Forget The Pyramids, These Are 27 Egyptian Gifts Egyptophiles Want

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Are you looking for the best Egyptian gifts that go beyond the same old pyramid-shaped paperweights and mummy-themed socks? Fear not, because we’ve scoured the land of pharaohs, hieroglyphs, and divine falafels to bring you a treasure trove of Egyptian-themed gifts that will make any Egyptophile weak at the knees.

Yes, forget the Pyramids (figuratively, of course), because we’ve curated a list of 27 handpicked, mind-blowingly awesome gifts for Egypt lovers that will transport your loved ones straight to the heart of ancient Egypt!

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#1 Personalized hieroglyphics ring

Ring with hieroglyphs
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If you are looking for ancient Egyptian gifts for her, this ring with personalized hieroglyphics is the perfect gift.

But first, for everyone who’s thinking what I was thinking when I saw this gift.

What are hieroglyphics exactly?

So hieroglyphics is a writing script that uses hieroglyphs (signs or symbols).

The ancient Egyptians used Egyptian hieroglyphs as their formal writing script.

For this ring, the recipient’s name will be translated into Egyptian hieroglyphics and carved into the ring, making it a unique and personalized gift!


#2 Ancient Egyptian game: senet

Ancient Egyptian board game called senet, made from wood
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If you are looking for ancient Egyptian gift

s for someone who loves board games, senet is the perfect gift!

Senet is a two-player strategy game, where both players aim to get their pions from one side of the board to the other. Since the ancient Egyptians didn’t leave an official description of the rules of senet, there are various interpretations of the rules. But check out the explanation of the Otago Museum, for a pretty easy and straightforward explanation.

For more recent Egyptian games, check out #4.


#3 Ancient map of Egypt

ancient map from 1851 of Egypt
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Do you need gifts for Egypt lovers for people who are fascinated by history?

Then this 1851 map of Egypt is the perfect gift!

And even if your recipient isn’t quite the history buff, I’m pretty sure any Egyptophile will love this gift


#4 Modern Egyptian-themed board games

Imhotep game, an Egypt-themed board game
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If you’re looking for more board games that will transport your Egypt-loving friends to the land of pharaohs and sphinxes, but this time with clear rules, then check out “Imhotep: Builder of Egypt” and “Ankh: Gods of Egypt”!

They’re both fun strategic board games with a reference to the ancient Egyptians.


#5 Ancient Egyptian gifts: cartouche

Cartouche pendant
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If you are looking for ancient Egyptian gifts for women, this handmade cartouche pendant is the gift you need.

But first. What is a cartouche?

It’s an oval with an extra line at one of the smaller sides of the oval. Inside the oval, you’ll find hieroglyphs. For the ancient Egyptians, the cartouche signaled that the name inside was a royal name.

However, nowadays cartouches can be found all over Egypt and no longer represent royal names.


#6 Egyptian-themed wall art

Set of five canvas wall art of the pyramids of Egypt
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If there is one thing everyone knows about Egypt, it’s that they have some cool pyramids there. So if you are looking for Egyptology gifts for someone who loves to decorate his or her home in Egyptian style, this canvas is the perfect gift.

It comes in 5 panels that are all ready to hang instantly.

If you have a smaller budget, check out #25 or check out Amazon for more options.


#7 Custom Royal of Egypt portrait

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Looking for unique gifts for ancient Egypt lovers? One that will make your Egypt-loving friend laugh and feel like royalty? Look no further than a personalized painting of them as the queen of Egypt!

Just imagine their face when they see themselves adorned with a golden crown and majestic robes. It comes with free unlimited free revisions, to make sure you’re 100% happy with the result!


#8 Egyptian musical instruments

A drum instrumment from Egypt called the darbuke
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A darbuka is a traditional type of drum that is often used in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Balkans. So if you are looking for traditional gifts from Egypt for someone who is into music, this is the perfect gift.


#9 Mystery Egypt gift box

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Looking to surprise your Egypt enthusiast with a gift that will transport them to the land of pyramids and pharaohs? Look no further than a surprise Egypt gift basket!

Packed with treasures inspired by ancient Egypt, this gift box is like a time capsule straight from the Nile. Whether it’s statues, artworks, handicrafts, jewelry, or papyrus, they’ll be delighted by the variety of Egyptian goodies awaiting them. You can pick from various Egyptian-themed gifts and with hieroglyphic designed boxes and optional gold satin ribbon wrapping, it’s a gift fit for a pharaoh!


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#10 Egyptian decorative box

Decorative box with an statue of a sphynx
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If you are looking for traditional gifts from Egypt, decorative boxes with ancient Egyptian gods are a great idea. You will find souvenirs like this one of a guardian Sphinx all over Egypt.

For cheaper gifts from Egypt, check out #19.


#11 Gifts from Egypt: papyrus paintings

Papyrus paintings from Egypt
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Papyrus is an ancient type of paper that is made from the papyrus plant. This plant grows around the Nile and has been used for writing in Egypt since 1100.

This is also where the word “paper” which we still use today, comes from.

Papyrus is hardly used as writing material nowadays. However, they do make cool traditional Egyptian gifts, such as these handmade paintings.


#12 Books about Egypt

Egypt culture smart: the essential guide to Customs and Culture book cover
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Egypt culture smart: the essential guide to Customs and Culture

If you are looking for gifts for someone going to Egypt soon, this is the perfect gift to help them settle.


Book cover of "ancient Egypt"
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Ancient Egypt

If you are looking for Ancient Egyptian gifts, this book is what you need. It covers everything the recipient wants to know about the time of the pharaohs.


Book cover of "Cleopatra: last queen of Egypt"
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Cleopatra: last queen of Egypt

This is another one of the best ancient Egyptian gifts. Specifically, for people who are interested in the time of Cleopatra.


#13 Langauge courses

Beginner Egyptian Arabic language course
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Language courses are the best gifts for people who want to interact with locals during their trip. So for those, an Egyptian Arabic course is the best gift.

If you are looking for ancient Egyptian gifts, a hieroglyphs course might better alternative, so they can learn how to decipher ancient Egyptian texts.


#14 Egyptian-themed passport cover

Passport cover with Cairo
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Passport covers are super practical gift ideas for travelers. And if you buy one of the 82 Egyptian passport designs on Zazzle, it’s also a great gift for Egyptian friends.  

I picked a passport cover for people who love Cairo, but if the recipient is not very fond of big cities, you will have plenty of choices on Zazzle


#15 Egyptian cookbooks

Book cover of "My Egyptian grandmother's kitchen: Traditional dishes sweet and savory "
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My Egyptian grandmother’s kitchen: Traditional dishes sweet and savory

If you are looking for Egyptian gift ideas for foodies, cookbooks are the best gifts. This is the best overall cookbook with delicious Egyptian recipes from all over the country, as grandma would make them.


Book cover of "The ultimate Egyptian cookbook: 111 dishes from Egypt to cook right now"
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The ultimate Egyptian cookbook

Another great general cookbook with 111 traditional Egyptian recipes to try right now.


The Sultan's Feast: A Fifteenth-Century Egyptian Cookbook
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The Sultan’s Feast: A Fifteenth-Century Egyptian Cookbook

If you are looking for unique Egyptian gift ideas for foodies this book is it. It is the translation of an actual 15th-century cookbook! It includes 15th-century cooking tips and recipes. It may not be very practical to use in the present time, but it does provide a unique inside into the culinary world in Egypt back in the day.


#16 Egyptian-themed gifts: socks

Egyptian-themed socks
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If you are looking for small, yet practical Egyptian Christmas gifts for anyone, these socks with Egyptian hieroglyphs are perfect!


#17 Egyptian-themed gifts: travel mug

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If you are looking for a gift for Egyptian friends who love take-away coffee, I found the perfect gift for you!

Egyptian-themed travel mugs from Zazzle!


#18 Egypt travel guides

Lonely Planet: Egypt travel guide
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Lonely Planet: Egypt

The Lonely Planet is my favorite gift for budget travelers. It includes super practical tips on how to travel countries on a few bucks a day. So if you need gifts for someone traveling to Egypt on a shoestring, this is the perfect gift.


Travel guide from Fodor Travel for Egypt
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Fodor’s Essential Egypt

Guidebooks by Fodor’s Travel are excellent in-depth books for all types of travelers. But mostly for those who also love learning more about the history behind the places they visit.


Book cover of "The Nile: traveling downriver through Egypt's Past and Present"
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The Nile: traveling downriver through Egypt’s Past and Present

This is the perfect gift for someone going to Egypt, and specifically, The Nile. It’s a combination between a guidebook, a history book, and an interesting novel.


Egyptian gifts for small budgets


#19 Egyptian handicrafts

Decorative hippo in Egyptian style
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If you are looking for smaller gifts from Egypt, this hippo might be the gift you are looking for.

It is handmade by Egyptian artisans and represents the Egyptian goddess Tawaret. Tawaret is known as the protector of childbirth and fertility, making this a great gift for Egyptian women who are expecting a baby.


#20 Eye of Horus necklace

Eye of Horus necklace
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If you are looking for unique Egyptian mythology gifts for her, this necklace with the Eye of Horus is the perfect gift.

The Eye of Horus is a very popular symbol in Egypt and represents protection, healing, rebirth, and rejuvenation.

If you are like me and you would like to know where the symbol came from, here is a short explanation. If you are not interested, please continue to the next gift.

The eye of Horus originated from the Egyptian myth of Horus. Horus was an Egyptian god, represented by a falcon who stands for power and healing. He got into a fight with another god (Seth) and lost one eye. Luckily for Horus, another great god (Hathor) was able to restore his eye. And so his eye became the symbol of healing.


#21 Egyptian-themed coloring book

Egypt-themed coloring book for adults
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In case you are not familiar with coloring books for adults, this is actually a thing. Coloring books are no longer limited to children. Multiple studies have shown that coloring books for adults reduce stress and help adults relax.

So what is a better gift for Egyptian friends who miss home than a coloring book filled with 20 different Egypt-themed designs?


#22 Egypt-themed travel journal

Egypt travel journal
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If you are looking for gifts for someone traveling to Egypt soon, this travel journal is the perfect gift.

The journal is specifically for people who travel to Egypt, so they can keep notes of everything they see and do in Egypt. And when they return home, they’ll have a beautiful memory book of their trip to Egypt.


#23 Egypt-themed tote bag

Tote bag with pyramids
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Tote bags are another example of great small, sustainable, and practical gifts for Egypt lovers. Check out Zazzle to find a design that’s perfect for the recipient. Or go for the one I liked best, with pyramids and a camel.


#24 Egyptian-themed keyring

Keychain with three typical Egyptian hangers
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If you are looking for small, good-luck Egyptian Christmas gifts, this keyring is the perfect gift!

It contains three classic Egyptian symbols that represent protection or luck in some way.

  1. The Eye of Horus represents protection, healing, rebirth, and rejuvenation. I already talked about this symbol before (#20)
  2. The ankh. This is the cross with loop and it stands for life in general.
  3. Anubis. The mythological figure for death. However, the symbol is also given to protect and safeguard the receiver.

#25 Egyptian-themed travel poster

Vintage travel poster of Egypt
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If you are looking for Egypt-themed gifts for someone’s home, but the canvas panels were above your budget, this vintage travel poster of Egypt is perfect. The poster dates back to somewhere between 1958 and 1971 when Egypt was known as the United Arab Republic.


#26 Egypt-themed luggage tag

Ancient Egypt luggage tag
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If you are looking for small practical Egypt-themed gifts, luggage tags are the perfect gift!

I quite liked the one with the Eye of Horus, but you can find 226 different Egyptian-themed luggage tags on Zazzle.


#27 Ancient Egypt-themed escape room

Exit escape room game: the pharaohs tomb
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Looking for ancient Egypt gift ideas that will make your Egypt-loving friend feel like an adventurous archaeologist?

Get them an ancient Egypt-themed escape room card game! They can unravel cryptic clues, decode hieroglyphics, and dodge booby traps, all from the comfort of their living room (no dusty tombs required!). It’s like being Indiana Jones, minus the fedora and the danger. Plus, it’s a great excuse for them to gather friends and family for an unforgettable game night.


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Final notes on gifts for Egypt lovers

If you made it all the way to the bottom of this post and you still haven’t decided which gift you need, check out the editor’s top 3 gifts for Egypt lovers.

AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!