Top 10 Albanian Souvenirs

Albanian hospitality invites travelers from all over the world to visit this small country. Located in the seacoast of the Aegean and Ionian Seas it offers clear water, long beaches, and breath-taking mountain views. What can you take as a souvenir from this amazing country? Let’s discuss top ten options!

 

1. Albanian Flag

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Albanians are proud of their country, that is why you can see flags everywhere. Two-headed black eagle symbolize strength and power of the Albanian men. When you are in Albania, you can hear a lot of stories about the Albanian defenders since the Ancient times.

 

By the way, the original name of the country in Albanian is “Shqipёria”, which means “the country of eagles”.  So, the eagle is depicted on both main signs of Albania – the flag and the coat of arms.

 

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2. Ashtray in the Form of a Bunker

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Undoubtedly, the bunker is a unique symbol of Albania. You can find more than 700 thousand bunkers traveling around the country. However, it’s not important to see every bunker. The most notable ones are redesigned into museums called “Bunk’Art” and “Bunk’Art 2”.

 

Probably, you want to take the memory of the bunkers back home. Of course, it is prohibited to import these real bunkers but you can take a small ashtray as a souvenir. The bunker-shaped ashtrays of any colors are incredibly popular even among non-smokers.

 

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3. Coffee

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Albanian culture inherited a lot from the Italian one. So, you can understand how coffee is important for the Albanians. Anytime they have a spare minute, they would drink a cup of coffee. When they meet their friends, they invite them for a cup of coffee.

 

As coffee became an important part of their everyday life, they know everything about the quality of this drink. That’s why you can ask Albanians to recommend you some good coffee to take back home. And definitely, it will be one of the best you have ever tried.

 

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4. Hat

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Albania is very hot during summertime, and there are not many places of shadows. So people just need hats.  

 

For a gift, you can buy either a traditional hat or any other cap, which would be associated with Albania. Also, there are a lot of sauna hats in the souvenir shops made of durable material. Pick the best one for you!

 

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5. Magnets & Trinkets With Eagles

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It’s pretty common to take a magnet from every new place you’ve just visited, isn’t it? Undoubtedly, you will want to take one when you see the variety of them in the shops.

 

Better buy a magnet at the end of the trip, so you can choose places, which you liked the most.

 

If you already don’t have free space on your fridge, buy a trinket, which will remind you of your Albanian trip as long as you keep it with you.

 

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6. Handmade Bags

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You can find a lot of handmade stuff in Albanian markets. If you want some knitted things, you will have a great choice, as most Albanian women like knitting in winter.

 

Moreover, you can find a lot of motley colors and various designs of the bag. So, definitely, you will find some bag, which suits your style the most.

 

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7. Carpet

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In Albania, carpets are used not only as a cover on the floor but also as a luxury item. Albanians are used to hanging carpets on walls, which makes the space cozy and snug.

 

Decorated with skillful ornament, Albanian carpets can be a way of decoration, and Albanian carpets look bright and colorful. Take one back home, and your room will be unique.

 

You can buy this piece of art in the souvenir shops of Tirana and Shkoder for an average price of $150-200.

 

8. Albanian Alcohol

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There are many Albanian souvenirs you could take home, but this one is definitely worth buying!
People are proud of their alcoholic beverages. The most popular drinks are rakia and cognac.

 

There are bottles of manufactured rakia in the shops but you can find a lot of people who produce it at their homes. In most cases, it is based on grapes, which are a lot throughout the country.

 

For those who appreciate the taste of high-quality cogniak, you must buy a bottle of the traditional Albanian cogniak “Skandenberg”. The name of the beverage represents a brave Albanian hero who struggled for the country. Your friends will be amazed when you tell them the history giving the bottle of the cogniak.

 

9. Olive Oil

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Albania is located in a perfect climate for growing olive trees. No wonder there are huge territories of olive plantations all around the country. That is why you can find fresh olives in most Albanian souvenirs shops. Moreover, they are cheap – the price per kilo starts from $2.

 

However, it is not convenient to take a lot of olives back home. Better buy a bottle of olive oil, which will last much longer reminding you of your trip to Albania.

 

10. Jewellery

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If you are in search for female gifts, you can find a lot of jewelry in Albanian souvenir shops. The most popular material is silver, however, you can find whatever you like!

 

There are a lot of Albanian families who do trinketry by themselves, and most of them are located in Kruja. Take your time to find proper decorations for your loved ones.

 

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