There was time when I was buying small souvenirs from every city and country we visited. In majority of cases, mini magnets with images of major landmarks added weight to our fridge collection. This habit eventually faded away, but I still can’t help myself and from time to time splurge on traditional gifts and souvenirs. The last time this happened in Poland. Overwhelmed with colors, smell and abundance of Polish authentic gifts and souvenirs, I wanted them all. Fortunately, I didn’t spent fortune on the gifts although the temptation was hard to resist. Nevertheless, this experience helped me compile this Polish gift guide with 7 traditional gifts from Poland.
HERE IS OUR GIFT GUIDE FROM POLAND: 7 TRADITIONAL GIFTS FROM POLAND:
The Polish think that dishes in which food is served pay almost as equal role as the food itself. A pretty dish makes food taste better. In some rare cases when the food is far from the standards of the Polish cuisine, hard work of saving the dining situation falls on colorful ceramics.
Many visitors and locals alike buy these traditional gifts as memorable souvenirs from Poland. The Polish ceramics often don’t see any dining table. Instead, they takes their place of honor on the shelves with souvenirs from around the world.
Jam and Confiture
Jam and confiture go hand in hand with the ceramics as one of the best ideas for traditional gifts from Poland. Made from different types of berries and quite often without adding sugar, jam brings taste of Poland to any part of the world. Moreover, served in a colorful ceramic saucer, it further reminds of Poland even months later.
Honey is another alternative for traditional gifts from Poland for anybody with sweet tooth. And like with jam, the kinds of honey greatly differ from one place of the country to another. Some honey taste sweet, some even sweeter depending on fields of flowers it was collected from. But while honey might not be such a unique gift, interesting ceramic jars and bottles it’s sold in make it nothing short of a perfect traditional gift from Poland.
Pierniczki are gingerbread cookies baked according to traditional Polish recipes. These treats are especially popular for Christmas and St. Nicholas Day. In fact, Toruń in Poland, home of Nicholas Copernicus, claims to be a place that gave birth to gingerbread. While this statement is very arguable, you can’t help but buy piernizki as an ideal tradtional gift from Poland to take home.
Polish Nesting Doll
Some traditional gifts from Poland have twins in different countries. So, Polish nesting dolls don’t differ a lot from Russian matryoshka dolls. Nevertheless, it doesn’t stop these wooden beauties in colorful national clothes hit the ground as the most popular souvenirs from Poland.
After the nesting dolls, keepsake and memory boxes are second popular Polish traditional gifts made out of wood. The decorative boxes are both beautiful and functional. They say box making has a long history in Poland that takes its beginning in the Tatra Mountains.
Coffee Table Book
Any book enthusiast like me can’t find better traditional gifts from Poland than coffee table books showcasing their home country. Apart from aesthetic part of these souvenirs, they do a great job of introducing Poland to their new owners and their friends.