Jordan Souvenirs & Tips for What to Buy in Jordan (2024)

Souvenir shopping is a big part of the travel experience. If you are looking for what to buy in Jordan during your trip then you are in the right place. I have traveled to Jordan many times and have quite a few of these things at home! Some of them, like a scarf, are practical and I can wear it whenever I want, and others, like an ostrich egg, are on display on my mantle at home.

There are not souvenirs on every corner in Jordan. Yes, they are easy to find, but it is not a country that takes advantage of consumerism and you will not find pushy shopkeepers who “strongly encourage” you to enter your store. You will also not find a souq designed for tourists. It just is not how things operate in Jordan.

Shopkeepers are pleasant and friendly and whether you visit a rest stop on the desert highway or are shopping in downtown Amman, you are sure to find one or two Jordanian souvenirs to take home with you from your trip.

What to buy in Jordan

Things to buy from Jordan
Downtown Amman has lots of small souvenir shops. The Desert highway has large shops with all kinds of items. I do suggest a bit of shopping around for your Jordan souvenirs if you have time. But sometimes it is best to buy something when you see it!

Jordanian Scarf (kiffiyeh)

The red and white checkered scarf worn by the Jordanian military and many Jordanians is one of the first things I suggest when someone asks me what to buy in Jordan. They are probably the most common souvenirs from Jordan and are easy to pack. They are also practical and will keep the sun off your head and neck in the hot summer and will also keep you warm in the cool winter months.

These scarves are instantly recognizable and are loved the world over.

souvenir shopping in Madaba Jordan

Arabic Spices to Buy in Jordan

After enjoying zaater on bread for breakfast in Amman, you will want to bring some home with you! Especially if you had the opportunity to make your own zaatar pizza somewhere like Feynan Ecolodge! I have tried the international aisles in my local grocery stores, but nothing compares to the Jordanian-style zaater available all over Jordan. You can get spices at the grocery stores or the local markets. Also grab some maqluba spice and purple sumac.

local manaqish with zaatar spice

Traditional Middle Eastern Clothing

You are unlikely to get through a day in Jordan without coming across a man wearing a traditional outfit. Often white, but available in other colors, this is worn by both bedouins and city-dwellers alike, although it is much more commonly seen in places like Wadi Rum. You can pick yourself up one in downtown Amman or in several souvenir shops around the country.

Trendy Tshirts

As you explore Rainbow Street (whether on a tour or on your own – if you want our advice, take our food tour on arrival to get acquainted with the area) you will find trendy shops selling cute shirts. From Free Palestine to Camel Crossing, you will find something that suits every taste!

trendy tshirts in rainbow street

Locally Made Handicrafts

There are a lot of social enterprises in Jordan making handicrafts and souvenirs. Check out Beit Sitti and Wild Jordan to find some of these products.

locally made Jordanian souvenirs

Turkish Coffee

Coffee is central to life in Jordan. Refusing a cup of coffee can be considered rude, so whether or not you are used to the thickly flavored drink, I suggest you try your best to accommodate your hosts.

After a few tries (and some sugar), you might even start to enjoy it! I sure did. It is also used for important occasions such as marriage proposals or as a traditional way to resolve disputes. The best place I have found to buy Turkish coffee in Jordan is actually at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. You can also find it in grocery stores quite easily.

Arabic Coffee in Amman

Jordan Golf Shirt

Jordanians are very patriotic and I have never visited somewhere where more flags are visible except maybe the United States. Men all over Jordan can be seen sporting black golf shirts, puffy vests or sweatshirts with Jordan flags on them! Even the kids are all wearing them, and its not their school uniform.

It is the unofficial uniform for Jordanians and tourists can bring home a little piece of Jordan with them by buying one of these shirts. When shopping in Amman Jordan, you will find various vendors with different styles and quality of shirts!

Souvenirs from Jordan - Tshirt

Dead Sea Mud

The Dead Sea is one of the most famous places in Jordan. Its mud and mineral-rich waters are well known for skin healing properties and it is popular to cover your body in mud and allow it to dry on your body before washing it off in the Dead Sea. If you are looking for made in Jordan products, the mud from the dead sea and other dead sea products are the place to start.

Most hotels and private beaches have recently dredged mud from the bottom of the Dead Sea. You can buy mud from the Dead Sea at souvenir shops in the area, as well as in other souvenir shops around the country that is packaged for export.

I have found the large souvenir shops near the Dead Sea have the best selection of products that are made in Jordan. They also have an array of other Jordanian souvenirs.

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Arabic Sweets

Some Arabic sweets will travel will home with you, but most will not. So, enjoy them while you are in Jordan. Having kunafa at Habibah is one of the popular things to do in Jordan. There are also plenty of sweet shops in Amman to try all kinds of baklava-type treats!

Sweets in Jordan

Sand in a Bottle

If you want to know what the popular Petra souvenirs are, sand in a bottle is one of them. You can see artists creating colorful works of art with picturesque camels, or your name on them! watching your own customizable bottle be made ensures you are getting an actual made in Jordan product. Since Jordan only has a small handicraft industry, a lot of souvenirs are imports (but that does not mean you should not buy them)

Jordan Sand Bottles Souvenirs
Sand bottles with your name on them are popular Jordan souvenirs. You can also find these in other Arab countries.

Shisha Pipe

A Shisha pipe makes a decorative story piece for your home and would be what to buy in Jordan if you want a cool conversation piece! Whether it is stories of camping in Wadi Rum or enjoying a coffee shop in Amman, they are popular souvenirs from Jordan.

Prices start as little as 10 JD and you can get ones that come with a carrying case! Ensure you place the shisha tongs in your checked luggage as Amman Airport security will take them away if they are in your carry on. You can buy shisha tobacco at the duty-free for less than JD10 for a carton. Check how much you are allowed to bring to your home country before you leave. Canada for example is 200 grams (which works out to 4 packs).

Apple is the most popular flavor and the aroma that you will most often smell as you walk past coffee shops in Jordan.

Shisha Pipe - Amman Shopping

Kohl

The black eyeliner you see the Bedul of Petra wearing comes from Kohl, or traditional eyeliner worn by Bedouins. You cannot miss their striking eyes as you wander around in Petra!

You can buy some Kohl to try for yourself while in Jordan. It could make a great addition to your make-up bag or if you ever want to dress up like Jack Sparrow.

Ostrich Egg

Painted Ostrich Eggs can be found in souvenir shops in Jordan and they make amazing souvenirs from Jordan. They feature Jordanian points of interest, the tree of life and biblical scenes.

Jordan Ostrich Egg
These ornately decorated Ostrich eggs are popular souvenirs from Jordan

Olive Oil

Olive oil from Jordan and the surrounding region is known for its quality.

After trying some of the green-colored oil on hummous or fatteh you may think the flavor to be overpowering, but by the end of the week, you will wonder how you will be able to use your olive oil at home.

While it is not a cheap Jordan souvenir, Olive oil makes a great gift or a practical keepsake to bring home.

You will also find high-quality olive oil soaps, some made from the Women’s collectives if you visit Feynan Ecolodge, or Wild Jordan shops. Both of these places offer sustainable and locally crafted goods and help support the small communities in Jordan

Jordan River Water

Jordan River water can be found in all of the souvenir shops in Jordan. Known as one of the most important biblical sites in the world, after a visit to the baptism site of Jesus you may want to bring some water from this holy place home with you.

Jordan Wines

Duty free shops are a great place to pick up Jordan wines, but there are liquor stores in Amman where you can also pick it up. There are no liquor stores in Petra and most Wadi Rum camps do not serve alcohol, so bring some with you before you arrive into Wadi Rum. I suggest a red, since it is hard to keep stuff cold in the hot summer or if you are travelling all day.

Jordan wine

Mosaic Tiles

Jordan handicraft shops make beautiful mosaic pieces and they are available all over Jordan. Whether you pick up a fridge magnet or a beautiful table to be shipped home to you, these made in Jordan items make memorable pieces to have in your home. If you are visiting on a tour, you will probably have a tour of a handicraft shop.

Your Name in Arabic Gold

Jordan is known for its high-quality gold and silver and in Amman you will find a street with many gold and silver vendors. Their prices are well priced compared to the rest of the world, and they are known for quality. They are not rip-off vendors like you will find in other countries.

They offer competitive prices and are known to provide some of the nicest looking gold in the Middle East. If you want to buy a unique souvenir from Jordan, consider having your name written in Arabic, and even better, have it crafted in gold.

Lindsay Nieminen wearing arabic gold necklace
What to Buy in Jordan Souvenirs
What to Buy in Jordan Souvenirs