25 Cool Kenyan Gifts For People Who Love Kenya

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In this article, you will find 35 cool Kenyan gifts for people obsessed with Kenya. Obviously, one of the best Kenya gifts is a vacation to Kenya, but if that’s not quite within your budget, you will find 24 additional unique Kenya-themed gifts here. From interesting books to practical items for travelers to beautiful gifts from Kenya, you can find them all in this list.

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#1 A trip to Kenya

Sunrise
Photo by Sammy Wong on Unsplash

Clearly, one of the best Kenya gifts is a trip to Kenya. So if you have a large budget for this gift, head over to TripAdvisor or Skyscanner and book a flight to Nairobi and make the recipient’s dream come true!

No worries if you can’t afford a vacation to Kenya, the other 24 Kenyan gifts on this list are a lot more affordable.


#2 Masai beaded crafts


The Maasai are probably one of the most famous ethnic groups in Kenya. They live in the south of Kenya and north of Tanzania. There are quite a few things they are famous for, such as their spears and shields, colorful garb (check out the next item), and ornaments, such as beaded jewelry.

The Maasai beads are also a typical handicraft from Kenya, such as the beaded bowl or the beaded earrings, which are great for women. If you are looking for more Kenya-themed gifts for her, check out #19.


#3 Maasai blanket

Maasai blanket

The Masai blanket is actually called a shuka cloth and it’s traditionally worn by Maasai people. Now, I don’t think many people in the west will also wear a shuka, but I am sure they will use it as a warm and beautiful blanket. Making shukas great gifts from Kenya for people’s homes.

If you are interested in the story behind the shuka check out this article by G Adventures.


#4 Kenya-themed wall art

Kenya wall art

This abstract painting of the Maasai people is a beautiful home decor item for someone who is obsessed with Kenya and who loves to decorate their entire home with a Kenyan theme.


#5 Swahili language course

Swahili made easy

If you are looking for Kenyan gifts for someone who is truly obsessed with Kenyan culture and traditions, a Swahili language course is the gift you need! By speaking the local language, travelers can interact with locals on a way deeper level. You can find excellent books on Amazon, or go for online courses on Udemy.

Swahili is one of the two official languages of Kenya ( English is the other one, but Swahili is spoken by more people).

Besides the two official languages, there are 66 more different languages spoken in Kenya. So if the recipient already speaks English and Swahili, perhaps a language course of one of the other languages is a cool gift idea.


#6 Safari snack bowls

Snack bowls
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Are you looking for gifts from Kenya for someone who loves safaris? Then these safari animal bowls that are handcrafted by Kenyan artisans are what you need!


#7 Kenya-themed water bottles

Water bottle
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

If you are looking for Kenya gifts for sustainable travelers, check out all 160 Kenya-themed stainless steel water bottles on Zazzle. Or if you know the recipient loves Nairobi, buy the water bottle with Nairobi’s skyline.


Kenyan gifts for mid-budgets


#8 Kenya-themed passport cover

Passport cover with animals
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Kenya is one of the best safari destinations in the world, so for people who love Kenya for its wildlife, the passport cover with elephants is a cool gift. And if you are looking for Kenyan gifts for someone who prefers other animals or someone who loves Kenya for other reasons, check out the 72 different Kenyan passport covers on Zazzle.


#9 Kenyan cookbooks

A spicy touch

A Spicy Touch: Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen 

Africa meets India. The author combines recipes from her home country Kenya with her North Indian Ismaili Muslim ancestry.


Explore the Kenyan kitchen

Explore the Kenyan kitchen

A collection of some of the best authentic Kenyan recipes for the home cook.


Tempting Kenya recipes

Tempting Kenya recipes: Your #1 cookbook of East African dish ideas

You will find 30 traditional Kenyan recipes to try at home. From the classic ugali breakfast to delicious Kenyan desserts.


#10 Kenyan coffee

Kenyan coffee

if you are looking for gifts from Kenya for a coffee lover, fresh coffee beans from Kenya are a great gift idea!

Even though Kenya only makes up less than 1% of the world’s global coffee production, Kenyan coffee is often ranked among the best coffee in the world.

Kenyan coffee is characterized by its berry undertones, high acidity, intense flavor, and rich aroma with notes of cocoa.

For more Kenyan gifts for coffee lovers, check out the next item. And for more general gifts for someone who loves coffee, check out the coffee gift guide.


#11 Kenya-themed travel mug

Travel mug with sunrise
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

With over 400 different designs on Zazzle, you will surely find cool Kenya-themed gifts for someone who loves to get takeaway coffee.

My favorite was the one with the sunrise at the Masai Mara in Kenya.


#12 Handmade baskets

3 baskets
Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

These handwoven baskets are great gifts from Kenya for someone’s home.


#13 Fun books about Kenya

Culture Smart: Kenya

Culture Smart Kenya: The essential guide to customs and culture

This is one of the best Kenyan gifts for someone who loves learning about local cultures and traditions or for someone who is about to move to Kenya.


One of them

One of them by Eti Daryan

One of them is a great gift for someone who wants to learn more about the Maasai people. The author of the book describes her experience as she was invited to stay and live with the Maasai people.


Imperial reckoning

Imperial reckoning: the untold story of Britain’s gulag in Kenya

If you are looking for Kenya gifts for someone who is interested in history, this book about Britain’s role in the history of Kenya is a great gift.


No picnic on Mount Kenya

No picnic on Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi

Are you looking for Kenyan gifts for mountaineers and history buffs? This book is about how three prisoners of war in Kenya escaped and climbed Mount Kenya.


#14 Hakuna matata shirt

Hakuna Matata shirt

Thanks to Disney everyone knows what “Hakuna Matata” means, but did you also know that it’s a Swahili phrase? And that’s been a popular phrase in Kenya long before Disney made the Lion king?

So if you are looking for cool Kenyan gifts for someone who lives by the motto of Hakuna Matata and who loves Kenya, this shirt is a great idea.


#15 Kenya-themed phone case

Kenya phone case

If you are looking for Kenyan gifts for people who are addicted to their phones, perhaps a phone case in the theme of Kenya is a great gif for them.

You can go for the one on Amazon with the flag of Kenya and where you can add the recipient’s name. Or check out the 1250 different Kenya-themed phone cases on Zazzle for more inspiration.


#16 Kenya travel guides

DK Eyewitness Kenya

DK Eyewitness Kenya

DK Eyewitness travel guides are filled with beautiful photography and are perfect for all sorts of travelers who love visual books.


Lonely Planet: Kenya

Lonely Planet: Kenya

The Lonely Planet Kenya is one of the best Kenyan gifts for budget travelers.


Bradt Guide: Kenya

Bradt Guide: Kenya

The Bradt travel guides are my favorite travel guides for the African continent. They are super detailed and keep up with the fast changing-environment in Africa.


The rough guide to Kenya

The rough guide to Kenya

Rough guides are also great guidebooks for all sorts of travelers.


#17 Kenya-themed gifts: socks

Socks with hearts
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

If you are looking for cute Kenya-themed gifts for travelers, these socks with hearts in the color of the flag of Kenya are a cool idea.


Kenyan gifts for small budgets


#18 Kenyan-themed luggage tag

Luggage tag with beads
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

If you are looking for small and practical Kenya gifts for travelers, a luggage tag in Kenyan-theme is an excellent gift.

Did you like the Maasai beads gifts (#2)? Then you should get this luggage tag with the design of the beads. For more inspiration check out Zazzle where you will find no less than 238 different Kenya-themed luggage tags.


#19 Kenyan gifts for her: necklace

Necklace in the shape of Kenya

This necklace in the shape of the map of Kenya is one of the best small Kenya-themed gifts for her. It’s a cute piece of jewelry, easy to take for a traveler, and of course, it’s a reminder of her favorite country.


#20 Map of Kenya

Map of Kenya

If you are looking for more Kenya-themed gifts for someone’s home, this colorful map of Kenya is the perfect gift.

Travelers love maps, especially if it’s a map of their favorite country!

For more map-inspired wall art, check out these 25 world maps.


#21 Kenya-themed tote bag

Tote bag with Kenya
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

If you are looking for sustainable and practical Kenyan gifts for travelers, tote bags are always a good idea. They can be used for all sorts of purposes. And most importantly, unlike plastic bags, they are made from a sustainable material and can be reused many times.

I quite liked the tote bag with the giraffes and Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. And I can hear you think now: “Isn’t Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania”?

And yes, you are right. It is in Tanzania.

But, one of the best views of Mount Kilimanjaro is actually from Kenya, more specifically from Amboseli national park where this photo with the giraffes is taken.

However, you can also check out the 480 different Kenya-themed tote bag designs on Zazzle, if you think it’s a bit weird to gift a tote bag with Tanzania’s most iconic landscape to a Kenya lover.


#22 Kenya coloring book

Kenya coloring book

I have become such a big fan of coloring books for adults, especially coloring books specifically for a country, such as this one for Kenya. Personally, I think this coloring book is one of the best Kenya-themed gifts for someone who loves Kenya.


#23 Kenyan tea

Kenyan tea

If you are looking for gifts from Kenya for tea lovers, this is the gift you need; 100 bags of pure Kenya tea.

Did you know that Kenya is also one of the world’s largest tea exporters? I certainly did not! But apparently, the Great Rift Valley offers the optimal climate for tea plantations, with its volcanic, tropical red soil, and perfect temperatures.

If you are looking for more general gift ideas for someone who loves tea, check out the tea gift guide.


#24 Kenya travel poster

Nairobi travel poster

One of the things Kenya is known for is the numerous excellent safari locations, such as Nairobi National park, which is located right next to the city. In fact, it’s the closest national park to a city in the world (obviously without including zoos, which aren’t even national parks, but I just wanted to make it clear).

So if you are looking for Kenya gifts for safari lovers, then this travel poster of Nairobi national park is a great gift.


#25 Kenya travel journal

Kenya travel journal

Are you looking for Kenyan gifts for someone who is about to travel to Kenya? Then this travel journal that is specifically designed for people who are traveling to Kenya is perfect. They can keep track of all their experiences and they will have a beautiful book when they return home.

For travel journals that are not specific to Kenya, check out these 25 journals.


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