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Souvenir Obsession: Russian Matryoshka Dolls

The one thing I was mesmerized by in St. Petersburg (besides all the lavishness of the city) was all the variations of Russian matryoshka dolls!  These dolls totally brought me back to my childhood when I was fascinated with how each dolls opens up to reveal more and more dolls.  It was just so cool how many dolls were hidden inside one doll!

Anyway, when I set out for St. Petersburg, I already knew I had to come home with one of these dolls – the bigger the better and the more dolls nested inside the better.  The one thing I wasn’t prepared for was how many different types of dolls there were!  I was constantly finding myself hovering over the doll section at the souvenir shops and just in awe of them (ironic that the childhood awe was still with me after all these years).  I mean, just look at the creativity:

An army of traditional matryoshkas:

If the traditional dolls are too plain for you, check out these super intricate ones:

Or maybe you prefer the couture matryoshkas:

There are even dolls for the sports fan — open them all up to form the whole team:

How about these cute ones for your little brother, sister, niece, or nephew?

I really wanted this one below; it was love at first sight!  The all silver matryoshka looks classy and sophisticated:

They are so creative!  The only downside was the price.  The silver matryoshka dolls I fell in love with were in the hundreds of dollars (go figure – they are handmade) so I ended up bringing back just a couple of nesting dolls that were more friendly on the wallet – one “traditional” one and these cute penguin ones (remember how much I love penguins?) that I just couldn’t resist:

If I ever have a baby girl, I’ll give these to her and maybe pass down that childhood fascination to her too!  Until then, I’ll be at shopping for a hurricane in which to display my souvenirs.

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Tiffany - September 7, 2012 - 12:39 am

I LOVE Matryoshkas!! I actually collect them 😀

Just Wanderlust - September 7, 2012 - 2:36 pm

Ooh nice! Do you have a lot? I only have the 2 that I bought from Russia.

Tiffany - September 7, 2012 - 8:40 pm

I think I have about 5 or 6 so far..
I’m going to buy more when I visit Russia again. The authentic ones are the nicest! but it’s true the best ones are sooo expensive

Bramblerose - January 26, 2015 - 8:16 pm

Its great to see that market of Babushka Dolls is rising and rising. These Russian Nesting dolls are very popular in Australia.
Aussie children love to play with them. If anyone from Australia interested in buying Babushka dolls, hand puppets or wooden toys then choose online toy store in Australia to purchase.

The Russian Store - October 21, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Great pictures! There sure are a lot of nesting dolls to choose from these days!

Great Russian Gifts - March 2, 2016 - 4:23 pm

There is definitely plenty of room for creativity when it comes to Russian babushka nesting dolls. Portraits, animals, traditional and even specialty ones with companies’ logos etc.

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