Popular souvenirs include paintings, ceramics and jewellery, all of which can be purchased at galleries or direct from artists on the street. Other good and authentically Ukrainian souvenirs include hand painted eggs (pyansky), carved wooden items and matryoshka dolls, which are actually Russian in origin. Hand-embroidered clothes are another good bet, although the quality can be variable.
Religious artefacts can make a good purchase, but it should be remembered that it is illegal to take antique objects out of the country. Soviet-era souvenirs are another popular buy although many of these have actually been manufactured recently abroad in countries like China. The buying of fur products is not to be encouraged as these may come from endangered species.