Are you missing Greece or know someone who is? They might enjoy getting something from my Greek Gift Guide! Every artist or brand on this list has something I have bought something from or use on regular basis in my daily Greek life.
The Round Button
I discovered The Round Button on Instagram and have been hooked on her products ever since. Alexandra’s inspiration is the island of Tinos. From her Tinos and Athens’ studios, she creates original artworks and then also create prints from them. All the designs are clean and simple but no less stunning.
My personal favorites are the items she has created based on the Tinos’ dovecotes. The circle design and what it represents speak to me and really remind me of a Greek island. Greek islands are simple, beautiful places with stunning landscapes, wonderful people, and ancient history.
You can purchase original art pieces and prints directly from her website. If you happen to be in Athens or Tinos, you can find some pieces in local stores that she has listed on her website, but she also ships internationally.
The Round Button actually introduced me, via Instagram, to Ena Karo, a natural soap producer, also from Tinos. Ena Karo makes handmade soaps and toiletries on the island of Tinos. I bought two soaps in Athens so I could try them out, and the smell is divine! They have also just released a Christmas collection of soaps that include scents such as Holy Night and 3 Magi.
All the soaps contain natural oils and herbs. This is definitely a product you want to give as a Greek gift and a gift to yourself! My favorite scent is the Poppy Seed. I am dying to try more scents as well. If you want to watch some excellent soap-making, I recommend you watch their stories on Instagram!
In Athens, you can find Ena Karo at Flaneur. Flaneur sells unique souvenirs in Plaka and is worth a visit when you are here.
Aggeliki Stavrianou is actually a friend of mine from when I lived in Naxos. She and I met while helping the local animal welfare. Her paintings of the Greek Islands will transport you! She still lives in Naxos and paints daily. Her art depicts island scenery in a realistic vivid way, and you are likely to find a painting of your favorite Greek Island. This is the small painting I purchased from her a few years ago.
Aggeliki doesn’t have an online shop, but you can get in touch with her to order either through her Instagram or her website. Act fast though, as most paintings are one of a kind. She will ship anywhere in the world.
Olive Era is a Greek brand I discovered while staying at a hotel in Athens. The products have an amazing smell and will transport you to Greece just by using them. All products use Cretean olive oil! At the time of my discovery, they didn’t have an online shop. They now do and will ship internationally. If you are in Athens, they now also have a physical store to visit at Perikleous 28.
They have a variety of products, such as skincare, hair care and candles. I love the simple packaging of everything and the fact that it uses Greece sourced ingredients.
While Apivita is a more well-known international brand, it is no less Greek! This was one of the finds in the pharmacy that I still use today. My favorite products are the hair care products. I love that they are silicone-free and smell like Greece in a bottle. The hair products I am currently using are the Oily Roots/Dry Ends Shampoo, the Intense Repair Conditioner, and the Moisturizing Hair Mask.
Some Apivita products are available at Amazon if you can’t get them to ship directly to you from Greece. In Greece, you can get Apivita products at most pharmacies. There is also the Apivita Experience Store in Kolonaki, which carries the full range of their products.
Korres was one of the first Greek beauty products I tried. They have excellent body washes and lotions. The scents are also some of the best I have ever tried. They also make skin care, hair care and face care products. Some Korres skin care products can be found at Sephora and on Amazon.
Most of their products are ethically sourced here in Greece. Some of the most popular products are the ones made with Greek Yogurt, including their sunscreen and after sun line. Korres can be found in most Greek pharmacies if you are visiting Greece.
I hope this helps you give or receive a little bit of Greece this year for your holidays. Since most of these companies are small, you will be helping a Greek business. Other than the Amazon links, all the links are direct to the artist or brand and are not affiliate links. I want to support my local Greek artists and brands this year! Happy Holidays!