Are you looking for Turkish souvenirs? There are lots of fun and unique products to buy for yourself and as gifts for friends and family.
Souvenirs are a great way to tell your friends and family that you are thinking about them while traveling. And it’s also something that’s nice to buy to yourself as a memory from your trip to Turkey.
So, do you want to know what to buy in Turkey for your loved ones? Then continue reading below, because here’s a list of the top 10 things to buy in Turkey:
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If you want to buy a real nice gift for yourself or someone you love, then I can recommend go shopping for some Turkish rugs.
The handmade Turkish rugs are beautiful and can last a lifetime if you take care of them. They’re good quality, comes in various colors and patterns, and will make anyone happy who loves interior.
Just be careful when going shopping for these carpets, since there are many fakes around. Make sure to read lots about real hand made Turkish rugs before going shopping, so you know you’ll get the real deal for the money you pay.
If you’re like me and love simple and beautiful pottery, then you’re going to love the clay pottery in Cappadocia. In the town of Avanos you can go shopping for these products. They’re made from the red clay that’s found along the Red River, which is one of the longest rivers in Turkey.
Around this town you’ll find several family run potteries where you can see how the pottery is made and sometimes give it a go yourself. However, the earthenware is beautiful and is a must to check out if you’re heading to Cappadocia during your trip in Turkey.
This is no doubt one of my favorite souvenirs in Turkey!
Turkish coffee & mugs
Coffee is a big part of the Turkish culture and is something that you will drink several times during your stay (if you like coffee).
When in Turkey make sure to buy some Turkish coffee and some traditional pots and mugs to go with it. This is no doubt one of the best Turkish souvenirs for someone who loves coffee.
Nargile pipes / shisha
I’m not a smoker myself, so this is not a Turkish souvenir that I would buy. However, it’s still one of the most popular things to buy in Turkey.
In the various shops and markets around Turkey you’ll find plenty of nargile pipes (shisha) in various sizes, colors, and designs.
Many people buy them as decorations, but they can be used for smoking as well. You can also buy different kinds of exotic fruit flavors for the nargile pipe if you want to use it at home.
In Turkey there are several stores selling different types of gold jewelry. This is a nice souvenir that a woman in your life would appreciate. You can shop everything from high carat gold bracelets, rings, necklaces, anklets, and earrings etc.
When going shopping for gold in Turkey, make sure to get your bargaining skills on for the best price possible!
Turkish mosaic lamps / gourd lamps
In the markets and shops of Turkey you’ll find plenty of Turkish lamps and lanters. They come in various shapes, sizes and colors, and will make a nice addition to your home.
It’s not hard to find a shop that sell these lamps, however, it’s choosing one that’s the hardest part.
Ceramic plates, bowls, cups, pots, and vases are also popular souvenirs to buy in Turkey. These ceramic pieces come in a variety of shapes, colors, and patterns.
Visit one of the ceramic stores in Turkey and browse the shelves for some nice Turkish souvenirs.
If you know someone with a sweet tooth, then this is a perfect Turkish souvenir to buy. Turkish delights are small jelly-like sweets that comes in a variety of flavors such as lemon, rose, and cinnamon – there are so many flavors to choose from.
These sweets are both delicious and cheap. It’s a great thing to buy if you’re some more affordable Turkish souvenirs.
The famous evil eye, also known as the Nazar Boncugu, is an ancient talisman that will bring you good luck. Many of the local people have this eye in their homes, offices, and cars as a spiritual protection.
In Turkey you can shop these blue eyes in the form of jewelry, key rings, and different kinds of decorations for your home. It’s a nice souvenir for someone who’s superstitious and want to keep the bad luck away.
Turkish tea & cups
Tea is another popular drink in Turkey that you can drink in the various restaurants and cafes around the country. It’s simply delicious and a must to taste.
If you like it, why not bring home a package of tea as well as a traditional tea pot and some cups? When you get back home, invite your friends over for some Turkish tea and tell them all about your trip.
More Turkish souvenirs:
If the souvenirs above wasn’t something you’re looking for to buy, I’ve got some more recommendations for you. Here are some more Turkish souvenirs that you can buy in Turkey:
- Cat souvenirs
- Turkish artworks
- Traditional instruments
- Turkish antiques
- Leather products
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