SOUVENIR IDEAS FOR CREW: XMAS EDITION!

December 5, 2023

It’s that time of year again! After spinning like a top across the Med, are you looking for a way to bring a piece of your journey back home? Check out these cool souvenir ideas suggested by our teams to share the essence of your Mediterranean journey with family and friends!

 

The iconic cornetto from Naples. 

The famous Red Chili Pepper. Neapolitans use it to attract good luck and be protected by evil forces, or malocchio, as they call it. Found often on market stalls, it has become a symbol of fortune a bit everywhere in Italy! 

 

Pesto from Genova!

Pesto Genovese is a sauce with origins in the Italian city of Genoa. Traditionally, it consists of basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino. Its name stems from the word “pestare”, meaning to pound or crush, referring to the original method of making the sauce with a mortar and pestle. Chef’s advice: enjoy it with pasts such as trofie or tagliatelle! 

 

The Calisson of Provence! 

 Gourmet jewel of the city of Aix en Provence, made of almonds, candied fruit and sugar. Not only a treat for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes.  

 

Dijon Mustard.  

Here is the king of sauces! This type of mustard that originated in Dijon, a town in Burgundy gets its distinctive flavor from white wine! This condiment allows you to decorate meats, sauces and vinaigrettes with a spicy touch! 

Rakija: the Croatian Traditional Liquor 

A must-try for those seeking an authentic taste of the Adriatic! Rakija is a traditional  liquor that holds a special place in the country’s cultural and social fabric. This fruit brandy, typically made from grapes, plums, or other fruits, is deeply rooted in Croatian heritage and hospitality. 

 

Licitar hearts

Probably the most beautiful souvenir you can buy in northern Croatia! Designed to bring joy to the giftee, it makes any space where it’s displayed feel warmer and more cheerful. This is especially true at Christmas time when it’s used to decorate the Christmas tree. Fun fact: This age-old craft hasn’t changed much through the centuries and was listed as UNESCO heritage in 2010!

 

Handmade Maltese Lace 

This craft is known for its intricate bobbin/pillow lace technique, a process that requires a lot of time and patience. It’s an authentic piece to be appreciated forever for the hard work involved as well as for its delicate beauty. Bring a touch of Malta’s charm into your home!  

 

Pistachio from Aegina 

Try one of the world’s tastiest pistachios! Pistachios from the island of Aegina are renowned for their rich and sweet flavour. Small in size, they are praised for their superior flavour and distinctive aroma, which is due to the island’s unique microclimate. Did you know? The unique Aegina pistachio has been a protected designation of origin (P.D.O.) since 1977.

 

 

Turkish Delights

Arguably one of the most famous things to buy in Türkiye, Turkish delights are fantastic to bring home from your trip and share with your friends, family, and colleagues! They come in a variety of tastes, from gummies to filled with nuts or fruit.  

 

Mallorcan Sobrasada  

The best souvenir for the meat lovers! Sobrasada mallorquina has become an iconic product of Mallorca due to its unique flavor and the tradition surrounding it. With centuries of history, this sausage is an integral part of the island’s culinary culture. It can be spread and is often consumed on bread, but it is also used in a variety of recipes, from tapas to more complex dishes. 

 

 

 

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