What souvenirs you be on the lookout for in Yekaterinburg? This part of the world is best known for its remarkable amount of minerals, and the old claim that a third of all minerals can be found in the Urals means it is no surprise to see an abundance of gems and semi-precious stones available. Green malachite is the most famous of these, the great symbol of the Urals, but the scarcity of it means that most on the street is imported. Keep an eye out for deeper colours and intricate patterns, and be sure to stick to official licensed sellers.
Red clay discovered in the 17th century is another iconic natural source found here, so keep an eye out for it. The usual books about Russian culture can also be found, with special attention paid to the nomadic people of the Urals. If all else fails, you can still get a bottle of vodka and a furry hat.