When you travel to Prague, no matter the time of year, you may be shopping for gifts to present your loved ones back home.
To get the best price, never buy the first example, you see of the gift you plan to buy. Often, you will see a similar item of better quality or at a better price elsewhere.
Stores in the tourist areas of the city (think Old Town and the Castle District) will mark their products up the most, while vendors with less stock in villages outside of Prague may offer the same goods at considerably lower prices. Seasonal markets are also excellent venues for finding Czech gifts!
Consider these ideas for Czech gifts that you can easily find during your trip to Prague.
Czech garnets are one of the most popular gifts to give from Prague. Czech garnets have long been prized for their deep red hue. In Prague, you'll find them faceted and set into necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, brooches, and cufflinks.
You will find small pieces suitable for everyday wear and large pieces that are appropriate for special events. Some stores even sell antique pieces, though retro-style garnet jewelry is available as well, possibly at a smaller price point. Shop away from the major tourist areas for the best prices.
Glass and Crystal
Czech glass and crystal can be practical, decorative, or both. Boxed sets of wine or drinking glasses can be purchased in some shops. Stores specializing in Czech glass and crystal will also have artisan-made pieces available for sale. Try New Town if you're looking for Czech glass and crystal, and compare prices and quality before settling on a piece or a set to take back with you.
Another option is Czech glass and crystal jewelry. Look for beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Prices and quality vary widely from store to store, so shop around to compare your options.
Marionettes can be purchased in various shops in Prague. Handmade puppets can be quite expensive, but these sophisticated toys are full of personality.
Puppet artisans spend long hours crafting these expressive "toys," putting much thought into their facial expressions and clothing. They make unique Christmas gifts for the hard-to-buy-for on your list.
Botanicus Beauty Products
Botanicus beauty products are organic products made in the Czech Republic from natural ingredients. Botanicus has various locations in Prague that sell soaps, lotions, shampoos, and other beauty products. You can use them as stocking stuffers or present your loved one with a Christmas gift basket full of Botanicus goodies.
Other great Christmas gifts from Prague can be found at Prague's seasonal markets and stores selling Czech-made products. Wooden cooking utensils, fabrics printed with traditional designs, Christmas ornaments, and Czech Easter eggs are only some Czech-made products for sale in Prague. Manufaktura is one source for Czech-made products.