25 Exclusive Hungarian Gifts You Can’t Find Anywhere Else!

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A photo of the parliament building in Budapest, Hungary

If you’re looking for the best gift for your Hungarian friend, or if you need unique Hungarian souvenirs to commemorate your trip, you’re in for a treat! We’ve scoured the charming streets of Budapest, explored the picturesque countryside, and even dug deep into Hungarian folklore to unearth 25 remarkable Hungarian gifts for every occasion.

From budget-friendly finds that won’t break the bank to extravagant treats, we’ve got it all!

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three Hungarian-themed gifts by budget.

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Hungarian gifts for large budgets

#1 Herend porcelain

A porcelain cat from the Hungarian brand Herend
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for elegant and authentic gifts from Hungary?

Then Herends porcelain is the gift you are looking for!

Herends is a world-famous porcelain company that started back in the 19th century in Hungary. Known for its hand-painted designs, intricate patterns, and high-quality craftsmanship, it makes the perfect Hungarian souvenir for your Fancy Pants friends and relatives.

Or as a keepsake for yourself. We won’t judge.


#2 Hungarian liquor

A bottle of Macum, palinka
Photo courtesy of Total Wine

Are you looking for Hungarian gifts for drinkers (and by drinkers, I don’t mean people who drink water)?

Then Unicum and Palinka are the two best options for you!

Unicum is a unique and iconic Hungarian spirit, it’s an herbal liqueur with a secret recipe dating back over 200 years!

Szilvapálinka, palinka, or plum brandy (for the non-Hungarian speakers among us) is another popular liquor in Hungary, known for its strong and fruity character.

Both liquors capture the essence of the country’s culture and hospitality, making them great Hungarian souvenirs to share with friends and family back home.


#3 Ayka crystal

A blue crystal glass from Hungary
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Ajka Crystal, hailing from the Hungarian town of Ajka, makes a great Hungarian souvenir and gift. With a tradition dating back to the 19th century, you’re giving true craftsmanship that even your grandma will love!


#4 Sweatshirt

Woman wearing a white sweatshirt with "Hungary"
Photo courtesy of Thousand Tees

Keep your favorite Hungarian warm in a sweatshirt that matches their unique style!

You can find plenty of Hungarian-themed sweaters on Etsy, but personally, I liked this simple but elegant one with “Magyarorszag” (which is basically just Hungary but written in Hungarian).


#5 Map of Hungary

A wooden map of Hunagry with all the provinces and mahor cities
Photo courtesy of Colorfull Worlds

Whether you’re looking for gifts for a Hungarian friend who moved out of the country or who still lives in Hungary, you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous map of their home country!

You can find all sorts of designs on Etsy, but my personal favorite is the wooden map with all the provinces and major cities.


#6 Puzzle boxes

A wooden box with a key
Photo courtesy of Kalotart

Hungary is renowned for its intricate wooden puzzle boxes; a type of box with hidden compartments and clever mechanisms which make it a challenge to open them.

I actually received one of these from my brother too, and I must say, they’re quite a challenge. I’ll be totally honest with you, I couldn’t even solve it without his help. However, in my defense, he received an explanation from the seller too.

They make great Hungarian souvenirs because they’re both aesthetically appealing and a fun mental challenge. Plus it’s a great box to store your most valuable treasures at home.


#7 Traditional clothing

A traditional white blouse from Hungary
Photo courtesy of Hungarian Treasury

Traditional Hungarian clothing is covered with gorgeous floral embroidery, making it a great gift from Hungary for women.  The patterns are hand embroidered which is why there are only limited pieces available of each item. But don’t worry if it does run out of simply, simply check out Etsy for more designs.


#8 Traditional dolls

A handmade porcelain doll from Hungary
Photo courtesy of The Mighty Cat

Hungary has a rich tradition of crafting porcelain dolls, dating back to the 19th century when the industry began to flourish. Often dressed in traditional Hungarian folk costumes, these dolls serve as cultural ambassadors, representing Hungary’s heritage and artistry.

They make awesome gifts from Hungary for both adults and children, it’s basically a piece of Hungary’s artistic legacy wrapped in a doll

Do keep in mind that the dolls on Etsy are vintage so there’s  only one of each. Meaning that the dolls often run out of stock, but luckily you can check out quite a few different options on Etsy.


#9 Snack gift basket

A snack basket with snacks from Hungary
Photo courtesy of Hungarian Bites

Whether you’re looking for gifts for Hungarian friends who moved abroad or you want to surprise your foreign friends with a Hungarian food gift, this snack box is the gift you need!

They say love goes through the stomach, so show some Hungarian love with a box filled with authentic Hungarian sweets and snacks.


Hungarian gifts for mid-budget

#10 Tokaji wine

A bottle of wine from Hungary
Photo courtesy of Total Wine

Tokaji wine is a typical gift from Hungary due to its unique and historic winemaking tradition. Hungary’s Tokaj region is famous for producing this special dessert wine. What sets it apart is the involvement of “noble rot” (Botrytis cinerea), which concentrates the grapes’ sugars and flavors, resulting in a sweet and complex wine.

It was even named “Wine of Kings” or “King of Wines” in the 18th century, because European monarchs adored it.

So if you’re looking for a royal gift from Hungary for wine lovers, this is it!


#11 Hungary-themed socks

A pair of socks with hearts in the color of the flag of Hungary
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Do you need fun gifts for Hungarian friends?

Then check out Zazzle’s collection of Hungary-themed socks. From cute heart designs to “I love Budapest”, you can find a pair for everyone. It’s a fun gift for that friend who is Hungarian from head to toe; he can now dress accordingly too.


#12 Books about Hungary

Book cover of 'History of Hungary: A Captivating Guide to Hungarian History'
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History of Hungary: A Captivating Guide to Hungarian History

Captivating History’s Hungary edition is a fantastic Hungarian gift for both history buffs and those who simply love the country. From the wild Magyar horsemen to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, World Wars, and the 1956 Revolution, it’s basically a Hungarian history crash course that covers the country’s tumultuous journey with humor and depth.


Book cover of 'Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener'
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Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener

With its blend of history, suspense, and family drama, “Strangers in Budapest” is a great Hungarian gift for anyone who loves Budapest. It allows them to explore the city’s secrets in a compelling way and from the comfort of their armchair.


Book cover of 'Fatelessnes by Imre Kertesz'
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Fatelessnes by Imre Kertesz

“Fatelessness” covers the story of Georg Koves, who, despite his confusion about his Jewish identity, finds himself on a train to Auschwitz. Imre Kertesz’s unflinching portrayal of Georg’s struggle to make sense of the senseless events is both haunting and evocative. Making it both a powerful and beautiful book at the same time.


#13 Budapest jigsaw puzzle

Budapest jigsaw puzzle
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This jigsaw puzzle of Budapest’s Parliament is a brilliant Hungarian gift for puzzle lovers and anyone who loves the country!

It’s hours of fun piecing together one of Hungary’s iconic landmarks, and it’ll make them feel like they’re traveling to their favorite country.


#14 Hungarian embroidery

A white embroidered table runner from Hungary
Photo courtesy of Embroidery Art Hungary

Embroidery has a long history in Hungary which is why you will find gorgeous embroidered items across the country (such as the cute blouse #7).

However, buying clothing for others is quite risky (you have to know their style, their size, and even then you’re not sure about the fit). So if you want to play it safe, my advice is to go for other embroidered items such as this table runner.

It’s a great Hungarian-inspired gift for your grandma, mom, aunt, or anyone else who loves home decoration gifts, especially authentic and handmade ones.

And because these table runners are handmade and vintage, there is only one piece of each. So if this particular one is out of stock, check out Etsy or Embroidery Art Hungary’s shop for more options.


#15 Cookbook

Book cover of "the Hungarian cookbook"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Can’t afford to give someone a trip to Hungary to try some real goulash? Don’t worry, simply bring Hungary to their kitchen with this traditional cookbook, the perfect Hungarian food gift!

From classics like goulash and chicken paprikash to imaginative meat and vegetable dishes, there’s something for every taste and occasion.


#16 Funny mug

A coffee mug with the flag of Hungary and "I'm not yelling, I;m Hungarian"
Photo courtesy of 22nd of October

Remember when we talked about those fancy porcelain mugs?

Well, if you are looking for a fun and less-fancy Hungarian gift for coffee lovers, Etsy’s mugs are the perfect option!

Personally, I quite liked the “I’m not yelling, I’m Hungarian” mug. But then again, I’m not one of the most sophisticated people out there, I typically prefer gifts with a bit of humor. So check out Etsy if you are more elegant than me (and I’m pretty sure that you are).


#17 Hungary map pendant

A silver necklace with a pendant of the map of Hungary
Photo courtesy of McLaughlin Creations

Are you looking for Hungarian gifts for her? Then this necklace with a pendant in the shape of her home country is perfect.

Whether she moved far away or still lives in the country, with this necklace she will always have Hungary close to her heart (literally).


#18 Hungarian-themed water bottle

A white water bottle with a print of Hungarian embroidery
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Keep your Hungarian friends refreshed while proudly showing off their heritage with Zazzle’s Hungarian-themed water bottles. You can find them in many different designs, such as this cool flag design.


Hungarian gifts for small budgets

#19 Paprika spices

A plate wih red paprika spices
Photo courtesy of Ottos Worldwide Import

Did you know that paprika is considered the national spice of Hungary?

This probably gives you an idea of how important paprika is to Hungarians.

They love it and they’re proud of it. And once you’ve tasted one of the many Hungarian dishes with paprika, you’ll understand why.

Hungary is renowned for producing some of the world’s finest paprika, due to its favorable climate and soil conditions. So if you’re looking for traditional Hungarian gifts, you can’t go wrong with paprika. For Hungarians, it’s not just a spice, it’s the true taste of Hungary.


#20 Rubik’s Cube

Photo courtesy of Amazon

For some reason, Hungarians love puzzles and riddles. And this is reflected in their history, inventions, and souvenirs.

Because the famous Rubik’s cube was actually a Hungarian invention by professor Ernő Rubik in 1974. Originally, Rubik designed his cuve as a teaching tool to explain three-dimensional geometry. Little did he know that his cube would evolve into a global sensation.

So whether you’re looking for a Hungarian souvenir and keepsake for yourself or a challenging puzzle for a friend, the colorful and iconic Rubik’s Cube is the perfect option for that.


#21 Budapest travel guide

Book cover of the DK Eyewitness Top 10 Budapest book
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Do you need gifts for someone traveling to Hungary and Budapest soon?

Help them explore the city to the max with DK Eyewitness’ Budapest travel guide. From the history of the city to the 10 best places to see, eat, drink, and sleep, and more. They will find everything they need to know in this pocket guide.


#22 Wall art

A poster of Budapest, Hungary
Photo courtesy of Nevan INC

Hungarian-themed wall art is the ultimate gift for Hungary enthusiasts. It’s like bringing Hungary’s vibrant culture and stunning landscapes right into their home (minus the jet lag)! They can hang it up and immerse themselves in Hungarian charm daily. Plus, it’s an easy way to transform their (new) home into a mini Hungarian escape.


#23 Hungarian deck of cards

A deck of cards from Hungary
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for Hungarian gifts for card sharks?

Then an original Hungarian deck of cards, called Magyar Kártya, is perfect!

The deck includes 32 cards that feature distinct designs and suits, often with ornate illustrations that showcase characters from feature characters Friedrich Schiller’s play, “William Tell”.

Not only is it a fun and authentic Hungarian souvenir, but it can also be used to play traditional Hungarian games, such as Snapszli, Makaó, and 21 (Hungarian blackjack).


#24 Tote bag

A tote bag with a colorful image of the parliament building in Budapest
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

This a fun and stylish Hungarian gift that both locals and visitors will love; a Hungary-themed tote bag.

Whether they’re off to the market or just flaunting their Hungarian spirit this bag will always be their stylish companion.


#25 Hungary travel journal

travel journal with a Hungarian theme
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Do you need gifts for someone traveling to Hungary soon?

Then this travel journal in Hungary-style is exactly what you need. They can keep track of all their adventures and have a gorgeous token of their trip once they return.


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Final notes on Hungarian-themed gifts

Whether you’re shopping on a tight budget or ready to splurge, I hope these 25 Hungarian gifts helped you to find the perfect present! But if you need more help, check out the editor’s top three.

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!