Traditional gifts to bring home from Poland? It can’t be easier. Start with these 7 traditional gifts from Poland and add to the list anything else that catches your eye.
Last updated: December 17, 2021
Polish Presents: Top 7 Traditional Gifts to Bring Home from Poland
There was time when I was buying small souvenirs from every city and country we visited. In most 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 authentic gifts and souvenirs.
The last time this happened in Poland. Overwhelmed by colors, smells, and abundance of Polish traditional gifts and souvenirs, I wanted them all. Fortunately, I didn’t spent fortune on the presents although the temptation was hard to resist. Nevertheless, this experience helped me compile this Polish gift guide with the 7 traditional gifts bring home from Poland.
HERE IS OUR GUIDE TO POLISH GIFTS AND SOUVENIRS: 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 the colorful ceramics.
Many visitors buy these traditional gifts as memorable souvenirs to remind them of their trips to Poland. The Polish ceramics often don’t see any dining table. Instead, they take their place of honor on the shelves with souvenirs from around the world.
2. Jams and Confitures
Jam and confiture go hand in hand with the ceramics as one of the best ideas for the traditional gifts from Poland. Made from different types of berries and quite often without adding sugar, this gift brings taste of Poland to any part of the world. Moreover, served in a colorful ceramic saucer, it still reminds of Poland even months later.
Honey is another alternative for traditional gifts from Poland for anybody with sweet tooth. Similar to jam, the varieties 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.
Interestingly, Toruń, a city in Northern Poland where Nicholas Copernicus was born, claims to be a place that gave birth to gingerbread. While this statement is arguable, you can’t help but buy pierniczki as an ideal traditional gift to bring home from Poland.
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5. Polish Nesting Dolls
Some traditional gifts from Poland have twins in different countries. So the Polish nesting dolls don’t differ drastically from Russian matryoshka dolls. Nevertheless, it doesn’t stop these wooden beauties in colorful national clothes from becoming the most popular souvenirs to buy in Poland.
6. Keepsake Boxes
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.
7. Coffee Table Books
Any book enthusiast like me can’t find better traditional gifts from Poland than the 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.
Nesting dolls are a Russian tradition, not Polish
I agree. But some counties in Eastern and Central Europe share so many similarities in their cultures, cuisines, and traditions, that sometimes it’s hard to draw a line here. It’s especially difficult for people that were not born or raised in these countries.