What To Buy In Kuwait

what to buy in kuwait

Kuwait features all the Middle Eastern charms through majestic deserts and rich cultures. Travel to this Persian Gulf country and see the magnificent structures such as the Liberation Tower or the majestic Grand Mosque. As you visit, make sure to bring something back from your travels, from arts and crafts such as wooden shields to perfumes. Kuwait City, as the capital, has many places to shop for souvenirs and beyond. Stop by one of the malls or even visit a souk, their traditional marketplace. Trade some dinars and follow our guide for what to buy in Kuwait.

1. Engraved metal or woodwork figures

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One kind of souvenir that you can bring back home is a metal or woodwork figure. Some will have engravings of Arabic words, patterns, or even a picture. A camel, the Liberation Tower, or a ship made out of metal and wood with the word “Kuwait” engraved on the side are a few souvenir staples that can be found all across the country in various places. All kinds of metal, wood, or even a combination of both can be found anywhere from souks to souvenir shops at malls and the airport. If you don’t want any cliché souvenirs, other items can also be found in this Middle Eastern country. Arabic teapots complete with teacups, trays, wooden cups, and colorful lamps are other things that are displayed in markets and stores.

2. Embroidered tote bags

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A tote bag is a nice item to buy if you visit another city or country. There are plain ones with some printed graphics or words, but there are also more sophisticated tote bags that are specially crafted with specific colors and designs. There are places that sell embroidered tote bags you can take home as a souvenir. Designed with various patterns and colors, you can find them in souks and souvenir stores in Kuwait.

3. Paper or acrylic gift boxes

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Gift boxes are souvenirs that can be given to friends or family who love collecting knickknacks since they can put other things inside. How about putting a little wooden shield or other trinkets inside the gift box for your loved ones? With all kinds of materials such as paper and acrylic, be on the lookout for them at the local malls. Wood and even metal boxes are also some other items that you can buy on your visit here.

4. Traditional wooden shields

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In times war, shields were meant to block attacks from the enemy. Nowadays, smaller versions are crafted and can be used as ornaments or decorations for your home, particularly to hang on the wall or prop against a mantle. Some are circular, others are triangular, with various patterns and colors. The traditional shields are made of wood, and we recommend these because they are lighter but they can still make for a great souvenir. Other than shields that you can hang, there are versions that can also be used as trays. You can find wooden trays in places such as Souq Al Mubarakeya in Kuwait City.

5. Perfumes

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Kuwait and other Arab countries are fond of perfumes. It is a part of their grooming routine and they like to smell nice when doing daily activities from working to going out with loved ones. Now, there are many places where you can buy perfumes in Kuwait, but make sure it is a trusted place that sells only original products. Another thing to remember is that this country also produces perfumes. If you want an authentic souvenir, bring home a perfume from known brands like Abdul Samad al Quraishi or the Fragrance Kitchen, which is based in Kuwait. Other than that, consider buying luxury fragrances made from oud.

Bring home the charm of Kuwait

Bring back souvenirs like teapots, lamps, or metal ornaments for loved ones. Learn about local favorites by checking out local brands. Use a tote bag that you just bought from the souk. Whatever you buy in Kuwait, be sure to include all the best attractions in your itinerary. Souvenirs can remind you of a place and even bring back memories of your travels. So, buy some or all of these suggested items and bring home the charm of Kuwait!

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