Looking for the perfect Tbilisi take-home to remember your time in Georgia by? Keen to support small brands, independent designers and social enterprises in the process? This list of 40 Tbilisi-inspired gifts and Georgian souvenirs has you covered!

Everything featured here can be purchased in-store in Tbilisi or online, and many of the brands and stores mentioned also offer international shipping.

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Designer poster from Geoposter

City posters from Geoposter

Geoposter partners with local illustrators to dream-up the designs for these colourful graphic wall posters – each dedicated to a different city, town or tourist mecca in Sakartvelo. Speaking from experience, you’ll never be able to choose just one – so why not just buy the whole set? Posters come un-framed and ready to roll. They also do a range of postcards and tote bags with the same vibrant prints.

Available in-store at Stamba Bookstore and elsewhere, or online via Facebook (delivery within Georgia only). Free delivery in Tbilisi when you shop online at Entrepreneur Store.

Socks from Altersocks

Socks from AlterSocks

Part of the official Tbilisi Hipster Uniform, everyone’s favourite cotton socks, AlterSocks, are locally made and feature playful pop culture-inspired patterns. The Georgian collection has everything from Pirosmani portraits to khachapuri and khinkali, while a special edition Georgian Artist range has seen the company collaborate with local creatives and street artists on fresh designs.

Available in-store at retailers across the country (see locations here) and online via the official website (international shipping on request).

Lurji supra from Blue Tabla

Lurji supra from Blue Tabla

Blue Tabla translates the 400-year-old tradition of lurji supra (block-printed cotton tablecloths) into practical polyester. Part of Georgia’s supra feasting and toasting ritual, the patterns symbolise abundance and hospitality. Choose from traditional blue-and-white renditions or contemporary colourways, all adorned with typical fish, knife-and-fork and paisley motifs. Home textiles, silk scarves and ceramics with the same patterns are also on offer.

Available in-store at Galleria Mall and online via the official website (with international shipping).

Leather shoes from Idee Fixe

Leather shoes from Idée Fixe

The three friends behind up-and-comer Idée Fixe take inspiration from the Japanese concept of shibui to craft shoes that are minimalist and unobtrusive. Handmade from natural leather at a workshop in Tbilisi, the range includes flats, loafers, pumps and Mary Janes in a sweet palette of pastels and fruity hues. Pair them with the brand’s new capsule collection of linen-cotton women’s wear.

Available online via the official website (with international shipping).

Ceramics from Hoda

Ceramics from Hoda

One of many contemporary ceramic studios to sprout up in Tbilisi, Hoda creates free-form bowls, planters, pendants and jewellery boxes with eccentric and otherworldly designs – sometimes inspired by Georgian film posters, mosaics or frescoes (this one reminds me of the Octopus Cafe in Batumi). Everything is hand-thrown from red and white clay, including cute pet bowls that make the perfect gift for your furry friends.

Available online via Facebook or via Cartooli (with international shipping).

Convertible satchel from Qisa Bags

Leather backpack from QisaBags

Kato, the young designer behind QisaBags, started off selling her creations at street markets before launching her studio/shop. Each bag is hand-tooled and one-of-a-kind, inspired by the artisan craftsmanship behind Georgia’s 11th-century qisa pouches, which were used by merchants to carry coins or tobacco. Totes, convertible backpacks, wallets, laptop cases and more are all formed from natural and coloured full-grain leather and split suede.

Available online via the official website (free international shipping).

Alphabet bracelet from Atare

Alphabet bracelet from Atare Anbani

The shapely curves of the Georgian alphabet are perfectly suited to being transcribed in delicate silver and gold. Nestan and Tamar Amirejibi, the sister duo behind Atare Anbani, set out to create the perfect Georgian souvenir when they founded their brand – and their softly spoken pendants and bracelets were unsurprisingly an instant hit. Even if you never could wrap your tongue around a q, kh or k, you can wrap them around your wrist forever. Find the Georgian equivalent of your initial or just pick your favourite shape – the choice is yours.

Available online via the official website (with international shipping).

Silver jewellery by Mariam Ninikashvili

Silver jewellery by Mariam Ninikashvili

One of Georgia’s most talented young jewellers, second-generation silversmith Mariam Ninikashvili has been sitting behind the workbench since the age of 10. Her experience and attention to detail shines through in the impossibly delicate, extremely detailed earrings, drop pendants, rings and cufflinks she creates for her eponymous label. Sterling silver, cloisonné enamel and gemstones such as agate are Mariam’s materials of choice. Custom orders are an option.

Available online via Etsy (with international shipping).

A printed silk batik scarf with pomegranate motifs.

Silk batik neck scarf by Nino Kvavilashvili from Gallery 27

As well as curating products from 120 independent artists and makers from across the country, gift boutique Gallery 27 also produces an in-house range of textiles – including this delicate silk neck scarf. Decorated with pomegranates and abstract patterns in a rich palette, it uses the popular batik on silk technique. Perfect for covering your hair when visiting Orthodox churches in Georgia.

Available in-store at the Gallery 27 boutique in Tbilisi and online (with international shipping).

Natural-dyed wool bag from Pesvebi

Natural-dyed wool bag from Pesvebi Art Studio

Like a Caucasian kilim carpet you can carry around, these bags are hand-woven from sheep’s wool and finished with Georgian leather. Based in Dedoplis Tskaro, Pesvebi Art Studio was founded in 2005 to revitalise Kiziki handicraft traditions that date back to Silk Road days, particularly the techniques involved with preparing natural plant dyes. The social enterprise offers training and employment opportunities to local women and also hosts public workshops.

Available in-store at Tbilisi Airport and at gift boutiques around the city, and online via Cartooli (with international shipping).

Retro poster from Black Dog Studio

Retro film poster from Black Dog Studio

Drawing on a library of archival advertisements and Soviet-era propaganda plus new original designs by local creatives, Black Dog Studio and Shop does print-on-demand posters that your walls would thank you for if they could only talk.

The Black Dog team also specialises in custom typography and have created visual identities for some of the country’s coolest young brands, including Kartuli Hotel in Batumi. Black Dog also holds hands-on workshops, curates work from emerging artists, and carries a great range of design books, too.

Available in-store at the studio/shop inside Fabrika and online via Facebook (delivery within Georgia only).

Beach Towel by Masholand

Beach towel by Masholand x Cartooli

If you’re ready to throw in the towel on 2021 and start counting down the days to next beach season, it’s never too early to get your summer accoutrements in order – starting with this custom-designed Beach Towel by Georgian illustrator and street artist Masho Margishvili, AKA Masholand. You’ll be the hit of Batumi Beach! If you dig the style, she also sells art prints.

Available online via Cartooli (with international shipping).

A model Tbilisi house made from paper.

Model Tbilisi house by Constructio

Love Tbilisi’s architecture as much as I do? Constructio makes miniature models of some of the city’s most iconic houses and other landmarks from around Georgia. I love the Svanetian tower houses. Paper-light and flat-packed for convenience, half the fun is in putting them together! Constructio aims to foster an appreciation for National Heritage properties while teaching young people their cultural value – a cause we can all get behind.

Available in-store at the National Gallery in Tbilisi and at 42 / Concept.

Tbilisi Sculpture Guide

Tbilisi Sculpture Guide

The perfect companion to a self-guided tour of the capital’s parks and squares, the Tbilisi Sculpture Guide catalogues 100 iconic public works, ranging from classical and Orthodox sculptures to socialist-brutalist monuments and works by contemporary artists. Background information and a follow-me map are included – you’ll be a bust buff in no time.

Available in-store at retailers in Tbilisi (see locations here) and online via Gallery 27 (with international shipping).

Lampino handmade lamps.

Tbilisi lamp by Lampino

Another one for architecture lovers, Lampino light-up lamps are the perfect keepsake for remembering Tbilisi’s balconies and kaleidoscope stained-glass windows. Other designs from Batumi and the rest of Georgia are also available. Each one is hand-crafted from wood and packs down flat for transport.

Available in-store EthnoDesign in Tbilisi.

Architecture brooch from Pinadze

Architecture brooch from Pinadze x Anna Pepe

For anyone who wants to carry a little piece of Tbilisi’s skyline close to their heart, the latest collection of Pinadze pins are adorned with architectural icons, including the Tbilisi TV Tower and the brutalist Bank of Georgia building. There are also khinkali, khachapuri and wine glass pins, and a limited-edition set created with street artist Lamb.

Available at gift stores around the country and online via the official website (delivery within Tbilisi only).

Qvevri tote bag from BB Store

Qvevri tote from BB Store

If you don’t mind toting a loud-and-proud design around town, this organic cotton carry-all is the ultimate Georgian status symbol. The young designers behind BB Store also offer hoodies, t-shirts and scarves in similarly fun designs – plus some tongue-in-cheek face masks.

Available online via Cartooli (with international shipping).

Hand-painted tableware from Estia

Hand-painted tableware from Estia

Estia‘s delicate white-clay ceramics are hand-painted with motifs taken from by Georgian artefacts and ornaments, including frescoes seen in the country’s Orthodox churches and designs unravelled from woven carpets. Pomegranates and dragonflies also feature prominently – while other forms like this ceramic plate are abstract and minimal. Through their social enterprise Potteria, Estia offers training to vulnerable women.

Available in-store at Estia Handmade Arts in Tbilisi and online via the official website (with international shipping).

Carved wooden box from EthnoDesign

Carved trinket box from EthnoDesign

Founded in 2015 by the Heritage Crafts Association of Georgia, EthnoDesign is a collective of 90-plus master artisans from across the country. Their Tbilisi boutique carries the best range of traditional handicrafts available anywhere in the city – including felt, cloisonné enamel, and woodwork that applies carving techniques that date back to the 10th century. This wooden trinket box is hand-turned and showcases the craftsmanship Georgia is known for.

Available in-store at the EthnoDesign boutique in Tbilisi and online via Facebook (delivery within Georgia only).

Silk batik wallhanging from Khoperia Studio

Silk batik wallhanging from Khoperia Studio

Irma Khoperia is part of the old guard of Tbilisi’s creative scene, having graduated from the Academy of Arts in the early 90s and later co-founding the artist collective La Maison Bleue. Her latest project, Khoperia Studio – which she runs with her sister, Nino – is an exhibition space and working studio for both traditional batik hand-painting on silk and contemporary sublimation printing. The range includes wallhangings, home textiles and women’s scarves. Custom printing is also offered.

Available in-store at Khoperia Studio and online via Facebook (delivery within Georgia only).

Cloisonne enamel from Ikorta

Cloisonné enamel ring from Ikorta

The cloisonné enamel (minankari) technique used to make this ring has been practiced in Georgia since at least the 8th century. Ikorta is an innovative social enterprise that harnesses the technique to create training and employment opportunities for women displaced from South Ossetia. Refined and many-coloured pendants, earrings and cufflinks are all inspired by traditional and contemporary Georgian motifs, including lurji supra symbols and medallions from monasteries in Tskhinvali. Custom orders are available, and Ikorta also hosts hands-on workshops at their studio in the Tserovani IDP Settlement near Gori.

Available in-store at retailers in Tbilisi (see stockists here) and online via Facebook (delivery within Georgia only).

Stone brooch from Kumara Stone

Mosaic wallhangings from Kamara Stone

Local company Kamara specialises in stonemasonry for large-scale projects including hotel fit-outs (you can see their craftsmanship on display at Rooms Hotel in Tbilisi). In 2012, they established a mosaic studio to craft brooches, festive ornaments and these gorgeous round wallhangings from marble, travertine and granite offcuts. The intricate designs capture different landscapes and monuments in Georgia, including Gergeti Trinity and the Abanotubani bathhouses.

Available online via Facebook (delivery in Georgia only).

Silk scarf from Georgian Memory

Silk scarf from Georgian Memory

Titled ‘Jump With Me’, this silk scarf is part of a range that translates contemporary Georgian art onto pure silk. Other designs in the Georgian Memory collection bear the letters of the alphabet, a montage of historic doorways in Sololaki – and even the mosaic design on the front of the Chreli-Abano Baths. These women’s scarves come beautifully boxed and accompanied by a leaflet that details the illustration and its relevance to Georgian culture.

Available in-store at Tbilisi Mall and online via Facebook (delivery within Georgia only).

Illustrated calendar from Piu Wiu

Illustrated calendar from PIU WIU

When Zhenya Orlovskaya moved to Georgia in 2017, she found herself sketching everything around her. Her hobby quickly turned into a profession, and PIU WIU was born. Sticker sheets, greeting cards and stationery sets are all illustrated in Zhenya’s characteristic style of Georgia-inspired, whimsical designs. Her popular annual calendars, like all papergoods, are designed and printed locally in Tbilisi.

Available in-store in Tbilisi (see stockists here) and online via the official website (with international shipping).

DIY woodblock kit from Igrika

Personalised ex libris block stamp from Igrika

The artists at Igrika are custodians of a huge archive of woodblocks bearing designs taken from Georgian folklore, religious ornaments, and ancient Asomtavruli, Nuskhuri and Mkhedruli scripts. They’ll even carve one for you in the shape of your initials – ex libris style – to use on your books. Igrika also sell home tablecloths, tote bags and pillow cases stamped with historical woodblock motifs.

Available online via Facebook (delivery within Georgia only).

Khinkali recipe apron from Gallery 27

Khinkali recipe apron from Ambavi

Recreating your favourite soup dumplings at home just got a whole lot easier thanks to this clever kitchen accessory from Ambavi. The mere act of donning this very professional apron gives you instant kitchen cred. Or, you can just stand there looking pretty while your accomplice reads the recipe from your front and does all the hard work. You wouldn’t want to get your new apron dirty, would you?

Available in-store at the Gallery 27 boutique in Tbilisi and online (with international shipping).

Ceramic plates by 1300 Studio.

Table setting from Ceramic Studio 1300

Ceramic Studio 1300 is a collaboration between artist-friends Irine Jibuti and Taso Gomelauri. When they’re not hosting public workshops at their bright and airy studio space inside Fabrika, they’re pottery wheel pedal to the metal hand-forming beautiful ceramic table settings, kitchen accessories and decorative vases.

Available in-store at the studio/shop inside Fabrika and online via Facebook (delivery within Georgia only).

Clay wine set from Orkol Studio

Clay wine set from Orkol Studio

Orkol‘ is the Megrelian word for wine jug, and it’s the signature item at master potter Robert Absandze’s studio-shop in Zugdidi. Paired with a set of traditional red clay drinking bowls in the same vibrant design, this is the perfect Georgian gift for the wine lover in your life (self-gifting approved).

Available in-store at Orkol Studio in Zugdidi and online via Facebook (delivery within Georgia only).

Preserves from Vervelevi

Preserves from Vervelevi

Living in Georgia has done absolutely nothing for my raging jam addiction. But can you blame me when there’s so many delicious homemade jellies on the market – this fig preserve being just one example. Once you’ve polished the jar off (which should take about an hour if you have the right cheese and crackers on hand), Vervelevi also do stunning concoctions such as plum with clove and vanilla, and strawberry with basil and cardamom – all made with love (and lots of sugar) from local ingredients.

Available in-store at Georgian Kalata in Tbilisi and online via Cartooli (with international shipping).

Adjika from Waime!

Adjika from Waime Spices

Fragrant and fiery adjika is a hallmark of Abkhazian and Megrelian cuisine – and as I’ve recently discovered, a little dab of the paste version is enough to resurrect even the saddest of kitchen casualties (including split scrambled eggs and watery stews – hey, at least I’m trying!).

All-natural and without additives, Waime Spices have all the spice rack essentials – including a mean khmeli suneli (Georgian five spice), Svanetian salt, Imeretian zafrana, and special blends for meat and veg.

Available in-store at Georgian Kalata in Tbilisi, Bazari Orbeliani in Tbilisi, and online via Facebook (delivery within Georgia only).

Georgian Breakfast tea from Renegade

Georgian Breakfast Tea from Renegade Tea Estate

Given that breakfast isn’t really a thing in Georgia, I’m counting on this tea to help start an early morning revolution. (There’s also a Lazy Morning Oolong blend in the range which does seem more apt for winter.) Described as ‘toasty and smoky’ with notes of rye and tobacco, this is one strong, full-bodied brew that will give you what you need to face the day. Packed loose leaf-style, it’s hand-harvested by the rebels at Renegade Tea Estate outside of Kutaisi – part of the new crop of entrepreneurs revitalising Georgia’s forgotten Soviet-era tea industry.

Available online via the official website (with international shipping).

Kakhetian sunflower oil from Aristaeus

Cold-pressed Kakhetian sunflower oil from Aristaeus

Drizzle it on a cucumber and tomato salad or douse it liberally on some shotis bread, this stuff tastes like pure sunshine. This particular blend comes straight from the source – Kakheti’s gorgeous sunflower farms – and is cold-pressed for maximum flavour and nutrition.

Available in-store at Georgian Kalata in Tbilisi and online via Wolt app (delivery in Tbilisi/Batumi/Kutaisi only).

Ginger-infused chacha from ChaChaine

Ginger-infused chacha from ChaChaine

ChaChaine has achieved the seemingly impossible and found a way to make chacha classy. Created by Binekhi Winery, this premium label of traditional Georgian grape pomace brandy (or as I like to call it, fire water) has a hit of refreshing ginger to take the edge off. Mint, vanilla and orange infusions are also at your disposal.

Available in-store at Chacha Corner in Tbilisi and online via Wolt app (delivery in Tbilisi/Batumi/Kutaisi only).

Saperavi wine tea from Stumari

Saperavi Wine Tea from Stumari

Not quite wine, not quite tea – each canister of Stumari Wine Tea contains 100 grams of powdered grape skins that you can use to brew a warm mug of full-bodied Saperavi. It’s caffeine and alcohol free… But on the plus side, it’s reportedly great for the immune system and gut health – just what we all need right now.

Available in-store at Georgian Kalata in Tbilisi and online via 8000 Vintages (with international shipping).

Handmade soap from Saponology

Handmade soap from Saponology

For some soothing skinfood that looks (and smells) good enough to eat, Saponology soaps are handmade by local entrepreneur Tea Khoperia in her Tbilisi home. Loaded up with medicinal herbs, Aloe Vera, honey and essential oils so you can scrub away all those bad vibes. There are even seasonal soaps: Carrot, kiwi, and of course a wine-grape soap to go with the harvest season.

Available online via Facebook (delivery within Georgia only).

Organic beard balm from Beard.ge

Organic Beard Balm from Beard.ge

This all-natural Beard Balm is potent enough to tame even the most unruly of whiskers. Made with Shea butter and a signature blend of ‘woody’ essential oils, it smells so pleasant, I wish I could sprout my own a goatee just to lather it on each morning. All Beard.ge oils, soaps and shampoos are 100% natural and proudly made in Georgia. Should you feel the need to get into the festive spirit, they also sell Beard Baubles.

Available in-store in Tbilisi (see locations here) and online via the official website (delivery within Georgia only).

Natural deodorant from Sepovnela

Natural Deodorant from Sapovnela

The brainchild of entrepreneur Rusudan Kbilashvili, Sapovnela uses goat’s milk from Gveso Happy Goat Farm in Lechkhumi to formulate soothing soaps. While you’re busy picturing a happy goat, let me rattle off a few of the other products: Activated charcoal detox soap, brown sugar body rub, hair oil infused with nettle, and ‘bath tea’ blends steeped with beneficial botanicals. This natural deodorant is Paraben-free and made with cosmetic clay and Tea Tree Oil.

Available in-store in Tbilisi (see locations here) and online via the official website (delivery within Georgia only).

Fabric mask from Spilow

Fabric mask from Spilow

Much-loved children’s brand Spilow normally makes clothes and costumes for happy-go-lucky kids. Now the three mums behind the label are bringing the same philosophy of free-spiritedness to their range of reusable fabric face masks, injecting some much needed colour into an otherwise dull modern-day essential. Sewn in Tbilisi and available for both adults and kids.

Available in-store at Galleria Tbilisi and online via the official website (delivery within Georgia only).

Custom-made tracksuit from Kiara

Custom-made tracksuit from Kiara

Have you found yourself spending more time in your tracky dacks (that’s Australian for sweatpants) lately? Jazz up your pandemic wardrobe with a custom-made tracksuit from Kiara, a small fashion startup in Tbilisi that specialises in loungewear and basics. Oh-so-soft sets are made to order based on your measurements for a perfect fit every time.

Available online via Facebook (delivery within Georgia only).

Wool slippers from Funduki.

Hand-knitted slippers from Funduki

Bebbo slippers (AKA ‘grandma slippers’) are a wintertime essential in Georgia. These chunky-knit natural wool slippers from design store Funduki are inspired by traditional chitebi from Tusheti. They’re super-soft and come in a rainbow of colours.

Available online via Facebook (within Georgia) and Etsy (with international shipping).

Handmade toy from Chertova.

Handmade toy from Chertova

Searching for a Georgia gift for the little person in your life – or maybe a lockdown companion for yourself? Family-run brand Chertova makes quirky soft toys to order in consultation with the customer – meaning you can ask them to bring just about any design you imagine to life. They also do adorable woolly hats and socks for children and adults.

Available online via the official website (with international shipping).

Hand-painted Georgian Easter eggs from Babale social enterprise.

Painted Easter eggs from Babale

It’s never too early to start preparing for the next big holiday! Another terrific social enterprise operating in Georgia, Bable works with young people and adults who have Down Syndrome. Hand-painted ceramics, Easter eggs, Christmas ornaments and wooden kitchen boards all sport playful, fun designs. Their colourful socks also make a great gift. Sales proceeds are used to support their clients and host creative workshops for children with disabilities.

If you’re in Tbilisi, Babale has a small gift shop in the Old town.

Available online via the official website or on Facebook (delivery within Georgia only).

Gamarjoba Box.

Madloba Gift Box

Madloba Gifts is a new platform for buying presents with heart. The range includes handmade felt slippers and ornaments from women-led social enterprise My Sisters, zero-waste skincare, and artisanal tea and food products sourced from NGOs and agro-enterprises around Georgia.

Use the online form to pack a custom-made Gift Box with your favourite items or purchase single products via the official website.

Georgia Travel Box.

Georgia Travel Box

For when we can finally travel again – the Georgia Travel Box is a pre-packaged vacation. Buy a one-off box or sign up for a quarterly subscription. Each seasonal box contains a hotel voucher for two (choose from half a dozen properties in regions across Georgia), plus a handful of health, beauty and food products you can use on your trip – such as wine, snacks, and of course hand sanitiser!

Order the current Travel Box or start a subscription online via the official website (delivery within Georgia only).


There you have it – my favourite Georgian souvenirs and gifts! Don’t forget to check out my Tbilisi shopping guide to find out where these products are sold.

Do you have a favourite that I overlooked? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to check it out.


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4 Comments

  1. Great tips! Thank you Emily.
    I’d add Enkeni’s apple chips as a nice carry-away souvenir (link below).
    I also wonder if you can still get these gurian tea bricks (there used to be a tea factory in the vicinity of Ozurgeti), they were very original.
    And then some hand-made wooden toy animals came to mind, which were produced in Tbilisi when my children were little… I’ve no address though.

    BR
    Frank

    https://www.facebook.com/enkeni00

  2. Thank you for this amazing selection <3 I would definitely add to it the Chkhira jewellery brand – each piece is unique and hand made, I own few pieces and I adore them.

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