Our Lausanne gift ideas

By My-Lausanne

It’s gift-giving season! The time when we must rack our brains to find THE good idea, an original gift that will be a nice surprise under the Christmas tree. No worries! MyLausanne has uncovered some gift ideas that are unusual, authentic and local.

Gourmet gifts

It’s a well-known fact that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach – and that doesn’t only apply to men. With a gourmet gift, you’ll rarely get it wrong.

We love Helvetimart’s concept of letting you discover culinary specialties from every Swiss canton, all in one place. Many themed gift sets are available, but you can also create your own version to suit the tastes of the person you’re buying it for.
Helvetimart, Rue du Petit-Chêne 3

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If the person for whom you are looking for a gift is a wine lover, the answer is simple: Wines of Lausanne. The Cave du Chardon offers great gift boxes with a set of Dézaley vintages, white or red, and it’s a safe bet!
Cave du Chardon, Place de la Palud 21

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Swiss Made 

Swiss creation – and more specifically from Lausanne – is thriving with artisanal craftspeople getting successfully involved.

Particules en Suspension has, for instance, launched its own “Lausannoise” brand, highlighting Lausanne citizens and the Vaud culture. There are T-shirts for men and women, as well as jumpsuits for small children. We love the mugs and postcards that showcase the Vaud dialect. Not to mention the pins created by Cully Cully representing clichés from Swiss daily life.
Particules en Suspension, Rue Etraz 2 – Rue Grand Saint-Jean 2

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Following the same trend, Lausanne’s Christmas market Bô Noël has been offering for the past few years a Creators’ Market. In one chalet, Swiss artists present their creations. Postcards and posters, cosmetics, clothing as well as decoration items, there is something for everyone. In addition to treating a friend or family member, you’re supporting a local creator. What could be better?!
Creators’ Market, Place Pépinet

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Cultural gifts

For cultural and design gifts, you may want to check out the museums’ gift shops. They always have suggestions off the beaten tracks! Big-up to the magnificient art books from Plateforme 10 and those about Lausanne. For sports lovers, the unique and fun gifts from The Olympic Museum’s gift shop, the “TOM Boutique”, are just what you are looking for.
Plateforme 10, Place de la Gare 16
The Olympic Museum, Quai d’Ouchy 1

Plateforme 10 boutique
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TOM Boutique

For a unique gift, direction the Youth Olympics Lausanne 2020 shop. You will find lots of merchandising articles like Winter hats, clothes, bags, key rings… the shop teems with great items from this exceptional event!
Rue de Genève 7

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Toys, safe bets for children

There are so many of them, and it is often difficult to sort them all out. To make sure you choose the right fit for your loved one, why not choose a timeless quality item? La Marelle teems with toys that will make you feel like a kid again as soon as you open the shop’s door!
Rue Mercerie 5-7

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Souvenir gifts

Are you visiting Lausanne and want to take a typical, local gift back home? At MyLausanne, we have our heart set on the Lausanne Monopoly (in French), to at last be able to say that the Rue de Bourg belongs to us and to reign on the town!

It is just impossible not to think of THE item found in every Swiss home: the cheese fondue pot. But for the perfect cheese fondue to be made, you need the real Swiss pot! Our favourites are those with a Poya scene illustrated which you can find at Bazar Ouchy. You’ll also find there the typical Swiss cuckoo clock for which a modern version is available at Particules en Suspension.
Bazar Ouchy, Av. Ouchy 76
Particules en Suspension, Place Grand-Saint-Jean 2

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You’re now ready to go hunting for Christmas presents, avoiding the stress and rush of last-minute purchases.