Discover The Best Ethiopian Gifts: 25 Unique Ideas For Any Occasion

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Are you looking for traditional Ethiopian gifts for someone who loves traveling to Ethiopia? Or perhaps you need a Christmas gift for an Ethiopian friend. Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered; say hello to a world of unique and memorable gifts from Ethiopia!

From handcrafted textiles to artisanal jewelry, we’ve scoured the country to bring you the best Ethiopian souvenirs and gifts. So sit back, relax, and get ready for a journey to the land of rich culture and even richer gifts. Trust us, your friends and family will be saying, ‘Where did you find that?!’ after receiving one of these amazing Ethiopian treasures.

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three Ethiopian gift ideas by budget.

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25 unique Ethiopian gifts

Ethiopian gifts for large budgets

#1 A trip to Ethiopia

Landscape
Photo by Jorge Tung on Unsplash

Let’s start this list with the number one gift for people who love Ethiopia.

A trip to Ethiopia!

If the recipient doesn’t have a trip planned yet, head over to Skyscanner and book a flight and hotel.

If the recipient has a ticket already, check out Tinggly for cool tours. For example, a tour to Danakil Depression. The beautiful and otherworldly landscape you can see in the photo.

Or buy a Tinggly gift card, so the recipient can pick whichever tour they want.


#2 Ethiopian-themed hoodie

Hoodie with heartbeat
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

This hoodie is the perfect Ethiopian gift for someone who is always cold. The hoodie will keep them warm in Ethiopian style!

For more hoodies, check out all 233 Ethiopian designs on Zazzle.


#3 Ethiopian cross pendant

Chest Brass Ethiopian Coptic Cross Pendant
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This pendant is one of the best Ethiopian-inspired gifs for her.

The Ethiopian cross is a symbol of the Ethiopian Orthodox church. Christianity is one of the main religions in Ethiopia and has been around since at least the first century.

The Ethiopian cross is unique in its style. It’s often made from latticework, making it a beautiful piece of art. Even for non-religious people, this complex network of lattices makes the Ethiopian cross a beautiful piece of jewelry.


#4 Ethiopia-themed phone case

Phone case with sunglasses and Ethiopia
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for Ethiopian gifts for someone whose hand is glued to their phone?

Then a phone case with an Ethiopian theme is the perfect gift!

I love the sunglasses design, but there are nearly 200 different Ethiopian-themed phone cases on Zazzle.

The only downside of this gift is that Zazzle only provides phone cases for iPhones and Samsung.


#5 Ethiopian musical instrument

Traditional 6-string musical instrument kirar
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you are looking for Ethiopian gift ideas for people who love music, then I’ve got an awesome option for you.

A traditional stringed musical instrument from Ethiopia and Eritrea called a kirar (or krar). It’s handmade from Ethiopian goatskin and wood, which is also why they often sell out on Etsy and Amazon but don’t worry if the one in the photo is no longer available. Simply browse Etsy or Amazon for more options.


#6 Map of Addis Abeba

Map of Addis Abeba
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for Ethiopian gifts for someone’s home? Then this map of the capital city is perfect.

It’s a beautiful and detailed paper-cut map from Addis Abeba. It’s available in black and white, and the background paper can be adjusted for different background colors.


#7 Ethiopian Tibeb design dinner plates

Photo courtesy of Ethiopian Collections

If you are looking for Ethiopian gifts for someone’s home, this set of bowls is perfect.

It’s a total of 20 pieces that are all painted in the typical Ethiopian Tibeb design,


#8 Amharic “welcome” doormat

Photo courtesy of Very Friendly Boutique

Are you looking for a unique and heartfelt gift for an Ethiopian friend who moved abroad and who misses home?

Then add a touch of Ethiopia to their doorstep with a doormat that says ‘welcome’ in Amharic.


Ethiopian gifts for mid-budgets


#9 Ethiopian language course

Amharic language course book
Photo courtesy of Amazon

There are 5 different official languages in Ethiopia, and about 92 individual languages. But Amharic is the language that is spoken by most people. So if you are looking for Ethiopian gifts for people who love interacting with locals, an Amharic course is the best gift.

On Amazon, you can buy a self-study book for beginners. And on Udemy you can buy an online course, for people who prefer learning from videos.


#10 Blue Nile Falls wall art

Photo courtesy of Studio Ubila

Are you looking for fun gifts from Ethiopia for someone’s home? Then check out these vibrant and eye-catching posters on Etsy!

Not only do they add a touch of culture to the recipient’s space, but they also serve as a daily reminder of the beauty and richness of Ethiopian heritage.

They may not be able to take a physical trip to Ethiopia right now, but with one of these posters, they can have a mini-vacation every time they walk into the room.


#11 Ethiopian-themed travel mug

Travel mug with the flag of Ethiopia
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

The Ethiopian-themed travel mugs on Zazzle are perfect Ethiopian gifts for people who love coffee (or tea).

I quite liked the one with the flag because you can also personalize the mug with the recipient’s name for example.

But there are 83 different options on Zazzle to choose from.


#12 Ethiopian travel guide

Bradt Guide: Ethiopia
Photo courtesy of Amazon

The Bradt guides are one of the best travel guides for the African continent. (In my humble opinion).

So if you are looking for Ethiopian gifts for someone who will travel to Ethiopia soon, this is the perfect gift. It’s the most recent updated guide for Ethiopia, but unfortunately it’s from 2019. So make sure to tell the recipient that information about hotels, restaurants, prices, and opening hours is probably a bit outdated.

However, they can still use it for general information about all the national parks, the culture, and history.


#13 Amharic name necklace

Amharic name necklace
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for cute Ethiopian gifts for her?

Whether it’s for your girlfriend, mom, daughter or sistes, this necklace with her name in Amharic is the perfect personalized gift.

If you need a cheaper alternative, check out the necklace at #21.


#14 Ethiopian-themed water bottle

Water bottle with Addis Abeba
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you for a gift for an Ethiopian friend who cares about the environment?

Then stainless steel water bottles in Ethiopia-theme are the gift you need.

By using stainless steel water bottles instead of plastic ones, the recipient can greatly reduce his or her plastic waste. So how cool would it be if they could save the planet with a cool Ethiopian-themed water bottle?

Check out Zazzle for the 34 different options. Or go for the one that says “I love Addis Abeba”, for someone who loves Ethiopia’s capital city.


#15 Ethiopian cookbooks

Book cover of 'Ethiopia: recipes and traditions from the horn of Africa cookbook'
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Ethiopia: recipes and traditions from the horn of Africa

If you are looking for Ethiopia gifts for foodies, an Ethiopian cookbook is a perfect gift. Besides traditional recipes, this book also includes the stories behind the recipes. Such as information about Ethiopian culture, traditions, and history.


Book cover of 'The ultimate Ethiopian cookbook'
Photo courtesy of Amazon

The ultimate Ethiopian cookbook: 111 dishes from Ethiopia to cook right now

This is a great Ethiopian gift idea for people who simply want to try different Ethiopian dishes. With 111 different ones to try, this book will keep them occupied for a while.


Book cover of 'Adventures in vegan Ethiopian cooking cookbook'
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Adventures in vegan Ethiopian cooking

If you are looking for Ethiopia gifts for vegans, this is the perfect gift!


#16 Ethiopian-themed gifts: socks

Socks with hearts
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Socks are great practical Ethiopian gifts for travelers. At least, if you buy Ethiopian-themed socks.

I quite liked the ones with hearts in the color of the Ethiopian flag. But check out Zazzle if you would rather find different ones.


#17 Mug

Photo courtesy of Amazon

A mug with an Ethiopian theme is the perfect gift for your Ethiopian buddies, whether they’re local or living abroad.

It’s like a warm hug in a cup, reminding them of Ethiopia’s beauty with every sip. Check out Zazzle for all sorts of designs or buy this cute one with a heart.


#18 Interesting books about Ethiopia

A history of Ethiopia book
Photo courtesy of Amazon

A History of Ethiopia

If you are looking for Ethiopian gifts for someone who loves history, this is the perfect gift. Or check out these 25 cool gifts for history buffs.


Book cover 'Ethiopia: a photographic tribute to East Africa's diverse cultures and traditions book'
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Ethiopia: a photographic tribute to East Africa’s diverse cultures and traditions

This is a beautiful book for people who love Ethiopia and photography. It’s also a great coffee table book!


Photo courtesy of Amazon

Haile Selassie: The life and legacy of the Ethiopian emperor revered as the Messiah by Rastafarians

This is a great book for people who would love to learn more about Rastafari and one of Ethiopia’s most famous emperors: Haile Selassie I.


#19 Ethiopia-themed coasters

Photo courtesy of Yomi Market

What’s better than a cold drink on a hot day?

A cold drink on a hot day with a side of Ethiopian Ge’ez script, of course!

These wooden coasters, with a laser-engraved Ethiopian script, not only protect their furniture but also spread a message of Ethiopian love with every sip. They’re the perfect Ethiopian Christmas gift, or for weddings or housewarmings, or any occasion, really.


#20 Ethiopian coffee

Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

Coffee lovers, listen up!

Ethiopian coffee is by far the best Ethiopian gift idea for a coffee lover.

With their bold and unique flavor, these coffee beans not only provide a tasty pick-me-up but also transport you to the birthplace of coffee with every sip. It’s a great gift for the coffee aficionado in your life. (Or for yourself, if you’re looking to add some Ethiopian magic to your mornings, I won’t judge).

So why settle for mediocre coffee when you can give the gift of Ethiopian-grown caffeine happiness?


Ethiopian gifts for small budgets


#21 More Ethiopian gifts for her: necklace

Map of Ethiopia necklace
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you are looking for cute Ethiopian gifts for her, jewelry is always a good idea. And this necklace in the shape of Ethiopia is a great example of that.


#22 Ethiopian-themed travel journal

Ethiopia Travel Journal
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This Ethiopian-themed travel journal is perfect for someone who has a trip planned to Ethiopia.

They can write about all their adventures in this journal that’s specifically made for Ethiopia.

For more general travel journals, check out these 25 awesome journals.


#23 Ethiopian spices

Photo courtesy of Ethio Imports

If you are looking for small Ethiopian gift ideas to go along with a cookbook, this is the perfect gift.

Berbere spices are a unique blend of spices (paprika, cayenne, fenugreek, cinnamon, clove, ginger, Turmeric, korerima, and more) that it’s used to make Ethiopian stews. It’s one of the most popular things to buy in Ethiopia as a souvenir.

It’s a gift that not only adds flavor to their dishes but also transports their taste buds to the heart of Ethiopia.


#24 Map of Ethiopia

Map of Ethiopia with color paint
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This colorful map of Ethiopia is another awesome gift for someone’s home.

The map comes unframed and is available in four different sizes (5×7, 8×10, 11×14, 13×19).


#25 Ethiopian-themed gifts: luggage tag

Luggage tag with flag of Ethiopia
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

If you are looking for more practical Ethiopian souvenirs for travelers, then the luggage tags on Zazzle are perfect.

You can find 37 different Ethiopian themes on Zazzle. Or simply go for the one that I liked the most; the luggage tag with the flag Ethiopia in vintage style.


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Final note on these gifts from Ethiopia

Alright, I hope that this post helped you to find the best gifts for Ethiopian friends or for people who love Ethiopia. If you do need some help, let me share my favorite gifts again.

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!