Do you need Albanian gift ideas for someone who is obsessed with the country? Or are you looking for traditional gifts from Albania 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?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you came to the right place. In today’s post, you will find 25 awesome Albanian gifts. And if you did not answer yes to any of the questions above, you will still find gift inspiration for anyone who loves Albania.
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Albanian gifts for large budgets
#1 A trip to Albania
The first item on this list is also the very best gift for people who love Albania.
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. Because instead of a flight, you can book a tour through Viator.
Or if you want the recipient to choose something themselves, you can also go for the Global Experiences Gift Card which allows them to choose from Viator’s tours around the world.
#2 Albania-themed phone cases
Are you looking for Albanian gift ideas 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, unfortunately.
#3 Albania soccer jersey
Soccer is the single most popular sport in Albania, so if you are looking for a fun gift idea for people who love sports, particularlysoccer, the national team’s jersey is a good option.
#4 Traditional Albanian instrument
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.
#5 Kilim rug
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.
#6 Jigsaw puzzle
This 1000-pize jigsaw puzzle of the beautiful city of Gjirokaster is a great gift idea for people who love jigsaw puzzles (no shit 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.
#7 Geometric map of Albania
Maps are definitely one of the best gifts for travelers. 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.
#8 Albania-themed water bottle
Are you looking for practical Albanian-themed gifts?
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.
Albanian gifts for mid-budgets
#9 Books about Albania
History of Albania
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.
Modern Albania: From dictatorship to democracy in Europe
The second book on this list is also great for history lovers. But this one focuses specifically on Albania’s recent history starting from the early 1990s.
Besa: A true story
If you are interested to learn more about life under the communist regime and Albania’s fight for independence, this is a beautiful book. Unlike the history books, it’s written like a novel, which makes it a lot easier to read. But because it’s based on a true story, it’s not any less informative.
#10 Colorful map of Albania
This is the second map of Albania on this list. This time is a beautiful watercolor map. Again, it’s available in different sizes, so you can pick one that would fit well in the receiver’s home.
#11 Albanian-themed passport covers
Are you looking for unique gift ideas for an Albanian who travels a lot?
Then a passport cover with an Albanian theme is perfect. I loved this cute one with a penguin and the flag of Albania. Because, well it has a penguin, and what’s not to love about penguins? But second, you can also add a personalized message.
#12 Albanian cookbook
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
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 Albanian cognac
The second one is cognac, a special type of brandy. And specifically, the Skenderbeu cognac, which you can order online from Drizly too.
This is one of the best gifts for people who are always cold. A beanie with embroidery of the Albanian eagle.
#16 Albanian language course
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 gift #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 Albania-themed travel mug
Is the recipient a big coffee lover?
Then you are in good luck because you will find two awesome Albanian gift ideas on this list.
And the first one is a travel mug with an Albanian theme. You can find over 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 #20.
#18 Albania travel guide
Is the receiver traveling to Albania for the first time?
Then a travel guide is a perfect gift. Bradt Guide offers amazing in-depth guidebooks with tips for all types of travelers (from luxurious to shoestring travelers). Plus their guidebook was updated in the summer of 2022, so it contains highly relevant and accurate information.
Albanian gifts for small budgets
#19 Luggage tags
Just as the passport covers, luggage tags are great Albanian gift ideas for people who travel a lot. They will always be able to retrieve their luggage with these cute tags.
You can find over 40 options on Zazzle, or go for the one I picked if you don’t want to go through all the options.
#20 Albanian coffee
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.
#21 Albania travel journal
Are you looking for unique Albanian gifts for someone who will travel to the country 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 Albania map necklace
This is one of the cutest Albanian gift ideas for women. A small pendant 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.
#23 Wall art
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
For eco-minded Albania lovers, check out the 170+ Albania-themed tote bags on Zazzle. Or go for this one with the flag of Albania and a sweet little heart.
#25 Albanian wood gifts
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.
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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 can I get from 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.
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.