11 Unique Gifts and Souvenirs to Buy in Greece

Escape the tourist traps and choose unique gifts instead
Escape the tourist traps and choose unique gifts instead | Thomas Gravanis / © Culture Trip

Travelling to Greece is a unique experience you will want to remember. Whether you’re going to the islands or the mainland, you’ll never be short of souvenirs to choose from. If you want a gift as memorable as your trip, read our round-up of the most unique items to buy in Greece.

A printed silk scarf by Serapis

Serapis is a luxury brand inspired by Greece’s rich shipping history. Alongside their ready-to-wear line, the brand also produces silk scarves that are printed with nautical imagery. They can either be worn or displayed on walls. They are sold in some of Athens’ coolest boutiques, and are the perfect gift for the fashion lover in your life.

SERAPIS silk scarf

Mastic from Chios

Mastic trees on the island of Chios are the only mastic trees in the world to produce resin. As such, mastic has become one of the most famous Greek delicacies, and the production and distribution of the resin is heavily protected. Mastic is known to have a strong anti-oxidant element, and reportedly has many health benefits. If you are visiting the island then purchasing mastic products as a gift or souvenir is essential. You can also pick up products from the mainland too.

One-of-a-kind jewellery from Ilena Makri

If you’re looking for a truly unique souvenir from your Greek adventure, a visit to Ileana Makri’s boutique in Athens’ Kolonaki area is essential. The jeweller specialises in ornate, intricate designs that draw on traditional Greek motifs. From diamonds to simpler pieces in gold, you will leave with a treasure to remember your trip forever.

Evil Eye Pendant by Ileana Makri

Pistachios from Aegina

Aegina is famous for its delicious pistachio nuts. The nutrient-filled soil and proximity of the land to the sea makes the island luscious and fertile. Pistachios are available from small stalls along the harbour. Pick up a bag or two before you board the boat. There are also delicious alternatives, such as pistachio paste and oils, which make for the perfect foodie gift.

One and Only handbag from Mykonos

Mykonos is full of souvenirs, but don’t settle for the blue-and-white linen trousers that flutter outside shops in the town centre. There’s only one place to shop for original, designer Greek souvenirs: Aesthet. The boutique stocks a whole host of luxurious goods by local designers. If you’re looking to purchase a trending Greek item this year, the best buy is a crocheted handbag from One and Only. Combining the basket bag trend with a classic look, you’ll be delighted to have this bag with you post-holiday.
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A book from Atlantis in Santorini

Atlantis bookshop in Santorini enjoys a similarly mythic reputation to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris. Founded by a group of friends from England in 2002, the store in Oia stands as a testament to the power of dreams and the courage to take risks. Whatever book you choose to buy, what better way to stay inspired than to bring a small token of adventure back with you?

Atlantis bookshop in Santorini

Olive oil soap from Athens

Wander around Athens’ Central Market at any time of day and you’ll find the choice of authentic Greek produce almost overwhelming. Visitors can find delicious local meats, wine, herbs and nuts from the sprawl of stalls. However, for something a little more memorable, head to the side streets around the market, where you’ll find small vendors offering blocks of olive oil soap (among other options). An easy way to keep your skin glowing when you head back home.

Honey from Crete

Honey is one of Crete’s most famous offerings. The rich natural landscape makes it a haven for bees, and you will find delicious, fragrant and unique kinds of honey here. After a taste of Cretan honey you will most certainly want to treat yourself, friends and family. Available from most local stores across the island.

Valia Gabriel Sandals

No Greek summer holiday is complete without some seriously good sandals. Valia Gabriel sandals offer simple silhouettes inspired by Ancient Greek designs. Available on the islands and the mainland, Valia Gabriel sandals are the kind to invest in and wear again and again. Choose from timeless staples or a more fashion-forward, embellished pair.

Ceramics from Sifnos

This verdant island is famous for its pottery. There’s no shortage of unique designs to discover on your visit. If you’re a culinary fan, pick up some of the iconic terracotta pots. These are reportedly one of the reasons why the food on Sifnos tastes so delicious, and are where many Sifnos delicacies were born. Alternatively, furnish your home with delicate figurines or statement vases. Your souvenirs will keep the memory of the thyme-infused, sunshine-baked landscape alive after you return home.

A unique work of art

The contemporary art scene in Athens is truly exciting, with young Greek artists beginning to form a united and distinct voice on the international stage. For new and established collectors alike, the thriving art scene in Athens offers an opportunity to invest and support local talent. If you’re looking for a unique opportunity, check out the many exhibitions at the numerous contemporary galleries.

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