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What to Buy in Greece – Unique Greek Souvenirs

If you are wondering what to buy in Greece as you plan your upcoming trip, you are in the right place! Greek souvenirs are available all over the country and make a great gift for friends and family back home or something to bring back as a memento of your travels. I always allow my boys to pick out something from our travels and also try and include the country’s flag as well. This trip was no different. They struggled to choose something small to bring home as there were so many statues that they wanted to add to their collection.

Shopping in Greece for Greek souvenirs can be a lot of fun! Here are my top choices for what to buy in Greece on your vacation

Shopping in Athens | Looking for the best Greek Souvenirs

Shopping in Athens

What to Buy in Greece – Greek Souvenirs

 

Olive Oil

Olive trees, thousands of years old are found throughout the Aegean. It is thought that cultivation goes back to Neolithic times on the Greek island of Crete. If you are looking for one of the top things to buy in Greece, grab yourself some extra virgin olive oil.

If you are into soaps, stock up on some Olive Oil soap. Now one of the most popular ingredients in soaps and excellent for sensitive skin. These are one of the things to buy in Athens to take home as it does not spill and will not break!

Read why Greek Olive Oil is the best here

Shopping in Greece What to Buy

The Evil eye is a common sight around the Mediterranean. It is to ward off envy or bad luck in Greece. Pick one up to hang on your wall at home!

Evil Eye Pendant

The evil eye, known in Greece as an evil eye “mati” is a common sight all over the whitewashed walls in Greece. It is thought to ward of evil spirits. You will see it in houses and on jewelery. I grabbed one for each of my boys because I was wondering “what should I buy when in Greece.”

Evil Eye and Turkey. If you are planning on visiting Turkey, they also have the evil eye EVERYWHERE and they are much cheaper than in Greece, so save yourself a few dollars. You can read what else to buy in Turkey here.

Worry Beads

Almost every Greek man will be seen with worry beads in his hand or hanging out of his pocket. Known as komboloi, it is one of those greek souvenirs that you might not have any use for, but they are beautiful as a decoration. Perhaps they were the world’s first fight spinners, I considered getting my kids one each. In many other cultures, they are known as prayer beads to keep track of prayers or calm the mind, but Greeks have adopted the habit as a secular, rather than a religious, hobby.

What to Buy in Greece - Ouzo is a popular choice!

Ouzo – A popular greek spirit can be found just about anywhere. Looking for what to buy in Greece to bring home to a friend? How about a little bottle of this stuff!

Ouzo

Alcohol is VERY cheap in Greece and plays a role in daily lifestyle. I total opposite from my recent travels in the Middle East, but a welcome change! Do not be surprised when wine is offered when you check into a small boutique hotel or Airbnb. Distilled spirits are very popular in Greece and Ouzo is one of the most popular. I grabbed a few small bottles to bring home to my spirit drinking friends and cannot wait to crack them open!

Wine is also popular in Greece and I had fun browsing the aisles of the grocery store trying to decide which one to bring home for dinner!

Greeks love their sweets. Why not bring some halva, or baklava or other treats home as a souvenir of your Greece Trip!

Halva and Greek Sweets

I am partial to halva but others will tell you that the diamond shaped baklava is the way to go! Make sure you try at least one or the other while you are in Greece. While halva is an easier greek souvenir to bring home, enjoy the baklava and other sweet treats while you are there. When Greeks visit friends, they usually buy cakes rather than make them. There are so many amazing bakeries all over, you will not have a hard time falling in love with Greek deserts.

Greek Bouzouki

This instrument became extremely popular in the 1920s and is synonymous with greek music. If you are looking for a unique Greek souvenir to bring home, consider a musical instrument.

Backgammon

A backgammon board is what to buy in Greece for a statement coffee table item! I love when my souvenirs tell a story and it is something that I can not only use to play, but also evokes strong feelings of the Aegean and my time in Greece.

Things to buy in Greece

This cold coffee was so nice on a hot day in Greece. But do not ask for Turkish Coffee in Greece! Instead ask for Greek coffee! While you are in Greece, bring some home with you. It is one of the top things to buy in Greece.

Greek Coffee

Do not go asking for Turkish coffee in Greece! Try some greek style coffee and bring some home as well. Greek Tea is also unique as well.

Greek Jewelry

If you are planning on ever going to a toga party, pick yourself up an adorable greek crown or headband. I bought one for myself while shopping in Greece and get fabulous comments on it. It also made this year’s halloween costume super easy!

There is also plenty of handmade greek jewelry for you to buy on your trip.

Things to buy in Santorini

Santorini Trinkets are available all over the island

Wind Mill

Wind Mills are synonymous with the Greek island of Santorini. While wandering the white-washed labyrinth of pathways you are sure to see small shops selling them. With their blue and white colors, they are one of the best things to buy in Santorini!

Greek God Statues

We had a hard time deciding on just one statue to bring home to go with the one we bought in Egypt. There are plenty of shops selling statues from cheap to very expensive! Our favourite ones were in the Athens neighbourhood of Plaka. My kids say these are the best souvenirs from Greece!

Leather Sandals

Complete your shopping in Greece and complement your stylish outfit with a pair of handmade leather sandals. They are surprisingly affordable compared to what I expected and they are perfect to wear while in Greece and when you come home!

Santorini Donkey

If you are going to Santorini, the typical tourist item revolves around the Santorini Donkey. They are on t-shirts, ornaments, the name of wine, stuffed animals for kids and are just about EVERYWHERE! They are by far, the most popular souvenirs from Santorini. Before you visit, read this post is Santorini safe, so you are aware of how to keep safe while visiting.

What to Buy in Greece Final Thoughts

When in grocery stores in Greece, note that most labelling is in GREEK ONLY! It made for some fun navigating! But I love seeing what is in a typical Greek store and wandering the aisles. Do you? I will have a post on Greek Grocery stores coming up soon!

I hope you have some great ideas for what to buy in Greece as you visit this beautifully diverse country! While you explore the mainland and island hop, enjoy the plethora of great food (ohhhh the cheese!), the friendly hospitality of Greeks and the wonderful adventures you encounter!

Further Reading on Greece

 

If you are planning on Island hopping, check out my 2 days in Santorini itinerary. There are so many places to explore on this beautful island, but go for the views, and then get hopping! there is so much more to explore in Greece!

I highly recommend visiting Meteora. Here is our guide on how to get from Athens to Meteora and what to expect.

 

 

Like what you read? Check out my series of “What to Buy” souvenir posts on: Egypt, Turkey, and Canada

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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She left her career in Canada to share her love of travel with her two young boys. She is passionate about sharing adventure travel activities for families and to encourage others to explore the world. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.

5 thoughts on “What to Buy in Greece – Unique Greek Souvenirs

  1. Melissa

    I love this! We are in the process of planning a trip to Greece & this gives me some great ideas on what to be on the lookout for gifts 😊

  2. Jenia

    I didn’t realize backgammon is popular in Greece. Haven’t played in ages. It would make a fantastic souvenir for sure 🙂

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