Your trip in Israel was memorable, filled with culture, history, sightseeing and of course, the food, but now you want to pick up a few souvenirs from Israel to help create the last memories of your Israel adventure. Whether you are stocking up on gifts for your friends and family back home or looking to bring a little memento for yourself, Israel is full of specialized gifts and a few classic souvenir items that are worth making extra room in your suitcase for. Here are the top 10 best souvenirs from Israel.
Olive oil from Israel
You likely sampled some of the olive oil while eating out in the many restaurants and cafes, or nibbled on a few olives alongside your falafel to take note of the fresh olives in Israel. The holy land is filled with olive groves especially in the Galilee region known for their production of high-quality olive oil. Definitely worth stocking up on some extra virgin olive oil as a souvenir from Israel.
There are hundreds of wineries found throughout Israel, some large-scale operations and some small boutique brands. Wine is also a large part of Israeli culture and in Judaism, as kosher wine is very common in Israel. The climate of the region and the water drip irrigation system which is very advanced has made grape growth more fruitful in Israel which is processed at nearby wineries. A perfect Israel souvenir for a wine connoisseur. To visit a winery, the best option is to join this Caesarea, Wine Country, and Kibbutz Experience Tour.
Diamonds from Israel
The diamond industry has existed in Israel since the beginning of the 20th century upon the inauguration of the first diamond-cutting facility. The diamond exchange in Israel is the largest in the world and known to export over $7 billion in diamonds on a global scale. Many high-end stores sell local diamonds, or you can enjoy a tour of the diamond exchange and learn about the industry first-hand and leave with a special sparkling souvenir from Israel.
Dead sea products
The lowest point on earth, the famous Dead Sea is known for the salty water and mineral-rich mud. There is plenty of products and cosmetics made from the nutrients and natural surroundings that is known to improve skin. This makes a perfect gift for almost anyone, but always make sure that the products are authentic as there are a few fakes out there. Spending a day at the Dead Sea is a great way to experience the authentic spa-like experience and pick up a few Israeli souvenirs.
Jewelry souvenirs from Israel
Israel is filled with artisans creating unique jewelry pieces from silver, gold and natural stones. Often metalsmiths will engrave both in English and Hebrew for special personalized gifts. Many Jewelers in Israel will make customized pieces depending on what you are looking for. It is worth checking out some of the small boutiques in Neve Tzedek or the Shuk Hapishpishim in Old Jaffa to buy jewelry souvenirs from Israel.
Olive wood carvings
There is an ancient tradition in Palestine which lives on today and is seen in the skillful artisan work of olive wood carvings. These items are found in Bethlehem where you can find many religious carvings that are handmade by local artists. You can purchase souvenirs of olive wood in Jerusalem as well, but it is nice to get it directly from the source in Bethlehem.
Bring Dates As a souvenir from Israel
Tasting like candy, dates in Israel are a delicacy and you can find them in all forms from fresh to dried, or right off the tree. Piled high in the shuk markets or in large kilogram boxes, fresh Medjool dates are everywhere in Israel. They are also much cheaper to purchase in Israel than in western countries. Dried dates last for quite a while making them easy to travel with and a must-buy souvenir from Israel.
From candlesticks, menorahs and seder plates to decorative hamsas and mezuzahs, if you are looking to bring some Judaica home with you, buying souvenirs in the holy land is the place to do it! Many artists handcraft beautiful works of art which make for memorable keepsakes of your experience in Israel and a nice way to keep a lasting connection.
From Biblical pottery to modern day works of art, there is a vibrant art scene in Israel and many ceramics to choose from. You will come across many different styles and techniques all throughout Israel and if you see something you like, worth buying it on the spot! However, it is worth noting if you are walking through the shuk (market) chances are you will find the same ceramics at certain vendors that are more mass produced. If you are looking for a more unique souvenir piece that is hand-done it’s better to look in small boutiques.
Bamba, Bisli, and Chocolate
Israel is known for having many snacks and what better way to connect to the local culture than by eating the regional snacks. Bamba, the puffy peanut flavored corn snack is addictive and light, making it easy to pack a few bags in your suitcase. Bisli is another Israeli staple, a savory snack that comes in different shapes and flavors like grill and falafel, it is also easy to munch on. Lastly, Israeli chocolate is always popular and locally made making it the perfect Israel souvenir that is inexpensive and delicious to bring home to friends.
More ideas for souvenirs from Israel
Silan – Date Honey, but make sure you have enough room to bring as the jars can be quite heavy but this sweet treat is worth it
Za’atar – A special blend of Mediterranean spices that is used in a lot of Israeli cooking. This spice can be purchased fresh from the marketplaces or in local grocery stores. Take it home with you as a souvenir from Israel to keep the memory of this authentic Israeli flavor.
Black Coffee – Israel is known for its coffee, ranging from espressos, cafe “ha’fuchs” (the israeli version of a latte) and the black Turkish coffee. Spiced with cardamom and served piping hot, it is worth buying some black coffee to bring home with you.