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Best traditional gifts and souvenirs from Poland

Updated: Apr 1

Gingerbread from Torun Poland

Poland, a country with an abundance of fascinating history, culture, and craftsmanship. It offers a unique treasure trove of gifts and souvenirs that are unique to this captivating country. Whether you're wandering through the bustling streets of Krakow or strolling along the charming lanes of Warsaw, the array of unique souvenirs available will leave you spoiled for choice. The best souvenirs and gifts to bring home are ones that remind you of your travels but are also are authentic to that country, showing some of the history and culture of the place you just visited.  From delectable sweets to intricate handicrafts, here's a curated list of the best traditional gifts and souvenirs from Poland. 

1. Polish Sweets and Candy:

Indulge your sweet tooth with a delightful selection of Polish confections. Here is a list of some of the best:

Wedel chocolate - Wedel is a Polish confectionary company that has been making candy and cookies since 1851. It is Poland's oldest chocolate company. Besides chocolates, the company also makes other treats such as cookies and even ice cream, but chocolate is what they are really famous for. Considered the national chocolate, it is known for the rich flavor and smooth texture. This makes a great gift because who doesn't love chocolate? 

Ptasie Mleczko - With a marshmallow filling covered with chocolate, ptasie mleczko are delicious and fun to eat. Probably the most popular and famous Polish candy, the name ptasie mleczko translates to bird's milk. They are often used for special occasions but are delicious at any time. The most popular flavor for the marshmallow is vanilla but it also comes in other flavors such as caramel, strawberry, plain and more. 

Polish bird's milk candy

Krakuski - Krakow has a sweet confection named after the city. It is called Krakuski. These delicious sweets are a tea biscuit topped with a cherry filling and covered with chocolate. You should be able to find them in grocery stores and other shops.  

taking a gingerbread making class in Poland

Gingerbread - Poland has a long tradition of gingerbread. In fact, it dates back 700 years! The traditional Polish gingerbread cookies are known as Pierniki. They often come stamped by molds into different patterns or images but are also available covered in chocolate or a glaze. The best place to get the gingerbread is in the city of Torun. This city has been producing gingerbread for hundreds of years. There is a gingerbread museum where you can even take a class and mold your own gingerbread cookies to take home. We took this class and loved it. It was so fun to make a souvenir to take home. This makes a unique gift or souvenir!

2. Amber:

Amber rings from Poland

Polish amber has been prized for centuries for its exquisite beauty and unique properties. If you don't know what amber is, it is fossilized tree resin. Known as the gold of the north or Baltic gold, amber has been part of the Polish cultural tradition for thousands of years. As early as the neolithic period, there is evidence of the people working with amber. Amber is found on the shores of the Baltic. There are also mines but mined amber is considered less valuable and less beautiful.

Stall full of amber jewelry, Krakow

You can find shops selling amber in most Polish cities but Gdansk, located on the coast of the Baltic sea, is renowned as the amber capital of Poland. Here, you'll find an enchanting array of amber jewelry, from intricately carved pendants to elegant bracelets. Each piece of this Baltic amber is unique, making it a cherished souvenir for you or your loved ones. . If you are in Gdansk, stroll along Amber Street (ulica Mariacka) for a wide variety of small businesses and amber shops. There is even an amber museum where you can learn about the rich history of amber and view some traditional products. Amber jewellery is one of the best things you can bring home because wearing it will always remind you of your amazing time in Poland

Amber Street Gdansk Poland

3. Salt lamps:

Just outside Krakow is the incredible Wieliczka salt mine. Touring this mine, with its four chapels, underground lake and statues made from salt, is an unforgettable experience If you want the perfect gift or souvenir, consider the soothing ambiance of a salt lamp, crafted from the precious material extracted from the mine. These natural wonders not only exude a warm glow but are also believed to possess healing properties, purifying the air and promoting relaxation. The gift shop at the mine has a wide array of options. The salt produced from the mine is considered to be high quality with distinctive qualities of clarity and color. They will not chip, fade or erode like some cheaply made salt lamps do. 

Polish salt lamp from salt mine

4. Chess Board:

For the intellectually inclined traveler, a Polish chess set makes for an exquisite souvenir. Handcrafted from fine wood and meticulously carved with intricate designs, these chess boards are as much works of art as they are gaming essentials. Whether displayed as a decorative piece or enjoyed in a strategic match, a Polish chess set embodies the country's dedication to craftsmanship and intellect. A great place to find this Polish gift is by exploring the artisan workshops and boutique stores in Krakow's Kazimierz district. This is the city's historic Jewish Quarter. Here, you will find beautifully crafted chess sets made by local artisans, showcasing intricate designs and fine craftsmanship that showcase the Polish heritage of woodworking. 

Chess boards in cloth Hall Krakow

5. Vodka:

No exploration of Polish culture would be complete without a taste of its legendary vodka. Renowned for its purity and smoothness, Polish vodka such as Żubrówka or Chopin is a quintessential souvenir for spirit enthusiasts. Choose from a variety of flavors, from classic rye to infused fruit blends, and savor the essence of Poland's distilling tradition with every sip.

6. Wooden Carvings:

Poland has a long tradition of wood carvings. As seen in many churches and chapels, wood carvings was often used to express religious worship. Intricately designed figurines, wooden boxes used as gifts or to house precious objects, and functional kitchenware like cutting boards and utensils, are some of the handmade pieces of Polish wooden crafts that are popular souvenirs. Whether you opt for a whimsical sculpture or a practical item for daily use, a Polish wooden carving adds rustic charm to any home. The best place to buy traditional wood carvings is in the Southwest region of Poland in the Tatra mountains. Zakopane is a popular ski resort in the winter and outdoor destination in the summer. This picturesque mountain town is known for its traditional highland culture. Here you can find numerous craft shops with a wide variety of wooden carvings from ornate decorations to every day items. 

A carved wood box from Poland

7. Pottery:

Traditional Polish pottery is known for its vibrant colors and intricate patterns. From ornate plates and bowls to decorative tiles and vases, Polish pottery reflects the country's folk art traditions and meticulous craftsmanship. Using traditional designs, each piece tells a story of cultural heritage, making it a cherished addition to any home, and the perfect souvenir. The best place to find it is in the city of Boleslawiec. Located in southwestern Poland, it is renowned for its distinctive blue and white stoneware known as bolesławiec pottery. The first pottery guild in the town was formed in 1511 but the tradition of pottery in this area dates back many centuries before that. In the 1650s potters from Boleslasiec began making pottery for the royals and its reputation for excellent pottery spread throughout Europe. The town is so famous for pottery there is even a 6 foot tall clay pot in the center of town. The famous blue and white patterns began because the potters were trying to attract the eye of the royals so they began using royal blue and peacock motifs, which is a symbol of royalty. This pottery is crafted using traditional techniques passed down through generations. It is handmade and hand painted. If it doesn't have a stamp on the bottom that says handmade in Poland, it is not authentic. 

A stack of Polish pottery

8. Babushka Dolls:

One of the best Polish souvenirs are the babushka dolls. Capture the magic of Polish tradition with these charming dolls, also known as matryoshka dolls or nesting dolls. The word Babushka means grandmother old woman or matron. Babushka dolls are nestled wooden figurines that symbolize fertility, motherhood and family. They represent a mother carrying a child or children. These dolls make great souvenirs as they are beautiful, fun and a great reminder of Polish culture.

Polish nesting dolls

9. Christmas Ornaments:

Polish Christmas ornaments, adorned with festive motifs like a star, angel, or Christmas tree, bring joy and cheer to holiday celebrations. These delightful souvenirs embody the spirit of Polish folklore and make for cherished keepsakes and some of the best gifts. It is so fun to bring an ornament out every year and be reminded of an amazing memory. If you are in Poland during Christmas wander the beautiful and charming local Christmas markets for your favorite decoration.

Polish Christmas ornament

10. Oscypek cheese:

This traditional smoked cheese is made from the sheep's milk from local highland sheep exclusively in the Tetra mountains region. It is golden in color and formed in a spindle shape with a design on the outside. It has a smoky and briny flavor. Inside, it is creamy, white and a little rubbery in texture. An expert called a "baca" or shepherd uses molds to form its final shape. It is often used as a holiday cheese and commonly pan fried and served with cranberry jam. This cheese is hundreds of years old. The first mention of it was in the 15th century but the first recorded recipe was in 1748.

11. Polish honey

Poland is in the top 10 honey producing countries in the world. Polish honey is considered high quality because of the country's strict beekeeping regulations but this tradition dates back centuries. The honey comes in many different varieties with differing flavors and health properties. Some of the types include: buckwheat honey, Heather honey, rapeseed honey, lime honey and multi flower honey. 

12. Chopin CD

​Friedrich Chopin was born in a town just outside of Warsaw. He is much beloved in the country. There is a monument to him in Lazienki Park in Warsaw where concerts are held in the summer. Celebrating Chopin with a CD of his music makes for a wonderful souvenir. 

Cloth Hall Krakow Poland

Whether looking for chess boards or babushka dolls, carved wood or amber, head to the local markets. Cloth Hall in Krakow and market hall in Wroclaw are just a couple of examples but many cities and towns have wonderful local markets where artists and artisans sell their traditional products. and many others are great places to find your Polish souvenirs.

Throughout their history, the Polish people have created beautiful handicrafts, unique cultural products and delicious treats. Take some of these souvenirs and gift ideas home for a wonderful memory of an unforgettable country. 

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