While this may not be the kind of vodka to drown in a Club Mate, Our/Berlin vodka does provide a classy twist on this classic drink. Distilled in Berlin by a dedicated few, it can be found in boutiques, cafés, and shops all around the city, as well as at their own store in Treptow. A 350ml bottle goes for €13.
Despite Berlin being an affordable city, many locals are a bit intimidated by the financial prospect of attending a ballet or symphony at the Berliner Philharmoniker. Luckily, the ClassicCard can make a trip to one of these high-brow establishments quite cheap indeed. The best part? The card itself only costs €15.
No doubt, Berlin is full of phenomenal third-wave coffee shops. Most of them sell their beans, so you can bring the magic buzz into your own kitchen. Tres Cabezas sells its brand of organic espresso for as little as €5 and has many varieties and filter coffee beans to choose from. You can also order everything online.
A beloved publication among Berliners is Freunde von Freunden, which means ‘Friends of Friends.’ While they have published a couple of different things, we are particularly smitten with their book themed around Berlin. It costs €40, and a purchase provides 60% off a FvF tote bag.
There are many magical, decorative items sold at Berlin’s various markets, boutiques and specialty shops. One of our favorites this year is the Solar System Mobile, sold at Hallesches House in Kreuzberg. Sentimental science nerds will be happy to know that, for posterity’s sake, Pluto is still featured on the model.
For those with a sweet tooth, Olivia feinste Schokoladen und Torten in Friedrichshain certainly delivers. This adorable little shop features hand-selected chocolates and homemade confections. Bars go for under €5 and the Belyzium chocolate, also from Berlin, is phenomenal.
Whether for a seasoned Berliner or a new explorer, the Places in Berlin Map by the famous Stil in Berlin blog makes an excellent stocking stuffer. Ideal for discovering city tips and secrets. Get it for €9.90.
The authors of Style Guide to Berlin have compiled an assortment of suggestions for stylish living, covering everything from business to art to coffee to where to find the nicest neckties. Gift this little gem to anyone looking to get the most out of this fashionable city. Get it for €25.
Seeing as it’s one of the hipster capitals of the world, chances are you know a young lad in Berlin sporting a beard. Check out the utterly trendy Berlin-based company Oak to snag some beard oil made with natural ingredients, or one of their many other accessories for facial hair. The oil goes for €38.50.
Made of marble, these hand-painted splatterware mugs are one-of-a-kind – ideal for your creative friends. They come in red and blue and can be found at the Hallesches Haus general store in Kreuzberg. A set of two costs €20, and you can also order them online.
The Brandenburger Tor Brush is an unusual spin on the more conventional keepsakes typically found at tourist attractions, like postcards or fridge magnets. Of course it is made in Berlin, and goes for €20.
Still a hidden gem, The Good Store in Neukölln sells vintage and secondhand items by major designer brands, including Acne, Chloé, and Marc Jacobs. We love their signature Good Things Will Happen Soon pendant necklace, which costs €60.
Another Berlin-based publication worth reading, Do You Read Me?! can fill you in on what is out there for the bibliophiles on your gift list. The trademark Do You Read Me?! tote bag is a necessity, and can be acquired with a book purchase from their store on Mitte’s trendy Auguststrasse.
Cee Cee is known to Berlin’s in-crowd as the weekly newsletter that focuses on the most authentic side of the city. Tried and true, and featuring the top highlights of their explorations, the second edition of their book is teeming with suggestions about the best things around the city to do, eat, see and buy. Get it for €34.90.
We all have that friend whose brain is just bursting with ideas they have difficulty falling asleep. For those note-takers and list-makers, opt for the ‘Gute Nacht’ nightly journal, which can be found at Schwesterherz in Friedrichshain or in Kreuzberg.
While most Berliners might be all about coffee, there is a growing niche that appreciates quality tea. For the tea lovers, stop by Paper & Tea in Schöneberg, which sells tea, gorgeous stationery and other accessories, with items available for a range of budgets.
While some products at this hip Berlin store can get quite pricey, their trademark Playtype mugs are worth that bit extra, donning words like ‘feminist,’ ‘techno,’ ‘acid’ and ‘Kreuzberg.’ Each goes for €19.
Süper Store, a tiny boutique in Kreuzberg’s pretty Gräfekiez, is filled with dazzling accessories, cosmetics, and textiles, while their entirely natural Fine Cream Deodorant is perfect for your alternative, hippy, or vegan friends. It goes for €18.
For an utterly unique decorative tumbler that’s ideal for bringing a bit of tropical festivity to any holiday party, we suggest the silver pineapple cup from the renowned Parkhaus. It’s sure to be a hit, and it only costs €18.