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All About Albania: Get a Gift Idea Here For Your Albanian Buddy!

Updated on September 14, 2012

Albanian Books!

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What does a mention of the country of Albania elicit in your mind? Maybe a few vague associations: perhaps something along the lines of, 'It's in Eastern Europe, isn't it?' and maybe also 'I'm not sure what religion they are?' and as well as that, 'Don't they have a range of mountains or something?'

The problem is, none of this is too much use when you have an Albanian friend – or a friend who just happens to be infatuated with all things Albanian – and you need to find them a present for a birthday or special event, quick sharp!

So what on earth are you going to get for them? Well, there are certainly all the usual categories you can flick through in your mind – just bearing in mind the Albanian slant on all of these things! How about literature – and by literature, I obviously mean Albanian literature, writers and books. Books! The great resource for all gift-givers, Amazon!

But who are the great Albanian writers? Well, maybe you could begin by checking out the links I've provided in the list below, for the well-known Albanian writers name-checked on the internet.

What about if your Albania-loving buddy has a sweet tooth? It's always fun to order sweeties off the internet (and it builds up the anticipation, and saves your teeth and your waistline in the meantime!) Certainly Albanians allegedly love their figs: maybe you could order some fig-heavy sweeties. Or there are always aprons declaiming a love of Albanian food available on Amazon, if all else fails on the foodie front! Also heavily featured: coffee, beef sausage and herbs and spices. I doubt somehow that that expresses the whole complexity of Albanian cuisine! But at least it's somewhere to start.


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