If you are planning to have a trip to Russia, you need to be prepared for a lot of fun and activities. The country is big and it is filled with endless things to do and wonderful sights to see as well. This is why if you plan to make the most of your trip, we recommend you should come back with loaded bags because Russia has just so much to offer as far as shopping is concerned.
To make things easier and simpler for you, we have listed a lot of cool souvenirs to bring from Russia so that you could make your friends and family happy back home too.
1. The Matryoshka Doll
This doll is by far the most popular of all Russian souvenirs. You are likely to find them in a lot of places and shops and it is mainly a wooden doll which comes painted in amazing colors. What sets this apart is the fact that it comes in decreasing sizes which are all hidden one inside the other. Ideally, the number of sub-dolls would range from three to ten, but it does depend a great deal and sometimes you can find as many as 50 dolls and even more nestled one inside the other.
The typical Russian matryoshka doll represents a Russian peasant woman as she wears a scarf. No doubt, it makes for a great souvenir.
2. Artisan Jewelry
If you are into vintage looking but chic jewelry, you need to look no further. Finifty and amber are the popular choices here and you are going to be amazed at the kind of variety and design which you will find when it comes to artisan jewelry.
It is the city of Rostov which is known to produce real Finifty and the jewelry is always handcrafted and it is also hand painted. This is what lends the perfect charm and appeal to it.
Amber too is amazing. It is also referred to as the tears of the sun and you should take up some amber made souvenirs as they are going to exude a different class altogether.
The Khokhloma is mainly a Russian craft which dates back to the 17th century. It is the art of painting wooden tableware and even furniture as well. The pattern is mainly famous for the striking red and gold flower and the artistic pattern. The background is usually dark ad if you would like to take a slice of Russian history home, you should definitely choose this typical Russian craft as a top souvenir from Russia.
4. Zhostovo Trays
Another typical bygone time Russian souvenir which is going to catch your eye, this is a huge hit for tea parties. It comes with fruits and flower designs on top that looks very lifelike and jazzes up the design of the tray.
It is believed that back in the 19th century, the Zhostovo painters used to travel all around Russia and they used to make sketches of things that caught their fancy and used to paint them on the trays.
You can find some of them that have beautiful Russian landscapes and even people portraits as well.
5. The Valenki
Valenki is primarily the Russian felt boots and they are extremely popular during the winter season. You will find them mostly in the countryside as the sophisticated city people have grown out of it. However, if you are headed to Russia and you know that the winter is going to be really chilled; we recommend buying these because they are one of the warmest footwear and no doubt, as a tourist wearing it; you are surely going to look really cool.
6. The Samovar
Very much like the electric kettle, the Samovar used to be the life of the Russian tea party. Its presence can be traced back to the 18th century and even though it isn’t as common and popular it used to be, but it does rank very high on the popularity list of typical Russian souvenir items. No doubt, taking them home would help you remember the good times you had in Russia because it surely oozes the Russian vibes in a lot of ways. Of course, you can also use it for your tea parties and become the talk of the town as well.
We all know how caviar is hailed to be the true symbol of prosperity. They look surreal and taste equally good too. You should definitely bring home some caviar because Russia is known to have some of the best variants of caviar.
If you want to savor the true taste of caviar, we would recommend checking out some premium stores that promise to offer the best quality and you can take them home and enjoy as well.
So, these are definitely some of the best souvenirs which you can pick when touring Russia. No doubt, there are tons of more options out there and we believe that anyone who travels to Russia is bound to pick something up out of sheer impulse because there are too many things which will crack your eye.
Overall, make it a point to enjoy your trip and truly explore the place because Russia surely has a good slice of history, wonderful landscapes and endless stories waiting to be heard!
Updated: September 2, 2018