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Souvenirs from Egypt


The selection of souvenirs is very diverse in Egypt and the decision is not always easy.


The big variety of souvenirs in the shops can at times be overwhelming and makes it hard to chose. Some nice items get drowned on thecrowdedstore shelf, but looks nice as a single pieceat home.

The following is a summary of the most popular Egyptian souvenirs which are characteristic for the country:




Unlike other products, of which some are similar to those found in other countries such as Morocco, Tunisia or Turkey, a Papyrus is unmistakably Egyptian. Whether pharaonic or contempory designs, big or small, printed or hand painted, made ​​of banana leaves or made ​​of genuine papyrus: every taste and every budget will find something suitable.



The Egyptian alabaster craft can also look back on a millennia-old tradition. Alabaster was mined in Egypt already 4000 years ago and made into decorative and useful vessels. Processed Alabaster is smooth and shiny. Manual work can be seen on the rough, matte surface. It is not waterproof. From other rocks such as granite, limestone, etc. pharaonic statues are offered. Many are made ​​of hard plastic but also cast and thus easier and cheaper.




Gold and silver jewelry is available everywhere. Many pharaonic motifs, such as the sign of life (Ankh), the Eye of Horus or the auspicious scarab are popular souvenirs. Particularly attractive is a personalized cartridge of pharaonic cartouche: A pendant, on which a name is written in hieroglyphics.
Chili, cumin, cinnamon, tamarind, cardamom and coriander are just a few examples of the extensive range of the many spice shops. These are often decorated attractively in large hand- woven baskets. The dried mallow flowers, of which the popula Karkadeh tea is made, is a popular souvenir. You can serve it to your guests at home, while you talk about your vacation experiences.

Perfume Oils:
Jasmine, amber, musk and rose oil, as well as dozens of other essences are offered in the perfume bazaars. A new trend is the imitation of known brand fragrances. Also your own fragrance can be blended and bottled according to their own preferences.
Suitable for the perfume, there are mouth-blown glass perfume bottles in various sizes and colors. Also the lower part of the popular traditional waterpipe (shisha) is made of painted glass.
Brass and Copper work :
The upper part of the waterpipe is made of brass. There are also coffee tables, pitchers, plates, candlesticks and lamps with intricate Arabic calligraphy on brass and copper. In front of some shops you can watch the production.
Inlays :
A wooden jewelry box with a handmade mother of pearl inlay motif is also in the top ten of the Egyptian arts and crafts.
Colourful woven rugs in wool with motifs such as camels, pyramids or felucca are also authentic Egyptian handmade. They are also suitable for wall hanging.



Whether as a comfortable home gown or as a potential carnival costume, the typical Egyptian Galabeja is a popular Egyptian souvenir. They are available in many colors and with a variety of ornaments for men and women. Since Egypt has a large cotton production, there are also other cheap cotton products, such as towels, t-shirts, etc. on offer.





Leather Goods :

Belts, bags, jackets, shoes - the variety is big.

Basketry :
In different rural regions different styles of baskets are being woven, you can find beautiful baskets in the spice shops. They often come from Aswan.

* Please note that genuine antiques mustn’t be exported !
* Please note that the import of brand imitations (Yves Saint Laurent , Louis Vuitton , Chanel , etc.) can lead to problems of    entry into other countries .
* Please note that the import of leathers such as crocodile and snake are subject to the provisions of the Conservation Act      are in your country .
* Shells and corals etc., must not be taken out of the country and can be confiscated at the airport.