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5 Turkish Souvenirs You Need to Get for Your Loved Ones

Souvenirs are a great way to show where you’ve been, they range from food items, novelties, or even clothing. For a glorious destination like Turkey, that’s rich in culture, you can imagine the souvenir options. We promise you’ll be double-checking your luggage storage with these delectable choices: 

Turkish Delights

Give your loved ones a taste of Turkey in a form of sweets! Source: Pexels

Give your loved ones a taste of Turkey in a form of sweets! Source: Pexels

The movie Narnia memorably depicted this delightful dessert, it’s not very often that food (any kind) gets their 15 seconds of fame. Turkish delights are found practically anywhere, even at the airport! Made from gel, starch, and sugar, there are various flavours incorporating dates, hazelnuts, walnuts, and more. Great for sharing, your family and co-workers will absolutely adore them.

Available at Hafiz Mustafa and Koska amongst others.

Turkish Tea Sets and Tea

Beautiful-colored tea sets that will brighten up your high tea session with your friends. Source: PxHere

Beautiful-colored tea sets that will brighten up your high tea session with your friends. Source: PxHere

Tea was never a significant part of Turkish culture. Coffee was consumed before until tea became a more economical option after World War I. Turkish teacups and sets are dainty and colourful, which make delightful gifts. Pair it with regular tea or Turkish herbal teas such as apple or rosehip, a real treat for the senses.

Available at Grand Turkish Bazaar and Turkey Homeware amongst others.

Nazar Boncuğu

Turkish amulets for your loved ones! Source: Flickr

Turkish amulets for your loved ones! Source: Flickr

You’ll find these blue amulets almost everywhere. It’s a huge part of Turkish belief and culture, dating back to ancient Greek and Roman civilisations. Many believe that it dispels evil that may befall you. Though ironically known as the ‘Evil Eye’, its name refers to its purpose rather than its nature. Wear them as a bracelet or necklace as a statement piece or hang them in your home or office to keep away from bad juju.

Available almost anywhere in small shops, markets, and more.

Clayware

Beautify your house by getting these beautiful clay ware from Turkey. Source: PxHere

Beautify your house by getting these beautiful clay ware from Turkey. Source: PxHere

Famously found in Cappadocia (town of Avanos, to be precise), these artisanal beauties are a great addition to your list of must-buys. Locals use clay from the banks of the Red River (Kizilirmak) to make pots and vessels for their household. This tradition has been carried forth for centuries and continues to impress tourists.

If you’re a more hands-on person, you can even try your hand at making pottery yourself. Sit at the spinning wheel and make your own creation to bring home for loved ones, how’s that for personalised?

Spices

As a port of trading prior the World War I, Turkey is known for its spices. Source: Flickr

As a port of trading prior the World War I, Turkey is known for its spices. Source: Flickr

The one souvenir that’s easiest to pack – spices. Sure, you can get them in your local grocery stores back home, but these are the real deal. Spices such as sumac, paprika, allspice and more will give you a greater depth of flavour to your friend’s and family’s dishes. You’ll find a variety of spice jars that will go great with your spices. The choices are both gorgeous and endless, you’ll have a hard time picking!

Available at the Istanbul Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul.

Turk up the Data

Source: maudit on Giphy

Source: maudit on Giphy

Now, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to pick great souvenirs for your loved ones. Let the vibrant colours of Turkey whisk you to another world, one with spice, and everything beautiful.

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