25 Ethiopian Gifts For People Obsessed With Ethiopia

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Are you looking for Ethiopian gifts for someone who loves traveling to Ethiopia? Or perhaps you need Ethiopian-themed gifts for someone with Ethiopian roots. Whatever the case, you will find 25 unique gift ideas in today’s post.

Do you just need a quick tip?

The absolute best gift for someone who loves Ethiopia is a trip to Ethiopia of course!

But if you are looking for more affordable Ethiopian-inspired gifts, these are my favorites.

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25 unique Ethiopian gifts

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#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 Viator for cool tours. For example, a tour to Danakil Depression. The beautiful and otherworldly landscape you can see in the photo.

Or buy a Viator gift card, so the recipient can pick whichever tour they want. The Global Experiences Card is a gift card that’s powered by Viator and can be used for any Viator tour.


#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 wall clock

Ethiopian-cross clock

This wall clock is one of the best Ethiopian-inspired gifs for the home.

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 home decor item.


#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 Samsungs.


#5 Ethiopian musical instrument

Ethiopian kirare

If you are looking for Ethiopian-inspired gifts for people who love music, this kirare is the perfect gift.

A kirare (or krar) is a traditional stringed musical instrument from Ethiopia and Eritrea. It’s handmade from Ethiopian goatskin and wood. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a course for the krar on Udemy, but you can find tutorials on YouTube to learn how to play the krar.

Even if you’re looking for gifts for someone who is not into music, the musical instrument still makes a beautiful home decor item.


#6 Map of Addis Abeba

Map of Addis Abeba

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 bowls

Set of 4 bowls
Photo courtesy of Etsy

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

They are all painted in the Tibeb design, which is a typical Ethiopian print.


Ethiopian gifts for mid-budgets


#8 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.


#9 Ethiopian language course

Amharic language course

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

Blue Nile Falls wall art

Are you looking for more Ethiopian-themed gifts for someone’s home? This canvas print of the Blue Nile Falls is the gift you need.

The Blue Nile Falls is one of the beautiful natural highlights of Ethiopia, so any Ethiopian enthusiast will surely love this on their wall.


#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 guides

Bradt Guide: Ethiopia

Bradt Guide: Ethiopia

The Bradt guides are one of the best travel guides for the African continent. So if you are looking for Ethiopian gifts for someone who will travel to Ethiopia soon, this is the perfect gift.


Culture Smart: Ethiopia

Culture Smart Ethiopia: The essential guide to customs & culture

This is one of the best guidebooks for people who are going to live in Ethiopia for a longer period, or for ex-pats already living in Ethiopia and who want to learn more about the culture.


Birds of the horn of Africa

Birds of the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti Somalia, and Socotra

As you probably already guessed, this is one of the best Ethiopian-inspired gifts for bird watchers.


#13 Amharic name necklace

Amharic name necklace

Are you looking for cute Ethiopian gifts for her? This necklace with her name in Amharic is the perfect personalized gift.

If you need a cheaper alternative, check out the necklace at #19.


#14 Ethiopian-themed water bottle

Water bottle with Addis Abeba
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for Ethiopian-themed gifts for sustainable travelers?

Stainless steel water bottles in Ethiopia-theme would be perfect for that!

By using stainless steel water bottles instead of plastic ones, travelers can greatly reduce their plastic waste. So how cool would it be if they can 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

Ethiopia: recipes and traditions from the horn of Africa

Ethiopia: recipes and traditions from the horn of Africa

If you are looking for Ethiopian-themed 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.


The ultimate Ethiopian cookbook

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

This is a great Ethiopian gift 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.


Adventures in vegan Ethiopian cooking

Adventures in vegan Ethiopian cooking

If you are looking for Ethiopian-themed gifts for vegans, this is the perfect gift!


#16 Ethiopia-themed passport cover

Passport cover with map of Ethiopia
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for practical Ethiopian-themed gifts? One of the Ethiopia-themed passport covers from Zazzle would be perfect for that!

I love really love maps, so my favorite one was the passport cover with the map of Ethiopia and Somalia. But you can also find passport covers with the flag of Ethiopia for example.


#17 Geometric map of Ethiopia

Geometric map of Ethiopia
Photo courtesy of Etsy

As I said, I really love maps. So this geometric wooden map of Ethiopia is definitely one of my favorite Ethiopian-themed gifts!

For more cool map ideas, check out these world map wall art items.


#18 Interesting books about Ethiopia

A history of Ethiopia

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.


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

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!


Hiale Selassie

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.


Ethiopian gifts for small budgets


#19 More Ethiopian gifts for her: necklace

Map of Ethiopia necklace

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.


#20 Ethiopia-themed tote bag

Ethiopian tote bag
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

With 134 different Ethiopia-themed tote bags, you will surely find one for your recipient on Zazzle. Or simply go for the one I picked.

Tote bags are perfect gifts for travelers because they are small and barely weigh anything. So they can easily be taken anywhere. And they are great for sustainable travelers too because they can use their tote bag instead of a plastic one.


#21 Ethiopian-themed travel journal

Ethiopia travel journal

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.


#22 Ethiopian spices

Ethiopian kosseret

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

Kosseret is a herb that grows in the mountains in Ethiopia. It’s related to sage and has a minty taste. Though it is also often compared to basil.

It’s used in many Ethiopian dishes, mainly in those with spiced butter.


#23 Map of Ethiopia

Map of Ethiopia

This colorful map of Ethiopia is another one of the best Ethiopian-themed gifts for someone’s home.

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


#24 Ethiopian coffee

Ethiopian coffee
Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

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

About 3% of the world’s coffee production is located in Ethiopia, making it an important source of income for many Ethiopians (about 15 million rely on the coffee industry for their income).

Another reason why Ethiopian coffee is so famous is that the coffee bean originated in Ethiopia.


#25 Ethiopian-themed gifts: luggage tag

Luggage tag with flag of Ethiopia
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

If you are looking for more practical Ethiopian-themed gifts for travelers, 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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Alright, I hope that this post helped you to find the best Ethiopian-inspired gifts for your recipient. If you do need some help, let me share my favorite gifts again