As many organized readers seem to be searching Arts in Munich for Christmas gift ideas, I’ve decided to update the list I created last year and add some new discoveries. If you’ve not started Christmas shopping yet, you still have plenty of time – we still have six and a half weeks to go.
Food & Drink
TasteTwelve – I was given a TasteTwelve book for 2015, and have made excellent use of it. I got to try Neuhausen’s Broeding, ate wonderful salmon in Shane’s Restaurant and when vegetarian friends came to visit, we headed to Gratitude for dinner. The book offers a main course for free – you simply have to call and mention TasteTwelve when booking a table, and the cheapest main course is deducted from the bill at the end.
Refugin – I wrote about this new gin a couple of weeks ago. 100% of the gin’s profits go to the SchlaU-Schule, a school set up to help refugees learn German, and it’s a great gift if you’re trying to be ethical this Christmas.
Mono Tee – The minimalistic packaging first caught my eye – it’s gorgeous. It’s a nice little extra for someone who appreciates good design, and you can pick up a carton at a whole host of places around the city.
Amanero – The makers of Mondino have created a digestif, which is available to buy from Dallmayr, VollCorner Vino oder Sentivini.de for 39 €. Thirty herbs have been included in the blend, and there are just 2,000 bottles on the market.
Haus der Kunst annual pass – An annual ticket for the Haus der Kunst costs just 50 €, and with it you can visit as many exhibitions as you like, and anyone you take along gets in for a reduced fee.
Deutsches Museum annual pass – The Deutsches Museum is impossible to take in in a day. You’d need a week to see everything properly, which is why the annual pass is such a fantastic idea. It costs 52 € for adults and 32 € for kids, and is the perfect Christmas gift, as membership starts with the new calendar year.
Pinakothek/Brandhorst annual pass – Now, I tend to visit the Pinakothek/Brandhorst on a Sunday, when entrance costs just 1 €, but if you know someone who’s passionate about art and hates the crowds, it could be worth splashing out on an annual pass for them. Buy online for 9o € here.
Acapulco – Benjamin Caja founded Acapulco just last year and has already established himself as a maker of fine chairs. They’re expensive (370 € or upwards), but comfortable, stylish – and made in Munich! I love this burst of yellow.
BENS – BENS focuses on high-quality, luxurious interior pieces, both from Munich and across the world. They have a small online store (they do Danish Sort of Coal shampoo, hurrah!) but you’re best off visiting their store in Georgenstraße to snoop around.
Have you discovered any cool, unusual products that would make great Christmas gifts? Do let me know, it’s time I got some shopping done!