A whole range of Egyptian souvenirs are available in Luxor town; there are now some interesting shops on the west bank as well.
For alabaster, head for the west bank. The stone is mined about 80km northwest of the Valley of the Kings, and although the alabaster factories near the Ramesseum and Deir Al Bahri sell cheap handmade cups, vases and lights in the shape of Nefertiti’s head, it is possible to find higher-quality bowls and vases, often unpolished, which are great buys. Take care when buying, as sometimes what passes for stone is actually wax with stone chips. Avoid going with a tour guide as his commission will invariably be added to your bill.
The tagen (clay pots) that are used in local cooking make a more unusual buy. Very practical, they can be used to cook on top of the stove or in the oven, and they look good on the table too. Prices start at LE30 for a very small pot and go up to about LE80. They’re on sale on the street just beside the police station in Luxor’s east bank.