The article tells what can be brought from Tunisia as a gift. We share photos and information about prices for souvenirs from Tunisia in 2019. At the end of the article we tell how to shop for gifts and souvenirs in Tunisia.
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Unusual souvenirs from Tunisia
For those who do not know what to bring the original from Tunisia, we suggest paying attention to the following souvenirs.
Blown glass products
Products made of blown glass can be brought from Tunisia as a gift to relatives, friends and colleagues. Blown glass in Tunisia creates various interior decorations: vases, figurines, dishes, lamps and
Reasons to buy: original souvenir
Where better to buy: Bon cape, Carthage, Tunis and its surroundings
Cost of souvenir: from 3-5 dinars (from 69-116 rubles). The lamp can be bought for about 49 dinars (about 1133 rubles).
Another great gift from Tunisia is ceramic. All pottery signs with original patterns. As a rule, tourists bring plates, jugs, cups of clay.
Reasons to buy: low price, high quality
Where better to buy: Nabell, Hellala (Djerba)
Cost of souvenir: from 12 dinars (from 277 rubles)
The desert rose is an exotic souvenir, which tourists from Tunisia bring to relatives as a symbol of unfading love. Sand roses are a mineral that forms in the sand. It looks like chocolate roses on the cake.
“Roses” sell in different sizes and colors. Mostly sandy beige color, but there are black and white (depending on the sand in which they were formed).
Reasons to buy: romantic and exotic souvenir, low price
Souvenir price: from 1-3 dinar (about 23-69 rubles)
Darbuk is a percussion musical instrument, which many tourists bring from Tunisia as a decorative ornament for the house or as a gift to friends and acquaintances. Darbuk is a drum with a wooden, clay or metal case. The body of Darbuk is shaped like a cup, it is skinned and brightly painted.
Reasons to buy: interesting home decorations, musical gift
Souvenir price: from 25-37 dinars (about 580-855 rubles)
Another original gift from Tunisia is paintings. We are talking about paintings, where with the help of skillful calligraphic skill various landscapes, portraits of people, animals, buildings and
You can buy as ready-made paintings, and to order with their own lines.
Reasons to buy: original decoration and gift, handicraft
Souvenir price: from 37 dinars (about 855 rubles)
It is believed that Tunisian carpets are not inferior to the famous Persian carpets. Carpets in Tunisia are made by hand, for the manufacture using natural materials and dyes. Wool and silk are used as materials.
Tourists bring carpets from Tunisia, despite the high prices, since such carpets do not lose their presentable appearance for a long time: they do not fade during washing and do not wear out for a long time.
Reasons to buy: durable souvenir and gift
Where better to buy: To be sure of the quality of the carpet, buy in stores where they are ready to provide the appropriate certificate of quality. The quality mark is attached in the form of a seal on the seamy side of the carpet. You can buy a carpet in any large city of Tunis in Medina (large market square). It is believed that the best carpets are made in Kairouan.
Carpet cost: The price of a carpet in Tunisia depends on the size, complexity of the pattern and the materials used. Price run starts from a few hundred dollars.
Tunisia boasts a large selection of cosmetics and perfumes. If you do not know what to bring from cosmetics to yourself (or as a gift to relatives) pay attention to the list below.
Natural and aromatic oils
From Tunisia, you can bring natural oils such as argan, prickly pear cactus, cumin seeds and shea (carite). Natural oils can be bought in pure form or as part of cosmetics. For example, in Tunisia, natural oils are actively used in the manufacture of creams, shampoos, natural soaps and essences.
Reasons to buy: By caring for the skin with oils, you can prolong the youth of the skin. Natural oils can soften the skin and enrich it with vitamins. They can be used for daily care of the skin of the face and body. Also, natural oils are used to care for nails, scalp and hair. Oils can be added to various homemade masks or to creams. In addition, natural oils have a natural sun protection factor (can be used before and after tanning).
Where better to buy: it is better to buy oil in specialized stores, in pharmacies or thalassotherapy centers
The cost of oils: from 7 dinars (about 162 rubles) for 250 ml., aromatic oils from 4 dinars (about 93 rubles). A bottle of 50 ml of Argan oil can be bought for 30 – 50 dinars (about 694- 1 156 rubles).
Tourists also often bring olive soap from Tunisia as a gift and souvenir. Soap is sold everywhere, the choice is big: soap of different sizes, colors and smells.
Reasons to buy: Olive oil-based soap moisturizes the skin and gives it elasticity, enriches the skin with vitamins A and E. The soap is suitable for the care of any skin type. Olive soap can be used as a makeup remover. When used with sea salt, it perfectly exfoliates and polishes the skin.
Where better to buy: A large selection of inexpensive natural soaps and various bath accessories is presented in Hammamat markets.
The cost of soap: from 2.5 dinars (about 58 rubles) per 100 g
Cosmetics with clay Tfal
Talm is a sea clay of volcanic origin, which is used as body and face masks.
Reasons to buy: Clay is suitable for the care of any skin type, so you can safely buy it and give it to anyone. Masks from Tfal enrich the skin of the face, body and head with microelements, smooth wrinkles, normalize the work of sebaceous glands, preventing excessive secretion of sebum. Clay Tfal has anti-inflammatory effects.
Cost: The price of clay depends on the size of the package and the company of the manufacturer. For example, a small bank of the company Chema Ghassoul Argile minerale costs about 9 dinars (approximately 208 rubles). Shampoo with the content of such clay costs from 5 dinars (about 116 rubles) for 1 l.
The following cosmetics are also brought from Tunisia.
Food (dates, sweets, salty lemons)
In Tunisia, you can find a variety of dates Deglet-nur, which is grown in the south-west of the country. Dates are often brought by tourists from Tunisia for themselves or as a gift to friends and family. Such a sweet souvenir will be stored for a long time, so it’s not difficult to take them to Russia.
Reasons to buy: sweet and healthy souvenir. Dates enrich the body with fiber, normalize digestion, contain vitamins, salts and minerals necessary for the body.
Where better to buy: dates are cheaper in local bazaars than in supermarkets and tourist centers.
The cost of dates: 3-5 dinars (about 69-115 rubles) for 1 kg at local bazaars, in supermarkets and tourist shops, dates cost 8-12 dinars (about 185-277 rubles) for 1 kg.
Sweets from Tunisia
You can bring more sweet souvenirs from Tunisia, such as baklava, halva, makrud, honey with nuts, nuts in sugar and
Tunisian cookies Makrud made from dough with semolina. As a filling, add the pulp of dates, nuts (almonds or walnuts), dried rose petals or figs.
Tourists also often bring Tunisian halvah. In Tunisia, halva is represented by a large assortment. The most popular are halvah marks “La Gazelle”, “Papillon” and “Shehrazad”. There is no fundamental difference between brands, so you can safely buy the products of any of them.
Just like in Turkey, tourists from Tunisia often purchase baklava. Prepare baklava from thin filo dough with the addition of sweet syrup or honey. Walnuts or pistachios are added as a filling.
Reasons to buy: sweet and exotic souvenir
Where better to buy: According to reviews of tourists, Tunisian sweets are better to buy at the Masmoudi and Zarrouk pastry shops. They are located in Sfax and in the city of Tunisia.
The cost of sweets: Tunisian sweets can be purchased from 25 dinars (about 578 rubles) for 1 kg. Halva 185g – 4.5 dinars (about 104 rubles), 400g – 6.5 dinars (about 150 rubles).
Salted lemons – another unusual edible souvenir from Tunisia, which pleasantly surprises. This delicacy is sold almost everywhere, so finding it in Tunisia is not difficult. Tourists are trying to bring salted lemons from Tunisia, because they have an original taste.
Reasons to buy: unusual souvenir, exotic delicacy
Where better to buy: on any Medina with pickle sellers
Lemon cost: 1 kg from 3 dinars (about 69 rubles).
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For lovers of spicy dishes from Tunisia, you can bring in a sharp pasty Harissa sauce as a souvenir. The sauce is made from chili pepper, garlic, olive oil and various spices. Harissa in Tunisia is sold as a dry mix, powder, or in canned form.
It is best to buy the sauce already prepared in the form of canned food. Mixtures and powders must be diluted with oil and infused. One of the most popular brands of sauce is “Le Phare du Cap Bon”.
Reasons to buy: unusual souvenir, exotic delicacy, inexpensive gift
Where better to buyA: A large selection of Harissa at low prices can be found in Carrefour and MG stores.
Harissa Price: from 0.5 to 1 dinar (about 12-23 rubles) for a small jar in 135 g
Olive oil is often brought from Tunisia, because Tunisian oil is of good quality and can be bought cheaper than in Russia. Pay attention to the labels, they must contain the words “Extra Virgin” or “Cold First Press”. It is better to buy oil with acidity Photo ©
There are French vineyards in the country. The technology of wine production in Tunisia was also borrowed from the French. Therefore, you can safely bring local vintage wines from Tunisia. Pay attention to the wines “Magon”, “Muscat de Kelibia” and “Chateau Morgan Rose”.
- Pink – Cote de Carthage, Gris de Tunisie and Chateau Mornag;
- Red – Haut Mornag, Selian, Vieux Magon.
- White wines – Muscat de Kelibia, Thibar, Ugni Blanc, Blanc de Blanc
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In addition to wine in Tunisia, you can buy local moonshine based on figs – Buha. Drink with citrus aroma and strength of about 40 degrees.
From Tunisia brought date liquor “Thibarine” and citrus liqueur “Cedratine”. Thibarine is customary to drink with coke, and Cedratine with coffee.
You can also bring a tincture of herbs and orange peels – Cedratine. Drink Sedratin has a strength of 36-40 degrees.
Note : since Tunisia is a Muslim country, selling and drinking alcoholic beverages is prohibited on Friday.
Reasons to buy: high-quality alcohol, the memory of Tunisia
Where to buy: You can buy alcohol in Tunisia in specialized shops of the “General shops” (they work from 10:00 to 16:00). You can also buy in Carrefour type moles and in Monoprix type supermarkets. In ordinary stores, alcohol is not sold.
Alcohol cost: A small bottle of wine 0.35-0.5 from Tunisia can be brought in 7-20 dinars (about 170-453 rubles). Tibarine liqueur in Tunisia sell from 10 dinars (about 230 rubles). Sedratin can be bought for about 18 dinars (about 416 rubles).
As a gift from Tunisia, you can bring spectacular and stylish gold and silver jewelery. It is worth noting that in Tunisia, the greatest importance is given to the quality of the metal, and not precious stones. In the manufacture of jewelry using base stones, cubic zirconia or a diamond.
Jewelers prefer to make gold jewelry out of 750 samples. Since jewelry is made of high-gold, the price of jewelry is advised. Silver jewelery is mainly represented by Berber style (spectacular and massive jewelery).
An expensive souvenir is jewelry with corals or with pearls. The price of such jewelry depends on the color and method of processing the product.
Special attention should be paid Shab. Unusual Shab embellishments are created using amber. In contact with the warmth of the human body, Amber begins to smell pleasantly (the decoration gives off a soft, fragrant aroma).
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Ordinary decorations are also popular. As a gift you can bring jewelry with a hamsa amulet. The amulet has other names – the Hand of the Lord, the Hand of Fatima, the Hand of Five. The amulet itself is a symmetrical palm with two thumbs facing down. In the center of the decoration is placed a stone or a pattern against the evil eye.
It is believed that such jewelry is presented as a wish for prosperity and success. Buy Hamsa can be in the form of pendants on the bracelet, pendant, earrings and necklaces. The cost depends on the size and material of the decoration.
Reasons to bring: high-quality jewelery, high-grade metal
Where to buy: Jewelry is better to buy in specialized stores. Refrain from buying gold in the Medina, except for the Medina in Tunisia.
Cost of jewelry in Tunisia: Gold items can be purchased from 61 dinars (about 1,416 rubles). Pink coral beads are sold from 1225 dinars (about 28,322 rubles). Simple jewelry with a hamsa amulet can be purchased from 2 dinars (about 46 rubles).
Tunisian fabrics, clothing and shoes
Linen in Tunisia, you can buy high quality. Such materials are used for clothing designed for a hot climate. For example, Tunisia men walk in a spacious shirt to the middle of the calf, in Jubba.
Reasons to buy: high-quality and natural material
Where better to buy: in Hammamet. Flana “Fella” is famous for its high-quality things.
The cost of fabrics in Tunisia: Flax – from 25 dinars (about 566 rubles) for 1 m of fabric. Pants can be bought from 15 dinars (about 347 rubles), dresses and tunics from 6 dinars (about 139 rubles), shirts and blouses from 7 dinars (about 162 rubles).
You can also bring silk from Tunisia. Here it is sold in good quality. Tourists often buy silk scarves, tippet and bedspreads.
Reasons to buy: high-quality and natural material
Where to buy: a large selection is presented in Mahdia
The cost of fabrics in Tunisia: a meter of silk can be purchased from 25 dinars (about 566 rubles). Neck scarves can be bought from 10 dinars (about 231 rubles), small bags from 15 dinars (about 347 rubles), bed covers from 20 dinars (about 462 rubles), palatines from 15 dinars (about 347 rubles), silk shoes sell from 10 dinars (about 231 rubles).
You can bring high-quality leather clothing and footwear from Tunisia. The choice of leather things in Tunisia is big.
Reasons to buy: reasonable prices, high-quality leather
Where better to buy: If you want a 100% guarantee, it is better to buy in specialized stores that are ready to provide quality certificates.
The price of leather products: The cost of products depends on the type of leather and processing technology. Leather bags have a large run-up in prices: a bag can be bought for 10-80 dinars (about 231-1850 rubles).
- Camel leather bags cost about 20 dinars (about 462 rubles),
- Leather case can be purchased from 55 dinars (about 1,272 rubles),
- Leather belts for 10-15 dinars (about 231-347 rubles),
- Leather slippers can be purchased for about 27-37 dinars (about 623-850 rubles),
- Leather sandals sell for about 61 dinars (about 1,416 rubles).
From Tunis you can bring Hookah as a gift. A medium size hookah can be purchased for 25 dinars (about 578 rubles). Buying a hookah in Tunisia, remember that not all hookahs are intended for smoking. Some hookahs are purely decorative decoration for the house.
Note: Most airlines prohibit the transportation of a hookah in the cabin, so check with the airline in advance and consider how best to transport the hookah to Russia.
What you need to know about shopping in Tunisia
- The center of commerce in each city is Medina or Old Town. Medina is an area with many shops and handicraft shops. You can also make purchases in various stores and outside of Medina, in shopping centers and in large specialized stores. All outlets are divided into two types: stores with fixed prices and stores without price tags.
- In stores where there is no fixed price, it is customary to bargain. Bargaining is based on the mutual respect of the buyer and seller. Bargaining can reduce the price by 50-80%.
- Serious and costly acquisitions are best made in large or specialized stores. In these stores you can provide a certificate of quality and warranty. In the case of claims to the quality of the goods will be easier to return the money.
- Once again we recall that on Friday the sale and use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Special shops selling alcohol General shops are open from 10:00 to 16:00.
- Since Tunisia is still a Muslim country, girls should NOT go to short shorts and T-shirts to Medina. Photo © Rusty Clark
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