Shopping for Souvenirs in Barcelona: Tips for Anxious Gift Givers
One of the biggest anxieties I have in life is buying gifts for people and shockingly, even receiving gifts myself. That might sound ridiculous…sad to say, it is the truth. I can usually get away without buying souvenirs for my family; however, this past trip to Barcelona, I ended up buying gifts for everyone. I’m fabricating, it was only three people. But I still ran around frantically for six hours trying to find the perfect gifts. Here is a short guide to finding some awesome souvenirs in Barcelona for people who, like me, really need help in the gift-buying department.
If you are looking for a gift that is personal to the city of Barcelona and showcases its architectural beauty, I suggest heading to the bottom of Las Ramblas near the street called Passeig de Colon. During peak hours, you will find about 5 or 6 artists with all different types of stunning art work starting around 15 Euros. When gifting, I also think its a great idea to take an actual photo of the location your artwork is representing and gift both pieces.
FC Barcelona Gear
If you want authentic FC Barcelona accessories and apparel, I would recommend shopping at the actual stadium or at El Corte Ingles, Spain’s main department store. However, if you are just looking for an FC Barcelona jersey to wear a couple times a year like I was, you can go into any of the souvenir shops and barter for your jersey. There are at least six souvenir shops on every block, so just make sure you don’t accept the first price offered. I would spend some time asking around just to ensure that you get the best price possible.
Jewelry and Other Unique Items
For all sorts of unique accessories, make your way to Port Vell, which is conveniently right near the Mediterranean. There are tons of shopping vendors lined along the port in white tents selling one-of-a-kind items. I know this to be true because I was trying to buy two of my mom’s bracelets and the vendor had only made one like it. The bracelet was only 8 euros too!
There is also a vendor with these incredible clocks made from old liquor, beer, wine, and champagne bottles. The prices range from 15-18 euros depending on size. I got my boyfriend a clock with a “London’’ gin decoration as we spent his birthday at a place called The London in West Hollywood, California. The clock was not only a unique item, but had sentimental meaning for us both.
Traditional Gaudi Mosaics and Other Typical Barcelona Gifts
If you are looking for a one-stop shop with typical souvenirs from Barcelona, then go straight to Art Montfalcon in the Gothic Quarter. This store is located right at the end of a main shopping thoroughfare, Portal de l’Angel. It is a massive shop where you can find every kind of gift traditional to Barcelona. If you would rather purchase mosaics and other souvenirs from a street vendor, you will find many options outside Park Guell. In fact, many of the top tourist attractions have vendors outside the entrance gates. Personally, I think Park Guell has the best selection.
Food and Drinks
You must check out La Boqueria, Barcelona’s famed open-air marketplace where you can buy gifts of marzipan, olive oil, cured ham, etc. And the best part is that you can snack along the way! If for some strange reason you are unsuccessful at finding the perfect food item at La Boqueria, you can walk about three minutes to the Santa Maria del Pi, a stunning church which boasts a food market with local products in the surrounding plaza. Since you should already be planning on heading to Can Paixano–more famously known as The Champagneria– during your trip to Barcelona, you should consider buying bottles of champagne for your friends and family at home. Please just make sure to check your specific airline regulations before you buy 10 bottles of this amazing cava.
Where are your favorite places to shop for souvenirs in Barcelona? Does anyone else have this same gift-giving anxiety? Please share in the comments below! And check out my complete city guide to Barcelona here!
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