Best Russian Souvenirs


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It is for sure that you've already heard a lot about the uniqueness and originality of Russian culture, so we bet that coming to a Russian souvenir shop you won't know where to look due to the rich diversity of cool things on offer which you can bring home.

What Russian Souvenirs to Bring from Your Trip?

Now let's enumerate the most popular souvenirs, characterizing Russian traditions, and highlight the best "must-buys" for travelers from abroad.

Matryoshka doll

It’s even hard to imagine a person who doesn't associate the matryoshka doll with Russian culture. These authentic Russian nesting dolls symbolize a cozy Russian home and family, have a really fancy appearance, being painted in different bright colors and patterns, according to the region of Russia they originate from. If you want to obtain more information about the history, types, and meaning of this undeniable symbol of Russia, read our article  "Symbols of Russia I Matryoshka Doll".

Fun Fact
The name Matryoshka originates from Matrona ("mother" in Latin) which truly depicts the meaning of this colorful doll symbolizing motherhood and family care.

Quaint Crockery

You may continue your souvenir-hunting with some amazing crockery. Traditions of painting vary greatly from one region of the country to the other, that's why you’ll be really pleased by the whole selection of masterpieces from wood, clay, and metals Russian shops possess. The most popular types of painting include Gzel, Khokhloma, and Gorodets painting, which can become a nice addition to your home decoration as well as a bright reminder of your Russian tour.


Traditional Sweets

It is probably the most win-win variant as sweets are not something that will collect dust on the top shelf of your cupboard. The selection is, again, quite rich, starting from some chocolate sweets and waffles and finishing with tasty local jams and home-made honey. Such a gift simply can't disappoint anyone and, what is more, sweets are quite a budgetary alternative.

As we have already mentioned, hospitable Russia is big on surprises so the list of Russian gifts is quite extensive. To get a deeper insight into what to bring from Russia, look through our posts "6 Unmissable Russian Souvenirs" and "Ultimate Golden Ring & Volga Souvenir Guide".

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If you are going to visit Russia during your next vacation but still have some questions, don't hesitate to contact our travel specialists, who will gladly help you with trip planning!