A Gift Guide to German Christmas Markets

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German Christmas Market
German Christmas Market

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Stumped for Christmas gift ideas, or simply looking for a nice souvenir to bring home from Germany? Then the Christmas markets are the place to go. Aside from being great places to sample traditional German food and drink specialties, the Christmas markets are filled with fun holiday gift ideas. The markets are open by early December and fill town squares all over the country. From tiny villages to major cities, the Christmas markets are a central meeting point for enjoying the general merriment of the holiday season. Here is a guide to the top gift items at German Christmas markets:

Beeswax candles

While a candle itself may not be the most creative gift, these candles are something special. These beautifully crafted beeswax candles burn a golden halo and smell of sweet honey. Brighten the holiday season with these candles, which come in various shapes and sizes.

Wooden toys

Travel back in time to when most children’s toys were hand crafted from wood.

Music boxes

This 18th century invention still captivates. Pick up one of these small masterpieces for a special person on your Christmas list. These hand crafted boxes can play Christmas songs or other classics.

Incense smokers

Incense smokers, or Raeuchermännchen as they are called in German, are also a popular Christmas market gift item. Traditionally these smokers are to remember the Three Wise Men and their gifts to Jesus.

Decorations

What better place to find Christmas decorations than a Christmas market? Advent wreathes, nativity scenes, and other Christmas favorites await you.

Ornaments

And finally, the Christmas ornaments. While most of the people on your list probably have plenty of ornaments already, the ones found at the German Christmas markets are particularly beautiful. Hand crafted glass baubles or intricately carved wooden ornaments decorated with traditional Christmas scenes and images of stars, hearts, flowers, and more, will add a nice touch to any Christmas tree. Many vendors at the markets even compete for the best design each year.

The German Christmas markets offer a great shopping opportunity for everyone on your gift list. And make sure to enjoy a hot glühwein or bratwurst while you’re there!



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Allison Stendardi-Deptolla

This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.

Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.

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