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Which items you need to bring back from the European countries you visit

Many travelers understand the major issue of luggage capacity. Still, that doesn’t mean you should not bring back a token from your travels. In Europe, most classic souvenirs are wines, oils, pottery, spirits and liqueurs – however, most of them are not compatible with hand luggage restrictions that exist in airports.

Business Insider UK created a list of the best souvenirs to bring back from Europe that meet the hand luggage regulations, while also considering tradition and authenticity.

Austria

“Mozart balls” are a must, as they can be picked from any supermarket in Austria. They are spheres of marzipan coated in chocolate and wrapped in a foil decorated with the composer’s face.

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Azerbaijan

You might want to buy a Buta tablecloth or a traditional rug, as they are both traditional and a great reminder of your trip to keep in your house.

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Belgium

You might want to bring back some Belgian chocolate, but chances are it will melt before you arrive. You can opt for local speculoos – biscuits made with brown sugar and spices.

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Bulgaria

You will be glad you bought a pair of traditional woolen slipper socks when the weather at home starts getting bleak – as they are warm, comfortable and add a wonderful pop of colour.

Croatia

In the country where the tie was invented, you will surely get the best tie-shopping experience, as experts will help you choose the perfect tie and develop your signature knot.

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Denmark

You can find many thrift shops and markets packed with iconic Scandinavian designs that you can purchase for a fraction of the cost of the mainstream retailers that attract tourists.

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Estonia

Boutiques all across the country sell stylish wooden accessories, that come in funky colors and unique geometric designs. You can pick anything from phone cases to jewelry.

Finland

You may want to opt for Marimekko fabrics, prints or wall hangings, as they can be folded up to fit in your carry-on luggage and their bright designs are recognizable all over the world.

France

You may want to bring back some charcuterie or a lump of cheese – but they always leave your bag smelling like a deli shop. Instead, bring back a candle from a luxurious boutique.

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Germany

You can find all kinds of souvenirs, from classic cukoo clocks to elegant Christmas decorations. If you want something that is both light and sturdy, opt for “lebkuchen” (gingerbread).

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Greece

You can easily fit a packet of fresh herbs into your suitcase that will remind you of your holiday each time you’re in the kitchen. Markets offer cheap spices in every town, city or village.

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Hungary

Hungarians create amazing puzzles. You can find them at markets all across the country and they come in all sizes – some of them the size of a ring box, some of a jewelry chest.

Iceland

Iceland is famous for its volcanic activity and retailers found a way to benefit from that by creating beautiful jewelry from volcanic stone (cooled lava).

LOVE Rose gold with these off pink dagger beads! The perfect separation with the black LAVA beads!

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Ireland

The Claddagh ring is a symbol of love and friendship and, depending on the hand it is worn and the direction of the heart, it can show if the wearer is single, in a relationship, engaged or married.

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Italy

If you visit Rome, you might want to go to Gammarelli, the 200-year-old retailer that has been providing garments for Italian priests, bishops and popes ever since the 18th century.

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Liechtenstein

Since Liechtenstein is one of the smallest countries in the world, its souvenir shops outweigh the permanent population. Kitsch souvenirs are the most common.

Malta

You may want to try the maltese nougat, a local delicacy best savoured after a meal with a glass of hanini liqueur. The nougat will surely be appreciated by your family and friends back home.

CARIE ISTANEA😅 #maltesenougat #arkadia #foodporn #vscocam #squaready

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Moldova

“Traistă” is a traditional woven bag that was once used to carry goods to and from the market in rural Moldova. It can be used as a great summer handbag.

Un nou produs cu broderie 🎉 #traista #discovermoldova #igmoldova #madeinmoldova #localsmd

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Netherlands

Stroopwafels are an essential Dutch souvenir. They are usually served on top of a hot cup of coffee, so that the cookie’s caramel center melts.

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Norway

Traditional Norwegian knitwear’s designs are replicated all over the world. It is worth purchasing an original, even if you wear it on the plane.

A beautiful day, as always, in Bergen ☀️☀️☀️#bergen #shoplocal #sinceitstartedgettingchilly

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Portugal

Since a third of Portuguese land is covered by cork oak trees, tourists can grab some authentic cork in basically any form from markets.

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Romania

Sheepskin hats, also known as “căciuli”, are traditional winter dress. Romanian designs use black sheepskin and make a great traditional souvenir.

Winter is coming #bikerjacket #blackrussian #sheepskinhat #linin #bikergilet #vintagebiker

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Spain

Saffron is usually expensive, but in a Spanish market you can get some for a fraction of the price in the UK. The spice gives paella its famous colour.

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Sweden

Salt liquorice divides Sweden the same way Marmite divides the UK. The salty-sweet flavour is so popular that it can be found in anything from ice cream and biscuits to chocolate and macaroons.

I don't want to live without this…. #tivoli #Copenhagen #saltlicorice #icecream

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Turkey

The “Evil Eye” is traditionally used to ward off bad luck and evil spirits. It is easily transportable and a popular Turkish symbol.

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Ukraine

The Ukrainian Matryoshka dolls are beautifully hand-painted to resemble peasant girls and even former Soviet leaders. Considering the fact that they stack, you can easily fit them into your bag.

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United Kingdom

Tea is the perfect souvenir to bring back from a holiday in the UK. You can go cheap or expensive and you don’t have to worry about it taking too much space.

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