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Souvenirs from Egypt
Souvenirs from the Arab Republic of Egypt can reflect the awe inspiring history and traditions of the country, or provide a slice of everyday life to take home with you. Camels are a popular motif, as a traditional method of transportation, and you can pick up many darling stuffed animals, post cards, magnets and key chains of them. A pyramid statue is another prerequisite memento, done in alabaster, ceramic or resin, or a replica of Nefertiti or an ornate sarcophagus. One of the world’s oldest papers, papyrus is made from reeds that grow in the Nile River. You can purchase large wall hangings of hieroglyphics, journals or cards made from this ancient material. Another Egyptian souvenir is a shisha pipe, a large metal and glass pot used to smoke flavored tobacco products. For those who enjoy cooking, you can also purchase a large variety of fragrant spices to use in recipes.
Some of the most memorable souvenirs you will pick up in your travels are wearable. One of the more sought after Egyptian pieces are T-shirts from Stella Beer. The national beer of Egypt, the company’s slogan, the famous “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger,” are quite popular with tourists. If you are searching for a more elegant piece of apparel, a jallabaya, worn by men, is an ankle length garment made from cool, comfortable cloth. Women may be interested in purchasing garments and accessories for belly dancing. Jangling beaded belts, embroidered vests, ethereally layered skirts and gossamer face coverings are just a few of the items found in the markets. If you are looking for something more demure, beautifully woven scarves, done in sleek modern styles or traditional Bedouin methods, are also a wonderful piece of memorabilia from Egypt. A final delicate finishing touch to any outfit is a piece of jewelry with a scarab beetle, a symbol of fortune to the Egyptian people.