Buying Cayman Islands-made products for Christmas gifts offers unique appeal. The shops at Camana Bay, as well as the weekly Farmers & Artisans Market, offer a number of locally made items that could make great gifts for Christmas or any other occasion.
JAMS, JELLIES AND SAUCES
A selection of jams and jellies can make a welcome gift for a foodie on your Christmas list and several Camana Bay artisans make them from locally sourced fruits.
Jane Parsons of Jane’s Jams & Jellies uses herbs and seasonal fruits and vegetables to make an impressive range of preserves, such as mango, guava, pepper jelly, key-lime curd, plum and sorrel.
In addition to making an assortment of jams and jellies from locally grown ingredients, Shirley Clarke of Cayman Treats by Shirl’s also makes hot sauce from locally produced Scotch bonnet peppers.
Anna Elverson of A Small Backyard is another artisan who makes a selection of preserves, specifically marmalade, with flavours such as key lime, wild tangerine and Seville orange. Anna also makes a selection of artisan breads, as well as handmade leather bracelets with semiprecious stones as the centrepiece.
For those who like some kick in their jellies, Carol Hay of Cayman Pepper Patch makes the most acclaimed commercially available pepper jelly, having won the 2015 Table Talk Awards for Best Local Product. Carol’s pepper jelly has become so popular that it’s available in large 35-ounce jars that often sell out at Christmas. Made with locally grown Scotch bonnet peppers, this spicy sweet jelly is delicious with cheese and crackers or as a glaze for meats.
CALENDARS AND BOOKS
Calendars and books are always an appreciated gift and there are plenty to choose from at Books & Books.
Some of the many books written by local authors include Elk Jasmine’s “The Cayman Islands A-Z” children’s book that helps kids learn their ABCs while simultaneously teaching them about the Cayman Islands. Each letter has its own dedicated page with colourful local symbols to represent each letter.
For history buffs, the recently released “Wreck of the Ten Sail: A true story from Cayman’s past” sheds light on one of Grand Cayman’s most legendary — and controversial — historical events. Written by local resident Sam Oakley, the book separates facts from fiction, giving a detailed account of the time a convoy of 10 ships sailing from Jamaica to England sank on the reef off of East End in February 1794.
Donating to charity is a Christmas season tradition for many people and the Cayman Watercolours Calendar offers a way to give while getting a gift item at the same time. All proceeds from the sales of the calendar, which features images of watercolour paintings done by local professional and amateur artists, go to Cayman HospiceCare and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
3 Girls and a Kiln is a trio of island artists with a passion for making handmade ceramic goods. Each piece is hand painted with island-inspired patterns, making these wonderful one-of-a-kind gifts. Popular pieces include the candy dishes, wine stoppers, mobiles, cookie platters, coasters and mugs.
Local photographer and printmaker Mike McNally’s offers a range of photographs featuring local scenes, as well as images captured during his travels, Mike uses a range of techniques, including extra-long and multiple exposure for blending in the digital darkroom. Each print is then coated in resin for a unique finish. The prints can be made to order and are available in a wide variety of sizes.
Crookedfinger Art offers a unique selection of bags, created by artist/owner Kim Cadenhead. Each unique bag is made from recycled materials, predominantly bed sheets and T-shirts sourced from local thrift shops. They are available in a selection of sizes and are the perfect accessory to island living.
LOTIONS AND POTIONS
Several of Camana Bay’s market artisans produce natural skincare products that could make excellent gifts.
CouxCoux offers a fabulous selection of products all made from locally sourced coconut oil that offer anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties. The oil is extracted using traditional methods to ensure a richly concentrated oil. Products are available for face and body and are specially formulated for a wide range of skin types.
Cayman Scents is an established brand which features a large selection of handmade soaps, bath and body products, as well as candles and oils for the home. Everything is made with natural, earth friendly ingredients, with scents inspired by Cayman.
Carib Sandz makes body polish scrubs made in the Cayman Islands that are natural herbal remedies that serve as skin exfoliants as well as treatments for a variety of ailments such as muscles aches, arthritis pain, burns and insect bites.