Forget The Port, These Are 25 Gifts Portugal Lovers Actually Want

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The best Portuguese gifts are of course gifts that include traveling to Portugal. But don’t worry if that’s not within your budget. You will find 24 more awesome Portuguese-themed gifts here!

If you are short on time and just want my best suggestions, I’ll share my top two.

One of my favorite traditional Portuguese gifts for her is number 8; the filigree earrings. And one of my favorite gifts from Portugal for men is the soccer jersey (#9).

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25 Unique Portuguese gifts

Portuguese gifts for large budgets

#1 A trip to Portugal

Woman in Porto
Me loving Porto

As always, the best gift for a travel lover is a gift that allows them to travel.

And guess where Portugal lovers would love to travel to?

So if you have a large budget for this gift, head over to TripAdvisor or Skyscanner and book a flight to Lisbon, Porto, or the Algarve.

Really.

For a true Portugal lover, it doesn’t even matter which city, as long as it’s in Portugal.




#2 Portuguese-themed board games

Coimbra board game

If you are looking for Portuguese gifts for people who love board games, Coimbra or Azul are two awesome ideas for you.

Both games are strategy games.

In Coimbra, all players represent an old Portuguese house and the aim of the game is to earn prestige for your family.

Side note for those who are not familiar with Portuguese topography, Coimbra is an actual city in Portugal.

The aim of Azul is to create the most beautiful mosaic by using the tiles you win. In case you are wondering why Azul is a typical Portuguese gift, check out #4.




#3 Historical map of Portugal

1794 map of Portugal

If you are looking for the best Portuguese-themed gifts for history buffs this map of Portugal in 1794 is the perfect gift.

It’s also a great gift for someone who loves maps (and pretty much all travelers do).




#4 Azulejos gifts

Azulejos ceramics

Alright, first things first.

What is azulejos?

It’s a type of painted tile that is very popular in Spain and Portugal. You will find many Portuguese buildings decorated with these styles of tiles.

So if you are looking for traditional Portuguese gifts, anything with azulejos will work. For example the three kitchen canisters. But you can check out Amazon for more ceramic ideas.




#5 Portuguese-themed wall art

Canvas of Porto

If you are looking for Portuguese-themed gifts for someone who loves Porto, this set of three canvas panels with the skyline of Porto is the best gift!

There is one thing to keep in mind before you buy this gift though.

Just as in many other countries, there is a bit of friendly rivalry between Lisbon and Porto. So definitely don’t make the mistake of buying this panel for a Lisbon lover ;).




#6 A bottle of port wine

Bottle of port wine
Photo courtesy of Uptown Spirits

Alright, I know I said forget the Port. But it’s one of the most famous gifts from Portugal, so I couldn’t actually leave it out.

Port wine is a traditional Portuguese sweet wine, that’s produced around Porto. It’s made by mixing wine from the Douro Valley with a strong distilled grape spirit. This stops the fermentation and creates a sweet liquor with a high percentage of alcohol. Making Port a very delicious, but dangerous beverage. (Yes, I’m speaking from experience here).

Sandeman is a popular port brand, so you will surely make a port-lover with this bottle.




#7 Portuguese language course

Portuguese language course

Even though you can easily survive as a traveler if you only speak English, the Portuguese really appreciate people trying to speak their language. Plus it makes interacting with locals a lot easier if they can speak their own language.

There are two options for a Portuguese language course. A book-version on Amazon, or online courses on Udemy.




#8 Portuguese gifts for her: filigree earrings

Filigree earrings

Filigree is a traditional Portuguese form of jewelry. It’s a very delicate art form, where they use tiny threads or beads of metal to make lace-like shapes. So if you are looking for traditional Portuguese gifts for her, these beautiful filigree earrings are what you need!

For cheaper Portuguese-themed gifts for her, check out #24.




#9 Soccer jersey

Portugal national team jersey

Soccer (or football) is the number one sport in Portugal, and they are crazy about it!

So if you are looking for Portuguese-themed gifts for a sports lover, check out the jersey of Portugal’s national team.

Alternatively, you could also go for something related to Portugal’s most famous soccer player: Cristiano Ronaldo.




Portuguese gifts for mid-budgets

#10 Portuguese-inspired gifts: passport cover

Portugal passport cover
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Passport covers are great practical Portuguese-inspired gifts for travelers. You can find 69 different Portugal-themed designs on Zazzle. Or go for the one with the iconic Portuguese rooster.

By the way, this rooster is actually called the rooster of Barcelos. Check out Portugal.com for more information about why this is the national symbol of Portugal.




#11 Fun books about Portugal

The tenth island

The Tenth Island by Diana Marcum

A beautiful memoir about finding joy, beauty, and unexpected love in the Azores. This is one of the best Portuguese-themed gifts for people who love the Azores.


Dirty Portuguese

Dirty Portuguese

This is one of the best Portuguese-inspired gifts for people who love swearing in different languages. The book covers both swear words and everyday slang words, such as “What’s up?”


Fado and the place of longing

Fado and the place of longing by Richard Elliott

This is the best gift for someone who loves traditional Portuguese music (the Fado music).


A concise history of Portugal

A concise history of Portugal by David Birmingham

The Cambridge concise histories series provides excellent books for history buffs, and this one about Portugal is no exception to that.




#12 Portuguese sardines

Portuguese sardines

Sardines are the best of traditional gifts from Portugal for foodies. Seafood has a key role in the Portuguese kitchen and sardines are one of the most iconic fish the Portuguese eat.

If you are interested in learning more about the story behind this, check out Saveur.

For now, it’s enough to know that the Portuguese love their sardines and that they are super proud of them, making tinned sardines perfect traditional Portuguese gifts.




#13 Portuguese gifts for spicy food lovers

Piri Piri sauce

If you are looking for Portuguese food gifts for someone who loves spicy food, traditional Portuguese Piri Piri sauce is what you are looking for.

Piri Piri sauce is also known as bird’s eye, African devil, or African red devil and it’s a popular hot sauce in Portugal and other former Portuguese colonies.

For more spicy food gift ideas, check out the chili gift guide.




#14 Portugal travel guides

Lonely Planet: Portugal

Lonely Planet: Portugal

This is one of the best Portuguese gifts for a budget traveler who is going to Portugal soon.


Fodor’s Essential Portugal

Fodor’s Essential Portugal

Fodor’s guidebooks are great for all sorts of travelers (so not just budget travelers).


Walking in Portugal

Walking in Portugal

This is one of the best Portuguese-themed gifts for walkers. The book includes 40 different walks in Portugal, from short day hikes to multi-day walks.




#15 Traditional Portuguese gifts: cork items

Cork purse

If you are looking for unique gifts from Portugal, items made from Portuguese cork are an awesome gift idea.

Did you know that Portugal is the world’s largest cork producer?

Yep, they produce over 50% of the global supply!

If you’ve ever been to Portugal, you may have noticed that cork trees are everywhere. If not, now you know 😉

So now that we know these interesting statistics, we also know why cork items are the best traditional Portuguese gifts.

I have selected a few cool items, for all prices ranges. A purse for small budgets, a wallet for mid-budgets, and lastly an apron if you have a larger budget to spare.




#16 Portuguese-inspired gifts: water bottles

Water bottle with flag of Portugal
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Stainless steel water bottles are perfect gifts for sustainable travelers.

Why?

Because by using these bottles instead of plastic bottles they greatly reduce their plastic waste. And this helps the planet.

So if you need sustainable Portuguese gifts, the bottle with the map of Portugal in the colors of the flag is perfect!

But you can also head over to Zazzle to find more Portugal-themed water bottles.




#17 Portuguese cookbooks

Portuguese home cooking

Portuguese home cooking

If you are looking for Portuguese food gifts, cookbooks are great ideas. This is the best overall cookbook with recipes from across the country.


My Lisbon

My Lisbon: A cookbook from Portugal’s city of light

This will come as no surprise, but this is one of the best Portuguese food gifts for someone who loves Lisbon.


Porto cookbook

Porto: Stories from Portugal’s historic Bolhao Market

This book does not only include delicious recipes, it also covers the stories and history behind the cuisine of Porto.


Cook delicious Portuguese desserts

Cook delicious Portuguese desserts

Portuguese desserts are probably my favorite part of Portuguese cuisine! So if you are looking for Portuguese food gifts for someone who has a sweet tooth, this is the perfect gift.




#18 Portuguese-inspired tote bags

Tote bag with sardines
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

With over 500 different Portuguese-themed tote bags, I am sure you will be able to find one that matches the recipient’s needs.

If you are looking for Portuguese food gifts that are not actually food, go for the tote bag with sardines.




#19 Portuguese-themed travel mugs

Travel mug with Lisbon skyline
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Travel mugs are another example of good gifts for sustainable travelers. Instead of using disposable cups every time they order takeaway coffee, they can use their travel mug.

So if you are looking for Portuguese gifts for sustainable travelers who love takeaway coffee, check out Zazzle.

And if the recipient loves Lisbon, go for the travel mug with the Lisbon skyline.




#20 Portugal-themed jigsaw puzzle

Jigsaw puzzle of Porto

This jigsaw puzzle of Porto is a great gift for a Portugal lover who can’t travel to Portugal right now. They can keep themselves busy at home with a puzzle of their favorite country.




Portuguese gifts for small budgets

#21 Portuguese-themed luggage tag

I love Portugal luggage tag
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

This will probably come as no surprise, but the “I love Portugal” luggage tag is one of the best practical Portuguese gifts for people who love Portugal. For more inspiration, check out the other 190 designs on Zazzle.




#22 Azulejos coloring book

Azulejos coloring book

Coloring books for adults have been proven to reduce stress, so if you are looking for Portuguese-themed gifts for someone who could use a little tension relief, this coloring book with azulejos patterns is perfect.




#23 Portuguese tea gifts

Portuguese tea

This was one of the things that actually surprised me as I was putting this list together. But apparently, Portugal produces tea too!

It was introduced in the Azores somewhere around the 19th century, and now you can find two types of tea from the Azores, black tea, and green tea, such as the Goreana organic green tea.

Anyways, so much about tea and Portugal. If you are looking for the best Portuguese gifts for tea lovers, this is the gift for you.

Or check out the tea gift guide for more unique ideas for travelers who love tea.




# 24 Portuguese gifts for her: map necklace

Map of Portugal necklace

If you are looking for beautiful Portuguese gifts for her, this necklace in the shape of the map of Portugal is a great gift idea.




#25 Portugal travel journal

Portugal travel journal

If you are looking for Portuguese-themed gifts for someone who is going to travel to Portugal soon, a travel journal specific to Portugal is the perfect, sweet, and small gift.

They can keep track of all their adventures and when they come back they will always have this memory book of their trip to Portugal.

For more travel journals, check out these 25 cute journals.




Portuguese-inspired gifts: final note

Alright, so you made it to the end of the Portuguese-themed list.

Are you still not sure about which gift to buy?

Then my advice is to go for the earrings if the recipient is a woman and the jersey is it’s a man!

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