leandro (Plaza de San Ildefonso). Try the yemas – a sweet made with egg yolk, sugar and some lemon juice. Simple and delicious.
Other traditional sweets are turrón, a nougat treat typically made of honey, sugar and egg white, or mantecados, typical Andalusian shortbreads made from the fat of the Iberian pig.
Seville has a rich flamenco tradition and you can’t visit the city without seeing a traditional, authentic show. Buying a flamenco dress as a Christmas present is a wonderful way to bring the tradition home. A real dress will set you back at least 300€, so if that’s outside your budget, a knock off gown can cause just as much excitement, and leave more money to splash out on accessories!
What would Spain be without its famous jamón? There’s no better way to eat ham than pairing it with some incredible manchego cheese and sharing with family and friends. The markets in Seville have some of the best cured products in the country. For travel-friendly vacuum packed products, head to Charcutería Ramírez, a stall in the market on Calle Feria.
Some of the must-see Christmas markets located in the center of the city are filled with stalls selling beautiful, unique handcrafted jewelry, toys and ornaments. If you’re looking for a special present this Christmas, here’s where to find it!
Do you have a foodie friend back home who’s visiting Seville soon? A cooking class is the perfect gift for foodies and non-foodies alike. And your English-speaking teacher will make sure you learn how to cook a Spanish meal in a practical and enjoyable way.
It goes without saying that an important part of the experience is the taste testing at the end which in typical Spanish style, happens with a glass of Spanish wine in hand!
Wine makes a wonderful gift at Christmas time. With so many typical Andalusian wines available, why not give your gift a unique twist by purchasing one of the region’s specialties. Head to Flor de Sal (Calle Carlos Cañal, 46) where you can choose from approximately 85 different wine denominations. Or go to Flores Gourmet (Calle San Pablo, 24) to buy some Manzanilla sherry to add a southern Spanish flavor to your festive celebrations.
The Romans considered olive oil ‘a liquid gold’ and a bottle of Spain’s favorite food accompaniment is a great Christmas gift. With so many different varieties available, it’s best to head to a specialized market stall or shop to find top quality local produce.
My recommendation? La Oleoteca (Calle García de Vinuesa, 39) has a huge selection of olive oils and is run by local experts who are happy to talk you through each variety.
With such a strong craft beer movement in the city in recent years, Seville is a great place to get local craft beers to bring home for the Holidays. Lupulópolis Cervezas Artesanas (Calle José Gestoso 12) sells a wide variety of distinct beers and their staff offer excellent advice.
Also, check out Gigante Bar (Alameda de Hércules, 17) in the Alameda neighborhood, where they take you through the large catalog of craft beers available, describing their taste and flavour. Given the warm, cozy atmosphere in the bar itself, you’ll be tempted to sit down and try a few before you buy!