Every year since 2016, I have been putting together an annual Swiss Holiday Gift Guide with about a dozen gifts ideas for people who love food. These can include cooking tools, wine subscriptions, Biberli, cookbooks and more from Switzerland. I hope that my suggestions will help you discover some uniquely Swiss gift ideas, all of which can purchased online.
1. Bratwurst ornament
For St. Galler Bratwurst fans, how about a special Christmas ornament in the shape of their favorite veal sausage? You will find it at the Lüchinger Galerie at Webergasse 26 in St. Gallen. Diehard fans will also want to pair it with St. Galler Bürli ornament.
Where to buy: Lüchinger Galerie, Webergasse 26, 9000 St. Gallen, +41 (0)71 923 68 58
Cost: St. Galler Bratwurst, CHF 18; St. Galler Bürli ornament, CHF 15
2. Emmentalerli Red & White Checked Kitchen Towel
This year, I discovered the Markthalle Bärau in the Emmental region of Bern. Both a café and retail space, it has a large market with local foods and a bakery. You’ll also find a selection of gifts and household items. This market operates as a program of the Stiftung Lebensart, a foundation that serves people with disabilities. While I was there, I bought an Emmentalerli towel. It carries the “Lebensart” label, which means it’s made as part of the foundation’s effort to provide inclusive work opportunities for its clients.
Where to buy: Markthalle Bärau, Bäraustrasse 58, 3552 Bärau, +41 (0)34 408 28 28
Cost: Handwoven red & white checked kitchen towel (Handtuck Emmentalerli Rot-Weiss Kariert), 60% cotton, 40% linen; CHF 25
3. New Swiss Cookbooks
There are so many wonderful new Swiss cookbooks that came out this fall. You may have already read my interview with the authors of Simplement Suisse (available in French and German). Also, authors of the popular cookbook, Swiss Fondue, have recently published their second book, Haute Raclette (available in French and German). Another ode to Swiss cheese, it has 52 recipes to help level up your raclette experience at home. Finally, my friend Andie Pilot has her third cookbook available this holiday season, this time focused on the wonderful world of Swiss Cookies (available in English and German). This classic cookbook has beautiful photos and reliably delicious recipes.
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4. Swiss Frying Pans
One of my favorite shops for kitchen tools in Zürich is Slow Goods. This little shop has a curated collection of handmade products. One of my latest discoveries are these handmade iron frying pans made in Guarda, Switzerland, by Thomas Lampert. Available in two sizes, they combine style with function and works on all stove types, including induction.
Where to buy: Slow Goods, Badenerstrasse 123, 8004 Zürich, +41 (0)43 229 29 00
Cost: Small (Klein), 15 cm, CHF 138; Large (Gross), 22 cm, CHF 218
5. Ticino Gift Box
Terreni alla Maggia has assembled an impressive gift box with a variety of regional food products from Ticino. It includes a total of 11 different products, such as polenta, two bottles of wine, a bottle of Nocino (a walnut liqueur), risotto and more.
Where to buy: Terreni alla Maggia, Via Muraccio 111, CH-6612 Ascona, +41 (0)91 792 33 11
Cost: CHF 163
6. Linen Bread Bag
My favorite way to store all my homemade bread is in a cloth bag. The Swiss Design Market has some beautiful 100% linen food storage bags that can be used for bread, croissants or any other foods you need to store or pack along. These bags are made in Switzerland with European linen and recycled cotton cords. They would make a great gift for your bread-baking friends and family.
Where to buy: Swiss Design Market, Zeughausgasse 29, 3011 Bern, +41 (0)79 581 23 97
Cost: Medium food sack (25 x 30 cm), CHF 29
7. Zürich Gift Box
Berg und Tal, a wonderful little food market in Zürich, has a gift box with regional specialties from its canton. Its “De us Züri” gift box includes a Biberli from Leibacher Biber, a company I wrote about in my Swiss Bread book. In addition, you’ll find kirsch, honey, Tirggel and more. This gift will give a nice introduction to some of the sweet and savory treats from this area.
Where to buy: Berg und Tal (several locations), Limmatstrasse 2318005 Zürich, +41 (0)44 271 21 61
Cost: De us Züri, CHF 80
8. White Porcelain Bowl
Matte on the outside and shiny on the inside, I bought this white porcelain bowl as a present to myself in 2021. It comes from the Swiss ceramic maker known as PUUL. It holds about 500 ml, so it works well as a serving dish or for a very big bowl of soup. It’s the kind of bowl that goes with everything and will last forever.
Where to buy: OKRO, Design & Craft, Tittwiesenstrasse 21, CH-7000 Chur, +41 (0)81 353 13 30
Cost: Bowl, CHF 54; Cups, CHF 32
9. Jakob’s Basler Leckerly – Factory Tour
Learn about Basler lecklery on a factory tour of Jakob’s Basler Leckerly. Lecklery, a traditional gingerbread biscuit from Basel with a chewy texture, has a long tradition in the city. Founded in 1753, Jakob’s is the oldest continuously operating manufacturer of biscuits in Switzerland. The company offers two types of tours, one of which includes a packing workshop, so you can see how quickly and how well you pack the biscuits yourself. And, you can take your packed box of leckerly home with you. Tours are available in English, German and French, and for ages 10 and up.
Where to buy: You can order the factory tour online via Jakob’s Leckerly. The tour will take place at the Jakob’s Leckerly Manufactory St. Johanns-Vorstadt 47, 4056 Basel, +41 (0)61 322 08 18.
Cost: CHF 25 for a factory tour, CHF 35 for a factory tour with a packing workshop
10. Round Wooden Cutting Board
For all your different types of Swiss cheese, Vachement Suisse has a lovely round cutting board made of beechwood. Its decoration is inspired by the désalpe, the fall tradition when farmers lead their cows down from their alpine pastures to lower ground for the winter season. The cutting board has a dimension of 28 cm (11 inches), and is available for shipping within Switzerland and internationally.
Where to buy: Vachement Suisse, Champex, Switzerland, +41 (0)79 236 67 81
Cost: CHF 51
Check out more Swiss holiday gift idea from my previous years’ guides: