Christmas gift ideas from the Basque Country: 17 surprises to offer

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Want to give the Basque Country for Christmas? Its good local products, its local delicacies, iconic or typical objects? Support the small traders, artisans and artists of the Basque Country, offer products and services that make sense. Here are 17 great ideas to draw.

Opening photo: Les Couteliers Basques , click to see their information sheet.

1-) The Sticks of Xab

Xab makes hiking poles by hand , from a branch of local gasoline, such as hazelnut for example. Polished to fit comfortably in the hand, carved and sculpted, colored, these poles are beautiful, a nice gift for those who love to walk coastal paths and forests.

Xab's sticks

2-) Louise Bougies candles

For over 10 years, Louise has been creating artisanal scented candles in the Basque Country . It is from the best raw materials carefully selected, that it manufactures unique pieces: natural vegetable wax, scents from perfumers, which it coordinates in scented candles with a sweet, original smell, without being heady! Also 100% Basque design, since the candles are contained in a “bodega” type glass.

The Candles of LOuise

3-) A Basque jewel by-fanfan

Offer a Basque jewel ! “ Mon Bijou Basque ” is a collection of jewelry imagined by a visual artist, creator for more than 30 years. Originally from the Basque Country, the artist puts forward the graphic icons of the region, such as the beret, the espadrille, the oceanic patterns… In addition to being local, artisanal, “ My Basque Jewel ” is also ethical since By- Fanfan is a partner of Surfrider Foundation, to which it donates a percentage of its sales.


4-) A traditional Basque fabric

We no longer present Lartigue 1910 , the Basque linen factory, located in Ascain. 4 generations of weavers, are a guarantee of quality and unequaled know-how, for products which nevertheless know how to keep up with the times! Come to the workshop or look at their collection online, to choose linens in accordance with your tastes, always with a touch of Basque patterns, shimmering colors and the pleasure of having kitchen, bed or bed linen. toilet that lasts over time.

5-) A Basque knife

This is a great gift, which lovers of beautiful blades will appreciate. Les Couteliers Basques is a cutlery where everything is made by hand, by talented craftsmen: Rachel and Pascal Exposito. 30 years of experience, precious wood knives and worked with care. Visit the factory in Bidart and check their website for an overview of all existing models. Special favorite with the Espelette pepper knife, so pretty that it is almost appetizing. You can also trust the family of Urchoeguia cutlers , based in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. It is a very large and well-stocked store where you can find beautifully crafted knives from all over France, but also and above all the Couteau de Saint-Jean-de-Luz, handcrafted in an artisanal way and the traditional knife. Basque, the Basque Yatagan. Bring home a little of the Basque Country through a functional and simply elegant object.


6-) Bamboo straws and natural materials


To sip your holiday and New Year cocktails, here is an original idea and 100% Basque Country (Biarritz): Organic Straws . The “ Paï ” are made of bamboo, reusable and presented in a very pretty fabric bag.

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7-) A "gift voucher" in a restaurant in the Basque Country

What a pleasure to return to the restaurant soon! Support your favorite restaurateurs, please those you love and offer not a product gift but a service: Request a "gift voucher" from a restaurateur to enjoy a delicious meal in a Basque restaurant , as soon as possible. What a great tasty idea!

Click to see our selection of restaurants in the Basque Country .





8-) A gourmet box from a Basque Country cannery

Gastronomic delights are a true tradition of the Basque Country. Here we eat well, we cook with know-how and with top quality and local products. Trust the traditional canneries of the Basque Country : offer a gourmet gift basket , with preserves or jars. Pâtés, Foie Gras, Ham, Cooked specialties such as axoa, liqueur, wine… The advantage? You stay within your budget because it is you who choose the products that make up your gourmet basket.

Click to see a selection of the best canneries in the Basque Country .



Etxe Peio


9-) Basque cakes and cookies

The Basque Country is not only the champion of charcuterie, there is also a long tradition of talented pastry chef. Take for example the Basque cake, did you know that it is a cake of domestic tradition? It was made by housewives at the same time as the bread and corn cakes, to take to the fields. It was not just garnished with cream or cherry jam, we put inside what we found in the pantry. Today, there is a whole range of delicious Basque sweet specialties to discover in pastry chefs and in macaroons and cannelés shops ...
  1. Click to see a selection of Basque cookies and cakes shops


10-) Be careful, hot in front, the Basque Pepper

Don't forget to offer the hottest Basque gift: Espelette pepper . Made in the eponymous city, it is an AOC of which the whole region is very proud and there is plenty. It is Basque pepper, it accompanies most traditional recipes, it is tasty, not very spicy, but spicy, fragrant and its almost smoky and fruity aroma gives an absolutely essential touch to all dishes of Basque origin.


Click to discover Espelette pepper shops and producers .


11-) Offer a visit to a Basque craftsman

If you are in the Basque Country, on vacation or planning to come, give your friends a voucher for a visit! Meet a Basque cider producer the Sagarno, a producer of Ossau Iraty cheese, a Basque cakes maker, a chocolate factory ... It is the promise of a gourmet moment, a stroll in a beautiful shop and a moment to share with those who matter to you!

Click to see our section of visits to the Basque Country .



12-) A bag or Basque leather goods

This is a gift that will delight both women and men. Leather goods are bags, but also wallets, pouches, decorative objects, belts… La Maroquinerie Banka works with trout skin, in an exclusive and unique tanning process. The Atelier Manufactoum in Saint-Jean-de-Luz uses the skins of Basque leather tanners to manufacture high-end products, an exceptional gift for your loved one? Maison Laffargue has been manufacturing magnificent bags, satchels and leather accessories since 1890, 4 generations of leather craftsmen to seduce you.


13-) The essential Basque Espadrille

New to espadrilles ? These are the traditional shoes of the Basque Country (dating from the 18th century), elevated to the rank of local emblems. With a braided sole in cord of vegetable material (jute or hemp), topped with a linen canvas in Basque colors, it is comfortable, elegant with an obsolete side that has stood the test of time. Today, it is a real fashion accessory! Offer Basque Espadrilles for Christmas!

Take a look at our selection of Basque espadrille manufacturers .


14-) Basque pottery or ceramics

A very good gift idea for lovers of beautiful or functional pieces of art. Basque Pottery , elegantly executed by a family at Poterie Goicoechea. Unique pieces, made with a pure and very clear earth, to sublimate an entrance, a terrace, highlight a floral composition, place a vase on a console to decorate a room soberly.

Goicoechea Pottery

15-) Basque cider, Sagarno

Offer Basque bubbles, introduce your friends to Sagarno. This cider from the Basque tradition, prepared with apples of local varieties, without the addition of carbon dioxide. Finely sparkling, to be consumed at room temperature or just cooled, it is a slightly sweet product, which accompanies cold meats, or a nice piece of meat. It is tasted with cod omelette in Basque cider houses. You too can make Txotch at home, with Basque cider.

Click to see a selection of Sagarno Basque Cider Producers



Cider etzigar-04
Photo: @ Eztigar Cider


16-) Offer a flight over the Basque Country


Let's take a little height during the end of the year celebrations, offer a first flight in a helicopter! The opportunity for an out of the ordinary outing, for photo enthusiasts, for those who know the area so well, that they will appreciate seeing it from a new angle, or just for the pleasure of getting into a helicopter, is not it ? Discover Procoptère Aviation in BIarritz

Procopter
Photo: @ Procoptère Aviation

17-) Discovery of dolphins and cetaceans

A boat trip , on a magnificent catamaran to go on an expedition to meet dolphins, is it possible? Yes, with Explore Ocean it is a good idea for a Christmas gift, offer a sunset from the ocean or a day with dolphins.

Explore Ocean

Photo: @ Explore Ocean


Here you are full of good ideas for Christmas gifts or gifts to please those you love, all year round, from the Basque Country!

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