Gdansk

Gifts & Souvenirs

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What we have tried to do here is highlight not just the better of the traditional souvenir shops but also try to bring your attention to local shops and companies who sell local products or products typically associated with the area.

First of all you are in the heart of the Kashubian region here, home to the Kashubian people one of the largest surviving ethnic minorities in Europe. Distinct from Poles in both language and culture the Kashubians are an integral part of modern Poland but also have a clear identity visible in their peculiar language, which sounds like a mix of Polish and German, and in their crafts. Kashubians particularly pride themselves on their embroidery which uses just five colours: green, red, yellow, black and blue, the latter of which comes in three distinct shades. Green represents the forests, red the fire and bloodshed in defence of the homeland, yellow the sun, black the earth and blue the sky, lakes and sea. Designs are simple, cheerful and are used on everything from clothes to ceramics. Other things to look out for are their wood carvings and basket woven items.

There is nothing which says Gdansk more than the iconic Solidarność (Solidarity) logo which has come to signify the movement of people across Poland who together led to the Berlin Wall crashing down. Those interested in the movement and the history will find a range of books dedicated to the subject as well as postcards, photo albums, souvenirs and even recreations of communist era items such as ration books are now available.

For those really into their football you might think about picking up a Poland national side shirt. You’ll also find a stand in Galeria Bałtycka dedicated to local club Lechia Gdańsk.

Other specialties of the region include Kashubian pottery, sweets and particularly gingerbread from the city of Toruń to the south and cut glass.

One option is to take a look at local company Findlocalgift who have sourced lots of interesting locally produced or locally themed gifts and put them together online. They’ll parcel up your gift and deliver it to your hotel for free or courier it to your home for a charge.

Alternatively here are some of the shops where you can buy some of the items mentioned above.
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