We all want to be original and bring home some little keepsakes that would remind us of the memories associated with the visited places once we are back home. «Destinations» handpicked the most interesting and unusual souvenirs to bring back home from Ukraine.
In case you are more into conventional souvenirs but would like to have a bit of artistic touch to them visit Andriyivsky Uzviz (also known as Andriyivsky descent) in Kyiv or Vernisazh Art Market in Lviv. These places offer the biggest variety of traditional Ukrainian souvenirs. Andriyivsky descent is often referred to as the Montmartre of Kyiv and Vernisazh market in Lviv is famous for its impressive selection of unique and vintage traditional Ukrainian embroidered blouses and towels. These locations are always full of artists and craftsmen selling pictures, decorations, glass and ceramic objects, as well as modern artsy Ukrainian souvenirs. Bohemian atmosphere reigns here. The numerous artistic salons, galleries, and art-cafes around these places reinforce this aura.
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For those who are seriously into traveling, a scratch map of Ukraine could be a genius gift idea. Travel Map, invented and designed by Ukrainian couple, is constantly gaining its popularity not only in Ukraine but in other countries as well. Scratch map is fun way to record your travel adventures. With a Ukraine map poster you can document your own travel journey around the country. It serves as a great conversation starter in your home, office, or wherever you are. Scratch off the regions of Ukraine you’ve visited and embark on your own adventure. You can order Travel Map at the on-line shop or buy it in Knyharnya «Ye» («Ye» Bookshop») in Kyiv downtown.
Homemade liqueurs («nalyvka») and digestifs («nastoyanka») also became a popular idea for gifts to bring back home from Ukraine. These traditional strong drinks are very popular in Western Ukraine but you can also find them in Kyiv and other parts of Ukraine now. They are believed to be stomach-settling miracles after a heavy meal because of the soothing properties of their herbal mixtures. They are touch sweet, intensely flavored, and often are served chilled and sipped slowly. For tourists’ needs «nalyvka»s and «nastoyanka»s are sold in gift bottles and wrappings. Lviv offers the best selection of these types of Ukrainian souvenir. Check out Nalyvka zi Lvova gift shop (8, Ruska street or 24, Staroyevreyska street, Lviv) for great selection of these authentic Lviv liqueurs and digestifs. Or visit mega-popular these days Pyana Vyshnya («Tipsy Cherry») bar (11, Rynok Square) where you can taste all the «nalyvka»s first and buy the bottle of the one you liked the most.
In case you plan to stock up on your souvenirs and gifts in Lviv, «Destinations» also suggests to visit Svit Kavy (World of Coffee) coffee shop just behind the Latin Cathedral for the best coffee blends in the country, no less. Here professional baristas will help you up to choose among impressive selection of blends and will wrap it up for you in Svit Cavy signature packages. Visit Lvivska Maysternya Shokolady (Lviv handmade chocolate shop) for endless selection of chocolate and chocolate-themed souvenirs. And pop into Lviv Candle Manufacture shop (1, Museum Square, Lviv) for beautiful handcrafted candles.
Svit Cavy and Lvivska Maysternya Shokolady has also their shops in Kyiv.
«Osnovy» publishing house has another option for a useful souvenir to bring back home from Ukraine. The series of awesome English language guidebooks is something absolutely special - a unique combination of text and visual content. "Awesome Lviv», “Awesome Kyiv» and "Awesome Ukraine» guidebooks are the perfect present for your foreign friends. Here you can find the most peculiar, less known and off the beaten track places you can visit during your next trip to Ukraine. These guidebooks aim to popularize the most interesting and fascinating aspects of Ukrainian travel experience. You can find them at major bookstores in Kyiv and Lviv as well as order them on-line at the Osnovy Publishing House web page.
Ukrainian influence in the world of fashion has been increasing in the recent years. Ukrainian brands have fully arrived in our closets and Ukrainian ethnic motifs are the trendiest thing you can add to your wardrobe. Check out some interesting and hot-right-now Ukrainian brands (like Dyvoo or Lyarkarka by Loyanich) that will refresh your casual wardrobe and will make an interesting and trendy gift to bring back home from Ukraine. Choose from big variety of hip oversized sweatshirts (you can hardly go wrong with the size here) and hoodies, trendy knitted accessories, hand embroidered garbs at «Vsi.Svoi», the new Ukrainian-brands-only store (27, Khryshchatyk street, Kyiv).
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To avoid getting something you can throw away in a few months or something that will prove to be totally useless, «Destinations» rounded up a list of some authentic Ukrainian souvenirs you can bring back home from Ukraine or as a gift for your friends and family.
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