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A Bermuda Gift Guide for All 5 Senses

Bermuda is a destination that delights the senses. When you’re here, you find yourself intoxicated by the sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes of the island. And it’s the kind of thing you’ll want to share once you get back home for the holidays. That’s why we’ve put together a Bermuda Gift Guide for all five senses, full of items that will conjure up that Bermuda feeling wherever you are. 

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SMELL



Lili Bermuda Fragrances

Expertly crafted by master perfumer Isabelle Ramsey-Brackstone in the Bermuda Perfumery’s historic Town of St. George location, these fragrances capture the essence of Bermuda. The Island's pure scent of wind, fresh salt spray of the ocean and luscious flowers are her signatures. The sweet and sultry South Water transports you to a secluded Bermuda beach. Coral lends a gentle sea breeze and the scent of Bermuda freesia blossoms to the wearer. And the romantic, citrusy Mary Celestia was meticulously re-created from a 150-year-old perfume discovered recently in a Bermuda shipwreck.

Bermuda Cedar Gifts

The iconic and aromatic Bermuda cedar tree (Juniperus bermudiana) has been a cornerstone of island life for more than four centuries – the original castaways who settled the island used the material to build the Deliverance and Patience to get to Jamestown, their planned destination. The Littlest Drawbridge Gift Shop at the Royal Naval Dockyard offers handmade cedar treasures – everything from boxes, pens, goblets, vases and bowls, as well as sachets, cedar essential oils and incense cones. 

SOUND     

              

Joy T. Barnum

One of Bermuda’s most beloved singer/songwriters, Joy T. Barnum brings a soulful feel to every note. Check out her website for albums and samples – playing Joy’s music on a winter day delivers Bermuda sunshine no matter where you’re spending your holidays. Go on a video tour of Joy’s Bermuda!

SIGHT

Lisa-Anne Rego Bermuda Artwork

The vibrant colours of Bermuda are captured wonderfully in Lisa-Anne Rego’s paintings, depicting island landscapes, architecture and street scenes. At her Royal Naval Dockyard studio/gallery, you can see a wide variety of Lisa-Anne’s work and pick out the perfect painting to put under the tree this year.

Davidrose Jewelry

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DavidRose Jewelry

DavidRose’s husband and wife team – David and Rose – create bridal jewellery, one-of-a-kind statement pieces, and luxury silver jewellery. Pay a visit to the couple at their historic Town of St. George design studio to feast your eyes on their latest beauties, and pick up a truly romantic gift.

Robert Bassett Art

The paintings of Robert Bassett are vivid and imaginative, full of bright colours and unique perspectives, just like Bermuda itself. They’re dreamlike for a reason – Bassett says his primary artistic inspiration comes from his dreams. His visions are a great gift idea for any art lover in your life.

Blue Sky Flight's

Blue Sky Flights

Bermuda looks good from all angles, but it is truly spectacular from above. If you and a loved one are planning a trip to Bermuda, there may be no better gift than a breathtaking trip into the blue aboard one of Blue Sky Flights' single-engine Cessna 172s. Experience the island’s reefs, the historic forts, and the dazzling white rooftops from the cockpit. While you’re up in the clouds, take note of how Bermuda is shaped like a fish hook.

TOUCH

TABS store

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TABS Bermuda Shorts 

Putting on a pair of Bermuda shorts is like stepping into summer – the perfect antidote to the winter blues. Bermudian Rebecca Hanson has given classic Bermuda shorts a fashion-forward spin with TABS (The Authentic Bermuda Shorts), available for both men and women.

AiryHeights Jewellery 

The textures and minimalist style of AiryHeights Jewellery add a touch of Bermuda elegance to every ensemble. Inspired by the island’s plants and shells, artist and designer Elisa Stubbs’ crafts earrings, pins, bracelets, necklaces, rings and cufflinks that make great gifts.

Salt Spray Soap Co.

Genelle John, the mastermind behind Salt Spray Soap Co., makes handmade soaps, body butters, salt scrubs and lip balms – everything anyone needs to get that fresh Bermuda feeling, even if they’re far away from our island. The colours and design of her soaps – with a lovely map of Bermuda carved into the bar – will put a smile on every face.

TASTE

The first Rum Cakes, "Black Rum Cakes" created in Bermuda more than thirty-one years ago.

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Bermuda Rum Cakes

No visit to Bermuda is complete without one of Horton’s legendary rum cakes, an island dessert that was raved about by Food Network personality Giada de Laurentiis. And you don’t have to go to the Horton’s bakery in Hamilton Parish to get one – they’ll deliver this treat worldwide.

Bermuda Gombey Pepper Jams 

If you’re looking for a gift for a friend who likes it hot, this is perfect. Bermuda Gombey Pepper Jams (named for the island’s famously colourful Gombey dancers) blend fruit, spices and chillis like jalapeños and Scotch bonnet peppers into sweet spreads with heat.

Sweet Saak Bakery Cinnamon Buns

Want to win Christmas morning? Serve some of Sweet Saak Bakery’s incredible cinnamon buns, made fresh and hot every Wednesday and Saturday morning, year-round. These are BIG pastries, made using a family recipe with homemade cream cheese frosting and a delicious cinnamon blend.

Savory Kernels Popcorn

This isn’t your average popcorn. Savory Kernels offers more than 70 different varieties of gourmet popcorn – everything from tried-and-true caramel corn to offbeat concoctions like Jalapeño Ranch and Piña Colada.

Goslings Black Seal Rum

Goslings Black Seal Rum is the key ingredient in the island’s two signature drinks, the Dark ‘n Stormy and the Rum Swizzle – both of which will get any holiday party started in “proper fun” fashion. Don’t feel like mixing things up? Don’t worry – you can get Goslings Dark ‘n Stormys in cans.

 

Bonus:

Authentically Local Bermuda Gift Collections

Can you fit the best of Bermuda into one gift bag? Well, probably not – but the Bermudians behind Authentically Local are giving it a try. These colourful, custom designed reusable gift totes are packed with island treats, including:

The Original Horton’s Bermuda Black Rum Cake – Horton's legendary rum cakes are the ultimate Bermuda dessert. Linda Horton's recipe (secret, of course) has been imitated countless times, but never matched

Outerbridge’s Original Sherry Peppers Sauce – Outerbridge's Original Sherry Peppers is an island staple known for its role in Bermuda fish chowder, but it’s capable of adding flavour and fire to all kinds of grilled foods. 

Barritts Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer – Bermuda’s soft drink of choice since 1874, Barritt’s is a zesty and refreshing beverage that can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with rum, vodka, beer or exotic liqueurs. 

Outerbridge’s Original Bermuda Rum Swizzle Mix – Add a little Bermuda swagger to your next party with this legendary cocktail mix.

Get this perfectly Bermudian gift – for yourself or a loved one – at authenticallylocalbermuda.com.  

Note: Some of these items are available online, while others are only available on-island. Check with the individual retailers to make sure you can get your Bermuda gift in time for the holidays!