Best Places To Buy Unique Christmas Gifts In Cairo (That Aren’t In Malls!)
3 months ago
In the market for a Christmas gift for a friend, a loved one, or maybe just a Secret Santa kind of thing? Dreading the idea of going from store to store in one of those huge malls, fighting the crowds just to buy something generic in the end? Try out these:
1. Fair Trade
Fair Trade’s been in business since 1998, with two branches (Zamalek and Maadi). What’s great about them is that all their products (1,000+) are all purely Egyptian, handmade and fairly-traded, meaning they paid fair prices to the artists and suppliers themselves.
What they sell: home accessories, kitchenware, clothing, bags, jewelry and all different kinds of Egyptian handicrafts like pottery and Nubian baskets.
Address: 27 Yehia Ibrahim street, off of 26th July street, Zamalek
12 Road 205, Degla, Maadi
2. Diwan Bookstore
Besides the fact that books are alway great gifts (in the case that the recipient enjoys reading), Diwan offers more than just books.
What they sell: English & Arabic books, kids’ books, adult coloring books, all kinds of beautiful stationery: notebooks, agendas, diaries, journals and calendars; gift certificates, music, multimedia items and educational toys.
Address: they have branches all over Cairo.
3. Mounaya Gallery
A great place for gift inspiration because they have a variety of all sorts of items.
What they sell: clothing, accessories, home decor, jewelry, bags, candles, hand-embroidered sheets and much more.
Address: 14 Kamal el Tawil street, Zamalek
4. Home & Beyond
Home & Beyond is a funky home decor/home accessories shop in Zamalek, and is heavily influenced by Egyptian pop culture and Egyptian nostalgia.
What they sell: tables, trays, candles, ironic old posters, wall art, pillowcases, and tons more.
Address: 17 Mansour Mohamed street, Zamalek
5. Oum El Dounia
A charming store overlooking Midan Tahrir, Oum El Dounia has been open for almost 14 years. Besides the products they sell, it’s also a good place to find French translations of Egyptian novels.
What they sell: Egyptian crafts and decorative items, and they also have a bookstore for books about the Arab world.
Address: 3 Talaat Harb Street, Downtown
6. Sami Amin Designs
A little shop right next to Home & Beyond with high-quality, handmade designs made out of genuine leather and brass.
What they sell: bags, wallets, jewelry, statement pieces, belts and other leather goods.
Address: Mansour Mohamed street, Zamalek
7. Earth Gallery
Earth Gallery opened in 2011 by two Egyptian artists, and they’re “applying their contemporary designs, with a touch of culture, on walls, paintings, furniture, home accessories, and just recently launching their new fashion lines.”
What they sell: wall art, furniture, jewelry, clothes, home accessories, beautiful backgammon boards, dreamcatchers and much more.
Address: 9 Road 231, Degla, Maadi
Now this place is for when you need to get something really nice for your parents or mother-in-law, and are willing to splurge.
What they sell: furniture, home interiors, lighting and decorative accessories.
Address: 15 Ahmed Heshmat street, Zamalek
9. Azza Fahmy Jewellery
Who doesn’t love an Azza Fahmy piece? They’re handmade, one-of-a-kind, and inspired by various cultures. The pieces are expensive, but you can never go wrong with giving a woman in your life a gift from Azza Fahmy.
What they sell: rings, bracelets, cuffs, cufflinks, earrings, necklaces, statement pieces, charms and keychains.
Address: 15 Taha Hussein, Zamalek