Christmas gift ideas galore in Monaco!

Publication date: 20/12/2023
The Principality is positively brimming with original gift ideas, from drinks to decorations and jewellery. If you’re in need of some festive inspiration, look no further!

Grab a delicious beverage “made in Monaco” to take home with you? The Brasserie de Monaco the Principality’s very own brewery, has created a special Christmas beer that will be the perfect accompaniment to your yuletide meals. Beautifully presented in a red box, it’s a great original gift. For lovers of newly concocted brews, the Distillerie de Monaco makes spirits in its own alembics from orange and carob, the fruit of the Principality’s national tree.

On the Avenue de Monte-Carlo with its pop-up Christmas chalets, you’ll find the most elegant of souvenirs. Monte-Carlo Vermouth, available in two versions - white and red, is a real Christmas treat for adults. The drinks are distilled with Monaco rose.  

Equally fantastic - and of course always to be consumed in moderation - are the on-trend creations of the barmen at the Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo. From the Negroni Oaked made with Vermouth and Martini for a woody flavour, to the Manhattan New Style with whisky and Martini infused with cherry and vanilla, the Belle Epoque offers a delectable selection of apéritifs, the perfect way to start your evening of celebrations.

And how about a little digestive to finish? In Monaco’s old town district, La Maison du Limoncello sells the essential eponymous liqueur and its very own house creations made with local citrus fruits.  If local experiences are what you seek, pique your curiosity with a visit to the Chocolaterie de Monaco, an institution founded in 1920 and the Official Supplier of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince. Monegasque crowns, Princely rocks, and other gianduiotti chocolates can be  purchased as gifts for friends and family.

There’s much more to Monaco Old Town than souvenir shops! It is also a place where you’ll find numerous creative artists and shops selling wonderfully crafted goods. One such is La Boutique du Rocher, the official store of the Princess Grace Foundation. It specialises in babywear and linens, hand-made by around 150 creators. Amidst the colourful, narrow streets of the Rock of Monaco are dozens of intriguing and original little boutiques. Starting with Les Pierres du Rocher, a shop specialising in lithotherapy that sells natural stones and original gift ideas.

The Principality is also home to many boutiques selling clothing and decorative items. At Monoïkos 1297 on Rue Caroline, you’ll find a wide selection of environmentally friendly luxury goods made in Monaco, with collections inspired by the Principality and its unique identity. Shawls, beach towels, and candles are just some of the items available.

Monaco’s first local concept store, L’Ajoya Monte-Carlo stocks all manner of local brands and products in its charming boutique at Monaco railway station.  Do your shopping as you sip a coffee and wait for your train! The essence of Monegasque elegance is to be found in its jewellery creations, at stores like APM Monaco in the Métropole Shopping Monte-Carlo mall. Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc is now the official face of this local jeweller, whose graceful, stylish, and modern collections surely contain the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone.

Why not give someone a less seasonal gift this year? The Principality’s very own Banana Moon brand sells authentic swimwear and prêt-à-porter collections. Its vibrantly decorated boutique in the centre of Monaco offers visitors a zesty breath of fresh air! Not far from there, Les Dessous de Monaco’s refined and harmonious luxury lingerie collections are all handmade exclusively at its Monegasque workshop. A personalised experience is guaranteed. Finally, to go Red & White this Christmas, pick up a traditional AS Monaco FC Christmas sweater in the club’s colours. Show your support this festive season!

Photo credits: ©La Maison du Limoncello / Les Pierres du Rocher / Turismo y Congresos de Mónaco / La Brasserie de Mónaco / S.T.-La Distillerie/Montecarlo Vermouth/Hotel Métropole Montecarlo/ W.Pryce / La Chocolaterie de Mónaco / La Boutique du Rocher Fondation Princesse Grace / Monoïkos 1297 /APM Monaco / L'Aojoya /Banana Moon / AS Monaco