One of the best side benefits of travel is taking home as souvenirs that are locally made and emblematic of the country. If you're going to Prague, you'll find many examples of Czech-made products that are cool, not kitschy, and you might not be able to find anywhere else -- and certainly, not for the prices you'll find in Prague. Most of these items can be found in shops in Old Town Prague, a convenient location for travelers. Years later when you look at the things you've bought you will remember your trip to Prague and the Czech Republic and have something unusual that you can't buy in the United States in the bargain.
Czech puppets are incredible pieces of three-dimensional art that preserve the Czech puppet-making tradition. While Czech puppets can be expensive, they'll be sure to become heirloom pieces in your family that will inspire conversation as well as creativity.
If you're in the market for authentic Czech art, you won't have to go far, no matter what your budget. Buy a sketch or a painting from a vendor on Charles Bridge for affordable art that will nevertheless brighten your home and remind you of the beauty of Prague for years to come. Or visit fine arts dealers to add to your unique collection.
Traditional hand-made souvenirs and bath products can be found at Manufaktura. Textiles, wooden cooking implements, and Czech Easter eggs are only some of the items available here. There are several locations around Prague, so do be sure to investigate at least one outlet while you're there.
Czech-made beauty products fill Botanicus shops from wall to wall. Natural ingredients imbue soap, shampoo, and candles, with herbal, fruity, or floral fragrances and health-promoting characteristics.
Though not every piece of jewelry in Halada is made in-house, Halada does have its own line. Czech jewelry is world-famous, and you can take home a piece that will last a lifetime. Ask an assistant to help you find or design a special piece of jewelry that can only be gotten in Prague.
Bata Shoes was founded on innovation, with its first big hit coming in 1897 with a shoe that was made of leather and canvas, making it more affordable than all-leather shoes. By 1905 it was the largest shoe manufacturer in Europe, and the 1930s ushered in its golden age, with its shoes being sold all over the world. Bata made its first tennis shoe in 1936, and it's become a company trademark.
Czech glass is a world-renowned benchmark for quality, and the lead crystal and cut glass made there are unmatched in their weight, sparkle and skilled handiwork. You'll also find Czech glass in characteristic colors of red, blue, green, and brown. Czech glass is also commonly called Bohemian glass in the United States.