The most common souvenirs are pyramid figurines, products with the eye of Omniscience and screech beetle, papyrus and baklava. But there are many more exotic purchases that are known only to the locals and experienced tourists.
- Cartouch is a medallion with a message written in an ancient language, preserving from harm and the evil eye. In the past, the talisman could be worn only by pharaohs, and today you can buy a “royal” amulet with your name on it in a jewellery salon in Egypt.
- Kaf-maryam is a herb with a pleasant aroma. The fragrance in the dry state is fist-shaped and it becomes similar to an open hand while getting into the water. It brings luck in business. You can check it out.
- Khayamiya is handmade rugs. They are made of hempen hibiscus fiber. Khayamiya were used to create shelter tents for protection from the wind and sun. Now you can buy a small rug and bring it home in your hand luggage.
- Shisha is an authentic hookah. You can buy it at any market or boutique in Egypt. Please, remember that hookah can only be transported in luggage!
- Loofah shower puff for anti-cellulite massage. The quality depends on the plant colour and maturity. Light creamy puffs made of green loofah are soft, while brown ones made of mature loofah are stiff.
- Moroccan mitten for peeling in the hammam or bathhouses. It is perfectly combined with black soap and black cumin oil.
- Spices: cardamom and coriander, which are often added to coffee. Anise, which improves the taste of desserts. Cumin is a well-known flavour of Egypt, and it is often added to meat and fish. Molokhia is something between sage and spinach. It’s worth a try.
- Dukkah is a mixture of crushed nuts, herbs and spices. You can use it in salads, flavour yoghurt or porridge, or add to a cream soup. There are many variations of this spicy dish, from pistachio dukkah, with coconut flakes, to cranberry one, with pine nuts. Delicious sweet dukkah with strawberries and lavender.
- Saraya bread dessert means bread living in the palace. Egyptians drink it with red tea.
- Kunafa is a well-known Egyptian dessert that looks like an angel hair–type noodle. It is made with nuts and kataifi dough cut into thin fibres, which is why the dough is called “Angel’s Hair”.
- Goulash is a type of baklava. It is great with Egyptian coffee and nutmeg.
- Exotic teas of guava, lemongrass, tamarind and mango. The local hibiscus tea is above praise!
Cosmetic and medicinal products
- Viable oil perfumes. The best-selling perfumes are Papyrus, Nefertiti, Omon Ra. The aroma of the perfume remains even after bathing in the sea, pool or shower.
- Essential oils. The most popular are jojoba, helba, black cumin oil.
- Israeli cosmetics. The products with Dead Sea minerals are especially valuable.
- Vitamins for hair growth, hair care products. Ayurvedic cosmetics is well admired.
- Medical products that can be bought and transported without a prescription are eye drops, an analogue of soluble aspirin, sore throat remedy, cough syrups, vitamins. The price of medical products is several times lower than in our country.
Clothing and Jewellery
- Camel wool products: slippers, socks, scarves, warm hats and sweaters. They are warm and hard-wearing. Nice souvenir or a gift for yourself, or beloved one.
- Furs, leather belts and gloves. 200% cheaper than the domestic market.
- Robes, towels, bedsheets. Cotton quality is checked by its hygroscopicity, its ability to absorb moisture.
- Tunics, dresses, scarves and national muffles. T-shirts, children’s clothing. They don’t lose colour and form for a long time. It is proven by many tourists and their children.
- Jewellery made of gold, silver. You can buy the silver ones by weight, and choose something really interesting from gold ones.
It is strictly forbidden to take out of Egypt
- Sand, stones or shells that have been collected on your own or you don’t have a receipt on them.
- Coral products or coral itself. Their collection is considered poaching and harmful to the environment.
- Ivory, crocodile skin, turtle shells, shark teeth, mollusc shells or taxidermied animals of any kind.
- Antique items that are over 100 years old.
- Medication. One pack is the pale for a person. You can take more only with a prescription from a doctor in English.
- More than 1 litre of cosmetics.
- National currency.
There is a fine of $1,000 and a ban on visiting the country for violations of the rules. If the tourist doesn’t pay the fine at the airport, he will not be allowed to leave the country.