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A really great place for creative and unusual gifts is at Barbara Shaw Contemporary Gifts. The shop has a colourful range of gifts for the kitchen and home, with fun themes Jaffa oranges, Pomegranates, the Hebrew alphabet. everything comes with really nice gift packaging. like the fact that the range is unusual and everything is practical. Aprons, dish towels baby stuff, bags gifts for guys. Hear they make everything in Jerusalem. A nice change from China made souvenirs. Haven't seen anything like it anywhere.reasonable prices too. Great for unusual and stylish gifts. www.barbarashawgifts.com located at No 2 Bezalel St. cnr Shmuel Hanagid st 02 6257474 hours 10am - 6.30, there a NEW shop on Emek Refaim no 26 incredibly interesting and different!!
This list is definitely not a list of the cheapest places to get souvenirs but rather a list of where you'll find good quality presents at a fair price. Gift wrapping is always free in Israel, and some of the stores listed have very nice wraps (especially G-R-A-S, and the Israeli museum), so don't be shy and asked it to be gift wrapped.
Almost everyone likes to get Armenian pottery – Jerusalem Pottery, a lovely shop in the Old City at 15 Via Dolorosa -- 02-6261587 www.jerusalempottery.biz -- is the factory store for the makers of the original street signs in the Old City. Replicas of the street signs, along with vibrantly-colored dishes, vases, tiles, mugs, etc. are sold here by the original owners of the factory. Also, you can find a good store with excellent variety on 12 Shlomzion St. – (02)-6234802 – it's almost the only place you can get good Armenian pottery in west Jerusalem.
A magnificent and inspiring gift shop is Yad Lakashish -- Lifeline for the Elderly, at 14 Shivtei Israel St.. Elderly Israelis come to Yad Lakashish every day in a combination adult daycare/art studio setting. The gift shop, consisting exclusively of the wares made by the elderly participants, is filled with gorgeous jewelry, home furnishings, cards, ceramics -- there's a fantastic variety. Prices are excellent, and all proceeds go to this very honorable institution. You can schedule a tour of the studios. All in all, a wonderful experience for families and all travelers.
A chain of stores that sell Israeli made pieces (they have affordable jewelry, beautiful table cloth and glassware) is called G-R-A-S (no connection to the plant!). They have one on 20 King George St. (and also on in the Malcha mall)- (02)6256599.
A very nice gift shop, good variety – GANZ – ((02)-6251159) www.ganz.co.il --it's on one of the pedestrian streets that are off Jaffa St. – the address is 8 Rivlin St.. You can get there "Kakadu" – that are colorful wooden ornaments and practical things for the house – like placemat, trays, etc. - they are quite durable and recommended.
On the Yoel Salomon pedestrian st. – there are 3 great modern pottey co-op stores of several potters (the first two are across one another and the third is at the corner)– if you don't mind carrying it in your hand baggage – go for it! (they will of course bubble wrap it for you.
Also on Yoel Salomon is a good jewelry store -- Turquoise -- with handmade rings, necklaces, bracelets, pins, etc. made out of gold and silver and Israeli stones.
Don't forget to go to the Israel Museum and gift stores, they have excellent things. Some that the museum shop makes and some that it just sells. You'll find there a wide range of prices, one favorite is a "Maadana" Medalion, you can buy it also in silver - makes a really nice gift.
If you are looking for unique but expensive Jewelry (although they do also have things in Silver) – go to "Idit" on 23 King George (02)-6221911 -- in particular, they have beautiful Old City pins. A less expensive, but wonderful jewelry store is at Sheshet on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony neighborhood.
A good boutique of clothes that are designed and manufactured in Israel – Dorin Frankfurt. She has a chain of stores and there is one on Jaffa 36 – the designer simply has a true understanding of women figures. The clothes may not look that impressive on the hanger but try them on, even if you are not with the greatest figure, they are truly becoming! They are more expensive than the more popular clothes chains in Israel (Castro, Golf – which are also worth a look at), but worth it! (Shirts at around 50-60$, pants at around 80$ and dresses at about 10
Recommend the following gift shops - a group of 3 shops run by the same family: Rivka in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City (3 Beit El St.); Raphael's (94 Ben Yehuda St., Tel Aviv) and Chaya, Cardo 13 Jewish Quarter. Idit (23 King George, Jerusalem) for beautiful jewelry, as noted above; and The Personal Touch, corner of King George and Ben Yehuda, Jerusalem.