A list of souvenirs everyone should buy from Egypt
Souvenirs are there to remind you of the great memories you have of a place you’ve visited and never want to forget. They are also supposed to make the ones who didn’t join you on your trip feel that you were thinking of them during your travels. One of the best experiences you could have when traveling is buying souvenirs, and the best souvenir shopping can be for the most stereotypical items.
If you’re visiting Egypt, here is a list of fun and interesting souvenirs to buy, whether for yourself, or loved ones back home!
These are great gift ideas, because, well, who doesn’t want a mini version of the only remaining ancient wonder!
These water pipes are enjoyed all over the world, and have been increasing in popularity, especially in Western countries. While in cafes you’ll find them quite tall, you’ll be able to find a miniature version to take to friends who enjoy this pastime!
These are cute for the kids. Basically, all they are are small leather camels filled with sand, almost like small dolls.
Papyrus was the paper of ancient Egypt, and to this day you can still buy a replica scroll at any of the major tourist centers. They come in all colors, and depict different battle scenes or scenes from the tombs of the pharaohs. Pick one with the hieroglyph alphabet, and have fun making words!
Alabaster is a mineral that the ancients used to work and created wonderful vases and sculptures from. It can come in various colors, and usually has a white-ish streak to it. These are especially popular in Luxor, though you can buy them in Cairo and other major tourist destinations as well.
Belly dancing outfit
It’s no secret that belly dancing has been associated with Middle Eastern culture for a long time now. Most women who come to Egypt choose to buy a belly dancing suit/outfit from the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, as they’re abundant there. These come in handy during Halloween, or other more interesting times! Definitely a fun choice of souvenir!
o There are a few places in the world renowned for their gold jewelry, and especially since the discovery of the Golden Mask of King Tut, Egypt has been one of them. The gold in Egypt is less expensive than most Western countries, and the design is more varied here. Definitely buy a gold ring or necklace from here if you like gold!
o The ancient Egyptians considered the scarab, fashioned after a dung beetle, to be a symbol of the heavenly process of the sun being rolled across the sky by the god Ra. To them, it was a heavenly symbol and quite an important one. Nowadays, you can find scarab-shaped beads and other items all around. Buy a small bracelet with a scarab bead on it for a constant reminder of your trip to Egypt!
o The pharaohs often wrote words and names in the form of a Khartouche. When in Egypt, you can easily have gold or silver vendors create a khartouche for you to take home. It’s a really personal souvenir!