25 Unique Albanian Gifts That’ll Wow Anyone

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Do you need Albanian gift ideas for someone who is obsessed with the country or for a local who moved abroad? Or are you visiting Albania yourself and are you wondering which Albanian souvenirs you should bring home for your friends and family (or yourself, don’t worry, I won’t judge)?

Well, good news – you’ve stumbled upon the perfect guide! I’m currently on a two-month adventure through the stunning landscapes of Albania. So while writing this post, I am actually admiring the landscapes and architecture of Berat (the city of a thousand windows). And let me tell you, the gift scene here is something else.

In this blog post, I’m going to reveal 25 of the most fantastic Albanian gift ideas that will not only bring a smile to your loved ones’ faces but also have you sipping that coffee like a local. Trust me; these gifts are not your run-of-the-mill knick-knacks or touristy trinkets. Nope, they’re the real deal – handpicked with love and care, by yours truly. So let’s check them out!

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#1 Geometric map of Albania

Geometric map of Albania
Photo courtesy of Lasaris

Maps are definitely one of the best gifts for locals as well as for visitors. That’s also why you will find two maps of Albania on this list.

This first one is my favorite because I simply love geometric shapes. It’s available in three different sizes and thirteen different colors.

Check out #10 for the second map.


#2 Kilim rug 

A handmade rug from Albania
Photo courtesy of Pillow Talk by Dea

One of the most iconic Albanian souvenirs is a kilim rug.

A kilim rug is a woven wool rug that’s handmade by local artisans, you can find them in all sorts of bright colors and patterns, which often represent the village’s tribal pattern. Though nowadays it usually represents the artist’s creative mind rather than a village.

On Etsy, you can find kilims that are handmade in Albania and shipped around the world. Do keep in mind that most of them are handmade and one-of-a-kind, so chances are the one in the photo is already sold out by the time you’re reading this. But don’t worry, simply head over to Etsy and you will find plenty of designs.


#3 Traditional Albanian instrument

A traditional Albanian guitar-like instrument
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you are looking for traditional Albanian gifts for someone who loves music, this musical instrument is the gift you need.

It’s called a cifteli, a two-stringed instrument that is often used at weddings or traditional folk songs in Albania.


#4 Albanian gift basket

An Albanian gift basket with food and items from the country
Photo courtesy of Balkan Box

Whether you’re looking for gifts from Albania for a homesick local or a visitor who just returned from the land of the two-headed eagle, this nostalgia gift box is the pick-me-up they need!

It’s filled with typical Albanian items that will transport them back to the busy streets of Tirana, the gorgeous coast of Saranda, or the endless mountains in the Albanian Alps. From a scarf and coffee to snacks and a deck of cards to keep them entertained in Albanian style.


#5 Phone case

Phone case with "Albanian at heart"
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for Albanian gifts for someone whose phone seems to be glued to their hands?

Look no further.

All you need is an Albania-inspired phone case from Zazzle. There are nearly 300 different designs you can choose from. But for a local Albanian, my favorite one is this “Albanian at heart”.

One downside of Zazzle’s phone cases is that they only provide cases for iPhones and Samsung phones. If the recipient uses a different phone brand, you will have to choose one of the other gifts on this list.


#6 A trip to Albania

A painting of the Albanian museum of national history in Tirana
National Historical Museum in Tirana

This is by far the best gift for anyone who loves Albania, whether it’s for a homesick local or a traveler, a trip to the land of the eagles!

So if you can afford it, head over to Skyscanner and book a flight to Tirana (the capital city with the most international flight connections) right away!

Now, I can imagine that a true Albania lover (such as your recipient) already has a flight booked. Or perhaps the receiver already lives in Albania. In that case, booking a flight doesn’t make any sense. But don’t worry, you can still give them a fun experience in Albania, such as a visit to the National Historical Museum or other tours through Tinggly.

Or if you want the recipient to choose something themselves, you can also go for the Tinggly Gift Card which allows them to choose whichever tour they prefer.


#7 Jigsaw puzzle

A colorful puzzle of the skyline of Tirana, Albania
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

This jigsaw puzzle of the skyline of Tirana is a great gift idea for people who love jigsaw puzzles (no sh*t Sherlock). It’s also a fun gift for people who are stuck at home and can’t travel to Albania at the moment. This puzzle can bring them some Albanian comfort at home. But check out Zazzle for people who are not much of a fan of Tirana.


#8 Water bottle

Water bottle with heart and Tirana
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for practical souvenirs from Albania?

Then you should definitely check out the 80+ Albania-inspired water bottles on Zazzle.

And for people who love Tirana, you can skip that and just go for the bottle I selected.


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#9 Albanian cognac

Bottle of Albanian cognac
Photo courtesy of Drizly

There are two types of famous Albania liquor. The first one is Raki, a strong anise-flavored drink that you may also know from Turkey and Greece where it’s a popular drink too. It’s probably the most common drink around the country because basically, every family brews their own raki.

I don’t think there’s been a restaurant or guesthouse that didn’t offer me a homebrewed raki. You can find raki online, but I’m going to be honest here, it’s not the same as the homemade ones. Personally, if you’re not buying it in Albania but online, I would recommend going for Skenderbeu cognac, a traditional Albanian cognac.


#10 Colorful map of Albania

A poster of the map of Albania
Photo courtesy of Art Decor Print

This is the second map of Albania on this list. This time is a beautiful colorful map. Again, it’s available in different sizes, so you can pick one that would fit well in the receiver’s home.

Or check out Etsy for more map designs.


#11 Albania soccer jersey

A soccer jersey from Albania
Photo courtesy of Graphic Clothing

Soccer is the single most popular sport in Albania, so if you are looking for fun gifts from Albania for people who love sports, particularly soccer, the national team’s jersey is a good option.


#12 Albanian cookbook

Book title: The ultimate Albanian cookbook
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for traditional Albanian gifts for someone who loves Albanian food?

Go for this cookbook with 111 classic Albanian recipes to try at home!


#13 Fun Albanian shirt

T-shirt with "what part of zhduku don't you understand?
Photo courtesy of Sizzles Super Store

I think this is one of the funniest Albanian gift ideas on this list. A shirt with “What part of zhduku don’t you understand?”.

Now for me, it’s everything about Zhduku I don’t understand (and I’m pretty sure most non-Albanian speakers are with me on that). But for locals, it’s a funny shirt.

Oh, and in case you are wondering what it means, it means to f*ck off ;).


#14 Novel set in Albania

Book cover of 'Besa: A True Story'
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you are looking for gifts for people who are interested in learning more about life under the communist regime and Albania’s fight for independence, this is a beautiful book. It’s based on a true story, but written like a novel, making it an informative, yet easy-to-read book.


#15 Beanie

Beanie with Albania eagle
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This is one of the best Albanian souvenirs for people who are always cold. A beanie with embroidery of the Albanian eagle.


#16 Albanian language course

Beginner's Albanian course
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This is by far the best Albanian gift idea for someone who wants to move to Albania, or for someone who loves learning languages.

It’s also a very practical gift for people who want to understand the inside joke of the t-shirt I just mentioned (#13).

There are two ways in which you can gift a language course.

The first one is available on Amazon and it’s a beginner’s book with online audio fragments. This is best for people who are self-disciplined and learn best from books.

The second option is best for visual learners, as it’s an online Albanian course on Udemy.


#17 Travel mug

Travel mug with map of Albania
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Is the recipient a big coffee lover?

Then you are in good luck because you will find two awesome Albanian gift ideas for coffee snobs on this list.

The first one is a travel mug with an Albanian theme. You can find over a hundred different designs on Zazzle. But if you’re not sure, something with a map, such as the one I selected is always a good idea.

For the second gift idea, head over to the next gift.


Albanian gifts for small budgets

#18 Albanian coffee

Bag of Albanian coffee
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for unique gifts from Albania for someone who loves coffee?

Then a package of Albanian roast coffee is perfect.

Albanian roast coffee is a very fine ground coffee that is used to make Balkan coffee.

Now, if you’re not much of a coffee snob, you may be wondering what the F* Balkan coffee is. So let me explain.

Basically, it’s comparable to Greek or Turkish coffee. It’s also made in a briki in which you put finely ground coffee, hot water, and sugar to taste. This is put on the stove and produces a strong but very rich coffee, which true coffee connoisseurs will surely appreciate.

Briki coffee maker on stove
Albanian coffee is made with a briki

#19 Albania map necklace

Albania map necklace
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This is one of the cutest Albanian gift ideas for women. A small necklace that’s shaped like the map of Albania. I love that it’s a very subtle detail through which she can show her love for Albania.


#20 Albanian wood gifts

Albanian wood tong
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you are looking for typical Albanian souvenirs, anything made from Albanian wood is a good idea. You will find wooden souvenirs all over the country. One example is this tong. It’s handmade in Albania from olive wood.


#21 Albania travel journal

An Albanian-themed travel journal
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for unique gifts for someone who will travel to Albania soon?

Then an Albanian travel journal is a fun gift idea. They can use this journal to record their entire trip, so they will have a beautiful memory book when they return home.


#22 Coasters

A coaster with the two-headed eagle from Albania
Photo courtesy of Clara’s Grand Design

The two-headed eagle is the iconic and proud symbol of the Albanians, so if you need Albanian gifts for someone who just moved to a new home, these coasters are the perfect way to protect their furniture with a piece of cultural heritage. 

Fun fact.

Did you know that the two-headed eagle was first chosen by Skanderbeg (the national hero of Albania) when he fought for Alabania’s independence against the Ottomans back in 1443? Even though many events and new rulers have come and left since then, the two-headed eagle has remained the symbol of independence for the Albanians.


#23 Wall art

Tirana wall art
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for unique gifts from Albania for someone’s home?

Then check out all the Albania-themed wall art on Amazon. Or go for this vintage travel poster of Tirana.


#24 Tote bag

A tote bag with the flag from Albania
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

For eco-minded souvenirs from Albania, check out the 170+ Albania-themed tote bags on Zazzle. Or go for this one with the flag of Albania.


#25 History book about Albania

Book cover of 'History of Albania'
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If the receiver is a big history fan, this book about the history of Albania is exactly what you need. It covers the full history of the country in-depth.


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FAQ about Albanian souvenirs

What product is Albania known for?

The most famous products from Albania include handmade kilim rugs, wooden products, cognac, raki, and olive oil. Besides that, the cifteli musical instrument is another traditional Albanian product that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.  

What to buy in Albania?

Some of the most typical Albanian souvenirs include a lot of the products you saw above, such as kilim rugs, wooden products, cognac, raki, honey, olive oil, and the cifteli double-stringed music instrument.

Final note about souvenirs from Albania

Alright, I hope you found the perfect Albanian gift idea for your recipient. And if you need some more inspiration, check out the editor’s top three.

AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 29-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!