When traveling to the West Bank keep an eye out for popular souvenirs to buy. If you are wondering what to buy in the West Bank, this post has ideas to help you. Whether big or small, there are ideas for every type of traveller.
I used to send home postcards, until one from Jordan took 9 months to arrive, but at least it showed up right? I now buy a small flag from each country I visit, as well as something unique to the region! You will be able to find both of these things to buy in the West Bank during your visit to the Palestinian Territory.
What to Buy in the West Bank: Top Souvenirs from Palestine
Stars and Bucks Cup
You will not find a Starbucks in the West Bank, but you will find a Stars and Bucks. If you are a lover of coffee, grab yourself a coffee cup as a memento of your visit to the West Bank. If you visit one while in Ramallah, you will find that the store looks strikingly familiar to the US based coffee giant, and offers a similar atmosphere.
Want to know what to buy in the West Bank, a Stars and Bucks cup is the perfect souvenir for the coffee lover in your life!
Olive Wood Carvings
One of the most popular things to buy in Bethlehem to take home as a souvenir is an olive wood carving. Made by local Palestinian craftsman, these intricate carvings are made from the trimmings of the olive trees, something that is so important to the people of Palestine. Olive Trees are something that you plant for the future, and it would be a shame to destroy them to make art. But rest assured that they need annual pruning to keep the health of the plant, as well as to produce better crops. Instead of lying to rot, these olive wood branches are dried and carved into popular Bethlehem souvenirs.
Locally carved, these ornate Olive Wood Christian stories are a great souvenir from the West Bank.
Pottery has been made in Palestine for centuries. Known for high quality craftmanship, you can find beautiful pieces in Bethlehem, whether a typical Christian theme or an ornate mosaic. These pieces make great souvenirs from Bethlehem.
Ornate pottery can be found all over Palestine. Its vivid colors and intricate designs make it one of the suggestions of things to buy in the West Bank
Dead Sea Products
Dead Sea products are available to buy all over the West Bank. If you had the opportunity to visit the lowest point on earth and loved the mineral-rich mud and thick waters, you can pick up soaps, lotions and muds at most souvenir shops all over the West Bank and in Jordan and Israel as well.
The Black and White scarf is known as the Palestinian scarf, but only because of its formal dress. It doesn’t matter if you see an Arab man wearing a black and white, or red and white (which is typically thought of to be Jordanian on account of the Jordanian formal dress), or green and black, they are a staple in the wardrobe of many men living in the West Bank. Scarves are a popular souvenir from the West Bank as they are portable and functional.
Visit Palestine Posters
You will find posters available at all of the souvenir shops in the West Bank. They are a nice easy thing to bring home with you to display on your wall at home.
The delicious oval-shaped falafel is one of the things you should buy in the West Bank when you are looking for a snack. Whether just falafel, or a falafel sandwich, each shop claims to have the best.
What to Buy in the West Bank Final Thoughts
Supporting a struggling economy is one of the reasons I like to shop for souvenirs. I like to look for products that are helping the local economy (especially if you can find things that are locally made) as the economic benefits spread when you choose to spend your money here.
Tourism is a huge industry for Palestinians. 50% of those employed in Bethlehem work in an industry that supports tourism. And not just as tour guides or working in hotels or restaurants. They are creating beautiful handicrafts for people like us to bring home with us after visiting.
Things to Bring with You to the West Bank
Whether you want to keep the sun off your head or want to show a little modesty, a scarf goes a long way in the West Bank any time of the year. You can bring one with you or pick up one when you arrive, but don’t leave your hotel in the morning without it! It can serve as a hat to keep the sun off your head and neck in the summer and can add some warmth in winter and can offer modesty to cover shoulders for women. More modest dress is a good idea when visiting from Israel, so keep this in mind if you are traveling on a day trip.
A Grayl Water Bottle is something I recommend for every traveller, not just those going to the Middle East. Some people say the water is safe to drink from the tap, others say it is not; it is not something I am going to chance. And Jordan has a HUGE garbage problem. The streets, the forests and even the desert are littered with plastic bottles.
If you consider drinking at least 1-2 big water bottles a day while you are there, think of how much plastic that creates when every visitor and the population’s 9 million people do the same. With a Grayl, you can filter any tap water (or actually any water source) and have clean drinking water in seconds. Since most people travel with water bottles already, consider one like this with a filter so that you are not just pouring from big water bottles to small. It might sound expensive, but when you compare it to spending a few dollars per day on water while you travel (and do not forget how expensive the water is inside airports), you will pay for this very quickly.
Kleenex or Wipes are another thing to put on your list. Washrooms are often not well stocked with toilet paper.