30 Europe Souvenirs to Bring Home from Your Next Trip

30 Europe Souvenirs to Bring Home from Your Next Adventure

Because you probably won’t find these cool items anywhere else!

Travel is always mainly about the experience rather than material aspects, no doubt about that. But at the same time, it’s good to bring home something — especially if it’s unique souvenirs that you won’t find anywhere else! It’s a great way to remember your trip whenever you’re feeling nostalgic, or even when travelling isn’t an option in the meantime

And when it’s a Europe trip that you’ve probably been dreaming of since forever, well then, you definitely need to shop for awesome local finds. After all, this famed continent is known for having some of the yummiest food and drinks, artisanal handicrafts, and other interesting items. Better yet, go beyond the usual French macarons, Italian wine, Swiss chocolates, or gimmicky keychains. Here are all the unique Europe souvenirs you should look out for on your next holiday!

Also read: 10 Best European Countries to Visit That Won’t Break the Bank

Food and drinks

1. Mozartkugel – Austria

When in Austria, make sure to take home a box (or 10) of Mozartkugel, or more commonly referred to as Mozart balls. These are dark chocolate-coated truffles filled with pistachio-flavoured marzipan and nougat. And yes, it’s really named after the famous Austrian composer! 

You can buy authentic Mozartkugel from Cafe Konditorei Fürst stores in Salzburg, which is also Mozart’s hometown. However, there are also other versions almost everywhere in Austria, from supermarkets to airport gift shops. Either way, it’s certainly one of the most unique Europe souvenirs you can take home from your trip in Austria!

2. Turkish coffee – Turkey

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Turkey’s coffee culture is certainly something that will appeal to coffee lovers everywhere. So, it’s only right to bring home some Turkish coffee (or kahve, as the locals call it) to keep the experience alive. 

Despite being served black, Turkish coffee is sweeter and stronger than other beans. In fact, the country even has a proverb for it: “Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love.” For the best Turkish coffee purveyor, Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi is a go-to for both locals and tourists. 

Note: Turkey, by landmass, is positioned 5% in Europe and 95% in Asia. Nonetheless, we find this unique souvenir worth mentioning for its exquisite taste. 

Also read: 15 Countries With a Coffee Culture Worth Travelling For

3. Turrón – Spain

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A turrón is a popular nougat confection, especially during the Christmas season in Spain. It’s typically made of honey, sugar, egg whites, and toasted nuts. Fortunately, you can bring home some of these sweet confections, even when you visit on a non-Yuletide month!

Turrón also comes in different variants, depending on the ingredients and preparation methods.  The brittle variety is called turrón duro or Turrón de Alicante, while the chewier type is called turrón blando or turrón de Jijona. Both names are in reference to the towns in which these two variants became most famous.

4. Canned seafood – Portugal

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Canned seafood might be something you see every day at your local supermarket, but in Portugal, it makes for unique Europe souvenirs! In the capital city that is Lisbon, you’ll find an abundance of seafood in colourful (and arguably Instagrammable) tins. Take your pick among sardines, tuna, anchovies, and the more unusual catches like eel and octopus. Keep an eye out for homegrown brands Tricana, Minerva, and Prata do Mar, which are the crowd favourites. 

5. Spices – Macedonia

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At the local markets in most foreign cities, spices are some of the most common things you’ll spot. But trust us when we say that these are something you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Macedonia! This country reflects both Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultural aspects. So you can expect that they take their food seriously — especially their spices. 

Stock up on spices like saffron, Bukovska pepper, summer savory, sweet clover, and dried tomatoes to fill up your cupboard back home. And while you’re at it, might as well recreate the exotic Macedonian recipes you’ve tried during your stay! 

6. Limoncello – Italy

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Wine and pasta are already a given when it comes to Italy souvenirs, as it’s one of the country’s top-selling exports. So, how about something more distinct like limoncello? This local liquor is mainly produced in Southern Italy from the zest of Femminello St. Teresa lemons. You can find the best and original ones on the Amalfi Coast. Imbibe accordingly by drinking this unique souvenir in an ice-cold glass, post-meal — just like how the locals do! 

Also read: 8 Hidden Beaches in Italy that Locals Only Know About 

7. Halloumi cheese – Cyprus

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What to bring home to remember your stay in Cyprus, aka the Jewel of the Mediterranean? We recommend some tasty, native halloumi. It’s a type of brined cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk — sometimes with cow’s milk as well. It’s perfect for grilling and frying, as it doesn’t melt even at high temperatures. Enjoy this as an appetizer or side dish, especially if you’re cooking homemade Mediterranean cuisine!

8. Vana Tallinn liquor – Estonia

A trip to the Nordic land of Estonia always calls for a glass of homegrown liquor. Your best bet? Vana Tallinn’s collection of silky-smooth and aromatic rum. This traditional Estonian alcoholic beverage is made with spices and fruit extracts best used for cocktails, but ideally served on the rocks. It is also the country’s most popular spirit, which makes for one of the perfect Europe souvenirs! 

9. Slovak mead – Slovakia

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For decades, it has been a tradition for Slovakians to celebrate with medovina. It is a Slovak mead, also known as honey wine, made from the purest natural honey and dressed with fragrant herbs and species. This unique blend creates a bittersweet taste, best savoured slowly and can also be served hot. 

The creation of Slovak mead dates back to the ancient times of kings and aristocrats. Thus, making it a highly valued beverage in Slovakia and an ideal gift for special occasions, to date!

Bookshelf additions

10. Comic books – Belgium

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Don’t leave Belgium without bringing home some local comic books. Oh, and did you know that its capital city Brussels is the comic centre of Europe? In fact, the city has a Comic Book Route, where you can find fictional characters painted to life through more than 50 colourful street murals. 

Grab a copy of famous comic books that originated in Belgium, such as The Adventures of Tintin, The Smurfs, and Spirou & Fantasio. Such unique Europe souvenirs are a must-buy especially if you grew up reading (or even watching) these titles! Don’t forget to check if the copy you’re buying is translated into English, or whichever European language you prefer.

11. Books by local authors – England

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Whether or not you’re a hardcore bookworm, make sure to visit a London bookshop when you’re in England. After all, the city is a literary capital that has been home to the likes of Oscar Wilde, J.K. Rowling, George Orwell, and Agatha Christie — to name a few. So, it’s no wonder that the bookshops here are a league of their own! 

For truly unique Europe souvenirs with the utmost character, opt for secondhand books written by local authors. If you’re lucky, you might even stumble upon a rare title or even a first-edition copy! Some of our highly recommended secondhand bookshops include Foster Books, Henry Pordes Books, and The Bookshop on the Heath

Also read: 7 Books To Read That Will Make You Fall In Love With Europe

Novelties and home decor

12. Whiskey stones – Ireland

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It’s probably already a given that you’ll be buying a bottle (or two) of Irish whiskey on your trip to the Emerald Isle. So, how about making sure that not a single drop goes to waste with the help of whiskey stones? Unlike the usual ice cubes, these will keep your glass of whiskey at just the right temperature without diluting it. They’re made from rare marbles that can only be found in Connemara — which is on the western coast of Ireland and a three-hour drive from Dublin.

13. Carved wooden spoons – Romania

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When mentioning Romania, most people would immediately think of Dracula and other folklore. But if there’s one unique souvenir that you should immediately search for during your trip, it’s their carved wooden spoons. Originally used for more practical purposes, these utensils are now mostly decorative items. They come in different hand-carved traditional designs, each with a special meaning or “power.” For instance, a rooster symbolises hope, while a stork is said to bring good luck. 

14. Music box – Switzerland

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Apart from top-notch watches and exquisite cheese and chocolates, Switzerland also produces intricately made music boxes. The standard ones play melodious songs like Edelweiss and the Happy Wanderer. Meanwhile, for high-end music boxes, you can play many different songs through their interchangeable cylinders! You can also find these in other designs, like those fashioned as wooden Swiss chalets. There are also more innovative styles, such as a transparent box that allows you to see its fascinating inner workings. 

15. Delftware – Netherlands

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Delftware, also called Delft pottery, is blue and white tin-glazed pottery that came from the Dutch city of Delft, hence the name. Though you don’t need to go to this city specifically, since you can find Delftware all over the Netherlands.

Delftware comes in many forms, like vases, plates, teapots, and decorative statues. But we recommend getting a functional one that you can use a lot. Might as well make the most out of such unique Europe souvenirs, right? Also, make sure to handle these with care on your flight back home, as they’re quite fragile. So, probably best to bring them in your carry-on. 

16. Dala horse – Sweden

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The Dala horse, otherwise known as the Sweden horse, is named after Dalarna, a region in Sweden which it came from. These vibrant hand-painted ponies are famous for being the country’s symbol. It’s also one of the unique Europe souvenirs that even most Swedes have at home. Don’t you think these make for such stunning decor?

For authentic pieces, look for those made of hand-carved wood, with hand paintings of traditional Swedish flowers. The most popular ones are in red, with blue ones coming in second. If going all the way to Dalarna isn’t an option, you can find these in Gamla Stan, the Old Town of Stockholm.

17. Matyó embroidery – Hungary

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There are several different styles of embroidery that are popular in Hungary. Though if you have to pick just one, then it should definitely be Matyó embroidery. Included on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list, it’s an integral part of traditional Hungarian folk culture. Definitely one of the most unique Europe souvenirs you shouldn’t miss!

Matyó embroidery is characterised by floral motifs, which make for a lovely design on tablecloths that you can bring home with you. You can find the best ones in the town of Mezökövesd, up north in the region of Matyó. Alternatively, you can also buy these from the stores at Castle Hill in Budapest

18. Natural linen – Poland

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Don’t leave Poland without buying natural linen products — whether it’s bed linens, tablecloths, curtains, or napkins. After all, the country is known for having the best-quality linen in the world. Apart from that, natural linen is a durable fabric that’s good for the environment and your skin! It has also been part of Polish tradition for centuries. So, for some truly unique souvenirs, you can opt for linens that are designed with traditional floral-minimalist patterns. 

19. Christmas tree ornaments – Germany

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It’s a well-known fact that no other country does Christmas quite like Germany! In fact, it’s the origin of most Christmas customs we celebrate today — from advent calendars to Christmas trees. And what better way to bring home the festive cheer than with some eye-catching Christmas ornaments? Choose among interesting designs like glass baubles, hand-carved nutcrackers, and angels with chiming bells. You can find these all year ‘round in Rothenburg Market Square and at Kathe Wohlfahrt stores. 

Also read: 10 Dazzling German Castles That Are Straight Out of a Storybook

20. Celtic-designed souvenirs – Ireland

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Irish craftsmanship is distinguished by green colour schemes and intricately interwoven designs called Celtic art. Originating from the ancient Celts, it is often used in metalwork, woodwork, and sculptures. Today, this type of curvilinear art can be seen etched in all sorts of novelty gifts you can bring home to your loved ones. From pendants and keychains to towels and rugs, you’ll find the iconic geriatric design of Ireland often reflected in modern pieces! 

21. Hand-painted tableware – Montenegro

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If you want to bring home a piece of Montenegro after your trip, opt for hand-painted home goods. Not only do they sport intricate designs, but are actually quite functional and practical! These are typically adorned with vibrant colours and motifs, and sometimes even painted with the country’s picturesque landscapes. Choose from hand-painted drinkware like mugs and bottles to crockeries like plates and bowls, and call it your own! 

Clothes and accessories

22. Marimekko prints – Finland

Marimekko is best known for producing eclectic patterns in the most exuberant colours.  And while this immensely popular design company is found worldwide, you can find its best and widest selections right in its home country, Finland

You can find a Marimekko store in almost every city shopping mall here. So there’s no excuse for you to miss out on this Finnish sartorial treasure! Take your pick among the many selections: shirts, dresses, bags, purses, and a lot more. Or better yet, buy a piece of every kind — we promise, you (and your wardrobe) won’t regret it!  

Also read: 16 Summer Style Staples to Add to Your Travel Wardrobe

23. Lava jewellery – Iceland

Iceland attracts many globetrotters for its volcanic activity. During your trip, you might be tempted to take pieces of lava rock as unique souvenirs. However, do fight the urge to do so, as it’s against Icelandic law to remove rocks from their habitat. Instead, you can shop for lava jewellery, which combines cooled lava rocks into silver and other materials! It comes in different forms like necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and even cufflinks. Sounds a lot better (and way more stylish) than trying to smuggle volcanic rock, doesn’t it? 

Also read: 18 Otherworldly Attractions to Visit in Iceland 

24. Amber jewellery – Russia

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Beyond matryoshka dolls, Fabergé eggs, vodka, and caviar — amber is another piece of Russian treasure that you shouldn’t miss. In fact, Russia’s Kaliningrad region is where you’ll find the largest amber reserve in the world. And then there’s the historic Amber Room in Saint Petersburg, which is actually a reconstruction of the original one stolen by the Nazis during World War II. 

Suffice to say, amber is a huge part of Russian culture. So, why not bring home some amber jewellery? Opt for those crafted by local artisans for authentic and unique souvenirs! Just make sure to do some research beforehand, as to avoid counterfeits. 

25. Evil eye beads – Greece

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Since ancient times, the Greeks believed that the evil eye (mati) helps ward off misfortune and evil spirits. According to tradition, it protects you and your loved ones from any bad glares and sends the ill thoughts back to the onlooker. (Think of it as a sort of proactive karma.) And hey, it wouldn’t hurt to believe in such superstition, wouldn’t it? 

It’s a good thing you can find this distinct blue symbol almost anywhere in Greece! Evil eye beads are often placed on pendants, bracelets, earrings, and other trinkets that you can easily wear and/or bring wherever you go. So yes, better stock up on these unique souvenirs for you and your friends back home. 

Also read: 12 Things to Do in Santorini for the Perfect Greek Holiday

26. Opanak shoes – Croatia

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Perhaps one of the most unique Europe souvenirs you can find in Croatia is the opanak shoes. These light but durable leather footwear have been worn by people in the Balkans for generations. And though these are typically worn with traditional attire, who’s to say you can’t wear them with your usual jeans and shirt getup? It comes in various styles like pointy-toe, loafer-style, and ankle-strapped, so you can definitely choose according to your personal taste! 

Also read: 10 Youngest Countries in the World Every History Buff Should See!

27. Crest badge – Scotland

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A Scottish crest badge is traditionally worn to show allegiance to an individual or membership in a specific Scottish clan. Think of it as a real-life version of house sigils on series such as Game of Thrones and Harry Potter! Each heraldic badge represents a crest embodied with a motto/slogan, and is often made of gold, silver, or white metal. You can find the best of these in popular gift shops all over Edinburgh.

28. Baltic amber knick-knacks – Lithuania

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For ages, Lithuania is best known for its handiwork of Baltic amber pieces. This type of fossil resin is said to have healing properties as told through local history and mythology. In Lithuania, you’ll find tons of shops and boutiques selling authentic Baltic amber in some form. Whether it’s fashion accessories, sculptures, or furniture, it’s always a great idea to bring home a piece of Lithuanian craftsmanship with you. Of course, there’s a certain charm about Baltic amber as wearable pieces! 

29. Dutch clogs – Netherlands

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Wooden shoes, also known as klompen or clogs, are essentially the most famous icon of the Netherlands. Typically, you’ll find keychains and magnets with a clog design. But to bring home an actual pair might be extra special. And for that reason alone, it’s easily one of the best Europe souvenirs you can bring home after your trip. 

Apart from being the most iconic image of the country, its history dates back to the early 13th century. At that time, clogs were specifically designed to protect the feet of trade workers like fishermen, farmers, and factory labourers. Typically, it is made with willow and alder wood. So, you best believe it’ll protect yours, too! 

30. French parfum – France

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Often lauded for its perfume industry, France is easily one of the best places to purchase fragrances for souvenirs. For years, the country’s well-renowned perfumers have produced high-quality eau de toilette and eau de parfum — all of which exude sophistication and elegance. Home to luxury brands Dior and Chanel, you can find almost every scent in the market and discover the right one for you. And perhaps, one that would always remind you of your trip to France! 

Also read: Europe in Southeast Asia: 7 Charming Towns for a Europe-Inspired Getaway

Indeed, there’s no other continent quite like Europe! So, the next time you’re there, might as well go big or go home with unique Europe souvenirs. Which of these cool items have caught your eye the most? We’re all ears! 

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Marcy Miniano
Marcy Miniano

A fast-talking caffeine-dependent wordsmith, Marcy has never been one to shy away from sharing a good story or two. If she’s not in a quiet coffee shop somewhere, she enjoys spending afternoons in a museum or art gallery — whether it’s around Metro Manila or a foreign city she’s visiting. She wishes to retire in a winter village someday, so she can fulfil her lifelong dream of wearing turtlenecks all year round and owning a pet penguin.


Andrea Larice Yap
Andrea Larice Yap

Andrea is a writer and creative individual based in Manila. This tiny human runs on iced coffee, music and films. You’ll probably catch her daydreaming in a park or jotting down random words to to put in a song. Otherwise, expect her taking a dive in the pool of uncertainty called “life.”