35 degrees on a sunny New Jersey morning, sipping my Starbucks coffee in my mom’s den, I can almost forget how horrifying yesterday’s trip to the Paramus Park Mall was. I’ll just pop by Old Navy…take a quick flit around Bed, Bath and Beyond…Mom, I’ll be home in an hour.
Oh how living in Belize has lulled me into a stupor.
San Pedro, Belize…a place where even Santa wear a bathing suit for deliveries.
Where Christmas decorations sway with the coconut trees. Lights at the Phoenix Resort.
Clearly, in eight NJ-winter-free years, I FORGOT what the mall…back up…not even the actual mall…THE PARKING is like in New Jersey just a few weeks before Christmas.
Let’s just use the word frenzy…
So it is with great fondness that I reminisce about my Christmas browsing in downtown San Pedro less than a week ago. A friend and I wandered around town to find gifts, at or around $100bzd ($50US) that you go buy locally for yourself, or for your girl friend, girlfriend or wife this holiday season. Here are a few suggestions that I came up with.
PLEASE let me know if you have any for me. I love finding new unique things in Belize. AND let it be known that no woman I know is going to turn down a gift certificate for a pedicure or a massage, or one from Zen Arcade (let her pick!), or for a sunset cruise on a catamaran or a three-night jaunt out to Cayo…
Your suite at Sleeping Giant Lodge.
…or down to Punta Gorda or just a weekend in Caye Caulker. Trust me.
So, though I am not much of a shopper, here we go.
A beautifully wrapped box of caramels.
A $30bzd tub of chocolate-y body polish.
Next stop is RubiMoon Boutique.
here are my “can’t go wrong” choices. They have some beautiful, well made scarves and sarongs. I have been into the store 8 times trying on these silk scarves ($60bzd) – on someone…with just a white tank top or tee…they would be so casually chic.
And these beautiful hand-sequined boxes. The set is $80bzd and the colors are Belize perfect.
I popped in the newly moved Moondancer Store. (Here is the facebook page.) It’s a good spot for standards like tank tops as well as some more fashion-y items.
I am a fan of these wallets – pouches for your bag. $20bzd. Lots of super cute colors.
Next spot is one I think about CONSTANTLY for food (especially sushi Tuesdays and Thursdays) but they also have the best merchandise in town – both quality and selection. Here are just a few of their things…
Next cold front? I’m SO getting one of these hoodies at Blue Water Grill.
Hoodie – $70bzd, Columbia PFG Fishing Shirt – $90bzd, Hats in a few colors – $30bzd and “I Run in Belize” NB Running Shirts, Men or Women – $50bzd.
Next shop is just inside of the very popular Fido’s Courtyard – Bar & Restaurant – Belizean Arts Gallery.
They have lots of pretty things but my eyes went directly to these earrings. All different sizes and prices between $50 and $100bzd…
…they are unique and beautiful. And can be worn with shorts or a fancy Xmas dress.
Lastly, another favorite spot for me and one that has a different type of aromatherapy – Graniels’ Dreamland. Woodshop therapy.
All Belizean hardwoods. All hand made items. Here are my holiday picks.
Cute flip flop hanger-upper-things. And GORGEOUS heart shaped bowls in different woods and different sizes.
LOVE the almost black colored zericote wood.
Not a bad thing to keep in mind for Valentines Day too…
I will let you know, when I’m back, if I find anything else! Still many many more days until Christmas.
Bath, Bath and Beyond and $29.99 Elf on the Shelf? Pfffft. Remember, in Belize, Christmas is about going slow. And the warm weather? And the lobster…and the…I could go on.
For a few more shop suggestions, check out this post: Finding Great Souvenirs in San Pedro, Belize…Tough But Not Impossible.
AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!