I love strolling around World Showcase at Epcot while enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of the 11 different countries (oh, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, I miss you already). World Showcase is also a great place for holiday shopping. I recently spent an afternoon at Epcot looking for unique gifts in hopes they may inspire you (note – this is the point when my parents, sister and children should stop reading).
There is a wonderful selection of sterling silver jewelry in Mexico Pavilion with a hint of Mickey Mouse. In Italy Pavilion, artisans have created a variety of Murano glass gifts including the colorful bottle seen above. While I’m not the demographic for handbags, I love the entire assortment of items by designer Shinzi Katoh in Japan Pavilion. Finally, I visited Montreal this past March so I know who is getting the moose ornament this year from Canada Pavilion.
My journey around World Showcase continued with visits to the France, United Kingdom, Morocco and Norway Pavilions. Givenchy is offering a set of miniature perfumes this year in France Pavilion. The Morocco Pavilion has an assortment of beautiful wooden bowls and boxes (I love that color of wood). One typically thinks of trolls when in Norway, but I found butterfly jewelry in several colors and sizes. In the United Kingdom Pavilion, four new “super soft” acrylic scarves were introduced to the Lords and Ladies location (something I could have used during that trip to Montreal!).
Food is always a popular gift for the holidays. I’m currently enjoying a cup of Christmas Tea from Twinings in the United Kingdom Pavilion while writing this article. Italy Pavilion has wine stoppers which would complement the exclusive wines created for Disney Parks (hint to anyone looking to get me a gift). If not wine, then I would gladly take anything with Werther’s Original caramel from Karamell-Küche in Germany Pavilion.
I love giving Pocky or Daruma dolls during the holidays from Japan Pavilion. The former is delicious and the latter is believed to be a symbol of good luck. Lastly, I enjoyed the selection of Chinese Zodiac items in China Pavilion (I’m a rabbit!) and the handcrafted Oaxacan wood carvings from Mexico Pavilion.
I would love to hear what gifts you enjoy giving from World Showcase in the comments below. Feliz Navidad!