Lebanon’s culture and history goes back thousands of years and some of the best souvenirs you can buy either as a memento for yourself or as a gift in view of the upcoming holiday season are reproductions of ancient art. The Phoenician statues are covered with glass and framed in cedar wood and can either be put up in a holder or hung on the wall. At a price of approx. $20 these beautiful and easy to carry souvenirs are a good bargain.
Backgammon is a popular game in the Lebanon and backgammon boards also make a good souvenir. Cedar wood is the symbol of the Lebanon and you can find an abundance of carved boxes and even bracelets and necklaces with cedar wood beads. Cedar wood is not cheap, so if you are looking for a bargain, the best buy is a fridge magnet made of cedar wood which costs approx. $3.
Smoking a hookah is a way of life in Lebanese culture you can buy a hand painted ceramic one with a box of different flavors as a very typical souvenir.
Thyme is the preferred spice in Lebanese cuisine, so that’s a good and inexpensive gift too. So are individually mixed perfums, soaps and lotions which can be had at bargain prices in many shops along Hamra street. A particularly good place for this kind of gift is the Eldorado Shopping Center in Hamra Street.
Of course, there is no shortage of gaudy souvenirs too. One of the funniest I have seen is a telephone shaped like a bikini clad woman and covered in rhine stones.