What Albanians buy for the New Year

Seasonal gift baskets

This festive season is all about food and wine. So, the first gifts are baskets filled with ‘panettone,’ sweets, honey, olive oil, and chocolates, and the most important is Wine or other drinks. Seasonal gift baskets can be found in all supermarkets and unique shops for products such as wine, olive oil, etc. Choose Albanian traditional products and buy local ones.

Books and Albums

Another favorite present is books. Even though the highest season for buying books is November, because of the Book Fair, the biggest in the country, people tend to buy books, albums, and cards for the New Year. That is why, in some bookstores, you can see some offers or sales for the books. The best gifts are photo Albums with photos from Albania or cards.


Some people tend to spend more for the New Year, probably to do the best gift of the year to make their relatives. Smartphones or other electronic devices are also the best gifts for this year. There are always some sales for these products during this season.

Jewelry and clothes

A good watch or a necklace is always a favorable gift, especially among couples. People love to give such presents to their loved ones. Finding sales for this product is hard, but it is always an option. You can even buy some souvenirs, not expensive gifts in this regard.

Many people continue to buy new clothes for the New Year.  There are some sales at TEG, in the leading brands, and you can profit from some good quality clothes.

…But it is better to donate

But remember, this festive season is all about donating and sharing what you have with others. If you want to buy new clothes, take your oldest ones, or what you don’t want to wear anymore, and give them to people in need. It will be good not to spend in luxury but make it possible for a poor family you know, or living close to you, to have enough food on the table. If everyone donates some money and food to the people in need, they also will feel the best festive season ever.

Help the planet.

This seems like a big word, and many may wonder how I help the planet. In many ways, you help him. By not buying a lot of clothes but reusing what you have, saving energy and water, not creating too much waste, recycling old things, and buying local products that don’t need a lot of energy to produce and transport from far away. As well as using your cars as little as possible but moving on foot or by public transport. This is how you keep your body in shape and contribute to clean air.

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