10 Gifts to Buy at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt | Holiday Gift Guide

The Carmel Christkindlmarkt is something my family looks forward to every year. The atmosphere is amazing, as you walk into an authentic pop-up German market full of vendors to shop from, and many activities for the family to enjoy. At the holidays, people love to shop for special gifts for those on their list, and the Christkindlmarkt is the perfect place to do just that. Support small business, and purchase unique gifts at the same time. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and stroll the market for a day of shopping. These are ten vendors you’ll want to check out for that perfect present on your list.

Marlene’s German Collectibles

This shop has an assortment of Christmas ornaments available for purchase. You will find a unique selection of German ornaments including beautiful cuckoo clocks, angels, and animals. 


This vendor at the Christkindlmarkt has stunning German-made jewelry. Pendant necklaces, rings, earrings, and other varieties of fashion jewelry are offered. This is a great place to stop for the jewelry lover on your list, or even a little something for yourself! 

Villeroy & Boch

You will find holiday tableware and serving dishes that are perfect for your holiday parties at this shop. There are beautiful collections of Christmas china, as well as individual pieces available for purchase. The tree shaped candy dishes are a great touch for your Christmas gathering with the family. 

Kits and Kaboodle Classic Toys

Kits and Kaboodle is a local favorite children’s toy store. During the Christkindlmarkt they have a vendor booth and offer a variety of unique items for children. Stuffed animals, classic board games, hands on activities, and more are offered here. 

Lauri’s Baumschmuck

This shopping vendor offers German and Austrian Christmas ornaments. You will find wooden, clay, and even blown glass varieties when you visit. This is a great gift that can be used for years to come with each holiday season.

Winterborn Hüte, Handschuhe, & Schals

You will find a great selection of winter gear at this vendor when you visit the Christkindlmarkt. Scarves, ponchos, and warm hats are all available for purchase. Give the gift that keeps you warm and cozy all winter long. 


This vendors name translates to “Christmas pyramid” in the English language, and that is exactly what they sell. You will find wooden folk art with rich cultural roots in the form of wood-crafted decorations. These unique pieces of Christmas décor make a wonderful gift. 


The Nutcracker originated from Germany, and this vendor is selling all different styles and sizes of nutcrackers. They are beautifully handcrafted from wood, and ready to take home with you. An authentic Nutcracker from the market would be a very special gift for someone on your list.

Frankenmuth Clock Company

This vendor sells handcrafted cuckoo clocks from the Black Forest in Germany. These stunning pieces of art are also working clocks. Cuckoo clocks are an iconic part of German culture and make wonderful gifts. 


Schwibbogen is a decorative candle holder from the region of Saxony, Germany and is available right here at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt. These traditional decorations can be found on display at the holidays and would be a great gift option rich with history. 

Shopping at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt is not your average shopping experience. This is the only place in the area that you will find this many authentic and unique German gifts. Don’t miss out on all the delicious food options as well. The Christkindlmarkt is so magical; enjoy yourself this holiday season as you shop for everyone on your list.  

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