Germany is known for its engineering but most of us can’t realistically gift our friends and family a German-made automobile. But there is more to the country than simply fast machines. If you’re searching for a gift for a special and discerning lover of Germany, then I’ve got just the gift guide for you! I’ve gathered together German gift ideas from food to clothing to entertainment. All of these ideas are personal picks.
Regardless of whether your German-loving friend or a family member has been to Germany, they will feel like they have been with any of these great German gifts.
Home & Garden
Deuter Speed Lite 21 Backpack – To say Deuter is popular in Germany is an understatement. The company’s bags are extremely popular and range from everyday bags to hiking gear. They also make extremely adorable backpacks for kids that are great for school or travel.
Kaweco Fountain Pen – You can’t get much cooler or classier than a fountain pen. The Kaweco brand name goes all the way back to the late 19th century. Today they’re making a wide range of pens in a variety of styles and fun colors. My husband gifted me a mint-colored Kaweco Sport Skyline to match his brass Sport and I love it. It’s a special piece that writes like a dream.
Leuchtturm1917 Journal – Whether your gift recipient likes to jot, doodle, sketch, schedule, notate or simply write, he or she needs a Leuchtturm1917. The brand name’s history goes back over 100 years to the Hamburg area. These days they manufacture notebooks and planners with a dizzying array of options from pocket-sized with grid paper (my favorite) to bullet journals with brightly colored covers.
Schwegler Birdhouse – You will see these unique birdhouses on trees in parks across Germany. These birdhouses are handmade in Germany from wood and concrete! And they are also very long-lasting as they are water-proof, squirrel-proof, and rot-proof. The birds will love this German gift!
Blomus Fraga Scented Candle – Everyone knows someone who loves scented candles so this German gift will be perfect for many. These soy wax candles in stylish concrete containers come from Blomus, a family-run company based in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Spiegelau Craft Beer Tasting Kit Glasses – German brand Spiegelau has been around for more than 500 years and brings that unmatched experience to their crystal barware.
Blomus Sablo Ceramic Stoneware Teapot and pair of tea cups and saucers – This ceramic stoneware teapot includes a filter for easy brewing of loose or bagged tea. Combine it with a pair of tea cups and saucers. But the modern German industrial design in understated colors will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to any table.
Trenkle Quartz Cuckoo Clock Black Forest House with Music, Turning Dancers – Nothing says the Black Forest like a beautifully made cuckoo clock. A well-made cuckoo clock is an investment, full of quality craftsmanship and tradition. Trenkle Uhren has been creating magical timekeeping creations since the mid-1960s in the Simonswälder Valley. This is a German gift that will stand the test of time.
Zwitscherbox Sound Therapy Machine with Motion Sensor – The Made in Germany Zwitscherbox is a house-shaped machine that plays the soothing sounds of bird calls. The box helps you create a positive and relaxing environment whether at home or at work.
Clothing & Accessories
FRAAS Cashmink Scarf – German brand Fraas has been in the textile manufacturing business since 1880. Their soft, warm, high-quality scarves make for a special and thoughtful German gift for anyone and for any occasion. Fraas is especially known for their cashmink, a play based on the fact that it’s as soft as cashmere but as shiny as mink. I love the made-in-Germany cashmink scarf I have: it looks classy, goes with nearly anything, and keeps me nice and toasty!
Men’s National Team Jersey Home and Away Jersey – With Euro 2024 set to hold games in Germany, any fan will love to have the national team jersey for Germany. It’s a must-have for cheering from the sofa.
Liebeskind Berlin Crossbody Medium – Since 2003 Liebeskind Berlin (literally, “Lovechild Berlin”) has been spreading the cool and easy-going style that the German capital is known for. While they may have originally been known for handbags and shoulder bags, as of 2012 they have branched out with a ready-to-wear collection as well as other leather ware. With their line of bags, accessories, clothing, and shoes, Liebeskind Berlin is a perfect and unique German gift for anyone interested in being stylish.
adidas Originals SST Track Jacket – While it’s not high couture, the German sportswear brand adidas is a staple around the world. And there’s nothing more classic than their track jacket with the trademark stripes down the sleeves.
Beauty & Personal Care
Nivea Nourishing Rituals Gift Set – Self-care has been a popular term in recent years. Nivea was founded in Germany more than a century ago with the introduction of a skincare cream. Today, the company is still based in Germany (it’s in Hamburg to be exact) and offers a wide range of products that are all relatively affordable. So treat this German gift to your special someone as an excuse to indulge.
Tabac Original – Spoil a special man in your life with Tabac. Since the last 1950s, Mäurer & Wirtz has produced a line of high-quality personal care items from shaving soap to cologne.
No. 4711 by Muelhens – Designed in 1792, 4711 is a traditional Eau de Cologne from Germany and the original Echt Kölnisch Wasser.
Klar’s Pinot Noir Body Soap – When is soap more than just soap? When it’s pinot noir red wine soap! Klar Seifen has been making soap in Germany since 1840. The red wine soap uses pinot noir grape extract for antioxidant benefits.
Host Mi? Kalender 2024 – Learning German is difficult enough but if you or someone you know is looking to improve your Bavarian dialect skills, this calendar will do the trick! Learn some new words with these fun illustrations and definitions.
German Word-A-Day Planner 2024: Ordnung Muss Sein – Know someone looking to learn some German without the hassle? Then help them learn a new German word each day with a daily planner.
Bauhaus Graphic Novel (available in English or German) – This unique Bauhaus graphic novel by Valentina Grande and Sergio Varbella will be a hit with design fans of all ages. And this German gift will also appeal to young adults with a love of anime and illustrated books.
Classic German Baking – This cookbook from Luisa Weiss is full of recipes for all the traditional German baked goods you could dream of. Hopefully the recipient will share the baked good with you, making this German gift that keeps on giving.
Ritter Sport – German sweets are famous around the world for a reason. Gummi bears and marzipan are some of the most beloved. But you really can’t beat good old-fashioned chocolate. Ritter Sport is a household name in Germany and with good reason.
Oktoberfest Gourmet Cheese Assortment in Gift Box – Get a taste of Germany at home – literally with this German gift box with a variety of German cheeses.
Dallmayr Prodomo Ground Coffee Gift Tin – Munich-based Dallmayr is known and respected for its high-quality groceries and delicacies. You can visit their cafe for a meal or a pastry and then shop their specialty market. And their coffee is especially popular.
Dallmayr Ostfriesen Loose Leaf Tea – For my money, Ostfriesen or East Frisian tea is the most German of all the teas. It’s a dark, rich black tea developed on the country’s blustery northern coast along the North Sea. East Frisian tea is an Assam tea that’s similar to breakfast tea. Dallmayr’s version is one of my personal favorites.
HABA Basic Building Blocks – Children of all ages will enjoy expressing their creativity and building with these wooden blocks. The set is made of untreated beech from sustainably managed forests in Germany.
Animal Upon Animal – While it might be “for the kids,” this classic stacking game is fun for the entire family. The game challenges players to stack all of their wooden animals before the other players do. But don’t knock it over in the process!
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out these gift guides:
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