Ten Must-Take-Home Souvenirs from Slovenia
Slovenia has many unique products to offer – from traditional food and drinks to handmade products.
Here’s Let’s go Slovenia’s list of ten MUST take home souvenirs from Slovenia to choose from!
1. Slovenian honey
Slovenia has a long tradition in beekeeping and is home to a number of excellent beekeepers The country is known for the quality of its honey and its long tradition of apiculture and apitherapy.
Therefore, bringing home a jar of Slovenian honey (also called liquid gold because of its numerous health benefits), is a great and healthy idea!
Slovenian honey is produced under strict regulation and only by a nationally protected bee – Carniolan honey bee.
2. Pumpkin seed oil
A survey on our Slovenia Travel Forum on Facebook showed that a great number of repeating Slovenia visitors always bring home a bottle of Slovenian pumpkin seed oil. This indeed is a great culinary specialty (also called the green gold) and it’s a must in every Slovenian kitchen.
In some parts of Slovenia, like Styria and Prekmurje they have been growing pumpkins since the 18th century and turning the seeds into oil.
3. Bottle of borovničevec (blueberry liqueur)
For the true experience of Slovenia we recommend to try one of country’s popular brandy’s and liqueurs such as borovničevec (blueberry), orehovec (wallnut), smrekovec (spruce) or medica (honey).
Since borovničevec is our favourite, we chose to put it in the headline. But they are all truly excellent idea for a Slovenia souvenir.
Borovničevec – mixed in with the liqueur are bits of blueberries that have soaked in the alcohol and sugar.
Not to forget. There is also a Slovenian pear brandy – viljamovka Zima (Winter) being the best selection.
4. Lect Heart
For those looking for a sweet traditional Slovenian gift, Lect’s Heart is a thing to buy! The decorated honey bread making is an old traditional handcraft of Slovenia.
In the Live Gingerbread Museum in a little town of Radovljica near the famous Lake Bled visitors can watch the making of this kind of bread and its decoration.
The Lect hearts come in various sizes, in Radovljica you can also have a personalized Lect heart made.
Look into the museum here.
5. Salt Flower
Another of the great “Made in Slovenia” souvenirs is definitely fleur de sel (solni cvet) from the centuries old Sečovlje salt pans, on the coast south of Piran. Known also as the Piran Salt, it exceeds even the prized French Fleur de Sel varieties.
So, what’s so special about it?
Its recognisably unique flavour and fragrance. This is the result of the traditional production method – gathering of the salt in a thin layer on the surface of the saltpans basins.
6. Woodenware products from Ribnica
Ribnica is a small town in South East of Slovenia known for a unique craft connected with the making of useful wooden objects. From various household objects (spoons, sieves, buckets etc.) to wooden toys and various accessories (wooden jewellery, today even wooden phone cases and similar).
Read more about the woodenware making tradition in Ribnica here!
7. Idrija lace
The same as for Ribnica wooden ware goes for Idrija lace. It’s a Slovenian product with a great tradition. We could even say it’s country’s trademark product. Originating from a mining town of Idrija, back in the 19th century miners’ wives were bringing some extra income with making lace.
Even today, this activity is still going on among the local women. There is a surprising variety of lace goods – from simple cloths and handkerchiefs to gloves, necklaces and even earrings.
Read our interview with a original Idrija lace maker and artist Tina Koder here.
8. Tea, coffee cup ‘SLOVENKA‘
Talking about lace. SLOVENKA (Slovenian Woman) is a handmade ceramic cup with a lace plate by Slovenian ceramic artist Brigita Herjavec. If you like cups, this is certainly a must have cup souvenir from Slovenia.
You can check out the story behind it here.
Cups and literature lovers can also opt for a cup with the image of Slovenian writer and playwright Ivan Cankar (1876 – 1918) on it asking for a cup of coffee.
A cup with also text Kave bi (I Want Coffee) was inspired by Cankar’s short story Cup of Coffee.
9. Plečnik candle holder
While in Slovenia, particularly Ljubljana you will hear a name Jože Plečnik a lot. This great architect (1872-1957) was a pioneer in urban planning and is to thank for some of the most remarkable Slovenia’s buildings, churches and bridges.
Read more about the great master of the architecture Jože Plečnik here.
Plečnik candle holder (Svečnik Plečnik) is a product of permanent value, made in accordance with traditional method of blacksmith artistic craft from Kropa.
10. Cook Eat Slovenia cookbook
If after visiting Slovenia and enjoying the local food here you wish to bring traditional Slovenian recipes to your home kitchen (which is very likely to happen), here’s an idea. Get a new Cook Eat Slovenia cookbook by Špela Vodovc!
The recipes from Slovenia’s 24 culinary regions, with more than 100 dishes will make happy any food enthusiast.
Yo can order it here!
Additional Slovenian souvenir ideas (because it’s too hard to stick to only ten): 🙂
- Slovenian wines – reds Teran, Modra Frankinja, Metliška Črnina, whites Rebula, Zelen, Pinela … and the latest two hits: Orange wine and First Lady wine.
- potica (nut roll and a traditional festive pastry)
- local cheese (e.g Bovški sir or cheese from Velika planina plateau)
- a jar of figs in Teran wine
- Pater Ašič tea (herbal teas by the most famous monk of Stična monastery)
- Rogaška crystal – Slovenian crystal products with almost 350 years of tradition
- painted panels from bee hives – with traditional folklore images
- felt slippers – felt is the material that comes from the indigenous Jezersko-Solčava sheep breed