Best Christmas Gifts From the Holy Land

Marie-Claire De Villiers
By Marie-Claire De Villiers
Edited by Joel Taylor

Published November 24, 2021.

Shopping for christmas gifts in the holy land

Overflowing with fertile olive groves and home to many incredible artists and artisans, the Holy Land is the perfect place to source personalized, meaningful Christmas gifts for your loved ones. The Holy Land of Israel is known as such because of its powerful significance in the Bible. It was here, in the town of Bethlehem, that Jesus Christ was born.

For centuries, a tradition of arts, crafts, natural health products, and artisanal foods has flourished. You can easily find items in Holy Land gift shops and through online shopping. This article looks at some of the best ones.

Jewelry From Israel

Jewelry is one of the most personal gifts one can give and is always an honor to receive. Visit the famously chic Avi Luvaton Gallery for an excellent combination of contemporary and traditional styles, or pop into the gorgeous world of Tourmaline, filled with retro-inspired, gem-laden jewelry.

Some fantastic online options include:

Art From the Holy Land

Another great souvenir to buy in Israel is unique art.

Art transports us to other places, connects us to the communities we love, and provides unending beauty in our homes. Whether your loved one has traveled to the Holy Land or not, a painting or a sculpture depicting the Old City, the Mount of Olives, and other scenes will offer them the sacred calm of this special place.

The exquisite olive wood carvings for which the Holy Land is known are another wonderful choice, as are the brightly colored and highly detailed Armenian ceramics. History lovers will delight in framed photographs showing the area's rich heritage in the form of architecture, cultural hubs, and personal interest pieces.

Healthcare Products From the Dead Sea

Health is our ultimate wealth and, when combined with the sacred meaning of the Holy Land, presents a phenomenal gift.

The vast Dead Sea, which is called the "Sea of Salt" in the Bible, has a special significance. The Seer Ezekiel prophesized that the now unmoving waters will one day come back to life, transformed into freshwaters teeming with fish and feeding life into fruit trees on the banks.

The Dead Sea's Mineral Health Benefits

The Dead Sea is famous for its health benefits. Boasting a high level of magnesium, calcium, and other curative minerals. The waters and salts are superb for skin repair in several ways, such as:

  • Minimizing pores
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing

These features are all vital for preventing and treating acne. Dead Sea healthcare products are also prescribed for bath soaks to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. These can be found easily at numerous gift shops in Jerusalem or online if you don't have time to trawl.

Artisanal Foods From the Holy Land

Give the gift of a culinary adventure!

The Holy Land's Za’atar spice blend is a world-famous combination of herbs, including:

  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Marjoram
  • Sumac
  • Sesame seeds
  • Salt
  • Cumin

Aside from iconic spice blends, some other artisanal consumables include:

  • Flavorsome wines from the green hills of Galilee.
  • Succulent olives and rich olive oils from the ancient lands of Canaan.
  • Smokey and unusual freekeh (green durum wheat).
  • Turkish coffee.
  • Pure Israeli honey.

Gifts From God's Go-To

Christmas presents the perfect opportunity to celebrate all things sacred and connected to God and share His abundant natural bounty. Art can evoke feelings of joy and love; health products can make one feel loved and healed in a tactile way, and artisanal foods allow the senses to go on a journey. The Holy Land is filled with so many beautiful offerings that you'll be sure to find the perfect gift for every family member and friend. You can be sure that they will think of you and God every time they use it.

Want all of the goodness and none of the hassle? Browse our beautifully curated gift boxes here.

For a unique hands-on shopping experience, explore the boutiques that dot the places that Jesus once walked.