Top 7 Souvenirs To Buy In Egypt

The moment we talk about Egypt, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Those strong powerful pyramids, the pharaohs or even the mummies? Egypt is definitely a diverse country and has so much to see that people are often in awe of this African nation.

 

Egypt is surreal and beautiful, strange and mysterious, happy and dark and too many contrasting adjectives overlapped together. The surreal beauty of Egypt lies in exploring the unknown and understanding that there are often mysteries which are puzzling even to the dead. If you have a trip planned to this part of the world, we are here to help you know as to what to buy from Egypt so as to take home the best of ancient Egyptian souvenirs which will have your friends, families, and acquaintances delighted.

 

1. The Miniature Pyramids

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Picture Credits: pixabay.com

 

Well, you cannot take the pyramids home, but the miniature ones deserve to sit on the desk and look like a memorabilia of what is sure to be one of the best possible trips of all time. You will find too many miniature versions of the pyramids in Egypt and it is upon you to pick the one which seems to be the best of it all. There is no doubt about the fact that too many tourists pick these because they are a true representation of the unmatched beauty of this mummy-land.

 

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2. The Sand Filled Camels

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Photo by g[wiz] on Foter.com

When you have kids back home who are waiting with excitement and anticipation to see what you have got for them, you should pick the sand filled camels mostly because they are great for playing. They look almost like small dolls but are actually leather camels filled with sand.

 

No doubt, children would love to play with them and you can also narrate the folk tales of Egypt or even tell them of how adventurous it was while riding a camelback and exploring the depths of Egypt.

 

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3. Khayameya

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By Dekoelie, from Wikimedia Commons

 

If you have seen the Egyptians decorate their tent, you are sure to be in awe of it. Khayameya is mainly a decorative textile which is known for offering the best kind of durability. Egyptians use this fabric for the sake of creating shelter tents and to help them stay safe in the confines of the tent even when the sandstorms created havoc outside.

 

This fabric is completely hand-made and some of them also come with the best of Arabic typography or a wide variety of decorative shapes and designs on it. You can also find it being used for decorating houses during parties or what not. So, you can take some of this fabric home as a memorabilia of the great trip.

 

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4. The Alabaster Vase

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Alabaster is mainly a mineral which the ancient Egyptians used for creating vases and sculptures from it. You can find them in a lot of colors but most of them are likely to have a little whitish touch to it.

 

You can find them at a lot of places and it is Luxor where it is most common, but it is also very popular in Cairo and serves as great unique gifts from Egypt which is sure to appeal to one and all. Always put in your favorite flowers in the vase and they are sure to make the best corner of your room.

 

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5. The Statue of Bastet

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Bastet or the feline goddess is known as the protector of Lower Egypt. It is believed that ancient Egyptians had the habit of domesticating cats and they even mummified them as the cats were buried alive along with their owners. Even till date, in the city of Bastet, there were as many as 300,000 mummified cats. Bastet is actually the head of a cat and the body of a woman and it is believed that this statue can protect the homes from vermin and evil. So, if you are looking for the best of ancient Egyptian souvenirs, you should definitely pick this statue and take it home.

 

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6. Hookah (Shisha)

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The tradition of sitting together in groups and smoking shisha dates back to as many as 450 years old. No matter which part of Egypt you head to, you are bound to find too many hookahs in abundance. People smoke inside their homes and in cafes as well. You will find immense variety in these as they come in varying fancy colored glass water pipe and there are silver bodies which in turn are decorated in a multitude of ways.

 

They also come in a lot of different sizes; some of them are too small and some are too big as well. They come in different flavors and we would recommend you to pick the ones which seem to suit you the best.

 

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7. Handcrafted Metal Works

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Photo by ann porteus, Sidewalk Tribal Gallery on Foter.com

 

If you had a trip to the Egyptian history museum in your itinerary, you must already know how much the Egyptians love making amazing jewelry using silver, iron, copper, and gold. In a lot of Arabic homes, you are bound to see hand-crafted teacups and even coffee cups. There are a lot of hanging items too which can be found here.

 

So, head to a shop that specializes in handcrafted metal works and you can pick whatever seems to catch your fancy. Many of them may have Arabic typography inscribed on it while others may have a lot of designs and drawings too.

 

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These are definitely the best souvenirs from Egypt which you can buy and hopefully please the people back home. Egypt has a lot to offer to shoppers but make sure you bargain hard enough and have a knack for picking good and authentic stuff.

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