If you’re unsure of what to buy in Marrakech and how much to pay then we’ve got you covered.
This list of 13 popular souvenirs from Morocco will show you what Morocco is most famous for producing and what the country is best known for to help you decide what to buy.
We’ve also included average souk prices alongside each souvenir so that you know what’s within your budget and when to haggle like a pro.
Lanterns are one of the most famous souvenirs from Morocco. They have become an interior design staple in many homes but there’s nothing quite like buying your very own authentic Moroccan lantern.
There are different types you can buy varying in size, material, design, function and quality.
Some of the most well known ones are made of brass and punched with holes or are a mixture of hammered metal and coloured glass.
Either way, they produce soft warm lighting and spectacular effects!
Morocco Price Guide – Lanterns:
Expect to pay in excess of 85 Dirhams (DH) (approx £7) for a small lantern, although heavier metals and more intricate designs result in a heftier price tag.
Watch out for lanterns made of aluminium as they bend easily and are not as good quality as ones made from heavier metals.
Ornate Rugs and Carpets
Rich jewel colours, geometric patterns and luxurious textures you can’t help but touch. These are the things that make Moroccan rugs and carpets some of the most sought after ones in the world.
And now’s your chance to get your hands on an authentic one! But it will definitely put a dent in your holiday fund.
Morocco Price Guide – Rugs and Carpets:
Expect to pay in excess of 1800 DH (approx £150) for a good size, good quality Moroccan rug. Still cheaper than what you’d pay at home.
This will also be one of the longest purchases you’ll make when buying a Moroccan souvenir.
Souk merchants drive a hard bargain when it comes to good quality rugs and carpets – and for good reason as they’re the best.
The Argania plant is native to south west Morocco, and thus, argan oil is often produced in Essaouira.
Given its rarity across the world, argan oil remains one of the most in demand souvenirs from Morocco and what Morocco is best known for.
And it has multiple uses!
Culinary argan oil, which is mixed with almonds and honey can be used as a dip for your bread as well as a dressing for couscous and salads.
While cosmetic argan oil has been hailed as a miracle product for both the hair and skin.
Morocco Price Guide – Argan Oil:
A small bottle of good quality oil will likely set you back upwards of 300 DH (approx £25).
Look for cosmetic oils that are golden yellow in colour and culinary oils that are either orange or golden brown. The highest quality oils will also have an EcoCert stamp emblazoned on the packaging.
It’s not just argan oil that is produced locally in Morocco. Herbs and other sweet smelling plants are as well including lavender, rosemary, jasmine and oranges.
These ingredients are often combined with argan oil, rose water or orange blossom water to create artisanal soaps and room sprays which smell divine.
Morocco Price Guide – Artisanal Soaps:
When buying a natural soap from a local stall or small cosmetics shop in Morocco, you should expect to pay around 35-50 DH (approx £3-4).
If you choose to buy from a high end cosmetics brand then you’d likely pay closer to 100 DH (roughly £8) per bar.
Mint tea is perhaps what Morocco is most known for when it comes to food and drink.
This sweet drink aids the digestive system and is often drunk after large meals. There’s a particular way of serving it, which involves pouring it from a great height and sometimes repouring it too.
Something else you should know about Moroccan mint tea is that if you’re offered it while browsing a souk, then only accept it if you’re serious about buying. This is often a signal that the merchant sells high value items and is going to try to hard sell to you. If you drink the tea without buying then this can cause offence.
But back to Moroccan souvenirs! If you want to take some mint tea home with you then loose leaf is the way to go. And you’ll find plenty of it in souks.
Morocco Price Guide – Mint Tea:
You’ll probably see prices showing how much it costs per kilogram of loose leaf tea; often over 500 DH (£40) per kg.
If you just want to take a bit home with you as a souvenir then you can probably get away with buying 100 to 200 grams, which would be around 50-100 DH (approx £4-8).
Moroccan Tea Set
You’re going to want a Moroccan tea set to drink your mint tea out of, right? Not buying tea? Well you’ll still want a tea set. They’re beautiful and the pots really do resemble Aladdin’s lamp.
There are different size tea sets you can buy with the smallest (and cheapest) consisting of one pot, two glasses and one tray. But you can buy some larger tea sets with as many as ten glasses on the tray!
The pot and tray are usually silver in colour and engraved with intricate patterns while the glasses are usually brightly coloured with etched patterns on them – think bright reds, golden yellows, deep blues and emerald greens.
Morocco Price Guide – Moroccan Tea Set:
When buying a Moroccan tea set, check to see what the pot is made out of. Good quality ones will be made of stainless steel or silver brass, ensuring they last for years and don’t transfer chemicals to your drink.
For a small tea set of average quality, which would be best for decorative purposes and not drinking out of, expect to pay around 100 – 200 DH (roughly £8-16).
For a larger set or a higher quality one, you’ll be looking at more like 380 – 500 DH (roughly £30-40).
If you’re short on cash, you can also buy the coloured glasses individually (for either drinking from or using as tea light holders) for as little as 10 DH each (approx £1).
Dadès Gorges and the M’Goun Valley, east of Marrakech are known for the pink Persian roses that naturally grow in these areas and which are used to produce the country’s rose oil.
There’s even an annual Valley of the Roses Festival in May, which celebrates the 3000 tonnes of wild roses that spring up here every year.
Rose oil is a popular ingredient for cosmetics, aromatherapy and room sprays. It’s a fantastic natural moisturiser and smells heavenly.
You can buy rose oil at most pharmacies and in local souks.
Morocco Price Guide – Rose Oil:
Although prices can vary, the purer the rose oil, the more expensive it is as something like 10,000 roses makes just 5ml of the stuff!
You can often get rose oil at a wholesale price when buying directly from the farmers in the M’Goun district.
But if you won’t be heading out this way, you can also buy it in Marrakech for around 250 DH (approx £20) for a small 10ml bottle. This won’t be pure rose oil but should still be of a fair quality.
From tableware and cups to tagines and decorative items, you will find most cities in Morocco to be a haven for ceramic souvenirs – and brightly coloured hand painted ones at that!
What’s important to remember is that cities have very distinctive styles when it comes to pottery and ceramics and the colours and patterns they use.
As an example, Fez is most known for blue and white items and is one of the most popular areas to buy pottery from. Safi and Meknes are also known for their excellent pottery skills. But Marrakech sells plenty of beautiful ceramic items as well.
Morocco Price Guide – Ceramics:
If you can find the larger wholesale shops selling ceramics then you’re likely to get a better deal although you’ll be expected to buy ceramics in larger quantities than just one or two items.
If you’re shopping for ceramics in the souks like many other tourists then the price you pay will differ greatly on how big the item is and how intricate the design is.
As a guide, small bowls can cost as little as 20 DH (approx £1.50) while you’re likely to pay ten times that for a painted tagine.
Morocco’s souks are known for their towering mounds of vibrantly coloured spices. Some of the most common spices to buy in Morocco include turmeric, saffron and cumin.
But if you’re not sure of what spices to buy in Morocco are best then we’d recommend purchasing ras el hanout, which translates as ‘head of the shop’.
This is a unique blend of over a dozen of Morocco’s best spices like cinnamon, cumin, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, turmeric and more.
This delicious blend of spices is the most common ingredient in authentic Moroccan tagine dishes and helps to give them their distinctive taste.
Morocco Price Guide – Spices:
Just like tea, spices are priced by weight but do vary based on the spice itself.
As an example, saffron (one of the most expensive spices you will ever buy) costs at least 50 DH (£4) for just one gram, while you could buy 100 grams each of ras el hanout and turmeric for the same cost.
You should ask the merchant to grind the spices fresh for you as this will give you the best flavour for your buck.
The chances are high that you’ll get a strong whiff of leather at least once during your souk shopping expedition.
We remember turning the corner of one part of the souk in Marrakech and seeing a vast stretch of open space dedicated solely to tanning leather!
Over the centuries, the tannery process hasn’t changed much in Morocco but the range of items made out of leather has changed – from trendy leather jackets and satchel bags to practical wallets and belts and even leather pouffes, which seem to be all the rage at the moment.
Morocco Price Guide – Leather:
Souks all across Marrakech sell leather items in vast quantities, but if you’re visiting Fez, then this is where you can buy leather items from the source (Fez is home to three large tanneries y’see).
Either way, be sure to find a souk that is entirely devoted to leather goods; this is how you know you’re getting something authentic and of good quality built to last.
The price you pay will differ not just based on what item you’re buying (and how much leather was used to make it) but also based on what type of leather has been used. In Marrakech, you’ll find common cow leather items as well as goods made of camel, sheep and even goat leather.
As a guide, leather jackets cost at least 800 DH (£65) while a leather pouffe can be bought for as little as 150 DH (roughly £12). If you’re buying leather bags in Marrakech, then expect to pay around 450 DH (£35) for a medium sized one.
Pointy-toed babouche slippers are another traditional souvenir from Morocco and can be found in huge quantities throughout almost all souks.
Whether you opt for a good quality leather pair, a pretty sequin-bedazzled pair or slippers in rainbow hues, you won’t be short of choice.
Some are purely for around the home while others have rubber soles for short-term outdoor use. Like I said, the choices seem near endless.
Morocco Price Guide – Babouche Slippers:
A good quality leather pair of Babouche slippers would cost you as little as 50 DH (£4) while ones made of fabric (even embroidered and sequinned ones) should be even cheaper still.
Hand of Fatima / Hamsa
The Hand of Fatima (or Hamsa) is a popular talisman within Morocco and other Muslim cultures.
It means “five”, referring to the five fingers of your right hand, and is a symbol of faith, patience and self-restraint. It’s often called the Hand of Fatima after the daughter of Muhammad.
In Morocco, you’ll find this symbol on anything from jewellery and tapestries to key chains and wax candle holders.
Morocco Price Guide – Hamsa:
As expected, prices vary widely depending on what item you’re buying.
Unless you’re already purchasing another Moroccan souvenir, which might already depict the Hamsa symbol (like on a ceramic bowl), we’d suggest keeping this souvenir cheap and opting for a trinket you could hang in your car or home.
This could set you back as little as 10 DH (£1).
Thuya Wood Boxes
Not only is Essaouira the natural home of the argania (argan) plant but also thuja (or thuya) trees, which make the most beautiful marled red wood when polished.
Moroccans have been using these trees to make beautiful jewellery boxes for years, and today, these boxes are sometimes even inlaid with delicate materials like mother of pearl, making for a stunning souvenir.
An authentic thuya wood box will be tricky to open as the key will be hidden inside a secret compartment of some sort, which you first have to figure out how to find.
Morocco Price Guide – Thuya Wood Boxes:
Although these beautiful boxes are sold in most souks, the best place to go is Essaouira as this is a local craft that has been honed over the centuries, so you can almost guarantee the best quality from this region of Morocco.
Once again, prices vary; this time depending on the craftsmanship and additional materials used.
The cheapest boxes come in as low as 10 DH (£1), while intricately carved ones would be more like 80 DH (£6); while mother of pearl inlaid ones will be much more expensive.
Morocco Souvenirs Online
Have you come home empty handed? Maybe you couldn’t find what you were looking for, ran out of time or didn’t have the confidence to haggle in the souks.
Or do you just want to buy some Moroccan souvenirs online because you don’t think you’ll make it over there anytime soon but still love Moroccan-themed decor?
Then check out some of these Moroccan souvenirs you can buy online:
- Moroccan lanterns
- Rose oil and rose water
- Mint tea
- Argan oil
- Moroccan black soap
- Moroccan tea glasses
- Hand painted ceramic bowls
- Ras el hanout spice blend
- Leather pouffes
- Babouche slippers
- Hamsa jewellery
- Thuya wood boxes
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