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58 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece

Updated: Feb 14


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If you're planning a trip to Greece and want to bring back some authentic Greek souvenirs, you're in luck! I have been there, and in this article, I will tell you everything about it!


Greece is known for its beautiful and unique souvenirs, from traditional evil eye charms that bring you good luck and worry beads to delicious local food specialties (these are probably my favorite, but you know me, I love food!).


These souvenirs from Greece are a great way to remember your holiday and make thoughtful gifts for friends and family back home (let's show them you thought of them while on vacation). So be sure to take some time to explore the local markets and shops to find the perfect Greek gift to bring back with you.


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I love buying amazing things while traveling, souvenirs to take home to keep for my memories, and gifts for the people I love (I usually buy them food, because who doesn't love to receive some delicacies from abroad?).


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

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, to make your planning easier, so you will already know what to look for once there.


Travel Tip: Please save more money than you think you need for all your travels; you will always see something you like and want to bring it back home.



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Are designer bags cheaper in Greece?

Greek bags are known for their high-quality craftsmanship and affordable prices. This is due to the lower labor costs in Greece. They produce top-notch handmade bags at a more affordable price.


Greek artisans can create stunning bags that are both beautiful and affordable (that means leaving some room in your luggage to bring home an incredible handmade souvenir from Greece).


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Should I haggle in Greece?

Haggling in Greece is expected, so if you are good at it (or even if you never did it before) give it a try. It's always a good feeling to bring home something cheaper than the original price (and that means more money to buy more Greek souvenirs!



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GREECE TRAVEL TIPS

Before diving into my Greece souvenirs post, here are a few quick tips you will need before visiting Greece:

  • Plan to stay more than 1 day in Athens

  • Avoid Greece in July and August

  • Always print out your ferry tickets

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Hand Made Souvenirs


evil eye greece best things to buy in greece

1. The evil eye:

Greece is known for its belief in the evil eye, a superstition that dates back to ancient times.


The evil eye is thought to bring bad luck or harm to those who are envious or jealous of others. Greeks often wear this eye-shaped charm or keep one inside their home to protect themselves.


It is believed to ward off negative energy. The color of the charm can also have different meanings and may be chosen based on the individual's needs or desires (or which one you like the most, as I did).


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2. Naxos eye:

Greece is known for its stunning natural beauty and many beautiful gifts to buy, including the "Eye of Naxos" shell. If you visit Naxos, you should definitely get a few of them to get to your family and friends.


The sea and sand form this unique shell, symbolizing good luck and fortune. It could be the perfect gift from Greece to share with friends and loved ones.

You can purchase the Naxos eye in the souvenir shops, or if you are lucky, you will find them on the beach.


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3. Greek worry beads:

Greece is known for its rich cultural traditions, and this is something I really love about Greece, including worry beads (also called komboloi).


Greeks often use these strings of beads to calm themselves during difficult times. Like prayer beads used in various religions, komboloi have a long history and are an essential part of Greek culture.


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4. Olivewood items:

If you love handmade souvenirs in Greece, you will 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.


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5. Greek Backgammon board/Tavli:

If you like playing backgammon or know someone who does, a wood backgammon board is of the best handmade items from Greece to buy as a gift.



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6. Art:

You will see many art pieces in souvenir shops and art galleries in Greece. Some are the traditional ones with an antique style, while others have a modern style and are very colorful.


Travel Tip: Make sure they are made in Greece and not imported from elsewhere.

ceramic plates to buy in greece as gift or souvenirs

7. Ceramic plates:

Ceramic plates in Greece are so beautiful and colorful that you will buy some even if you don't need them.


If you don't have too much free room inside your luggage, a good option is to buy a small bowl, as I did, and use it to keep your smaller earrings.


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8. Coffee cup sets:

One of the best things to buy from Greece is beautiful handmade coffee cups that you can buy for yourself or some friends. They have the perfect size to drink Greek coffee or, as I do, for an Italian espresso.



greek shot glasses to buy as gift from greece

9. Shots glasses:

One of the best ways to remember your trip to Greece? It is drinking a glass of Ouzo in the shot glass you bought during your vacation in Greece.


These shot glasses are quite cheap and light, and you can buy more of them because they don't take up too much room inside your travel bag.


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10. Ceramic Greek churches:

In every Greece gift shop, you will see many of these little Greek churches. They are adorable, white and blue.


I didn't buy one, but if I ever return to Greece, I will surely buy it because they are too cute.



Greek Food and Drinks


11. Olives:

If you love olives, you will be one of the happiest people on the planet during your vacation in Greece.


Greece produces so many amazing qualities of olives that bringing some of them home would be one of the best gifts from Greece for you and your family.


Travel Tip: You can buy olives in some gifts shop but also every Greek supermarket. They sell them loose but also in a vacuum bag, which is easy to transport on a plane and the perfect souvenir in Greece.

12. Capers:

Capers are one of the famous products from Greece to buy as a gift. They are small flower buds used in Mediterranean cuisine. Its flavor and size depending on the region of Greece they come from.


In Tinos, Greece, the locals celebrate capers with an annual festival hosted by one of the villages (my mom would love it because she loves capers, but I honestly hate them).

If you know a capers lover, bringing home a jar from Greece is like giving them a bit of the Greek's summer in a bottle.



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13. Olive oil

Greek olive oil is one of the best you can buy worldwide. Many local restaurants will leave a bottle of local olive oil on the table, so try it.


Every Greek town has its own olive trees and makes olive oil. So in every Greek town, you can try the local olive oil and olives. Olive oil is one of the best souvenirs from Greece.


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14. Herbal Teas / Mountain tea:

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 iron). It is the perfect tea to cure respiratory infections like colds and coughs and relieve stomach problems.

It doesn't take too much room in your luggage so don't forget to buy some. You will use it the following winter if you get cold so a great thing to buy in Greece.



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15. Dried herbs:

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


Lavender:

One of the best ways to relax is by drinking lavender tea or rubbing 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.


Linden Flowers:

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


Drinking linden flower tea can help 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.


Thyme:

This ancient flower is well-known for relieving you 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.


Sage:

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


Sage tea relieves oral pain and 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.



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16. Greek cheese:

You will find many delicious kinds of cheese to try during your vacation in Greece.


Here are the Greek cheeses I highly recommend you taste in Greece:


  • Feta (the most famous one)

  • Halloumi (perfectly grilled)

  • Graviera (produced in every town, so it always has a different taste)

  • Anthotyro (it can be fresh or dry and have a strong herbs aroma)

  • Kasseri (semi-hard yellow cheese)

  • Mizithra (the most popular whey cheese in Greece)

  • Metsovone (smoked cheese with a royal flavor)

  • Kefalotyri (the oldest hard cheese in Greece)

  • Manouri (fresh and semi-soft cheese)

  • Kefalograviera (one of the newest cheeses, its production started in 1960)

Read here my complete guide to what to eat in Greece!


Travel Tip: Before purchasing Greek cheeses to bring home, check out if there are any rules against importing dairy products into your country. Otherwise, Greek cheeses are one of the best Greek souvenirs for a cheese lover!

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17. Greek honey:

Who doesn't like honey? Honey has many health benefits, which is a great help when we have winter sickness.


In Greece, you will find families of beekeepers that sell every kind of honey, from different flowers and herbs. On Ios Island, I bought from this family-run shop many of their products.


They sell six different kinds of honey, plus other local products, like sweets, olive oils, and dried herbs. My favorite honey in Greece was Thyme honey, perfect on a slice of toasted bread or sweetening tea.


Healthy Tip: Please do not forget to never add honey to a boiling liquid, like a cup of tea. The hot temperature will pasteurize the honey and 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.

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18. Spoon sweets:

This is a delicious sweet treat you will love in Greece. Greek spoon sweets are made from preserving fruits in thick, transparent syrup.


They have a firm texture and are often served as a sweet accompaniment to coffee or tea.


They are part of Greek hospitality and are served as a welcome to guests. They are often homemade, but you can easily find them in every supermarket. Greeks use locally grown fruits such as figs, cherries, and quince when preparing them at home.

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19. Halva:

Halva is a beloved snack in Greece that can be enjoyed at any time of day. You can buy it in supermarkets, bakeries, and sweet shops.


You can eat halva alone or with bread while drinking tea, coffee, or even wine; its sweet taste and variety of textures and flavors make it a popular treat you will love.


Adding ingredients like peanuts, almonds, pistachios, and chocolate can significantly sweeten the taste of this Greek snack.


20. Loukoumi:

Greek sweets are known for their unique flavors and textures, and one popular treat (and one of my favorites) is the Loukoumi.


These Greek sweet cubes are made with flour, and you can find them in many flavors, including rose water, lemon, cinnamon, mint, almonds, and mixed fruit (the fruit ones are the best, in my opinion, the rose one reminds me of soap).


According to custom, Loukoumi should be made of 99% sugar (hello, dentist) and often dusted with a fine layer of icing sugar for an extra sweet touch (as 99% of sugar is not enough)—the perfect candy in Greece.




21. Mastic drops:

Mastic, or Chios Mastic, is a natural resin from the lentisk tree. It has been used for centuries in the Mediterranean region for medicinal and culinary properties.


One use of mastic is in producing "Mastic Drops," a sugar-free candy that contains natural mastic and helps freshen breath. The mastic oil used in these candies is extracted from the "tear-drop" of the lentisk tree and is 100% natural.



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22. Meloma Karono:

If you visit Greece during Christmas, you will find the typical Christmas cookie in most supermarkets and bakeries, the Melomakarona.


These Greek cookies are made from flour, olive oil, sugar, and orange juice, soaked in honey (like most Greek sweets), and topped with walnuts.


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23. Raisins, sultanas, and currants (stafides):

For the dry fruit lover, you will find every possible kind of dry fruit in Greece, but the traditional ones are Raisins, sultanas, and currants.



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24. Greek pasta:

As an Italian, I love pasta (obviously), and you will find different Greek recipes made with Greek pasta.


If you buy some Greek pasta in every supermarket to take home with you, maybe with some local Greek olive oil to prepare a delicious dish.



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25. Greek coffee:

Geek coffee is like Turkish coffee; you will find it in every coffee shop and restaurant. If you like this traditional coffee, you should buy some to take home, maybe with handmade coffee cups.