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Buy Slovenian Made This Holiday Season

Buy Slovenian Made This Holiday Season

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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.

For the case of transparency, I was not paid by anyone to write this article. There are no affiliate links. I just wanted to showcase some of my favorite Slovenian-made products to share with the world.

Trgovina IKA

Where? Ciril-Metodov trg 13
See more on Instagram

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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.

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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.

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You can buy these at their online shop to secure a pair today.

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!

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You can view and buy more textiles at their online shop.

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GUD Shop

Where? Stari trg 4
See more products on their Instagram

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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.

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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.

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Buy this product from their site.

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.

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I only found this giftbag in the shop but you can see more socks on their online shop.

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.

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You can see the inside here if you are curious. I know what is inside is super important!

Dobrote Dolenjske

Where? Mestni trg 17
Check out their Instagram for more products.

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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.

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They have a vast and delicious wine selection.

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!

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Some of the flavors are available online if you can’t make it before the holidays.

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.

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Božični Art Market

Where? Čopova ulica 11 (Atrij glavne pošte)
Check out their Instagram for more info.

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!

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  • Oh, how I wish I had found your article before my recent trip to Slovenia. I looked for gifts for my siblings as our heritage is Slovene. I hope to go back to that beautiful city of Ljubljana before the word gets out and it becomes too crowded. I will shop some of your recommendations online , if possible. Thank you !

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