It’s no secret that I’m a proud Caribbean woman.
I’m a sucker for the vibrancy of our culture, our sense of style, our food, the magic in our music, our signature island lilt. The list of island things I love could go on and on…
It should be no surprise, then that I’ve pulled together an island style holiday guide.
It features delightful, high-quality products made in the Caribbean or by Caribbean people, which have gotten my attention this Christmas.
Hope you’ll love them as much as I do!
Founder and island girl Gia is the genius behind Betsywhite Stationery. From notebooks to holiday cards to art prints, this online store is filled with wow! As you shop, you’re likely to fall in love with the modern simplicity and whimsical charm of each item. I did!
Chattelwood is one of my faves because it’s so focused on sustainability. The studio in St. Lucy, Barbados designs and creates bespoke furniture, sculptures and decorative items with locally sourced and repurposed materials. We’re talking bottle caps, driftwood and the remnants of chattel houses. How cool is that?!
International shipping: by request
Immortelle Beauty, run by Trinidadian powerhouse Kathryn, has been redefining Caribbean beauty since 2011. This holiday season, I’m intrigued by Esscentials, their line of everyday-use bath and body products in irresistible, warm fragrances. Think Tea + Thyme, Citron + Granadilla, Agave + Hibiscus, and more delightful combos, each available as a shower gel, sheer moisture spray oil and sheer moisture lotion.
Price: from US$9.25
Shop: immortellett.com, or by order
International shipping: select countries, including the Caribbean and USA
I’ve been Instagram-stalking designer Esther Hunte of Island Bags for a while now. I’ve virtually fallen in love with this island-inspired range of cosmetic bags and handbags, each laser printed with a photograph taken in Barbados. They’re signature accessories perfect for island gals and lovers of island living, and also make for fabulous souvenirs!
Shop: by order at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilly the Pelican Books
What’s Christmas without shopping for the kiddies?! The Pilly the Pelican book series from Caribbean author and engineer Gregory, is a good read for 3 to 7 year olds. Promoting rich values and with an emphasis on education, culture, family and friendship and fun, these books also woo little ones with unforgettable stories. What’s more, they’re available in eBook format!
Price: from US$4.99
Shop: Amazon.com, leading Barbadian bookstores
International shipping: YES!
With Love by Esther James
I’m all for the fruits and veggies, but when it comes to sweet treats? With Love by Esther James takes the cake! (pun intended!) You’ll find this uber-talented chef in the kitchens of luxury estates and private villas, catering to some of the world’s most acclaimed celebrities and business magnates. Let’s all rejoice that she’ll still find time to whip up carefully crafted holiday desserts and cakes for regular folks like you and me this season.
Price: from US$25
Shop: by order