There are a few websites online that offer Russian gifts and collectibles. Some of the sites cater to serious collectors while others are for the more budget minded. These different websites offer unique gifts from food items, clothing, household items, decorative plaques, vases, murals, books, music, movies and almost anything that you can imagine. Most of the websites are niche oriented and offer specialized items. There are a few that offer broader inventories. One site that is very nice has original carvings and artwork. It caters to the serious collectors, Liliana International. There is another good site that caters to those of us who are on more of a budget and looking for books or Russian made clothing items and it is Russians Mall.
With the economy in its current state, and the predictions of cost increases, all of these Russian goods will be going up in price in the near future. It is just a fact that Importing costs are rising and will continue to do so. Already we are seeing the introduction of Russian made clothing, such as tee-shirts with the old soviet emblems, manufactured in countries like China. This may not be wrong but it does hurt the Russian economy. Originally, most, if not all, of these clothing items were manufactured in Russia.
On a recent trip to Russia I purchased some of the native apparel and noticed that it was hard to find shoes like we have here in the US. The reason why is that most of their shoes are manufactured locally or in Europe, and are of better quality. I am sure as the world economy changes and it is easier and cheaper to import the items from counties, such as China, that Russian made clothing will be less available for their citizenry as well. The quality of the Russian made shoes is extremely high compared to the quality in the United States. The prices are reasonable as well. To buy a pair of size 10 leather loafers here, of any quality, you will have to pay a minimum of $150.00, while in Russia you can buy a better made shoe for less than $40.00. And the Russian pair will be all leather. In the US the vast majority of shoe apparel is now manufactured elsewhere, in countries like China, and most contain no leather, or very little.
Russian made clothing items are still available and so are copies, for the budget minded. When you are buying Online it is more difficult to determine where the items originated from. Some websites offer the information freely and others do not. But when buying novelty Russian clothing it is of less importance where it was manufactured. When purchasing an expensive item you want the article to be genuine and indigenous to the country. Liliana International offers a good variety of original items and gifts and so does the Russians Mall.