13 Unique Christmas Gifts for Any Assyrian
It’s officially the season to start hunting down thoughtful presents for your favorite people. Whether you’ve already gotten a head-start on your holiday shopping, or you’ve yet to even make your list, this list will help you find a gift for just about any Assyrian without breaking your budget.
Sold exclusively at AUAF, these ties have a classic, vintage look. They’re the perfect gift for any man in your life—dad, husband, boyfriend, brother, cousin, uncle, uncle’s second cousin’s father, etc. Available in two colors—a deep red or navy blue—these ties are limited in quantity, meaning once they’re gone, they’re gone. The best part? They’re only $10. Stop by The Ashurbanipal Library Store before they’re history.
In ancient Assyria, Shamash was the god of the sun. He was also seen as the god of justice because of his power of light over darkness and evil. This sterling-silver Shamash pendant is a beautiful, subtle touch of Assyria that would liven up any outfit. It’s also available in gold. The pendant comes complete with a matching 18″ box chain for only $30. Check out Larsa’s Jewelry for their full collection which includes matching cuff links and a gorgeous Lamassu pendant.
Ugly Eda Sweater
Chances are, you’re going to an Ugly Christmas Sweater party this holiday season, so you may want to grab one of these for yourself. Either way, this sweater would make for a good laugh and a great gift. They’re available in red or blue—for both adults and children. You can feel good about this one, too, because Assyrian Heritage Tees is donating a portion of all proceeds to Etuti in time for Christmas.
Nobody does cheese like the ancient Assyrians. Ancient Cooking just launched their newest product: Buried Cheese. A treasured family recipe is now yours to uncover and enjoy. Learn more about this ancient tradition by visiting their website. For only $12, this savory blend is a great pick for any cheese-lover.
Artwork by Paul Batou
Yes, we know we promised our suggestions wouldn’t break your budget—and no, we didn’t lie. If you’re like most Assyrians, you’ve been yearning for a piece of Paul Batou‘s artwork for your home or office. Get this: You can now decorate your walls with his masterpieces without spending thousands of dollars. Batou has made reprints of his custom pieces available online, making his work more accessible to his fans. There are tons of options: a canvas print, an acrylic print, a framed print—even in the form of a tote bag, a throw pillow, or an iPhone case—any of which would make a wonderful Christmas gift. Starting at $17.
Assyrian Flag Umbrella
Okay, so we’re not really sure when you would ever really need an Assyrian flag umbrella, unless you were inspired by this adorable engagement shoot. The only place we’ve managed to track these down is Nineveh Market, and we’ve just learned that the online shop is closing soon. While these umbrellas are only $5 a piece, they’re offering incredible deals with larger purchases, so consider sifting through their merchandise before it’s too late. Other items include wall plaques, hats, stickers, and the infamous Assyrian flag towel. Nineveh Market is filled with great stocking-stuffers. With so much to offer, you should have no problem meeting their $10 minimum order.
Assyrian Alphabet Blocks
Give the gift of language—this is one gift that is certain to have a lasting impact on the little one who unwraps it. These fun, educational blocks will spark smiles and interest in the Assyrian language. While Rinyo offers fantastic videos and apps, sometimes it’s nice to go the old fashioned route. For $40, you can deliver an invaluable gift this Christmas. Order now at LearnAssyrian.com.
Atwateh d-Lishani Atoraya by Julia Sorisho Rodgers
Since we’re talking about the kids, here’s another excellent option. Assyrian-American author and illustrator Julia Sorisho Rodgers has published two bilingual board books to help Assyrian children learn the ancient language. Both books are available on Amazon for $15. Don’t snooze—they’re almost sold out.
Symbolic “Ya Alaha” Car Decal
One of the easiest ways to spot an Assyrian on the road is with this beloved symbol. Assyrians are always unsure where they can grab one of these, and while they’re likely available at your local church, you can also order them online from Akitu Designs for just $10. Check out their website for different variations. Slip this decal into a stocking or a Christmas card for a new driver or perhaps your mom—moms love these. Akitu Designs also offers other products, such as adorable Assyrian-themed ceramic ornaments.
Assyrian Flag License Plate Cover
Here’s another AUAF product sold at The Ashurbanipal Library Store. Priced at $10, these aluminum license plate covers are one of our most popular items and make a great gift. If you’re not in the Chicagoland area, you can also grab a similar version for $20 from Akitu Designs. They also offer license plate frames.
Reforging a Forgotten History by Sargon George Donabed
In this increasingly digital age, books have become even more meaningful as gifts. Even better—you don’t have to worry about choosing the right size or their favorite color. But the best part about gifting a book? Most gifts will eventually be discarded, but a good book will last a lifetime. Sargon Donabed’s Reforging a Forgotten History is one of our newest favorites. Purchase copies on Amazon for $35.
King Ashurbanipal Relief
Waw Allap has the most extensive collection of Assyrian goods online and has been in business since 1991. This beautiful relief is priced at just $48 and would make a wonderful addition to any Assyrian home. Assyrian heritage sites have been vandalized and destroyed in the traditional homeland—this is one way to fight back. Browse their site for all sorts of gifts—from artifact replicas to apparel, and everything in between. To quote Waw Allap: “Live it, give it, wear it, share it.”
Handmade Assyrian Ornaments
Best for last: These stunning Assyrian ornaments are handcrafted by an Assyrian woman living in California. Priced at $14 each, these ornaments will give any tree a unique touch. Don’t delay—she sells out every year. Mix and match ornaments with Assyrian flags, lamassus, chariots, and more.