Many visitors want to bring home something to remind them of their time spent in Tanzania. A good authentic souvenir would be a wooden carving, with traditional masks and tribespeople figurines being the most popular items. Do make sure that what you are buying is genuinely Tanzanian, as woodcarvings from other African countries are also offered for sale. Other popular souvenirs are the colourful, traditional Maasai blankets. You may not want to actually wear these once you are back home, but these versatile, tartan-patterned garments also make excellent tablecloths, throws or picnic blankets. Some people do indeed wear them as shawls. Another popular purchase in Tanzania are soapstone sculptures, available in many outlets.
A particular specialty of our land is Tanzanite, which is a precious blue gemstone unique to the country with which it shares its name. This beautiful item is not inexpensive, so you should do some careful research before you buy, and even better try to use the knowledge and expertise of a guide you can trust. You want to make sure that what you buy is genuine.
Artwork is another popular gift or souvenir, particularly tinga-tinga, which genuinely originates in Tanzania and takes its name after its creator, Edward Tingatinga. It is charmingly simplistic, full of bright colours and often depicts wildlife or other African themes, making it the perfect souvenir.