Iconic Items & Handcrafts:
In the Mosel region in Germany, every village has its own festival. At these festivals, when you purchase a glass of wine, you pay for the wine and you pay a fee for the wine glass that is served in. You get this fee back after you return the glass, but after a few glasses of wine, many people forget to return their wine glasses and therefore do not receive their refund. A solution is to bring your own wine glass! You can buy small leather pouches which fit exactly one glass. It has a strap attached to it so that you can carry it around your neck.
Unique Food & Drink:
I recommend the butcher shop in the Oberstrasse in Boppard, Germany. It's located just off the market square, opposite the Christmas store. The shop has a street-facing window, which sells delicious hot foods like sausages in bread rolls (typical German fast food) for around three Euros (about U.S. $3.75). The indoor space, which is frequented mostly by locals, sells regular butcher’s items.