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10 Things You Can Buy In Berlin

| Uncategorized | March 1, 2019

Do you know someone who is a fan of the city Berlin? Are you looking for something cool to remind you of your stay or trip to Berlin? We have selected 10 of the coolest Berlin souvenirs which are perfect when you are looking for gift-ideas or products which are related to Berlin.

1. Monopoly Berlin

This is my favorite Berlin-related souvenir which I have found so far. Totally different than a useless key ring or a t-shirt which will be too small after washing it once. Monopoly Berlin is the original Monopoly game but instead of the traditional streets you will find the larger streets of Berlin on the board. Who does not want to cruise over Kurfurstendamm, Kottbusser Tor of Hermannplatz or build some hotels on Platz der Luftbrucke? It is all possible in this Monopoly Berlin-edition. The price of this souvenir is a bit higher but if you are looking for gift idea which will really be used once in a while, Monopoly Berlin might be a great choice for you.

Monopoly Berlin Souvenir
Monopoly Berlin Souvenir

Name: Monopoly Berlin
Price: 49,90
Target-group: All grown-ups

2. Beer-collection gift idea

A gift idea or souvenir I personally would like to receive is a selection of German beers. Especially people who do not live in Germany but love Berlin, will be very pleased to receive a collection of beers which are not for sale in their home country. Off course you have to include brands like Berliner Kindl and Berliner Pilsner but people also love the special beers from Bavaria and other parts of Germany. You can buy beers in every supermarket or Spätkauf in Berlin but also online at Amazon or in supermarkets like Kaiser’s, Edeka or Real.

You can decide yourself how expensive you want this gift-idea to be: You can choose between an 11-bottles crate or a 20-bottles crate and the prices of the beers itself also differ 0,30€ and 2€. Keep in mind that it is most convenient to bring this Berlin-souvenir with you if you travel by car.

Beer as a gift or souvenir from Berlin
Beer As A Gift Or Souvenir From Berlin

Name: Berliner Beer selection
Price: 5-15 euro
Target-group: Beer-lovers

3. Berlin S-Bahn Shower Curtain

A very original and useful souvenir related to Berlin is the S-Bahn Shower Curtain which you can see on the image below. If you like Berlin, one of the most important things to remember will be the S and U-bahn stations. Personally I always know where people live when they tell me which station is close to their house. The Shower Curtain of the S-Bahn will enable you to study the S-Bahn in Berlin every time you are in the bathroom. Besides that it is an awesome reminder and souvenir of Berlin.

The shower curtain with the stations of the S and U-Bahn in Berlin
The Shower Curtain With The Stations Of The S And U-Bahn In Berlin

Name: S-Bahn Shower Curtain
Price: 34,90
Target-group: Everybody
Link to the product: Rushower

4. Book: Absolut Berlin

A book about a city in which you have lived for a while or love to visit is always a nice souvenir. There are many books about Berlin, but one of the coolest books I have read in the last years is Absolut Berlin written by Axel Schock. A while ago I published an article with unusual facts about Berlin, this article was based on the book Absolut Berlin. The book is actually a summary of a lot of interesting and unexpected facts about Berlin. If you want to buy a book about Berlin you can also have a look in my article about eight great books about Berlin written by insiders.

Absolut Berlin - Axel Schock
Absolut Berlin – Axel Schock

Name: Absolut Berlin
Price: 16,90 Euro
Target-group: Everybody who can read

5. Calling Berlin – Paul Kalkbrenner (DVD)

If you like the clubs in Berlin, you will also love the dvd Calling Berlin from Paul Kalkbrenner. Paul Kalkbrenner is one of the most famous DJs from Germany and in this movie you will hear a lot of his music, see some berliner clubs and laugh a lot about the funny behavior of Kalkrenner himself. I already mentioned this movie in my article about the 5 must-see movies from Berlin. Any other movie in that article might also be an alternative as a gift or souvenir from Berlin.

A great Berlin souvenir: Calling Berlin from Paul Kalkbrenner
A Great Berlin Souvenir: Calling Berlin From Paul Kalkbrenner

Name: Calling Berlin – Paul Kalkbrenner
Price: 7€
Target-group: Movie & Music Lovers

6. Berliner Luft (Liquor)

If you have been living in Berlin for a while, you probably tried Berliner Luft at least once. This alcoholic drink is very popular because it tastes quite good and is not as strong as shots like Tequila, Sambuca or Jaegermeister. Berliner Luft is also quite cheap: You can buy a bottle for about 6 Euro and it is actually a great souvenir for everybody who has a connection to Berlin. If I celebrate my birthday, at least one of my friends will bring a bottle of Luft as a present. It brings up all the good memories of parties in Berlin. There are a lot of different tastes of Berliner Luft as you can see on the image below.

All different types of Berliner Luft
All Different Types Of Berliner Luft (© Aniland-Shop.De)

Name: Berliner Luft
Price: Normal bottle 5-7 Euro, XXL-Bottle 10 Euro
Target-group: Everybody who likes a drink and is 18+

7. Hertha BSC fanshop

Unfortunately the city of Berlin does not have the greatest soccer-team like AC Milan, Barcelona or Ajax Amsterdam. But still, every boy will love a souvenir which reminds him off a football-match in Berlin. Hertha BSC is the best soccer-team in Berlin and they have a very good fanshop. You can buy anything you want and decide yourself how much you want to spend.

Another great idea might be to give somebody tickets to a game of Hertha BSC. Maybe chose the match against Bayern Munchen and see the winners of the Champions-League play? Tickets can be bought on the website of Hertha BSC.

Hertha Fanshop

Great Berlin-souvenirs for a soccer-loverName: Hertha Bsc souvenirs
Price: 5 – 100 Euro
Target-Group: Soccer lovers
Link to the products: www.herthashop.de

8. Gym Bag “Keep Calm and Love Berlin”

Turnbeutel are very popular in Berlin. Specially the hip Berliner people walk around with these light bags which are called Turnbeutel in German. You can find these bags with a lot of funny texts and images on them. Obviously it is a great and cheap gift idea or souvenir for everybody who has lived in Berlin or just loves the city. We choose the gym bag with the text “Keep calm and Love Berlin” but obviously you can choose any other bag as well.

Bag Souvenir Keep Calm Berlin
Bag Souvenir Keep Calm Berlin

Name: Gym Bag (Turnbeutel)
Price: 12,90€
Target Group: Hip Berlin Lover

9. Lonely Planet Berlin

Besides the book Absolut Berlin it is always great to own the Lonely Planet of a travel-destination you like. If you love Berlin you probably planning to come back soon and the Lonely Planet is the best travel-guide out there. Besides that it is also cool to own the guide as a souvenir because there are plenty of pictures in it to remind you of the city. The travel-guide costs 17,95€ on Amazon and therefore it is also a very affordable souvenir.

Lonely Planet Berlin
Lonely Planet Berlin

Name: Lonely Planet Berlin (book)
Price: 17,95€
Interesting for: Everybody who can read

10. 3D Puzzle Brandenburger Tor

If you are looking for a great gift idea for a creative person you might want to consider checking out this 3D puzzle from the Brandenburger Tor or another attraction in Berlin. If people like to do something and get reminded of their time in Berlin, this is a great present. After finishing the puzzle you can put it somewhere in the house as a reminder of a great time in Berlin. The price is 27,

Berlin 3d Puzzle Brandenburger Tor

3D Puzzle Brandenburger TorName: 3D Puzzle Brandenburger Tor
Price: 27,90€
Target Group: Everybody

Top 10 Things To Buy In Stockholm, Sweden

| Uncategorized | February 27, 2019

Stockholm

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic countries. Stockholm is a mixture of historic and dynamic modern architecture.

Spread over 14 islands, this fascinating city has preserved its Gamla stan historic center, with its winding, cobblestone streets, while the modern part of the city features world-class art galleries and museums displaying everything from Viking treasures to ABBA stage props.

The city also hosts Skansen, an open-air museum and zoo on the island of Djurgården. The city has amazing style, with stores selling beautiful textiles, fashions and bags, handmade ceramics and local arts and crafts.

Restaurants serve an amazing range of international and local cuisine. Of course, one of the best aspects of Stockholm is that most of the locals speak English, making shopping and dining easier to navigate. With so much to choose from, scroll below to find out what to buy in Stockholm, Sweden. Most are conveniently sized for your flight home!

1. Pärlan’s Konfektyr – Candy and preserves

Pärlan’s Konfektyr is a dream come true for anyone with the proverbial sweet tooth. All candy and fudge on offer are made from handed-down, age-old recipes, using only the most natural ingredients. Taste-test the latest offerings before making your purchase or enjoy the jazz music playing in the store while you queue or relax with a good cup of coffee. There are also tasty preserves and jams to buy.

Pärlan’s Konfektyr

Address: Nytorgsgatan 38 ,Stockholm, Sweden

WebsitePärlan’s Konfektyr

2. Lovikkavantar – Handmade traditional mittens

Lovikkavantar
Source: Wikimedia

Lovikkavante is an iconic Swedish handmade mitten which originated from the village of Lovikka in Northern Sweden. The mittens bear the original design and pattern of their creator, Erika Aittamaa, who designed them for the colder climate of Northern Sweden, in 1892. The village itself has a museum which covers the design and history of the cozy and warm mittens. One of the best places to purchase the Lovikkavante is Swedish Handicraft, along with other interesting items.

Swedish Handicraft

Address: Norrlandsgatan 20, 43 Stockholm, Sweden

3. Julbock – Traditional straw Christmas goat

Julbock
Source: Wikipedia

The Julbock is the traditional Christmas straw goat, used ornamentally throughout Scandinavian history. The origin of the goat dates back to ancient Pagan festivals, where the last sheaf of straw taken during the harvest was bundled up for good luck and saved for the festivities. On a visit to Stockholm, you might not want to buy one as large as the Julbock pictured here. They come in all sizes, perfect as an ornament on your Christmas tree or a pretty addition to a shelf in the home. They are readily available in handcraft shops and Christmas markets in the city.

4. Cheese slicer

Cheese slicer
Source: Wikipedia

This innovative kitchen tool is available in houseware stores throughout Stockholm. It is a simple, but genius tool that makes it easy to slice cheese for sandwiches. Not only is this a great idea for your own kitchen, but it makes a perfect souvenir to take home to friends and family members who love cheese.

5. Swedish salty licorice

Salty licorice
Source: Wikipedia

This licorice treat is different from your normal, everyday candy. The confectionary is flavored with Salmiak salt to add a special tang. Most salty licorice pastilles or candy are black or dark brown in color. Many people find the flavor a little strong or “tongue-numbing,” so it’s definitely an acquired taste, but one that should be experienced when visiting Stockholm.

6. Swedish snaps

Swedish snaps
Source: Wikipedia

For those who enjoy shots, Swedish Snaps is a strong alcoholic beverage, drunk in small glasses during a meal. The traditional drink is particularly enjoyed at Easter, Midsummer and Christmas, where families down the drink and shout out “Skål!” which is the Swedish version of cheers. The alcoholic drink can only be bought at System Bolaget, a government-owned chain of liquor stores in Stockholm, as long as you are 20 years of age or older.

System Bolaget

WebsiteSystem Bolaget

7. Swedish Butter Knife

Butter knife
Source: Wikipedia

This elegantly simple design is perfect when using good Swedish butter. The knife is carved completely from wood and it slides through butter, well, like a knife through butter! The Swedish butter knives are available in all household stores throughout Stockholm. They are the perfect, light and small souvenir to take home for everyone in the family, without paying excess luggage.

8. Hafi Lingonberry Preserves

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Hafi Lingonberry Preserves are made from a berry, which is similar to the cranberry. The tart preserve is the perfect, traditional accompaniment to pancakes or the iconic Swedish köttbullar meatballs. The preserves are available from most grocery outlets throughout Stockholm. Take it home to use wherever you would normally use a cranberry preserve, for something a little different.

9. Swedish Dishcloths

Swedish dishcloths are colorful and wonderfully absorbent, ideal to replace regular cloths in the kitchen. The cloths are made from 30 percent cotton and 70 percent cellulose and are fully washable. When you’ve finally finished using them, they can be added to the compost, as they are totally natural. Of course, the colorful design will add a beautifully Scandinavian look to the kitchen. They are available in any store in Stockholm, which sells kitchen and houseware goods.

10. Swedish hand-bound brushes

Swedish hand-bound brushes date back to the late 1900s in Stockholm. Each brush is made by hand by visually impaired craftsmen. All have exclusive designs and are crafted from mostly natural materials. They make the perfect gift to take home for a loved one and are available in Iris Hantverk and other houseware stores throughout Stockholm.

Iris Hantverk

Address: Kungsgatan 55, Stockholm, Sweden

WebsiteIris Hantverk

Top 10 Souvenirs You Can Buy in Cape Town

| Uncategorized | February 25, 2019

Zulu ceremonial spoons at Greenmarket Square in Cape Town. Photo: Edwin Remsberg/Getty Images

It’s easy to spend money on “authentic” one-of-a-kind beaded rhinos and painted throws in Cape Town — only to find out later you can buy those things in markets all over Africa. (Sorry to break it to you, but most of them are mass-produced in China.) For ultralocal, uniquely South African souvenirs, we asked our insider pals to share some of their favorite collectibles.

1. Zulu ceremonial spoons 
“These make a perfect souvenir. For starters, they work beautifully across multiple décors and signify the Ubuntu spirit of the South African people. Zulu spoons are commonly found in curio stores, but I get mine from Africa Nova, where they are sold mounted on stands [$124].” —Hamzeh Alfarahneh, artist, designer, and founder of accessories brand Blac and art exhibitionNot Just a Comb

2. Local leather backpack
“South African leather is amazing, and Freedom of Movement makes really durable pieces. I bought a backpack [$166] there before shooting my travel series Girl Eat World and that piece was used in all of the press images before coming with me around the world. They also have eyewear, which are hot property [from $166].” —Kamini Pather, TV chef and winner ofMasterChef South Africa: Season 2

3. Old World wine“Get a bottle of Vin de Constance from Klein Constantia [available at the vineyard and online; $82], a wine estate in the suburb of Constantia, the oldest wine region in South Africa. This sweet wine is world-famous; even Napoleon was a big fan.” —Barbara Lenhard, co-founder ofOpulent Livingconcept store and gallery

4. Africa-shaped pendant
“I love the Africa-shaped pendant made from recycled flattened protea flowers set in sterling silver from African Fynbosgems [available at the Watershed Market; $42]. I’m the ultimate upcycler and recycler, and the protea is my favorite flower, so I think this is a great way of keeping the protea alive and useful for much longer.” —Charmaine Taylor, founder and designer of Legacy Collection jewelry

5. Rooibos Tea
“Translated to ‘red bush’ tea from Afrikaans, rooibos is a member of the endemic fynbos species that can only grow in the Cederberg region of the Western Cape. It’s well-known for its antioxidant properties and had a mild, earthy flavor. I always pack a stash when I travel — for my own consumption and as gifts. Get boxes of organic, fair-practice loose-leaf rooibos, including mixes made with vanilla and rose petals, from Lady Bonin’s Tea on Long Street [from $6].” —Ishay Govender-Ypma, author of Curry: Stories and Recipes Across South Africa

6. Kalahari salt
“Salt is at the top of my list when I bring back food items from trips and I like to gift it, too. It’s a practical item, used by all cooks (give or take) and speaks directly of a place. I’m fond of the Oryx Desert salt range [available at delis and supermarkets; $3.50], sourced from the Kalahari salt pan, which engages with and gives back to the Khomani San and Mier communities from the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.” —Ishay Govender-Ypma

7. Pichulik earrings
“Get a set of Harvest tassel earnings from Pichulik [available at the Watershed Market; $339]; the length and the gold detailing sets these apart from other similar styles and Pichulik is a statement South African brand.” —Kelly Withey, owner of concept shopMaison Mara

8. Pink Lady gin
“My favorite local gin brand is the Cape Town Gin Company. Their Pink Lady, inspired by the iconic Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, is infused with hibiscus flowers and rose petals [and available at liquor stores and grocery stores; $28]. They also do a rooibos tea-infused gin.” —Zoë Brown,  TV presenter and radio host

9. Yswara Cape Town candle
“As well as making your living room smell amazing, this soy-based candle [available at Merchants on Long for $62] can be used as an oil on the skin. Composed of cinnamon and red fruits, it’a a great way to take a piece of Cape Town home with you.” —Kelly Withey

10. Missibaba leather bags
Missibaba is the brainchild of Chloe Townsend, a designer, creator and artist who perfectly embodies both the trend toward cultural hybridity and of blurring the boundaries between art, design, fashion, and materiality.  We love how her products [leather bags from $91] often exude the unique flamboyance of the Cape Malay culture, a community with a rich history dating back to the founding of the Cape Colony.” —Talita Swarts and Tamlyn Martin, art consultantsand owners of art tour companyArt Route