Ekaterina Belchikova

8 Apr 2021

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If there is no place for new magnets on the door of your refrigerator, and the plates with resort photographs have formed a whole set, we suggest looking at the culture of Turkish souvenirs from a different angle.

Souvenirs on a grand scale

Carpets

The annoying sellers from shops with bright carpets often scare away tourists from buying textiles, but you should not bypass all the shops with carpets. Turkish rugs are renowned for their history and quality. They are often made of silk, many are created exclusively by hand, but you should understand that such a souvenir will cost a pretty penny. The main thing is to choose carefully so as not to buy a fake. The carpet must have a certificate, and it is also worth paying attention to how the seller behaves with his product. The owner of handmade carpets will never cut the price in half and walk on the carpets with their feet.

The cost of a 2×3 m rug is about 300-500 liras, but handmade carpets already cost 1000 liras.

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Lamps

A Turkish lamp will help you create a real oriental fairy tale at home. They are harvested from broken pieces of glass or dried pumpkins! The price of such a Turkish souvenir depends on the complexity of the work: from 40 to 150 liras – but even the most expensive ones are worth their money! They fit perfectly into almost any interior (after all, the color and size can be different) and add an oriental flavor to the room.

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Tableware and ceramics

Ceramic craft in Turkey dates back to the 8th century. You can find painted plates, mugs, bowls and vases for every taste and price. Many tourists associate this country with the bizarre patterns of its ceramics, so a few small bowls for only 3-4 lira will always remind you of your trip. By the way, many interesting craft workshops can be found in Cappadocia. It’s better here go with a guide, which will tell you more about this unusual region of Turkey.

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Small souvenirs

Rose water and rose petal jam

For lovers of cosmetics, we bring rose water as a gift. It is believed that the refreshing pink tonic is a real “elixir of youth”. It perfectly mattifies, moisturizes and refreshes the skin. Please note that the product must be marked “100% saf gül suyu”, this guarantees you a natural composition.

The cost of rose water for 250 ml is about 20-30 liras.

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For those with a sweet tooth, be sure to bring rose petal jam with a pleasant and unusual taste. The Turks themselves love to spread it on crispy toast during breakfast.

A small jar of rose jam will cost only 18–20 lire.

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Lemon cologne

In many shops and even restaurants in Turkey, you can see a small bottle of clear water at the entrance. This is a lemon cologne. They do not smother them, but rinse their hands to cool down, disinfect the skin and feel a pleasant aroma. The small bottle fits easily into any bag and will be a useful and pleasant little thing both at home and on future travels. It is also a great gift from Turkey for friends!

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Tasty bonus

Knafe, baklava, sherbet

Even those who have never been to Turkey are probably familiar with the mild taste of Turkish delight. This dessert is very popular with tourists primarily because it is easy to transport and has a relatively long shelf life. The rest of the Turkish sweets, such as knafe and baklava, stale over time, but you will definitely surprise your guests with them and prolong the sweet feeling (and taste!) Of your vacation for a couple of days after arrival. We advise you to buy these products in the markets or in special pastry shops to avoid tasteless and stale sweets in Duty Free or tourist places.

The price for baklava starts from 70 liras per kg, for sherbet – from 25 liras, for kozinaki – from 70 liras.


Spice

The countless number of spices on the shelves is a distinctive feature of all oriental markets. Many spices are cheaper here than in Russia, so people often buy them for future use. If you want to cook a real Turkish dinner one day in your homeland, be sure to look at the spice sumac (for salads), black cumin (for savory pastries), isosky pepper (for hot) and antep hot pepper, which the Turks add to almost all dishes. …

A spice gift set can be found in local markets for 25 liras.

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Anise liqueur and pomegranate wine

After the establishment of Islam in the country, the production of alcohol stopped abruptly, therefore, it is not worth comparing wine products in Turkey with European ones. However, the local pomegranate wine can please even gourmets! Sweet, slightly tart and aromatic, it turns your head and allows you to mentally travel to the lush gardens by the sea.

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The price for a bottle of 0.75 l is 45 liras.

Anise tincture also has a very exotic taste. It is made from grapes, dates, figs and other fruits flavored with anise. By purchasing a small bottle of the drink home, you can remember spicy evenings in Turkish restaurants at any time.

Strong alcohol is more expensive than wine, so you will have to pay more than 80 lire for 0.7 aniseed vodka.

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When choosing a souvenir, it is important to always remember that it should not “colorfully” gather dust on the shelves of the house, but remind you of the moments you have experienced. Choose practical and atmospheric gifts, then the memories of the trip will live with you for a very long time!

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