The Christmas gift conundrum – let us come to the rescue!

The Lausanner
The Lausanner
November 24, 2021

Christmas and all its magic is fast approaching, and we’re delighted, of course! It’s also the perfect time to spoil our loved ones with unique gifts that suit them to a tee. However, finding such presents is not always a simple matter. Things get complicated as the dreaded hunt begins for just the right gifts that will please Grandmother Georgina as much as nephew Theo or our dearly beloved in-laws. So, this year, why not decide to be proactive and start now to avoid last-minute purchases on Christmas Eve? To help you meet this challenge, we have joined forces and put together all the best Christmas gift ideas to be found in Lausanne.

Gifts that are proudly 100% Lausanne

The Lausanne City Pass

Yes, there is indeed a magical pass that allows you to visit several must-sees in Lausanne and its surrounding area at an unbeatable price! It’s name: the Lausanne City Pass. With that precious pass, send your loved ones to discover the Olympic Museum, the Vaud Museum of Fine Arts, the Cathedral’s belfry, the Collection de l’Art Brut (Outsider’s Art Museum) and much more.

The Lausanner tote bag

Isn’t the Lausanner tote bag classy? To stroll the streets of Lausanne in style, you’ve just got to have it! Quick, pop into one of our tourism offices to get your hands on it.

Main hall of the Lausanne train station


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Souvenir from the city’s leading museums

Head for the museum shops if you’re looking for designer and original gifts! They always have items that are out of the ordinary. We’d like to make special mention of the magnificent art books at Plateforme 10 and its selection of books on the city of Lausanne. The unique and fun items at the Olympic Museum shop are ideal for sports fans.

Plateforme 10, Place de la Gare 16, 1003 Lausanne
The Olympic Museum, Quai d’Ouchy 1, 1006 Lausanne

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The archetypal Swiss fondue pot

It’s also impossible to ignore the fondue pot, which is a must-have in all the thatched cottages of the region. But for a perfect fondue, you need a real Swiss fondue pot. Our favourites? Known as a “caquelon” in French, charming specimens with printed figures representing a typical Swiss rural scene or the traditional Swiss cuckoo clock can be found at the Bazar Ouchy.

Avenue d’Ouchy 76, 1006 Lausanne

Cruises on the lake

Enjoying a cruise on Lake Geneva should definitely be on your to-do list whenever you visit Lausanne. It can also be a gift that is guaranteed to please everyone. Who doesn’t dream of sailing along with the the wind blowing through their hair, lulled by the sound of the waves while watching a magnificent landscape slide past? And anyone who wants to get the maximum enjoyment should take advantage of the Horizon card for unlimited cruises all year round at an unbeatable price.

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Designer gifts for a top look

Viva Frida

This concept store is a genuine treasure trove. Anyone who enters this small shop is sure to find a unique designer gift. Whether it’s clothing, jewellery, accessories or decorative objects, Viva Frida offers quality items created by young designers. You’ll definitely find something here to suit someone on your list.

Want a tip? Stop by and take a look at the jewellery on offer at Viva Frida: from refined and classic to rock or bohemian, they have it all.

Rue Sainte-Beuve 1, 1005 Lausanne

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L’Attribut d’Iris

This shop’s display window alone will convince you to come in and have a look. L’Attribut d’Iris introduces you to passionate designers, handmade objects (decorative papers, bags, headbands, etc.), and natural products (plants, shampoo for men, notebooks made with recycled paper…). Surrounded by modern design décor, you will be greeted with a smile and receive excellent advice during your quest for the perfect gift.

Rue Mercerie 20, 1003 Lausanne


A boutique recommended by Lausanners Camille, the spontaneous shutterbug, and Chloé, the family designer! And it’s no coincidence that these two fans of beautiful things propose a visit here no matter what. At Kétala, you will undoubtedly find THE perfect gift waiting for you among the jewellery, decorative objects and trendy accessories created by independent designers.

Avenue de Béthusy 4, 1005 Lausanne

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La boutique Onze

Boutique Onze is THE designer boutique in Lausanne. Harald Chyoung, Pascale Cornu, Anne Glauser, Miranda Kaloudis – it’s sheer joy. Unique pieces of clothing and objects will provide satisfying surprises on Christmas Eve. So off we go to discover this hard-to-find gem on Rue des Deux-Marchés.

Rue des Deux-Marchés 11, 1005 Lausanne

JSBG Store

At the JSBG Store, Jorge meticulously selects the crème de la crème of Swiss design, bringing together beautiful products and exclusive quality to make people happy. Fashion, accessories, leather goods, stationery, furniture and more are the focal points of the thirty or so designers showcased in the shop.

JSBG Store, Rue des Deux-Marchés 13

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Design gifts for a stylish interior

La sonnette

La sonnette is both a shop and an exhibition gallery. It is an inspiring and welcoming cultural venue with books, posters and vintage furniture on display. La sonnette is a little nook full of surprises waiting to be discovered.

Place de la Cathédrale 5A, 1005 Lausanne

Kiss The design

Are you a vintage furniture fan? If so, make sure you visit Galerie Kissthedesign. Kissthedesign welcomes you to its Avenue de Rumine boutique, a unique cultural setting filled with displays by contemporary artists and designers, all of them passionate about their creations. Believe us, you’ll find it very hard to leave this beautiful Nordic-style gallery.

Avenue de Rumine 4, 1005 Lausanne

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Particules en Suspension

At the Particules en suspension boutiques, the motto is always originality. And it’s true – you’ll find a little of everything in this unique shop! T-shirts, kitchen accessories, cards and decorations, craft beers, books, games and recipes, you name it. Really, you have no choice but to discover this shop yourself and spend hours rummaging through its eclectic collection!

Rue Etraz 2, 1003 Lausanne

Gourmet gifts – because the way to someone’s heart is often through their stomach!

The Local Corner

Until December 31, 2021, fill up on 100% Swiss products in this pop-up store at the Flon. Matcha chocolate or salted caramel and tonka bean popcorn, surprise your crowd with flavours they’ll remember. In addition to tasty products, The Local Corner also offers a large range of carefully selected accessories and cosmetics.

Rue de Genève 6, 1002 Lausanne


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Le Local Pop-Up

Supporting local shops while treating yourself? This is what the City of Lausanne’s new pop-up store offers by placing premises at the disposal of the area’s producers. Wine, honey, juices in season… How about gifting a basket filled with foody delights this year?

Escaliers du Marché 2, 1003 Lausanne

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Durig chocolatier

Let’s face it, one of the main reasons why we look forward to Christmas so much is the chance to eat all the puddings and desserts you want to without an ounce of guilt! How about helping your loved ones in this all-important area by giving them a box of delectable Durig chocolates?

Avenue d’Ouchy 15, 1006 Lausanne

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And finally, toys – because they’re always a sure thing!

La Marelle

There are so many different toys out there that it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin. To be sure you’re on the right path, why not turn to timeless, quality toys that have proven themselves in the past? La Marelle, the toy shop of yesterday, today and tomorrow, will transport you back to your childhood as soon as you step through the door. You’re sure to find exactly the right toy for that special someone you want to spoil.

Rue Mercerie 5-7, 1003 Lausanne

Jouets Davidson

If you had to describe this toy shop in three words, all you would have to say would be “a children’s paradise”. Spread over three floors, this store boasts a selection of every possible toy you could ever imagine (there are even some we didn’t know existed, like a chocolate kiosk). With logic games, board games, magic sets, construction-themed kits, as well as music boxes, origami, costumes and puppets, you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for with such a fantastic selection!

Rue Grand-Saint-Jean 20, 1003 Lausanne

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