13 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

Who loves shopping?


I do, and what I love the most is buying amazing things while travelling, souvenirs to take home with me to keep for my memories and a gift for the people I love.


I have always thought that buying some local products is the best way to make my family and friends know that I thought of them while I was on holiday and that I wanted to bring home for them something to enjoy as I did while on vacation.


13 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

That is why I made this list of all the local products I saw while exploring Greece that can be perfect as gifts and souvenirs.


Please make sure to save more money than you think you need for all your travels, you will always see something that you like, and you will want to bring it back home with you.


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Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

1. Greek soap:


In Greece, you are going to find many kinds of soaps. Some will be very cheap (like 1 euro), and some of them will be much more expensive (5 euro).


Of course, those costing only 1 euro contain cheaper ingredients, but trust me that some of them will be good anyway.

You will find the simple one made with olive oil and other ones made with the addition of clay or with lava powder.


I honestly bought all of them cause I love natural soap, and they were all excellent, so it depends on your budget. They are also a good idea as a gift for family and friends.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

2. Olive oil and olive oil beauty products:


In Greece, you will find so many excellent olive oil beauty products. Hair products, from shampoo, conditioner and hair masks. Everything for every skin type, from daily or night face creams, face masks, body creams and much more.


You will also find many aloe vera products for every hair and skin type.


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3. herbal Teas:


In Greece, you will find different kinds of herbal tea.

The camomile that grows almost everywhere, or the mountain tea called Sideritis, means "made of/ containing iron".


Sideritis is the most common tea in Greece. It is usually drunk with a slice of lemon (because our body needs vitamin C to absorb the iron). It is the perfect tea to cure respiratory infections like cold and cough, relieving stomach problems.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece


4. Dried herbs:


In Greece, you are going to have the chance to buy a lot of dried herbs, from thyme to rosemary, oregano, sage, calendula, lavender, lemon balm, mint, marjoram, parsley and chives.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

Lavender:

One of the best ways to relax is by drinking lavender tea or rubbing some drops of lavender oil on the side of your forehead.

It helps you in case you are nervous and stressed. It is one of the best solutions if you suffer from sleep issues.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

Linden Flowers:

These flowers contain a very high level of flavonoids and phytonutrients that work as antioxidants.


Drinking linden flower tea can help you regulate the nervous system and reduce blood pressure. It can help against fever, cold, cough, asthma and bronchitis.

If you have a stomach issue, this tea can help you relieve stomach and intestinal problems.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

Thyme:

This ancient flower is well known to give you relief from indigestion, cramps and gassiness.

It is high in calcium, vitamin k and iron. It can also help you with sinus congestion and cough. I always drink a cup of thyme tea in the morning during winter, to keep the winter sicknesses away.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

Sage:

It is used for cooking but also as tea. It has tonic and anti-microbial properties, and it is also rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.


Sage tea is used to relieve oral pain, and it works very well to treat nausea in pregnant women and hot flashes in menopausal women. This herb is thought to boost memory, stimulate brain function, and contain high levels of vitamin K that strengthen bones.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

5. Olivewood items:


If you love handmade souvenirs in Greece, you are going to find different items for your home, like plates, trays, giant spoons, vases and much more for your kitchen.


Also, in case you would like to take home with you something bigger (don't worry, they can deliver anything you want to your home), you are going to find statues, coffee tables, big tables and chairs and much more to have a bit of Greece in your home.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

6. Kumquat liquor:


This delicious liquor is originally from Corfu, but you will find it on many other islands in Greece. It is similar to limoncello, with the difference that it is made with kumquats instead of lemons.


What are kumquats, you may ask? Kumquats are the most miniature trees among citrus species, and they grow small orange fruits (small like a grape) that are all edible, even the skin. They are very sweet and also used to make jams.



Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

7. Greek honey:


Who doesn't like honey? In Greece, you will find families of beekeepers that sell every kind of honey, from different flowers and herbs. When in Ios, I bought from this family-run shop many of their products.


They were selling six different kinds of honey, plus other local products, like sweets, olive oils and dried herbs. My favourite one was the Thyme honey, perfect on a slice of toast bread or to sweeten up a cup of tea.


Tip: Please do not forget to never add honey to a boiling liquid, like a cup of tea. The hot temperature will pasteurise the honey, and it will lose all its good properties. The best way to keep all the honey's goodies is by adding them to your tea when it is warm or eating it like it is with a spoon.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

8. Leather goods:


There are many leather things you can buy in Greece, one of the most famous ones are sandals. The perfect souvenir you can buy right at the beginning of your holiday, to walk around, exploring like a real Greek.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

9. Jewellery:


You will see many jewellery shops and trust me; you will end up buying something for sure.

The best one I bought is a bracelet and earrings set in Santorini, white and light blue as the colours of Greece.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

10. Lava items:


If you like lava, you will find many items to buy in Greece, mainly Santorini. From bracelets, earrings, necklaces, ashtrays, vases, teaspoons and much more.



Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

11. Clothes:


You will love to spend time inside local clothes shops while in Greece. There are so many beautiful things you can buy, from handbags, short and long dresses, foulards and pashminas, hats, they are going to be a bit expensive, it mostly depends on where you are going to buy them, but you are going to be a happy customer.


I bought this dress in Athens, I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. It was the perfect dress to start my Greek vacation.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 12 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

12. Accessories with the Greek evil eye (Mati):


The evil eye you will see everywhere in Greece is a curse that Greek people believe has been cast by a malicious glare that is usually given to someone unaware.


Ancient Greeks were thinking about it, but it is far from being a curse. Nowadays, this little coloured glass is a sign of good luck. The representation of the eye is to ward off the jealous gaze.



13. Beauty Products:


In Greece, I bought so many wonderful beauty products, for my hair, my face skin and my body.

From donkey milk face cream, aloe vera body cream, olive oil shampoo and a fantastic propolis soap to clean my face every morning. Everything is made 100% with natural ingredients.




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