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Jamaican 2012 Christmas Gift Guide

Written by Xavier Murphy

Are you ready for the holiday gift giving season? Impress your family and friends with hand picked gifts that scream Jamaica. See our 2012 Christmas gift guide below. Please send suggestions for 2013 to us.

Randy’s 50th Anniversary (W/Dvd) – Randy’s Record Mart was founded in 1958 by Vincent & Patricia Chin. Their retail enterprise went on to become VP Records, the world’s largest reggae distributor & record label. This DVD/2 CD collector’s package tells the story of the Kingston, Jamaica rec

The “Reggae Pickney” Book series for kids -  Interactive Children’s CD Storybook with Reggae Music and Narration CD and Coloring Book, all held in a handy Carry Case for kids on the go!  Winner of the 2009 Seal of Approval from the National Parenting Center, the worlds largest parenting advocacy group.

Cabbie Chronicles t-shirts -  Are you a fan of Jamaica’s first animated series, the Cabbie Chronicles. Jamaica’s first animated series. Get the t-shirts today.

My Jamaica  – Judy Ann MacMillan is one of Jamaica’s leading artists. This unique collection of paintings represents a life-time’s work by an artist whose detailed observations and astute eye has captured her beloved Jamaica and preserved it for everyone to see.

Pieces of Jamaica – Vivid photographs display Jamaica’s rustic reality juxtaposed with spirited humanity and an intrinsic beauty found in its people. That, coupled with the rich, authentic culture breathes life into this intriguing coffee table book. It’s also an excellent way for lovers of Jamaica and its culture to experience the island through stunning photographs of life uncut, unedited – real.

Marley (the movie) –   Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

 

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Jamaican Ackee Tableware
Beautiful hand-painted fine bone china tableware and giftware inspired by Jamaica fruits and flowers. Buy It today!!!

A Soh It Goh! – Book
A Soh it Goh! is a collection of character-driven sketches that broadly represents the humorous side of Jamaicans as they go about their daily lives on the island. While narrated in English, the book’s characters speak in rich Jamaica patois that adds an entertaining and comical dimension to the stories. The stories are sure to send readers into fits of laughter as the colorful characteristics of the Jamaican people come to life on these pages. A Soh it Goh! illustrates ways in which Jamaicans partake in playful banter and engage in contentious disputes all the while exploring the unique style of verbal expressions Jamaicans use to communicate their assertive personalities – not to mention their brazen, take-no-prisoners attitude. Buy It today!!!

Pieces of the Past: A Stroll Down Jamaica’s Memory Lane
There is an old Jamaican saying ‘every mickle mek a muckle’. It means every experience – no matter how small – counts, because together they form a greater whole. There is another old Jamaican saying: ‘one one cocoa full basket’ which means that parts of things slowly combined make a whole. Pieces of the Past: A Stroll Down Jamaica’s Memory Lane is as much as combination of both meanings as it is an exploration of a deep-rooted interest in Jamaica’s rich history and culture. Buy it today!!! 

Jamaican trivia playing cards
Play all your favorite games and more. Out with the old and in with the new. Replace your old deck of cards with the first International Deck of Cards: The Jamaican way.Create your own rules and have fun. The Jamaican Trivia Playing Cards is the perfect gift. Your friends and relatives will love it!! Buy it today!!!

 

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A Soh Wi Do It! – Book
A Soh Wi Do It! (ASWDI) is a hilarious collection of character – driven sketches that represent all things Jamaican. The characters in the book are Jamaicans and the various stories depicted are set in Jamaica. It is written by Jamaicans.com boardite member Wendy.  Who is Wendy? We are sure many of you have forwarded her Jamaicans.com extremely FUNNY forum posts to your family and friends. Wendy is an aspiring playwriter and author. Many of her ‘Jamaicanized’ stories & original sketches have been ‘viral’ on the Internet for several years. Wendy’s impressive writing portfolio includes the very funny Jamaicanized version of the Titanic, Cinderella (Punchinella) & most recently the sketch on the American Airline crash in Jamaica. Her work has been featured on the Jamaicans.com forums for over 12 years and enjoyed by many around the world. Buy It today!!!

Tishelle Designs Jamaican Made Hand bags
Made in Jamaica Tishelle designs creates unique and fashionable bags infused with Jamaican & Caribbean flavour.     Their mission is ‘ENHANCING BEAUTY WITH A BAG’. This Christmas get a gift from Tishelle designs Handbags, Clutches, Beach Bags, Baby Bags, Wristlets ,Purses & Totes.  Buy It Here!!!  

Fi Real Jamaica
Beautiful; aggressive; exuberant, talkative; humorous; resourceful; unpredictable Jamaica brings many adjectives to mind, but boring is not one of them. No other country so young and so small has had such global cultural influence as the land of Marcus Garvey, Louis Bennett, Bob Marley and Usain Bolt. Jamaica Fi Real provides ponders the present in the context of the past, and highlights the threads of continuity. Here is today’s Jamaica from a Jamaican point of view, giving an in-depth look at its people, history, music, sports, religion and culture. It’s the good, bad, ugly and pretty – a vivid twenty-first century portrait of perhaps the world’s most fascinating island. Buy It Now!!!

Chippies Banana Chips
The Chippies Banana Chips is the original Jamaican banana Chips.  It was founded in 1964 by Adrian Grant.  Recently there has been some stiff competition with new banana chips entering the market,  but Chippies Banana Chips has been able to survive. It is a favorite amongst Jamaican at home and abroad.  Buy It Now!!! 

Usain Bolt My Story – Book
Beautifully illustrated with dozens of specially commissioned photographs, the fastest man on the planet tells the story of his life so far.  A skinny kid from the Jamaican parish of Trelawny, Usain Bolt’s life changed in August 2008 when the Olympic men’s 100-meter starter pistol was followed just 9.69 seconds later by his streak across the finish line and the first of his three gold medals. In a highly illustrated celebration of his influences, background, and career trajectory, he shares his story of growing up playing cricket and soccer, and discovering that he could run fast—very fast. He shares stories of his family, friends, and the laid-back Jamaican culture, and reveals what makes him tick, where he gets his motivation, and where he takes his inspiration. He tells of the dedication and sacrifices required to get to the top, and also discusses fast food, partying, dancehall music, fast cars, and that signature lightning bolt pose. Buy It today!!!

RepJamaica
What do you get the biggest dancehall fan? RepJA Clothing is a Lifestyle Caribbean Brand that blends American street wear influences with nuances of Jamaica’s thriving mix of music, language, reggae dances and culture. Buy It Now!!! 

My Secret Jamaica Exposed: Explore Undiscovered Jamaica
Would you like to Explore and Experience the Jamaica most Travelers Miss? Take a journey with Maureen Wright-Evans, a Jamaican who truly knows and loves the island. Explore with her, the secrets of the culture, attractions, and make the most of it all by volunteering on your vacation. Through articles and stories, “My Secret Jamaica Exposed” achieves Maureen’s goals. She says “I want people to fall in love with the island and the culture and start planning to visit immediately.” The Food section is both entertaining and educational, and will make your mouth start watering. You’ll love the section about “how a gift changed my life” Here’s the inspiring story of a little girl at twelve years walking on the beach and talking to the tourist about the beautiful island of Jamaica. The stories of volunteer adventurers are life changing, moving, real, and show how to turn a regular vacation into a life changing experience. Buy It Now!!!  

Marley Coffee – Buffalo Soldier Whole Bean Organic Coffee
Marley Coffee was founded by Rohan Marley and long time friend Shane Whittle to honor Bob Marley and his dream of returning to the farm in rural Jamaica. Bob Marley was raised on the farmland in Nine Mile. It was there that he learned a deep respect for nature and humanity. A respect that helped guide his life. Marley Coffee founded the Kicks For Cause Foundation in order to give back to those who make Marley Coffee possible and to take responsibility for building healthy, happy communities. At Kicks For Cause, we believe sport enriches children’s lives. The Foundation aims to provide playable soccer fields and soccer camps to children of the coffee producing communities around the world—beginning in Jamaica. Marley Coffee ensures no children are present or involved with the growing, harvesting or shipment of our coffee beans. According to the US Department of Labor, more children work in agriculture around the world than any other economic sector—Marley Coffee is changing this statistic one bag at a time. Buy It Now!!!

Jamaican Recipes Android App
So, what do you get that new Android phone you are giving the special person for Christmas.  A Jamaican recipe App. The application, “Jamaican Recipes” allows users to browse Jamaicans.com’s database of over 110 recipes with step by step cooking instructions and view of glossary of Jamaican foods.  The ” Jamaican Recipes ” application is available for $0.99  in the Android Market Place. 

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Xavier Murphy