Top 10 Serbian Souvenirs

If you visit Serbia, you might get that weird feeling that you don’t want to go home because you’re having such a good time. Unfortunately, every good vacation has its end, but there’s something you could do to always have a piece of this country with you! You could buy a traditional souvenir! That way you will always have a little trinket to remind you of the good times you had here! We decided that we’ll help you out a bit and we put together a list of the most traditional Serbian souvenirs you can buy, all you have to do is check them out and decide which one you’d like to buy!

 

1. Opanci

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Photo credit: tamburix via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

 

Opanci are peasant shoes made out of leather, without laces and usually, with one clasp, they are very simple, comfortable and really traditional. The older generations wore these kinds of shoes and they adored them! We can actually see why; their simplicity is fascinating, not to mention their durability (of course only if they were made out of real leather, not some cheap knock-off). They aren’t expensive nor cheap, their price is somewhere in the middle so if you want to surprise your beloved ones at home, make sure to bring them these shoes, they are really awesome and comfy!

 

2. Pirotski Kilim

By Orjen - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20463189

By Orjen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20463189

 

Pirotski Kilim or the Pirot Carpet is a traditional piece of the Serbian ethno history! It looks amazing and it was once the sign that you belonged to a wealthy or royal family. It’s colorful and full of all kinds of ornaments and it is very pretty! After World war II this traditional piece of art disappeared, but around 2011 it reappeared and people were amazed by it because it has that certain ‘wow’ factor, especially now when the ethno and folk motifs are becoming fashionable again! If you are not sure which Serbian souvenirs are authentic enough, you will not be mistaken if you choose this one. This carpet is something special, it will bring joyful colors into your home or office space and it will turn them into a whole new place!

 

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3. Sirogojno Sweater

Photo credit: Makadam Shop

Photo credit: Makadam Shop

 

Sirogojno sweaters are ‘in’. That’s not a question nor an assumption. That is a clear and true statement. Everyone loves them and wears them because they are simply adorable and lovely! These sweaters are made by ‘Sirogojno Style’, a brand which tries to help the ethno motifs of Serbia survive, and they are pretty successful at it if you ask us! Their sweaters are really fashionable, you can wear it to casual events as well as to some fancy places, you can wear it basically anywhere at any time (unless it’s summer, in that case, I don’t recommend wearing it)! This sweater will bring joy to any woman’s heart!

 

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4. Jewellery

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Photo credit: Facebook Page LotusovCvet

 

When we speak of jewelry, we don’t think of the usual silver or gold ones, we think of the cute ethno jewelry you can buy in many shops around Serbia. You can buy the traditional ones or even some modern ones which are actually cute little earrings in the shape of a man/woman in traditional clothes! Many women would be really happy if they would receive something like this after you return from a long trip from Serbia! They are truly adorable and aren’t that expensive! If your partner or beloved ones like jewelry, these Serbian souvenirs will definitely make them happy!

 

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5. Rakija

By Silverije (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Silverije (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Here’s something you can consume! But make sure not to drink too much of it because it will go straight to your head, and that’s not a joke! This is basically a fruit schnapps, they make it out of pear, peach or plum and it’s really tasty and also really strong! If you’re not used to strong alcoholic drinks, I don’t recommend drinking a bigger amount of this! You can share it with your friends and family or you can set it aside for some special occasion! It’s also a great aperitif!

 

6. Fridge Magnets

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Photo credit: bonzoycv via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

 

Fridge magnets are the usual ‘go to’ when you simply don’t know what to buy or what’s considered ‘traditional’ in the country. There’s actually a cute little twist with these magnets, today you can buy magnets which have amazing ethno motifs on them, or they depict a part of the history of a certain country or the part of the country you’re visiting. So fridge magnets are always a good idea, especially if you can find one with this special twist! Also, you can find some interesting magnets with bottle openers on them, so it will always come in handy!

 

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7. Dolls in Traditional Clothing

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Photo credit: Pinterest

 

These dolls serve as a true depiction of the traditional Serbian costumes and traditions. They are truly amazing! You can find them in different shapes and sizes and they are made out of either plastic or porcelain. The plastic ones are a bit cheaper, but the porcelain dolls are always prettier, at least if you ask us! Nevertheless, both are really precious and lovely! The dresses on them are truly high quality and they depict the real ethno costumes the older generations wore daily. In our opinion, these dolls are a truly fantastic gift/souvenir idea!

 

8. Miniature Traditional House

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By Laslovarga (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is actually self-explanatory. It’s the miniature version of a traditional Serbian house and it’s really nice! You can get them at gift/souvenir shops and they aren’t really expensive! They depict the traditional houses from the earlier centuries so you could imagine how our elders lived. This is a great souvenir for anyone who likes history or realistic depictions of something. Also, they look really cute on your shelf and every time you pass them by, you remember the great time you had in Serbia!

 

9. Wool Socks

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Photo Credits: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AVunene_%C4%8Darape.jpg

 

Serbian wool socks are something really pretty, comfortable and warm! Once they were worn as the part of the traditional Serbian costumes but today you can pair them up with some cute boots or wear them simply at home while you’re reading a book and sipping your hot coffee. They are made out of high-quality wool and they will keep you warm at any time! There are a couple of styles of these socks, there are the ankle socks, the high-style socks, the calf socks which are actually just calf warmers so you can pick whichever you like and wear it proudly!

 

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10. Hand Embroidered Tablecloth

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Photo credit: hyena-in-petticoats via Foter.com / CC BY-NC

 

Hand embroidered tablecloths are really amazing and also immensely traditional! These tablecloths decorated almost each and every household throughout the whole country, it was once impossible to find a house where there is no hand embroidered tablecloths on the tables or shelves! These things are really pretty and people who like old-fashioned things will adore them! It’s always nice to have something like this in your home because you get to brag about how you got to buy them and where exactly, it’s just a good conversation starter!

 

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