Looking for Russian gifts for a friend, relative, guest or student? We’ve identified 17, from the familiar to the offbeat, gifts that are sure to get you a big “pasib” (“thank you” in Russian).
Made by Russian tea company
Kusmi, this gift set of traditional teas comes with a mesh infuser and 5 varieties of tea: Prince Vladimir, Bouquet of Flowers, Anastasia, Troika and Saint Petersburg. Traditional Russian tea has an Earl Grey base. Enjoy these variations on the theme.
These famous Russian tea glasses have an beautifully-patterned metal base that holds the engraved crystal glass cup. The metal base originally was designed to make it easier to hold glass tea cups on long train rides.
Also referred to as Babushka (grandmother) dolls, these nesting doll figures
are known around the world for their distinctive design. While developed in 1890 in Russia, Matryoshkas were originally inspired by a Japanese stacking doll. Along with the traditional grandmother theme, other popular versions include peasant girls and soviet leaders. We recommend these fun nesting doll measuring cups.
This 1990 cookbook is full of various tasty recipes, from the traditional Borscht to Pomegranate Grilled Lamb Chops, reflecting the wide geographic coverage of the former Soviet Union spanning from former Yugoslavia to Azerbaijan. Great for entertaining or a just quiet romantic dinner. And always great with vodka.
Know a sweet tooth? Give a variety pack of yummy Russian candies. We recommend a pack that comes with Mishka Kosolapy (the clumsy bear), “The Squirrel” and “The Alionka” (named for a little girl) because of their strong cultural impression within the country.
This set of ten hand-painted Matryoshka dolls each depict a different historic building, from Moscow’s Red Square to the Kremlin. Packed in a velvet bag, they make a brilliant gift that’s a cut above your standard nesting doll.
This lovely traditional patterned floral shawl looks chic on women of all ages. A great value for the price, she’ll be thrilled with the lovely pattern and quality material. Wear on cool evenings around the neck, waste or head. This versatile shawl is a must-have.
For those sub zero days, there’s nothing more comfortable than the traditional Russian head-engulfing at to keep you cozy and warm. We recommend a version with a slightly more modern spin, which will still look quite Russian but not like it came from a costume shop.
No matter your ideology, the music of the Red Army Choir transcends its political background as a masterful men’s chorus singing in a style and level of precision you won’t here today. The group won first place in the singing competition at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1937. When you listen you’ll understand why.
Sip this famous drink from an original copper “Moscow Mule” cup, a must for any serious cocktail aficionado. But it’s also great at keeping any drink cold. The mug linked below gets rave reviews for its solid construction and aesthetic appeal.
Packaged in a colorful, red Russian tin, this game of Lotto includes little wooden kegs, cards and currency. A traditional Russian favorite, Lotto is easy to learn and makes for a fun evening activity. To learn more about how to play Lotto, read this article
If you want to immerse yourself in the Russian soul, read plenty of Tolstoy and Gogol. But if you want to make cultural connections and understand how it all fits together, Natasha’s Dance is a must have book. This book delves into cultural questions like: what explains Russian’s romantic obsession with peasants
? And many more. Nicely structured into thematic chapters, you’ll get a true sense for what it means to be Russian, without any white washing.
Originally made between 1885 and 1917 by the Fabergé family
, these prized possessions became especially famous when they were given as Easter gifts to the imperial family starting with Tsar Alexander III. Over the years, they have taken on a life of their own and come in many varieties.
Russians love their fur. Bring some warmth into the home with a faux fur blanket, perfect for cuddling up and enjoying some infused vodka on a cold day.
This classic of 20th century literature by Mikhail Bulgakov
is a must read for anyone interested in being transported back to 1920s Moscow in a most fantastical and satirical manner. The devil comes to visit a city recently stripped of any religion. A real page turner.
Looking for a great Russian-themed Christmas present but don’t want to break the bank? This high quality, detailed Russian santa will be the highlight of the Christmas tree. Painted by hand.
This evocative work of Russian literature, translated into English, is a tribute to historic authors such as Gogol through a more modern lens. Authored between 1935-1937, it tells the tale of a young writer dreaming of the day his book is published. Great for fans of Russian literature who want something new.
What “Russian” gift ideas should you avoid?
1. Knives. In Russia, it is believe that they will bring about disagreement.
2. Gift cards. Russians may take more offence to an impersonal gift such as a gift card compared to Americans.
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