Gifts from Turkey: Istanbul Gifts for Women

Istanbul is a bustling metropolis and wonderful travel destination.  It is also an excellent place to shop for gifts!  Here is an Istanbul guide to buying gifts from Turkey for the women in your life while you are traveling in Istanbul.

1. Jewelry from designer Özlem Tuna, who has introduced a new line of Turkish gifts inspired by Kairos, the Greek god or spirit of opportunity who was Zeus’s youngest son. The gift collection, designed in Tuna’s trademark minimalist and playful style, includes necklaces, earrings, brooches, and a variety of porcelain dishes. The jewelry pieces are produced using 24-karat gold, pearls, and diamonds, while the porcelain dishes are decorated with mythological images of the god Kairos.

2. Graphic T-Shirt from Ajda Pekkan for Twist with nostalgic photo prints.  The 2011 spring/summer Turkish gift collection was inspired by Ajda Pekkan’s wardrobe, albums, photos, and films, featuring 25 pieces, mostly in black, grey, white, and red.

3. Orange flavored Turkish delight from Lokum Istanbul.  One of the most innovative additions is the Turkish delight with colored powder that looks almost like edible chalk. Provided by the chefs at Changa, the chocolates with lavender, rose, and jasmine fillings are also interesting and seriously delicious additions. What looks like a sigara böreği is actually a sweet pastry made with baklava dough and filled with lemon and orange rind—another original creation that tastes heavenly. These Turkey gifts are not just inventive and tasty products, but the gift boxes are also oh-so cute. Available in big and small sizes, the boxes are covered with toile and fringed with pompoms. In fact, all the packaging is high-end, finished with grosgrain ribbons, and are shaped like fez and tambourines.

Galil Turkish Delight, Pistachio, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4)

Hazer Baba Turkish Delight with Rose, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4)

4. Original Turkish handcrafted gift from Nahıl Dükkan, who sells natural homemade Turkish gifts, including peştemal, hamam accessories, hand-embroidered scarves, travel bags, and more, all at very reasonable prices. Socially responsible shoppers can not only buy stylish and organic gifts from Turkey, but also support a good cause at the same time.

5. Jasmine Body Purifier by former Turkish actress Ayşe Tolga’s natural cosmetics and aromatherapy brand Aisha Istanbul.  Produced entirely of natural products and certified organic ingredients, Aisha Istanbul’s Jasmine Body Purifier may be just the gift that the women in your life need to rub off dead winter skin and feel rejuvenated in time for spring.

Keep a part of Istanbul tourism with you by sharing these Turkish gifts from Istanbul with the women in your life.

Talya ArditiAuthor: Talya Arditi is editor at the Guide Istanbul – a sharp, sophisticated, and trustworthy filter to Istanbul Tourism, offering comprehensive listings of restaurants, bars, hotels, and more.

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