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Gifts from Poland (I'm returning to my country after a year in Poland)


LodzSA 1 | 2
3 Sep 2011 #1
Hi, I'm returning to my country after a year in Poland - What is cool gift ideas bearing in mind I have limited space in my suitcase and I'm on a tight budget?

Thanks
beckski 12 | 1,617
4 Sep 2011 #2
I have limited space in my suitcase and I'm on a tight budget?

Handcrafted paper items are nice. I bought the following book marker in Poland. I also saw lots of pretty handmade cards. They're inexpensive and hardly take up any suitcase space ;)



hague1cmaeron 14 | 1,377
4 Sep 2011 #3
Hi, I'm returning to my country after a year in Poland - What is cool gift ideas bearing in mind I have limited space in my suitcase and I'm on a tight budget?

Thanks

Missing SA are you?
OP LodzSA 1 | 2
4 Sep 2011 #4
Yes, Missing the friends, family and awesome weather! Just in time for summer there!
hague1cmaeron 14 | 1,377
5 Sep 2011 #5
Yes i would be as well, its a great time to go on a holiday. You are going to come back though are you?

As for gifts, i would choose a very practical gift like those slippers made of leather in the highlander style-those that make a noise when you walk in them. I bought those when I was in Poland a few months ago and I am very happy with them(:
Sleepy 1 | 7
5 Sep 2011 #6
Żubrówka, always an interesting thing to give someone, and very Polish.
littlejagoda 1 | 26
7 Nov 2011 #7
Merged: Gifts to take home from Poland for Christmas.

I've been wondering about gifts to take home from Poland (Krakow, specifically).

The obvious is Vodka and Kielbasa.

Next, I thought of absinthe - Anyone know the best (subjective, yes, I know) place to purchase, and the better brands?

I've been looking for the chocolate covered plums by Solidarność mentioned in another thread., but no luck so far. Anyone know where I can find them?

Finally, what are your opinions about what I should take back for the non-alcoholic/ non-sweetloving members of my family? ;) And children, of course, need something for all those neices and nephews (Ages 3-12).
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
7 Nov 2011 #8
As regards sweeties for the kiddies, besides chocolate-covered plums, other favourites are ptasie mleczko (chocolate-covered marshallow-like mousse), krówki (carmel-fudge) and delicje (chocolate-covered biscuits with orange filling). Other fillings (cherry, etc.) are available but the original orange is best. Prince Polo wafer bars are also appreciated abroad. And pierniczki (gingerbread-like honey-spice cakes) are also very nice. Katarzynki are a classic variety. Smacznego!
beckski 12 | 1,617
7 Nov 2011 #9
what I should take back for the non-alcoholic/ non-sweetloving members of my family?

Some of the females may appreciate some nice decorative linens, made with lace.
mafketis 23 | 8,540
7 Nov 2011 #10
what I should take back for the non-alcoholic/ non-sweetloving members of my family?

You can't go wrong with flaczki!!!!
ShAlEyNsTfOh 4 | 161
8 Nov 2011 #11
buy traditional items... folk clothing/cloths, statues/table top decorations, Baltic amber pieces... to name a few. :D
rybnik 18 | 1,462
8 Nov 2011 #12
The obvious is Vodka and Kielbasa

Beware of the sniffer dogs (in the airports)! Think twice about bringing kielbasa.
strzyga 2 | 993
8 Nov 2011 #13
aren't the dogs trained not to touch the tourists' kiełbasa?
gumishu 11 | 5,326
9 Nov 2011 #15
krówki (carmel-fudge)

again Solidarność cream fudges are the best - they are the most mild (ie not too sweet) - you won't find Śliwka nałęczowska solidarnosc.pl/index.php?option=products&task=list&cid=23 in discount stores - look in sweet shops and delis
Wroclaw Boy
9 Nov 2011 #16
I think one of those hand carved Zakopane chess sets make an excellent present.
pip 10 | 1,661
9 Nov 2011 #17
Hit the sukienice in Krakow. Wood carvings, amber, leather, wooden boxes and toys, highlander slippers, silver jewelry, glass-not very practical but nice.

that alcohol with the gold flecks is nice.
baskets
beckski 12 | 1,617
10 Nov 2011 #18
amber

I saw gorgeous amber jewelry in Poland. If your friends & relatives are religious, you may consider an amber rosary.
theKNOWLEDGE
10 Nov 2011 #20
Next, I thought of absinthe - Anyone know the best (subjective, yes, I know) place to purchase, and the better brands?

Why would you buy this when it's not particularly drunk in Poland?
teflcat 5 | 1,032
10 Nov 2011 #21
I've been looking for the chocolate covered plums by Solidarność mentioned in another thread., but no luck so far. Anyone know where I can find them?

I can't imagine why you're having trouble finding them. It's a leading Polish company and their products are on sale almost everywhere. Ask someone local.

I recommend Polish linen. It's not cheap but it's first class stuff. I bought some small table napkins for about 25PLN each.
I don't think absinth is legal in Poland.
littlejagoda 1 | 26
10 Nov 2011 #22
Ah, found the chocolates at the galeria. Like an idiot, I was looking for them in my local convenience stores.

I'm pretty sure absinthe is legal in Poland, probably just not popular.It's just alcohol, after all. The hallucinogen stories are pure BS.The reason I want to take it is because it's a novelty and not easily available where my extended family lives. I find it suits me a lot better than wine/beer/whiskey (with the possible exception of JWBL), and hopefully they'll enjoy it as well. Any information would be appreciated.

I already picked up amber in Gdansk. That was a good idea. Thank you. I've already gifted the only person in my family who plays chess a set of onyx/jade, so that's out.

I'll look into linen next and statuettes.
Linen - What's my best bet for the best quality in Krakow (price a non-issue for linen, although 25 zl is great)?
Statues - I'm looking for a bargain here, so antique shops are probably out. Hala Targowa? Stary Kelparz? Someplace a little further?
teflcat 5 | 1,032
11 Nov 2011 #23
Linen - What's my best bet for the best quality in Krakow

Just google Linen in Kraków. There are lots of sites; some in English.

The hallucinogen stories are pure BS

Have you ever tried it? It's not hallucinogenic but it is different.

It's just alcohol, after all

Not only. It contains thujone, an extract of wormwood. The effects after drinking absinthe are similar to those induced by good quality cannabis but are shorter-lasting. I hear.
littlejagoda 1 | 26
11 Nov 2011 #24
I've had it at a bar in Kazimierz. I really liked the mellow high it gave. It doesn't taste and smell like crap (like beer does) and doesn't burn like bourbon or whiskey (although I do like the smokiness). In the winter, of course, I'd go with Henessey XO or JW Black, but it's a great summer drink imo. The way I like it is with crushed ice in a glass, pour the absinthe over a sugar cube on a spoon, and then light the cube and allow the caramelized sugar to drip in through the spoon. Keep diluting it with ice water as you drink it....it lasts for me...I usually have one while my friends have had 3-4 beers.

The high is nothing like weed, except that it is quite mellow and you don't crash after (for me anyway). I want to clarify that I haven't had weed in Poland. Absinthe tastes like liquorice, so if you can't stand that it definitely isn't for you.
dhrynio 5 | 97
11 Nov 2011 #25
Just curious but where are you headed? If it is stateside then don't bother bringing the keilbasa, they will take it at the airport.
Jimmu 2 | 157
11 Nov 2011 #26
The effects after drinking absinthe are similar to those induced by good quality cannabis but are shorter-lasting. I hear.

Which did you hear about and which came from personal experience? Hehehehe

If you're going somewhere you can take agricultural products... What about the smoked cheeses they sell up in the mountains? I'm not sure how they taste, but they look great!
teflcat 5 | 1,032
11 Nov 2011 #27
Which did you hear about and which came from personal experience? Hehehehe

;)

What about the smoked cheeses they sell up in the mountains? I'm not sure how they taste, but they look great!

Salty. SALTY. Great grilled. They'd probably make the airport dogs go bananas.
littlejagoda 1 | 26
11 Nov 2011 #28
Just curious but where are you headed? If it is stateside then don't bother bringing the keilbasa, they will take it at the airport.

Thanks. I'm headed to australia, and then the states.
Klo 1 | 21
23 Nov 2013 #29
Merged: Unique to or representative gifts from Poland?

I'm putting together my Christmas package to Canada this week-end and I was wondering what I could include that is unique to or representative of Poland (short of wrapping up my MIL I have no ideas). The gifts are mostly for children and I think it's ridiculous for me to run out to Toys'r'us and ship something half way around the world that they can get around the corner. Any suggestions?
Zibi - | 336
23 Nov 2013 #30
How about you go to Cepelia and check out some of those hand-made toys and trinkets they have.


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