With the ease of online shopping sometimes it is easy to forget about the small local businesses right in our own backyard. I thought it would be fun to browse Slovenian made products at some local shops and pick out a few to showcase. While they are definitely perfect for the holiday season, they are also the perfect souvenirs to remember your time in Slovenia. Buying local while traveling is the best way to support local populations.
Where? Ciril-Metodov trg 13
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I stopped by Trgovina IKA for my first time last week and was so impressed. The shop is so beautiful, every item placed with care, and every item is stunningly handcrafted or designed in Slovenia.
These wooden honeycomb earrings are so cute and are a thoughtful connection to Slovenian beekeeping practices. The best part of wooden earrings is that they are very very light. So you can wear them all day with no aches.
I love these hand-printed textiles made by Jagababa. I am definitely picking up a few as gifts. There is something so special about hand-printed work that makes me feel so warm inside. It also means each one is unique!
Where? Stari trg 4
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Every time I am in the center I can’t resist stopping into GUD Shop. They always have new products coming in from small creators and businesses in Slovenia. There is no shortage of ideas for everyone on your list. With the help of their shop assistant we picked a few Slovenian-made products that are perfect for this holiday season.
Plastic is out! Pick up one of these (dishwasher-safe) glass reusable bottles to encourage your loved ones to stay hydrated and take care of the environment. Win-win! I also just think these are really stylish and would take one anywhere.
This is the perfect last minute gift. It contains three socks with fun prints, all designed and made in Slovenia, and it comes already in a cute gift bag with a bow so no wrapping required! Everyone needs and uses socks so you can’t go wrong here.
If you are anything like me then you are a sucker for paper and design and you might also have one or two too many calendars. I thought these were really nice. Inside the planners have a month view – which is a must for me, then each week gets the left page and the right page is for notes.
Where? Mestni trg 17
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If none of the above checked off anyone on your gift list Dobrote Dolenjske will cover everyone else. If you’ve never tried some of the goodies from the Dolenjska region I encourage you to stop by the shop and let them know that Helene from Wandering Helene sent you! They will make sure you leave with the best items.
In Slovenia it is common to greet visitors with some žganje (liquor). The most popular being the borovničke (blueberry liquor) as you see on the right. It is very sweet and easy to drink, but this magical store has so many different flavors you can always keep coming back to buy new ones!
If you have not had pumpkin seed oil yet you are in for a treat. I actually just tried it for my first time earlier this year and it was not what I expected. It has a nutty taste and it’s so delicious and perfect especially on fresh bread. It is one of their most popular items for a reason and is a special product made in this region of the world.
Božični Art Market
Where? Čopova ulica 11 (Atrij glavne pošte)
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There is a Christmas market with small designers and creators selling their goods. The market is open from 17th of December until the 23rd from 10:00-20:00 and on the 24th from 9:00 and 16:00. As I have never been to this event I can’t honestly say how great it is but it looks like a fun opportunity and I will definitely be going. I will share my finds later this month.
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Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article and if you have any other Slovenian made favorites add them below in the comments!