When I travel, I pick up souvenirs and gifts for a few relatives. Nothing schlocky but not super pricey either. Any suggestions for nice, unique gifts? Thanks.
Since we don't know what you consider "not super pricey" (or "schlocky", for that matter), it's hard to give good suggestions. Why not just wait until you get there and see what speaks to you as something representative of the place?
Thanks Nancy for your suggestion. I guess I just want some ideas, so if something resonates with me, when I get there, I can look for specific items, and it will save me some time, as I'll be running around sightseeing.
I visited 8 museums while in Vienna last August and found they have some really interesting souvenirs to offer in their shops. I also made a point to be there on a Saturday so I could go to the Flohmarkt, which is part of the Naschmarkt--there's the usual generic flea market stuff but also a section with vintage collectables that's really fun, also very crowded--but I love a good poke through funky old stuff, especially if it's foreign funky old stuff.
I was in Salzburg on a Sunday and there was a craft fair going on along the river near the Old Town section, lots of great hand-made items for everyone. Otherwise there's a lot of shops with the usual tourist offerings, including delightful painted wood miniatures that are popular in that area.
Be warned -- don't look for Strauss souvenirs in Salzburg. You can find Mozart everywhere. (Actually, Strauss was tough to find even in Vienna.)
A bottle of Grüner Veltliner or Zweigelt. Go to a Wein & Co shop to pick out a good one.
A bottle of higher quality Kürbiskernöl (pumpkin seed oil) from a nicer grocery, like the Billa Corso at Neuer Markt or Julius Meinl on the Graben.
A piece of Gmunden pottery from the shop at Stadiongasse 7.
A customized snow globe from the inventor of the snow globe (art, not kitsch) - http://www.viennasnowglobe.at/index.php?page=history&lang=eng
Well , this might certainly fall into the " pricey " range , but looking is free ! Try not to drool . http://www.augarten.at/product/secession/
Steven, that is a beautiful vase.
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. It will save me time, as I won't be clueless and aimlessly walking around.
While not exactly a souvenir, Chocolate from Demel is tremendously delicious and a great gift for relatives! I wish we had purchased more than we did!
The Washau valley near Vienna has a special apricot growing history. Anything made with these apricots or small bottles of apricot liquor or syrup for drinks might be nice for some gifts. Look for Marillen.
In Vienna on Kärntnerstraße (the main street leading to the Staatsoper) are numerous shops selling souvenirs, music CDs, and other gifts.
We bought our daughter a lovely Christmas ornament in Salzburg. She still hangs it on her Christmas tree every year. It was small and not expensive.