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Yello’s Ultimate ‘Buy Local’ Caribbean Christmas Shopping Guide 2023

by Karen Rollins Dec 4, 2023

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Mon Serrai Pearl Bar Necklace

Christmas is almost here so it’s time to start looking for those special gifts for family and friends.

If you want to find something that is truly unique, handcrafted, and made in the Caribbean, there are several artisans in the region producing exceptional, one-of-a-kind items that will make the ideal present. 

Here are some Caribbean small business owners you can support this Christmas.

Jewellery

Montserratian Stephanie Bridge, who is based in Antigua, initially began selling some of her handmade silver and gold-filled pieces in 2019, just before the pandemic but in 2023, she decided to take a leap of faith and turn her skill into a full-time business called ‘Mon Serrai’. Her items are delicate and pretty, made with pearls, turquoise, amethyst, and sea glass.

More options:

Made with Soull (Barbados)

Bee Line Design and Jewelry (Cayman Islands)

Ethany’s Creative Designs (St Lucia)

Monumental Watches (Barbados)

Skincare

Dominican skincare brand Bee Natural

After Hurricane Maria caused widespread devastation in Dominica, entrepreneur and nature enthusiast Terri Henry needed a new source of income. She researched beekeeping and came up with her own skincare brand ‘Bee Natural’ which incorporates beeswax into lip balms, deodorants, body balms and lotions.

More options:

Kako Organics (St Lucia)

Body by Rosé (Barbados)

Choiselle (St Lucia)

Fashion and Accessories

Jangelique dress

Caribbean designer Jin Forde has been fascinated with fashion since early childhood. Jin established her brand ‘J.Angelique’ in 2011 but did not create her first collection until 2013 – it was a sell out! Since then, Jin has been offering flowing but functional fashion for “the modern diva” in the Caribbean and overseas, and her outfits have featured in top magazines.

More options:

Afrocessories (Trinidad)

RiDesigned by Rihanna (Barbados)

Kennard Browne (Guyana)

Arts and crafts

The Island Hook

Barbadian Kimelle Jemmott fell in love with the art of making knitted or crocheted toys called amigurumi (pronounced ah-mee-guh-roo-me) about four years ago. When she lost her job during the COVID-19 pandemic it seemed the ideal time to see if her passion could be turned into a successful business and ‘The Island Hook’ was launched. Kimelle’s fun, playful, and handmade animals have proven to be a hit!

More options:

Pure Art Gallery and Gifts Limited (Cayman Islands)

Rocks by E (Barbados)

Absolute Stylez Crochet (St Lucia)

MoltenWolf Glass (Bonaire)

GetMyDrift246 (Barbados)

Food and drink

Momo's Coco Loco

Rhanda Williams first started selling her homemade coconut rum cream drink in April 2021. Two years later, ‘Momo’s Coco Loco’, is now available in several shops in Barbados and Rhanda has added even more variations to her family’s original recipe.

More options:

Cacoa St Lucie (St Lucia)

Katspraddle Vodka (Barbados)

Sweet Dreams (Antigua)

Something different

Tufts Binds Studio

If you’re really searching for something different, you could order a custom rug from Barbadian brand ‘Tuft Binds Studio’. Owned and operated by Matthew Best and Gabrielle Farley, this business creates custom made rugs and wall pieces made from quality blends of yarn. Just send them an image and they’ll do the rest!

We hope this guide helps you find the perfect gift. 

Remember, these are just some of the small businesses in the region offering Christmas presents you will not find anywhere else. Search FindYello.com for more.

Merry Christmas from Yello.