Greetings! It’s the time of year to share a selection of Camino-inspired gifts for the holidays. I try to find gifts created within the last year, or that have not been featured on my previous posts. This is an ode to the Camino creatives tribe, which I mentioned in a previous post. These are pilgrims who have been so inspired by their experience on the Camino that they have turned their creative ideas and hobbies into films, books, artwork, crafts, jewelry, and more. I always enjoy hearing their stories and sharing their labors of love. I am super excited because I just received the new patches for 2019, which are pictured at the end of this post. Browse the gifts for the pilgrims on your list, and perhaps pick something out for yourself! You’ve been a good pilgrim all year, haven’t you? If not, I won’t tell St. Nick, or St. James. 😉
Buen Camino Calendar 2019
A desktop calendar for 2019 with pictures taken on the Camino Francés and quotes for contemplation each month. $12
This is a new offering from the lovely couple from Mt. Shasta, California who made the Buen Camino board game. Get 20% off your order from Buen Camino Shop when you spend $15 or more. Code XMAS2018 Discount applied at checkout. This calendar will sell out soon.
Camino de Santiago Culinary Adventure Gift Box
Foods from the Iconic Pilgrimage Route
$169.95, yes, it’s a splurge. Here’s the description:
- Nine artisan foods you’d enjoy on the Camino
- Plus cookbook: ‘Tastes of the Camino’
- Elegant decorative gift box
- Selected from regions on the pilgrimage route
- A memorable gift
New Camino Film
Strangers on the Earth DVD by
Available on Amazon – click to purchase.
I just ordered this and cannot wait to watch it. View the trailer
Healing Miles: Gifts from the Caminos Norte and Primitivo by Susan Alcorn
Dispatches Along the Way: An American Humorist Staggers Across Spain in Pursuit of Happiness, Truth, and a Cold Beer by
Beyond Even the Stars: A Compostela Pilgrim in France by Kevin A. Codd
Shadows, Shells, and Spain by John Meyer
Spiritual & Walking Guide: Lourdes to St Jean Pied de Port, France by Stacey Wittig
The Camino de Santiago: A Microcosm of Life, by James Portelli
This new book is in a special category of its own. It was published by James Portelli from Malta, guest blogger, and one of the people I walked with on the Camino Primitivo. I can attest that James is a history buff (and a Camino super fan!), thus he has infused this book with Camino facts, legends, and interesting tidbits. This book documents Portelli’s friend Joseph on the Camino Francés.
Proceeds of from the sale this book are donated to a charity that is close to James’ heart. The Missionary Society of Saint Paul is a Maltese Holy Order globally active in missions from as far west as Peru and Cuba and as Far East as Vietnam and the Philippines. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards the Scholarship (higher education) Program for low income families and the Talent Program in the Philippines.
Purchase the book at https://bdlbooks.com/product/camino-de-santiago/
Artsy Camino Books
I met both Kari and Jennifer at the national gathering of pilgrims in April 2018, and I was so moved by their talks. During their sessions, they had watercolor paints and supplies to guide us in making our own art. It’s not as easy as they make it look! These would make excellent gifts and be worthy of placement on your coffee table.
My Camino Journal: Days in the Life of a Pilgrim
by Heather Gailey
Includes pages for 36 fun-filled travel days with sections dedicated to My Camino, My Purpose, My Thoughts, and Mindfulness Minute. Also included are inspirational quotes, writing prompts, and a daily structure for anyone who suffers from blank page phobia. I used this on my pre-Camino tour of Sicily/Malta and my Camino Primitivo this year, which added up to 36 days.
Camino guidebooks make great gifts, but with so many different routes, you might prefer to shop around, or wait for the latest edition to be published. With that said, Village to Village Press already has updated guides for the popular routes: Francés, Portugués, and Norte. New for 2019: Maps guide to the Francés (1/3 the weight of the full guide), Camino Primitivo, Camino Inglés, and a standalone guidebook to Finisterre/Muxía.
These are excellent quality books with clear maps, photos, and route details. Click images to purchase on Amazon. Kudos to Village to Village Press for supporting trail development projects worldwide!
Camino Map Poster
This was created by Michael Matynka Iglesias, the guy behind the popular Wise Pilgrim App and guidebooks. I LOVE this map! You could have it framed, as shown above, but I had my poster mounted on gator board, which is stronger than poster board. This allows you to stick pins in it to mark your Camino points. When I bring it to our chapter events, pilgrims gather around it to see all the Caminos that then never knew existed.
I wrote a detailed review of this map for La Concha newsletter and my blog.
See The Wise Pilgrim Camino Map.
I see that it is currently available to purchase on Etsy for $16 + $6 shipping. https://www.etsy.com/listing/574202394/the-big-map-of-the-caminos-de-santiago
A Special Place on the Camino Francés
The Stone Boat in Rabanal del Camino
B&B Gift Certificates and Poetry on Slate
Kim is an artist, writer, “mentor specializing in pilgrimage as rite of passage” and most recently has become an innkeeper on the Way. After many years as a pilgrim and then guide, in the true spirit of ‘the Camino provides’, she has recently opened a unique bed and breakfast named “The Stone Boat” in Rabanal del Camino on the French Way.
Kim is offering these beautiful gifts of poetry written on slate from the mountains in the area and also gift certificates from The Stone Boat. She will continue to hold intimate group quests, mentoring, as well as Camino writers’ workshops in Rabanal.
Backstory: Before I started my Camino Primitivo in May, I made a side trip to meet Kim, and I can honestly say that she is a true Camino angel! I also had a chance to see of The Stone Boat before it opened. The place has great energy, and the village of Rabanal is very quaint and peaceful. I highly recommend staying there on the Camino Francés.
Kim offered to write one of my favorite quotes on a slate. I was pondering either “Solvitur Ambulando” or “The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir” But when I saw this slate with a Rumi quote, I thought this is perfect!
If you decide to get poetry on slate while on the Camino, consider having it mailed directly to Santiago so it won’t weigh you down. I mailed my slate, along with a few other items jettisoned from my backpack, to my hotel in Santiago (Hospederia San Martin Pinario). Now I have my favorite Camino keepsake on my dresser at home.
Commemorate your Camino de Santiago pilgrimage walk with a sticker in the same style as the marathon stickers you see people sporting on their cars. Size: 2″ H, 3″ W Perfect for your laptop, or a notebook, or a coffee cup.
$2 each. Order at: https://caminogear.bigcartel.com/
These are offered by Heather Knight, who manages the super helpful Camino de Santiago Planning Facebook group.
The rainbow design patch is back! This time with 2019 in orange. I, too, was inspired by the Camino when I started designing patches four years ago. I currently have two designs available: Original with no date, and 2019 limited edition. You can add a sticker to your order for just $1 each. Buy at etsy.com/shop/caminoprovides.
I have made a Camino connection with all of these pilgrims who’s items are featured above, either in person or online. Some have been interviewed on Project Camino so you can hear their voices. By supporting these artists, you are supporting the Camino creatives tribe. I see this as a way pilgrims can share their talents in a way others can enjoy, and possibly, also be inspired by the Camino! You can also find Camino gifts featured in 2017 and 2016.
We pilgrims are not selling our creations to make a profit. Rather, it brings us joy to share a little bit of the Camino with the world. We offer our gifts to support our craft, and any proceeds go right back into our creations. My mission is to celebrate the Camino de Santiago and the pilgrim’s journey, from the Calling to Compostela and beyond. I do this by sharing informative tips on training, gear, and routes; by organizing and promoting Camino-related events in the Bay Area; by interviewing pilgrims and sharing inspiring stories; and by curating content relevant to the Camino. Sales of my patches, and purchase through my Amazon affiliate links, help to defray the costs of hosting and managing this blog. It’s a win-win, and a sustainable way to keep sharing the Camino love. Thank you. Gracias. Obrigado. Merci.
I wish you all a blessed and peaceful holiday season, and a wonderful new year.