Ho, Ho, Ho: The ZUCKER. Gift Guide Part 1

Ho, Ho, Ho: The ZUCKER. Gift Guide Part 1
29. November 2021

Christmas is just four weeks away and the shopping season has officially begun with a tsunami of Black Friday deals. But how do you start christmas shopping? Do you just rush through the shops at random? Do you let the discounts inspire you? Or do you plan the gifts for your loved ones in advance and buy them with absolute certitude it is the perfect fit? Cross your heart: Who amongst you still doesn’t have any presents a week before Christmas and more or less desperately starts a last-minute shopping session? Good news: with the ZUCKER. Gift Guide, there’s no need to panic – whether it’s today or on 23 December. If you’re still looking for creative gift ideas, you’ll find them here. Naughty or nice, here are the first ten tips for a very special gift.

Sprout Eyeliner

Christmas make-up on fleek? Guaranteed with the Sprout Eyeliner! The sustainable alternative to conventional eyeliners is available in black and brown. The special feature: As soon as the pencil is worn out, you can plant it and a wild plant will grow out of it. Zero Waste at its best – simply magical! In addition to the eyeliners, brow pencils are also available as well as gift sets with brow pencils and eyeliners.

JOYUMA Coffee Carrier

The start-up JOYUMA from Berlin Weißensee produces sustainable coffee mugs that you can hang around your neck like a mobile phone case to keep your hands free during a winter walk. Coffee, tea, mulled wine – the coffee carrier keeps everything warm and is also a cool eye-catcher completing any outfit. Consisting of the actual coffee mug, a holder bag for the mug and a cord to hang around it, the design can be changed/adapted at will. The bags and cords are interchangeable in terms of colour. The classic is the light brown bag with a black and white cord or the black bag with a green cord. Only recently, the new models with silver or bright yellow bag and wider strap instead of thin cord were launched. By the way, Cosmopolitan, Couch, Grazia and co. are big fans of the Coffee Carrier, just saying…

Credits: JOYUMA

Bags by Alex Bender

The pretty bags by designer Alex Bender are handmade in her Berlin studio – from sketching to shipping, she handles the entire creation and sales process alone with her husband. Small and larger works of art in minimalist design are created here from leather and fabrics. Different colours, shapes and sizes make the handmade bags suitable for everyday use as well as eye-catchers for evening events. These are timeless pieces, not seasonal trends, which makes the bags all the more sustainable and valuable for the owner. We are particularly fond of the silver belt bag

Nivea Sun scented candle

White Christmas? Beautiful! The rest of the grey, wet winter? Meeeh… Bring the sun and summer holidays into your living room with the Nivea Sun scented candle. The smell of sunscreen will teleport you straight to the beach. Just what we will need in January and February.

Ottolenghi cookbook

For most of us, the Christmas holidays consist largely of one very basic activity: eating! What could be better under the Christmas tree than a cookbook with fancy new recipes? Yotam Ottolenghi is known for his cooking and passes on his knowledge in various cookbooks: from vegetarian ideas to specialities from Jerusalem. The latest book by the world bestselling author, “Shelf Love”, in which he and his test team conjure up great dishes based on simple ingredients raided from their kitchens, is a particularly tasty gift for loved ones – perhaps combined with a voucher for a dinner together?

Tape Art Kit

The revolution of the tape art kit: Do you already have a hobby for next year? Tape art is the latest hype. Art with adhesive tapes is really all the rage. Why? It doesn’t get dirty, anyone can just start without any special know-how, the artwork can be modified at any time and doesn’t leave any residue, for example if you want to brighten up your white walls with colourful tapes. The Berlin-based start-up Tape Art Kit offers kits, i.e. tape sets made of different colours and materials such as gaffer tape, foil and paper. With this cool idea, the team was even in the “Höhle der Löwen” (Lion’s Den). In addition to the kit itself, you can also give away tickets for a joint tape art workshop at the Tape Art Academy and get creative together. Look at how impressive the adhesive art can look:

Credits: Tape That

Mampe Gin Basil Bundle

Ho, ho, holiday drinking season! Toasting on Christmas Eve, the holidays, New Year’s Eve or just casually on Friday night is only fun with the right drink! The classic party drink besides the basics beer, wine and sparkling wine is the gin and tonic. The classic 2.0 is called Gin Basil! With its green colour, this long drink not only looks special, it also tastes great. The traditional Berlin distillery Mampe from Kreuzberg has been known for 190 years as a spirits manufacturer and liquor shop even beyond the borders of the capital, especially for Mampe Halb & Halb. In a bundle, they now also offer their Mampe Ku’Damm 15 Gin with two basil-ginger lemonades from partner brand BALIS. Cheers to that!

Ucon Acrobatics Backpack

Under the motto “minimal design, minimal emission”, the Ucon Acrobatics brand designs and sells visually timeless, yet sustainable backpacks of the highest quality. With their “less is more” approach and modern, minimalist products, the company aims to appeal primarily to a younger generation from Berlin’s creative scene – very successfully so far. To this end, they regularly cooperate with artists and other young brands. As committed cyclists, we at ZUCKER. are particularly fond of the Hajo Medium Backpack: laptop, coffee-to-go mug, to-do list, etc. everything finds a safe place here when out and about. The backpack is also available in super-beautiful colours, from classic black and brown to lavender.

Nanoleaf Elements

Cozy atmosphere in the living room? We can! Nanoleaf launched the Elements collection this summer – smart lighting with a wooden look. The hexagonal panels can be individually combined and put together to create a very personal design. The Nanoleaf app provides inspiration for shapes and colours. The light, i.e. brightness, warmth, colour scheme, etc., can also be controlled via this app. The smart lights even react to touch! An absolute must-have for cozy interior design!

Credits: Nanoleaf

WTF Notebooks

Journals and to-do lists are something everyone can do, but in the new year we’re going for the WTF Notebooks à la “My list of things I was right about”. We also find the notebook “My Book to write in to appear busy” very practical. It can certainly save us from one or two unpleasant or unwanted situations. New Year’s resolutions like being more organised or working more productively are reinterpreted and motivated with these creative little books. Next level shit, people!

By the way, you can find more ideas for cool X-Mas gifts in our Instagram highlights under @zuckerberlin. You can already look forward to our Gift Guide Part 2…

Credits of the main picture: Unsplash / Call me Fred

A post by Laura Dörling