Blessings Gift Shop and The Olive Wood Factory, Bethlehem

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Browse a seemingly endless selection of ornately carved keepsakes and see how they are made at Blessings Gift Shop and The Olive Wood Factory. A licensed olive wood factory established in 1925, the site is run by the Giacaman family, now in its third generation. An intricate wooden nativity scene and friendly member of staff will greet you as you enter; take your time to pore over the hundreds of handcrafted objects, from crosses to carved animals--all fitting souvenirs of your trip to Bethlehem. Next door, see the skilled carpenters at work, while the olive wood naturally dries. For Blessings Gift Shop and The Olive Wood Factory and beyond, use our Bethlehem family vacation planner to get the most from your Bethlehem vacation.
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  • August 16, 2017
    On the way to the Milk Grotto Church, I met a handsome guy, Bassem. He invited me to climb on the rooftop of the Olive Wood Factory to watch the panorama view of Bethlehem – FREE, really free! After v...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    As I walked down Milk Grotto street, I was invited to see Bethlehem from the roof top of the Olive Wood Factory. It was beautiful. I could see in all 4 directions of the compass with a sign, pointing ...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    My two friends and I went to Bethlehem to see the West Bank Barrier with the art pieces by Banksy and graffiti and were lucky to run into Saber by coincidence. Saber is an employee of Bassem, owner of...  more »

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