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By : Fernanda lustosa | Jun 4, 2020
It is normal when travelling to a new place bringing home some souvenirs that reminds us about the
good times spent in that specific place. And if you are planning your trip to Egypt, most probably you
wish to take the pyramids back home but since this (unfortunately) is not possible, there are other items
that you certainly can take with you as a piece of this wonderful land. Let's check about some of the
most popular souvenirs in Egypt:
Well, you might not be able to take the Pyramid of Giza itself back home but you can take a small
replica. The pyramids are the most popular souvenir amongst visitors, and you can find them in different
materials and sizes, usually in a pack of three.
The Sphinx is another of this type of item that makes a lot of success, as cats sculptures.
It is a piece of jewellery in Ancient Egypt style. It is made in gold or silver and the name of the person is
written on following the hieroglyphic alphabet.
Egypt is home of beautiful ceramic and the pottery industry is high-quality. You will find handmade
plates, mugs, lamps, and vases. The only inconvenient is that this is the type of product you must be
extra careful when packing so it will not break.
Another Ancient-Egypt-related item, the original papyrus was made out of papyrus plant but the ones
sold in markets in Egypt are made from dried banana leaf, although it is possible to buy real papyrus
from specialized shops. They come in different sizes and prints. This is a versatile and original souvenir
because it is cheap and different as it is also very light and does not take a lot of space in your suitcase.
The Galabeya is a traditional outfit wore both by men and women, despite being similar to a dress. You
will find Egyptians in the street of Cairo and in rural areas wearing galabeyas. They are made of a light
and loose fabric and it is not as hot as it seems to be. The Galabeyas for men are usually basic but for
women you can find them in different colours and with adornments.
A lot of tourists take the chance to buy jewellery in Egypt. Egyptians in general buy a lot of gold and
silver, and the country is known for offering better prices on these precious materials. So while it is
expensive in other places in Egypt it is affordable.
If you are not worried about your luggage allowance you could consider purchasing a carpet. Wool
spinning crafts are a tradition in Egypt and still very popular. If you are not sure about buying a big rug,
you can still find smaller versions and cushions that certainly are original (with designs of Nubian
heritage or Islamic patterns). Prices vary depending on size and if handmade.
Shisha is also known as nargila. You will notice that in Egypt one of the most common ways of
socialization amongst friends is smoking shisha at the Egyptian coffeehouses. But you don't have to be a
smoker to purchase a shisha pipe, as they are also considered decoration objects. You can find the best
selections in Khan el Khalili.
These wooden boxes are a very pretty and popular souvenir. They are designed in Islamic geometric
patterns and made of wood, ivory, and slivers of bone.
The Fanoos lamps are a symbol of Ramadan, the Holy Month. They vary in size and shape and are
beautiful art pieces. Cheaper replicas are also available, so prices vary a lot. Brass lamps are also very
popular choices and easily found in the souks in Egypt, such as Khan el Khalili.