In Istanbul, you can find several places that will help you take the idea of a thoughtful gift to the next level.

Make it personal

In need of an out-of-the-box idea for a keen explorer who, just like The Guide Istanbul team, is always on the lookout for interesting places to visit? Museum Card is a basic, yet very handy accessory which comes to the rescue in the least expected moments. Valid in various locations throughout Turkey, it will make sure you don’t stay home for too long. Click here for more information.

You know your relationship is strong if you can pick a book for your loved one based on just a few keywords, and you know they are going to love it. If you’re up for a surprise, head to Homer Kitabevi in Galatasaray for a blind date with a book, and trust your intuition while picking a copy. Yeni Çarşı Caddesi No.52, Galatasaray

A true pioneer of bespoke accessories, Istanbul-based brand Misela paved its way to international fame with its monogrammed series. Instant classics, Misela’s collection of monogrammed handbags, clutches, purses, travel bags, and more keeps expanding per demand. If you’re a long-term committer, you might want to eventually get them all.

Have you ever dreamed of a custom made perfume worn by only one person in the world? With the help of Bihter Türkan Ergül, your dream might come true in three to eight working days. Set up an appointment and let her work on a scent for you or your loved one. This is what real luxury is all about. Tiyrus Koku Uygarlığı, Büyük Beşiktaş Çarşısı No.32, Beşiktaş; T: 0533 091 49 44

Click to read more about customized Ottoman perfume in Istanbul

Winter is that time of the year when we don’t mind staying in the warmth of our own homes, giving the concept of coziness a whole new meaning. Poetique Home Couture is there to ensure that our comfort also radiates elegance and style, offering home decor accessories and loungewear in customizable and semi-customizable options.

If you’re a firm believer in writing things down and keeping track of your work on paper, Chapters might have the ultimate bespoke accessory for you. From daily planners to special occasion dossiers, here you can find a wide range of high quality covers, refillable pages and stickers, as well as monogram service to ensure the thoughtful final touch.


Istanbul inspired

Vakko’s scarf

Some items simply encapsulate Istanbul’s artistic spirit, bringing to mind the happiest moments spent in various places around the city. They make for perfect presents, too. Take a look at our top three choices.

  • Vakko’s pastel silk scarf can be ordered online at vakko.com
  • Ara Güler’s Istanbul coffee table book is available from Pandora Bookstore
  • Browse through the collection of Barış Manço records at Zihni Müzik store in Kadıköy. Akmar Pasajı No.13
Ara Güler’s Istanbul