Gift Guide: For the Hellenophile

20 Dec

Whether you’re giving a Greek American a taste of their homeland when they can’t make it back for the holidays or satiating a Hellenophile’s interest in Greek culture, there are countless foods, books, beauty products, and jewelry that will suit your needs.  Plus, select a gift made in Greece and you’ll also be supporting the struggling Greek economy.  Here’s just a small selection of Greek gift ideas, some made in the States, some in Greece, and others elsewhere, but all unique and lovely.

Gifts for the Greek food lover:::


Kokkari: Contemporary Greek Flavors by Janet Fletcher







How to Roast a Lamb: New Greek Classic Cooking by Michael Psilakis





A selection of delicious dressings and marinades from Sophia’s Gourmet Foods

A selection of three different flavors of honey from Odysea Shop

Traditional Greek preserves (rose petal and pergamot) by Monastiri

Kalamata olive oil

Ouzo candies

Pavlidis Dark Chocolate

Pastelli with honey

Bonus tip! – Gifts appear so much nicer when they come as a set.  You may want to give a cookbook with some Greek spices.  A duo or trio of a certain type of product (such as honey or olive oil) is a great way for the recipient to try out a few flavors.  Or, you may want to give a gift basket of assorted Greek candies.


Gifts for someone who loves Greek literature:::


The Greek Poets: Homer to Present by Peter Constantine










The Odyssey: A Pop-up Book by Sam Ita









Greek classics

Subscription to Greek America Magazine

Bonus tip! – Trying pairing the book with a book light, a notebook and pen, a bookmark with a quote by a Greek philosopher, or a coffee mug (maybe even with a bag of Greek coffee).


Gifts to make someone feel like a beautiful and pampered Greek goddess:::

Beauty products from Korres

Olive oil body lotion by Olivia

Jewelry by Konstantino

Bonus tip! – Include a lovely handwritten letter.  A bottle of Greek wine or some fine Greek chocolates would also make someone feel loved and pampered.


As the Greek proverb says, “A gift, though small, is welcome.”


4 Responses to “Gift Guide: For the Hellenophile”

  1. Global Greek World December 24, 2011 at 3:11 am #

    Stephanie – great initiative! Right in keeping with our Buy GREEk campaign!! You can read about it here! 😉 Kala Xristougenna!

  2. Mary Papoulias-Platis December 30, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Hi Stephanie,
    Dropped in to say hello from California! I saw you attended schools out here, I’m an old Cal Poly Pomona grad.
    Let’s talk sometime, I have also blogged about my years growing up Greek, but I’m many years older than you! Find ne at twitter:CalGreekGirl, or at
    Kali Xpronia!

    • Stephanie Nikolopoulos January 1, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      Mary, it’s so fun to meet a California Greek girl! When I lived out there, I really didn’t meet a lot of other Greeks. I took Classical Greek at Pomona College and was the only Greek in the class! Can’t wait to check out your blog. Thanks for getting in touch!!

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