Tourists are drawn to bringing back souvenirs that embody a famous landmark of the place they visited. How about you don’t do that? Instead, here’s a Skycop guide of gifts that your friends will be surprised and possibly by!
Turkish coffee is fine, literally and metaphorically: it is ground very fine, mixed with water and sugar, and boiled in a special teapot. And it’s not filtered, either. In addition to coffee (we hear that Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi is a good brand), you can bring back cups, saucers, and pots for the whole experience.
Canning took off in Lisbon in 1853. Ever since then, tinned food was a part of the city’s culinary culture. You can find canned fish in any store – and some shops specialize in them. There are even canned food restaurants! Bring some back for your friends – they’ll love the brightly colored tins!
Boleslawiec pottery – also known as Polish stoneware – is the souvenir to bring from Poland. The blue-on-white pattern is emblematic of the country. And since the Poles make many varieties, you can definitely find something practical to bring back for your friends.
Mozartkugeln is named after Mozart since it was first created to honor the composer. It’s a chocolate-coated truffle with pistachio-flavored marzipan and nougat filling. The Austrians love it, and so will your friends.
A lot of people would tell you to bring back leather goods, but I’d tell them to shut up. You should rather go for Italian chocolate! It may not be as well known as Belgian or Swiss varieties, but they’re still good. Go for the classic Perugina or a cheap-yet-beloved Novi, and you won’t disappoint.
You’re unlikely to wear any of the wooden shoes you can buy in the Netherlands, but you can get some nice bulbs and grow yourself some tulips. Now that’s a lasting souvenir that won’t just sit there collecting dust! For our American readers, make sure to get bulbs marked with the “Cleared for US Customs” label.
Tayto Potato Crisps
It is said that Tayto invented the potato chip flavoring process. Tayto Potato Crisps has certainly reached a legendary level of acclaim in Ireland, to the point where it has its own theme park. Bring a bag or two back for your friends to experience something so genuine, all of your fridge magnets will lose strength from envy.
There you have it: a simple list of souvenirs that won’t break your wallet and won’t imperil you carry-on limit too much. Hopefully, you won’t eat your souvenirs if flight disruption happens! If you are ever stranded by flight delays, cancelled flights or overbooking, remember Skycop! We can help you claim up to €600 in-flight compensation! And that’s a load of chocolate you could buy!