I want avoid typical tourist area shops bit want to get friends and family Czech gifts. Any advice? Thanks
Manufaktura is very good and have shops all over the place including many in the tourist areas and at the airport. I have bought a lot of nice stuff from there over the years.
Also try the various farmers/craft markets that are on in the city on various days of the week,there are big ones at Naplavka and Dejvice on Saturdays but go early as they tend to wind down around 2pm.I have got some lovely wooden toys and kitchen ware at these markets .
What kind of souvenirs? ....soaps, hand lotions etc @ Botanicus, the best one is the shop mentioned above for hand made items, wooden toys
A store called BLUE is also Czech
For me, I take local food stuff as souvenirs....from here-waffer cookies, garlic potato cihips. etc.
I enjoy the custom paintings that the artists do on the bridge, the small ones are nice to put in small frames for various places at home. I have many scenic watercolors from various cities we have been to. Now my latest idea is to collect Christmas pictures to exchange in my frames for the holidays.
There are also a couple of notable stones representative of the area that are made into jewelry (rings, bracelets, etc.)...yes, I definitely always try to bring home something as a memory piece to wear! Sweatshirts are fun to have and for little kids, probably the typical stuff that a child would appreciate except with the name of the city on it?
Anyway, have fun. I am returning in December for my first Christmas Market (beyond excited!) and will have to fit some small items in my carry on to bring home for gifts, as well!
When you will be in Prague during the Christmas you can visit various Christmas exhibitions - the best one is in the Bethlehem Chapel (in the crypt), other in the Church of Our Lady of the Snow, in the Museum of Charles Bridge, in Klementinum, in Jindřišská Tower. It isn ´t free but the entrance fee is usually 70 CZK, you will see wonderful nativity scenes (Although most of the Czech are atheist they love to make them) and you can buy nice Christmas decoration there.
Agree that Manufaktura has some lovely things. I also bought some glass from Blue which you will see all over. They also have one in the airport which is only marginally cheaper. Not all the stores sell the same items.
btw, i know this is an old thread, but gift that is typically czech just came to my mind, some say it is very kitsch, but i love them - josef lada's pictures.
google "obrazky josefa lady"