15 Souvenirs From Vietnam That You Can Buy For Gifts

The article mentions the souvenirs from Vietnam for you to buy during your visit to this country.

To make it easy for you to check, Vietnamdrive arranges from cheap gifts to high-value ones.

In the introduction of each souvenir below, you will get information, including how it is, where you can buy it, and its price for reference.

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1. Brocade handbags

Brocade products are typical of ethnic minorities in Vietnam, especially located in the northern mountainous region and Central Highlands. So, during your journey to Buon Ma Thuoc, Sapa or Ha Giang, don’t forget to choose for yourself and your friends some brocade products, specifically brocade bags.

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Brocade handbags are souvenirs carrying the culture of minority groups. @gocnha

We choose to introduce brocade bags among the items of this category because of their applicability, in addition to the cultural beauty and talent of the maker in every detail of the bag.

A bag depending on the size will cost from 50,000 VND to 500,000 VND.

2. Products from woven bamboo

Bamboo has become one of the symbols of Vietnam associated with the peaceful life in rural areas. Using a lot of bamboo for working, the villagers also create many things for housework and decoration.

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Bamboo products become interesting souvenirs. ©Vietnamdrive

You can buy a few products from this material as gifts for your home or your loved ones. These products include tools to contain food, tea trays, decorative lights, or art models.

Nowadays, it is more difficult to find bamboo products than others because they are not popular in the city. However, you can find it in some rural markets or specialized stores that introduce woven bamboo products, such as in Bao La Village, or Dong Ba Market in Hue City.

The price of each product is from 50,000 VND, depending on how big or small, difficult or easy to create it.

3. Hoi An Lanterns

Hoi An lanterns contribute to creating a brilliant beauty for the old town every time they light up. Many tourists like to bring these lovely products back as souvenirs.

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Lanterns are also good souvenirs. ©Vietnamdrive

Lanterns in Hoi An are made of bamboo and silk surrounding them, different from Hue lanterns or industrial lanterns with wooden frames. Therefore, they have their own charm, suitable for decoration.

You can buy them right at the lantern stalls in this ancient town. Or, if you visit the Hoi An night market on Nguyen Hoang Street, you can easily find small shops selling all kinds of colorful lanterns.

The cool thing is that you can fold these lanterns for easier portability.

The price of each item is from 70,000 VND in small size to 250,000 VND in large size.

4. Conical hats

In the journey to discover this beautiful country, you will easily see conical hats imbued with Vietnamese agricultural culture. This hat is an item that many farmers often use to cover the sun and rain when working in the field.

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A lady sells conical hats in Hue City. ©Vietnamdrive

Nowadays, you can see many girls wearing traditional ao dai and conical hats at some attractions, especially in Hue City, to take pictures.

These hats become a souvenir with the local breath, and agricultural culture, used to wear or decorate houses, and restaurants.

It is easy to buy a conical hat at Dong Ba market in Hue City with high quality.

Each one costs an average of 80,000 VND. If you choose a conical hat with pictures and colorful embroidery, it will cost 150,000 VND.

The disadvantage of this souvenir product is that you cannot fold it, and it is quite cumbersome to bring on the plane.

5. Silk scarf

Silk scarves become a useful souvenir for women, suitable for cold days or for going to the beach.

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Silk scarfs are also meaningful souvenirs.

Silk is produced in many areas in this agricultural country. So, you can easily buy them in local markets or souvenir shops.

In terms of price, you may be surprised, that a silk scarf has a huge difference in price from market to store, especially in fashion stores. Ranging from 150,000 VND to 1,500,000 VND.

6. Coffee bean

Vietnam is considered the home of coffee production, ranking 2nd in the world in terms of coffee export. Therefore, you cannot ignore coffee products in the list of gifts from Vietnam for yourself or your loved ones who like to enjoy coffee.

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Coffee beans are a typical gift from Vietnam.

The famous coffee growing area in this country is Central Highlands (including Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot …). However, everywhere, from small shops to supermarkets in Vietnam, you can buy coffee beans or pre-ground coffee in bags – featured by the Trung Nguyen brand.

Every 500 grams of good quality coffee beans costs from 80,000 VND. Each bag of 500 grams of powdered coffee costs 70,000 VND.

7. Fish sauce

Fish sauce, which has become an important part of Vietnamese cuisine, appears in almost every meal. From family meals to luxury restaurants, fish sauce is present to enhance the flavor of the dishes.

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Fish sauce is a typical gift that is hard to carry. ©Vietnamdrive

If you are a fan of Vietnamese food, then fish sauce can be a gift that you can take away. However, check with the airline company how much liquid you can bring, and whether they allow you to bring fish sauce on board.

There are many famous fish sauce brands in Vietnam for you to choose from. You can buy it directly at supermarkets or shops specializing in making the fish sauce that you visit in Phu Quoc Island, Phan Thiet City, and Nha Trang City.

The fish sauce price varies from 20,000 VND for 700ml – this type is not of high quality. Therefore, we recommend you choose a fish sauce from 80,000 VND for 500ml.

8. Clothing

Clothing is one of the lovely Vietnamese souvenirs that you should put on your reference list. It is because Vietnam is a country specializing in exporting garments to the world market.

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A happy guest got a new made-to-measure dress. Photo: Yaly Couture

Clothes in Vietnam have two types. The first type is ready-made, which you can choose as a gift for relatives or friends. You can buy this clothing in most tourist destinations and markets.

The made-to-measure garment is just for you because the tailor-made size is yours. This second type of tailoring service is famous in Hoi An City, in just a few hours you will have a beautiful dress, vest, or shirt.

The quality of clothing is often various, depending on the material and design. So, if you buy at the market, you should bargain the price to get a good rate.

Each ready-made t-shirt has an average price of 120,000 VND. Some more valuable T-shirts will cost 200,000 VND.

With on-site tailoring, prices vary depending on the material or type. The price of each shirt will be tailored from 400,000 VND (~19 USD), and men’s and women’s suits are priced from 2,000,000 VND to 4,500,000 VND (80-200 USD).

9. Silver jewelry products

Many specific quarters and villages in Vietnam make jewelry, creating outstanding gold and silver jewelry products for daily needs.

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Silver can be combined with other products to create beautiful jewelry. ©Vietnamdrive

If you are traveling in this country and want to buy jewelry, we do not recommend you buy gold items, because gold usually costs more than the world price here.

Instead, choose silver jewelry, more affordable. A beautiful silver souvenir fits yourself or a loved one, especially for a female friend.

Many shops, prominent in Hoi An City, will be willing to process for you customized silver models that cost from a few hundred thousand to a few million dongs.

Silver souvenirs you can choose from include rings, pendants, bracelets, or a custom piece of art.

However, be careful when you decide to purchase some silver products from small shops that do not specialize in silverware, you can get fake or low-quality goods.

10. Pearl Jewelry

With a long coastline, Vietnam has high-value pearl farming areas, such as Ha Long Bay, Nha Trang Bay, and Phu Quoc Island.

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Pearl jewelry souvenirs are one of the luxury gifts. ©Vietnamdrive

When traveling to the places above, you will have the opportunity to buy high-quality pearl products for loved females, such as mothers, sisters, or lovers. They include pearl earrings, pendants, bracelets, or necklaces.

Besides the above locations, in high-end jewelry stores in Hanoi or Saigon, and even high-end hotels, you can also buy these pearl products.

A beautiful pearl necklace can be from 2,000,000 VND to 15,000,000 VND. The price is high or low depending on the mother-of-pearl, size, and luster of the pearls.

If you buy at tourist places, ask if they have a discount. You should bargain the price when shopping there, but in hotels, the prices are often listed.

11. Artistic ceramics

A wide variety of high-value decorative art ceramics such as vases and artistic ceramic works in Hanoi’s Bat Trang Pottery Village will contribute to enriching the collection of souvenirs in Vietnam.

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An artistic ceramic product from Bat Trang Village. @gom.su.phuc.an

The value of artistic ceramics is used to decorate houses, hotels, offices in antique style, or restaurants. So, if you or one relative works in the above field, artistic ceramic works are the right choice for gifts.

Most ceramic products are a bit bulky, so it is difficult for you to carry on your journey through Vietnam. Therefore, you should immediately check with the seller to ask them to send the goods to your house.

Most of the art ceramic products in Bat Trang are made by hand and their rate is calculated according to the artistic value of each product, so each item will have a different price. You can expect small products priced from 1,000,000 VND to more complex products costing up to 20,000,000 VND.

>> Please see more of the traditional arts in Vietnam!

12. Gems

If you are a lover of gems including Ruby, Sapphire, Spinel, and Aquamarine, then Vietnam is also a place where you can choose for yourself a satisfactory souvenir.

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Photo: YenBai Gemstone and Jewelry

In Hanoi or Saigon, you can choose a jewelry product with this kind of stone. However, the place where you will be surprised with a market specializing in gems is Luc Yen Gem Market in Yen Bai province, about 250 km northwest of Hanoi.

In Luc Yen Gem Market, every day there are about 100 stalls selling gems, especially crowded on weekends.

For the rate, each gem ranges from a few million dongs to a billion dongs (meaning from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars).

13. Marble souvenirs

The art of stone carving in Vietnam dates back hundreds of years. Many artisans have produced many beautiful decorative works, providing for the needs of daily life, such as decorating houses, villas, hotels, resorts, pagodas, or churches.

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A corner of the carving stone village in Da Nang City. ©Vietnamdrive

One of the famous places for carving stone items is in Non Nuoc stone village, at the foot of the Marble Mountains in Da Nang City, Vietnam.

You can find various marble items, including Buddha statues, lions, artwork, and tables and chairs.

Each product costs from a few million dongs (several hundred dollars) to hundreds of millions of dong (tens of thousands of dollars) depending on its size.

Marble souvenirs are very heavy, so most tourists cannot take them on their trips. Therefore, a shipping service is also available at the shop, which can help you deliver stone statues around the world.

14. Lacquer work

Lacquer paintings also become a special kind of Vietnamese souvenir from this beautiful country.

Lacquer can be considered one of the art forms originating from Vietnam, bringing many unique features in the style of composition.

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A lacquerwork is taken in an exhibition in Hue City.

Saigon has a few painting studios specializing in the production of lacquer that you can visit and buy as gifts to decorate your home or office corner.

However, if you want to buy high-quality lacquer artwork, you don’t have to find them in the big workshops. Go to private galleries in Hanoi, Hue or Saigon, where some of the prominent artists in this genre create priceless creations.

With artistic lacquer works made by famous artists, it is not possible to price right now, possible to get hundreds of thousands of dollars. As for popular lacquer items, you can get them at a price of 2,000,000 VND (~100 USD).

Please pay attention, lacquer paintings cannot be rolled. So you have to carry it with you throughout the journey in Vietnam.

15. Art paintings

Paintings are also classified as special souvenirs in Vietnam that you can buy for display, gift, or collection.

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An art painting by the author Hoang Thanh Phong. ©Vietnamdrive

Lots of works of art created by famous painters in Vietnam have become priceless ones, costing up to several million dollars, sought after by many collectors around the world.

Private galleries in Hanoi, Saigon, or Hue will be where you’ll find some of the most valuable art pieces for your collection.

If you’re not a collector looking for a high-value painting gift, you can also find a few inexpensive paintings, ranging from a few hundred dollars.

For these cheap paintings, you can find them in galleries in Hoi An, Hue, Da Lat, etc. After purchase, most paintings come in plastic or paper tubes for easy portability.

With the types of souvenirs in Vietnam presented above, which one will you choose as a gift during your visit here?

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