The last few days of any trip is usually spent trawling through shops and fairs on the prowl for suitable souvenirs for family and loved ones back home. Besides the Christ the Redeemermini-statues and ‘I Love Rio de Janeiro’ T-shirts, what great gifts can you take back with you? We round up some typically Brazilian souvenirs that you can get in Rio.**
The national spirit of Brazil makes an ideal gift and serves as a great reminder of the country’s famous cocktails, caipirinhas. Cachaça, a spirit made from sugar cane extract, is available at any supermarket or alcohol specialist store in Rio. Opt for the gold cachaça – one that has been aged for longer – for a smooth, pleasant taste.
A staple fashion accessory for almost all feet in Rio de Janeiro, Havaianas make a great souvenir. The classic flip-flop brand has long dominated the footwear market in the city, and there are several stores dotted across Rio dedicated to Havaianas flip-flops and clothes. The extraordinary range of colours, styles, and sizes allow you to customise your choices to loved ones’ preferences.
Goiabada – guava paste – is a popular dessert in Brazil. The texture is like a thick cross between jelly and jam and is often served with mild Minas Gerais cheese, a combination known as Romeo and Juliette. You can buy goiabada paste in prettily decorated boxes or tins, making it an ideal present to take back home.
Bananada is another popular preserved Brazilian sweet that will last any long travel back home. The sweet is typical in Rio and is a combination of banana pulp and sugar. A slightly healthier version that uses sweetener or honey instead of sugar is also available, or you can ramp up the sweet levels by buying the version coated in chocolate – both are delicious.
5. Pão de Queijo mix
Bringing back pão de queijo is not exactly practical – it is, after all, cheese bread and will not remain fresh for long. However, a great gift idea for loved ones who are keen bakers is pão de queijo mix, which provides all the main ingredients in powder form. To make fresh pão de queijo, simply add water and bake for about 20 minutes. This bread is one of the most popular Brazilian snacks and will take you back to sunny, tropical mornings in Rio.
6. Hippie Fair in Ipanema
Head to the Hippie Fair for innovative and unique gifts for loved ones or simply as a keepsake for yourself. Wander around and pick out beautiful pieces of handcrafted jewellery, clothes or bags. Keep a look out for the weekly stall that sells handmade boxes with a wooden inlay, or the stall that sells bowls and coasters made from dried beans and resin. These make unusual gifts and capture some of the essence of Rio.
For peanut lovers, paçoca is a wonderful gift. Made with crushed peanuts, cassava flour, and sugar, it has a distinct nutty flavour and is suitable as a gluten-free option. Another peanut sweet is pé de moleque, which is whole peanuts set in toffee. Just be warned that it didn’t earn its nickname as ‘teeth breaker’ for nothing – it is exceptionally hard and may not be suitable for everyone.
Terravixta is a local Carioca brand that creates fantastic wooden mini-sculptures of the most famous attractions in Rio. They’re perfect to take home, so that you can display your own miniature of Christ the Redeemer, Arcos da Lapa, or Sugarloaf Mountain. What makes them great is their unique material and design – these aren’t just any old trinket you can buy anywhere around the world. Where:Travessa Bookstore or Museo de Arte do Rio(MAR).
Take home a souvenir of Sugarloaf Mountain like no other / Image Source
9. Papel Craft
Take home diaries, blocks, photo albums, Moleskines and multipurpose boxes with unique designs. The creative team behind Papel Craft worked with several artists from different fields to create the line. There is also an original line of postcards with beautiful photos of the city in Polaroid format. Where: In Ipanema, on Pirajá Viscount 580, store. Visit their website for other locations.
7. Handmade things
Each weekend is reserved for a market day and you will be able to find various hand-made items such as quilts, woodcarvings, statues, and paintings. The prices are also very low here and you will be able to get a gorgeous souvenir from Brazil for just a fraction of a price.
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You can’t return from Rio with just sand in your shoes. Bring back a special reminder of the Marvellous City to relive your holiday in Rio.
Located on the east of the Danube River, Austria’s capital, Vienna, is an amazing, ornate and legendary city. Home of the former Hapsburg Empire and also home to many other notable people throughout the 19th and 20th century, Vienna is a unique and vibrant city with a rich history known for its large imperial palaces, many of which have since become historic landmarks and museums.
Historic and contemporary buildings stand side by side, giving the architecture of the city a very interesting and different style. If you’re visiting this spectacular city and want to do some shopping, let us suggest a few things, here is our list of what to buy in Vienna, Austria.
1. Augarten Porcelain
Dating back to 1718, Augarten Porcelain is something that is very unique to Vienna. The place in which its manufactured is actually Europe’s second porcelain manufactory, after Meissen Porcelain. Since 1744, all pieces made here are adorned with the coat of arms of the Duke of Austria, which is their trademark symbol. The Augarten manufactory was rebuilt in 1923 and has since revived their old ways and methods of porcelain making.
Address: Austria, Obere Augartenstraße 1, 1020 Wien, Austria
Viennese wine is not like your typical Italian or French wine. Viennese wine enjoys a certain kind of cult status among wine connoisseurs and is typically served in more gourmet style restaurants. Vienna actually dedicates about 700 hectares (1,729.7 acres) of land within its city boundary for the production of wine, which is the largest in the world. Since the 1600’s, pub culture grew in Vienna and now Viennese wine is part of the culture.
With 200 years of glassmaking tradition under its belt, the Lobmeyr family has been making glassware for over six generations. From crystal chandeliers to jugs to simple drinking glasses, Lobmeyr products can range from the very expensive to the affordable. The Lobmeyr name is steeped in tradition but also offers contemporary design and will certainly add a touch of style to any home.
If you’re looking for something truly unique and delicious that is very much Austrian, then apricot jam is a great item to bring back home with you. Traditional Austrian apricot jam is called “Wachauer Marille” and is grown in the Wachau Valley and ripened by the midsummer sun. But, if you can’t make it out there, a simple jar of delicious jam is definitely the next best thing.
Known worldwide for its beautiful crystal, Swarovski is an Austrian landmark and maker of beautiful ornaments, crystalware, decorations and jewellery. The Swarovski store in Vienna is not only a delightful shopping experience but it is also an amazing store with crystal installations adorning the location. It’s almost like a museum as much as a store. Swarovski crystal can be expensive but there are plenty of affordable pieces for the traveller on a budget. Even if you don’t buy anything, a visit to the store is worth its own experience.
Viennese porcelain is known as some of the best in the world. Made with a hard paste, the reputation for Viennese porcelain grew throughout the German-speaking world and eventually around Europe, to the point where it became a diplomatic gift given between countries. Elaborate design and decorations often can be found on older and more expensive pieces but contemporary designs and patterns make a great gift for those visiting Vienna.
Pumpkin seed oil is a delicious and culinarily unique item that is not too expensive and makes a great thing to bring back from your trip to Vienna! The pumpkin seeds are often crushed, roasted and then pressed and the oil goes great with food in either a sauce for lamb or beef and even in salad dressings. Some people even like to put on vanilla ice cream! Try this delicious Austrian delicacy for yourself and give your home cooking a new flair.
Artisanal chocolate is taken very seriously in Vienna. Much like the art of porcelain and winemaking, the art of chocolate is something that has been passed down for generations. Chocolate was a big deal in the imperial courts where, essentially, only those involved in the upper classes could afford the delectable treat. Now, Vienna is home to tons of chocolatiers all with their own delicious brand.
Continuing on our trend of tasty Viennese treats is its delicious cake. Vienna is known for its many things and bakeries are definitely one of them. High-end stores are available for customers who want a fancier cake or even perhaps a whole cake but little markets are also scattered around the city, where people can pick up a single slice and enjoy a delicious treat, whenever. Visit the Naschmarkt and stock up on some classic cakes.
Snowglobes are actually a Viennese tradition, dating back at least 100 years. People can visit the stores that sell the captured wintery scenes or even go to a snowglobe museum and manufactory. Snowglobes make a great gift for either yourself or for a friend to bring back and also make a wonderful souvenir from your trip to Vienna.
From cultural pieces of art like Madhubani paintings, beautiful pieces of fabrics like Assamese Silk and Khadi to delicious edible products like Aachar, Mathri, and Masala Chai, there are plenty of worth-buying things in Delhi for you to bring home as a souvenir for family and friends.
1. MADHUBANI PAINTINGS
Madhubani paintings are truly beautiful pieces of art that will make an excellent addition to any room. They are created with all kinds of stunning fabric colors which then get painted onto silk, cotton, floral and all types of different fabrics. These art works take vast amounts of time to create and a true lover of art would be able to appreciate the fine details that go into these masterpieces.
Madhubani paintings are a unique souvenir to bring back home that will bring happiness, fun and vibrant colors into the home. The drawings on these paintings are always all sorts of fantastic elements. They range in everything from Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Durga to all sorts of Hindu themes and animals. There are huge selections to choose from, enabling you to buy a unique and thought out gift for a particular person back home.
BEST GIFTS FOR This is a wonderful souvenir to bring home to those people in your life who appreciate good art and culture. They may be best suited for your parents, in-laws or uncles and aunts. It is a great present to give to a couple as a joint gift.
PORTABLE LEVEL: Manageable
PRICE RANGE From a few US dollars up to hundreds of US dollars
WHERE TO BUY House no.1734, Laxmi Bai Nagar, near INA metro station, Delhi
2. ASSAMESE SILK
Silk is known all over India as a luxury item. One of the reasons why Assamese Silk is so sought after by visitors to Delhi is because it’s indigenous. Creating items from this silk is a very labor intensive process which takes vast amounts of man power, time and energy.
Some people prefer to buy certain items like shawls made out of silk, while others prefer to just buy the silk. If you just buy a piece of silk you could take it home and make it into something beautiful or later on decide what to do with it. When it comes to all the beautiful silk items in Delhi the options are endless.
BEST GIFTS FOR Ideal for a unique gift for a very close and loyal family member, who can appreciate luxury and the finer things in life.
PORTABLE LEVEL Easy to pack and carry around
WHERE TO BUY: Bihu Bazaar-Naveena Kalkaji Extension, Govindpuri, Govindpuri Extension, Delhi – 110019, India
3. AACHAR (INDIAN PICKLE)
One of the best and tastiest gifts you can bring home from India is a jar of Aachar. Aachar is extremely tasty and is a real treat for anybody who has never eaten it before. It is created with the use of preserved fruits and can be sweet or spicy in flavor.
Aachar is a great souvenir to take home to all those foodie lovers. Not only does it make a great add on as a sauce, topping or side but it can also be used for all different types of cooking dishes. A small piece of advice is that Aachar does taste very rich and strong; you only need to purchase small jars.
BEST GIFTS FOR The foodie family and friends
PORTABLE LEVEL It may not be the easiest thing to carry home so look out for smaller bottles which are sealed tightly shut.
PRICE RANGE Expect to pay around $3 per jar, depending on the size, make and variant.
Pachranga Achar- 661, Camp Cinema Rd, Than Singh Nagar, Anand Parbat, New Delhi, Delhi 110005
4. INDIAN TEA
There are some really delicious and traditional Indian teas available in Delhi. It is highly recommended that you personally taste some of them before deciding on which teas you want to bring back home with you.
One of the most popular is the Masala Chai. It is traditional flavored tea which is perfectly brewed with black tea and all sorts of Indian herbs and spices. You have really got to try this, and then buy the ingredients to recreate the experience for your friends and family back at home.
BEST GIFTS FOR Perfect for all those tea lovers back home – your grandmother, mother and older female friends.
PORTABLE LEVEL Easy to manage
Mittal Tea House Shop-No 8, Main Market, Block 8, Lodi Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
People all over the world will be able to testify to the fact that the spices at home never taste anywhere near as good as they do in India. There is something authentic, pure and intense about the rich aromas and tastes of Indian spices. They are also made and mixed to pure precision, making Indian spices one of the very best products you can bring back.
Your options include curry spices, turmeric, ground mixtures, chili variations, herbs, and all sorts of traditional Indian blends. If you have a friend or family member who loves strong foods, rich tastes and hot curries then you have just found the perfect gift.
BEST GIFTS FOR Fantastic souvenirs to bring home for food enthusiasts who love cooking with spices and flavors -parents, friends, and co-workers.
Mehar Chand & Sons-6535, Khari Baoli, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, near Fatehpuri Masji
6. SANDALWOOD PRODUCTS
Image credit: Khadi Natural
Some of the biggest and most beautiful sandalwood forests are in India. This is good news for you as it means that you have direct access to some of the best sandalwood products available. It even gets better than that, because you are in India and it is produced on location, the prices are very economical. The quality is fantastic and fresh.
Some of the most popular sandalwood products are incense, essential oil, body scrubs, face packs and powders. The best option would be authentic Sandalwood soaps, coming in all different varieties at great prices. Not only do the people back home benefit but so do you as your luggage will smell wonderful.
BEST GIFTS FOR You could literally fill your bag with different Sandalwood soaps. They are great add-ons for gifts for friends, co-workers and relatives with another small gift.
PORTABLE LEVEL Easy to magage
PRICE RANGE The Sandalwood soaps are very economic at only 59c to $1 each.
WHERE TO BUY 9/5, Nehru Enclave East KALKAJI, New Delhi – 110019
7. MATHRI (SALTY CRACKERS)
Mathri is a delicious and very popular afternoon snack in India. It is similar in taste and flavor to salty crackers but they are made very differently. They are served with spicy pickles and make a delicious snack with some Indian tea. This is one of the best snacks you can bring back home to your family and friends.
It makes a great add on to another gift or you could consider buying a jar of Aachar, which it will go very well with. This is a unique tasting and traditionally Indian snack which is perfect for all those people back home who love to eat and snack all day long.
BEST GIFTS FOR These are wonderful gifts to bring back to all the teenagers and children in your life.
PORTABLE LEVEL Manageable
PRICE RANGE Around Rs 190 ($3) for 500 gram
WHERE TO BUY Ghantewala Confectioners 1862-A, Chandni Chowk, Delhi-110006
8. MEENAKARI AND KUNDAN JEWELRY
If you are a lover of jewelry and accessories then you will have an amazing time viewing all the Meenakari and Kundan jewelry in Delhi. There are unique, funky, fashionable and trendy pieces of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings for you to choose from. Anyone who appreciates great designs and who loves wearing special pieces will be thrilled to be given any one of these pieces.
BEST GIFTS FOR These unique and beautiful pieces are perfect for those people in your life who really stand out and who have gone the extra mile for you – a parent or a sibling.
PORTABLE LEVEL Easy to manage
PRICE RANGE From Rs 2200 ($34) – Rs 9000 ($140)
WHERE TO BUY Titu Jewellers, shop No.268, Dariba Kalan, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, 110006
9. PASHMINA SCARVES
India produces and directly manufactures a wide variety of different pashmina scarves. You will find tons of these practical, traditional and trendy scarves all over Delhi at astoundingly good prices. If you have extra space in your luggage now is the time to take advantage of this and pop in a few for yourself, after all you may regret it if you don’t.
BEST GIFTS FOR These make beautiful gifts for all the lovely ladies in your life that you are dying to spoil. A genuine luxurious Pashmina scarf is the perfect gift to bring home for a grandmother, mother, aunt or even a close female friend.
PORTABLE LEVEL Easy to manage
PRICE RANGE You can expect to pay around 50 USD for fake Pashmina and around 100 USD for genuine Pashmina
WHERE TO BUY E – 84 (Lower Ground Floor), Lajpat Nagar Part-I, New Delhi – 110024
10. KHADI (INDIAN CLOTH)
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Khadi is a very special type of cloth in India, which is spun into different things. It is the ideal fabric to create all sorts of amazing garments, especially traditional Indian wear. One of the very best aspects of all time about Khadi is that the fabric is extremely versatile. It will keep you cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months.
Locally made Khadi is a great gift to bring back as a souvenir. You can choose to buy cloth, garments or towels.
BEST GIFTS FOR These are super fun gifts to give to your father, brother or uncle. They will look and feel great in their new and unique Indian wear.
PORTABLE LEVEL Cloth and clothing are always among the easiest things to pack and carry around.
PRICE RANGE: Expect to pay around Rs 350 ($5.40) onwards for female Indian wear and around Rs 250 ($3.40) onwards for male Indian wear.
WHERE TO BUY Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan, 24 Regal Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001
Seminyak and Petitenget are home to Bali’s finest concentration of boutiques. Standout stores include Bali brand Biasa for super-fine linens, cottons and kaftans that scream quality, and Brazilian brand Uma and Leopold for gorgeous one-off pieces. Australian designer Natasha offers dreamy maxi dresses and bohemian-inspired accessories, while Mr Zimi offers loud flamboyant prints. See umaandleopold.com, biasagroup.com, misterzimi.com, niluhdjelantik.com
2. KIDS WEAR
Coco and Ginger in Kerobokan offers tropical playsuits and dresses, Indigo Kids, a classic Australian-designed, Bali brand, sells playful prints and designs (multiple outlets in Seminyak and Nusa Dua), while Kids A Go Go in Jalan Oberoi has contemporary Australian-designed clothing including swimsuits, shorts, dresses and T-shirts. See cocoandginger.com, indigokidsglobal.com, kidsagogo.com
Ripcurl’s flagship store on Jalan Legian features an impressive surfboard-shaped space where surfers can watch their board being shaped. Drifter, along Jalan Oberoi Seminyak, features an espresso bar and hangout area, along with designer surf gear and artwork, photography and memorabilia. Deus Warung of Simple Pleasures in Seminyak houses Deus Ex Machina fashion items and bags, handmade bikes, custom motorbikes and wooden longboards, as well as a cool cafe. See asia.ripcurl.com/indonesiastores.html, driftersurf.com, deuscustoms.com
4. BEACH WEAR
Bali Boatshed in Seminyak offers wonderful, colourful beach gear, nearby Saint Tropez has men’s trunks in every hue possible (local version of Vilebrequin), while Little Joe Woman by Gail Elliott (near the new Alila Seminyak) carries resort wear, beach bags and towels, Panama hats and swimwear. See baliboatshed.com, bistrosttropez.com.au
5. DISCOUNT SURF OUTLETS
Billabong’s only factory outlet in Asia is jam-packed with Billabong apparel and has regular sales. Down the road are Bali Surf, with all the big-name brands under the one roof, the huge Original Surf Outlet and Surfers Paradise for Oakley, Reef, Roxy, Quiksilver, Sunsuko, Cult and more. See billabong.com
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Souq in Seminyak is a lifestyle store with homewares, gifts and a charming cafe. Mercredi, also in Seminyak, is the home of French-inspired beachy chic while Hobo along Bali’s famed shopping strip Jalan Raya in Kerobokan (and also at Seminyak Square) celebrates Indonesian artisans with rattan-topped occasional tables, upcycled colonial 1940s vintage furniture and handmade terracotta from Lombok. Kevala Ceramics in Ubud (and in Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Sanur and Kerobokan) offers stunning tableware, seen in some of Bali’s best restaurants and hotels. See souqstore.com, thehobostore.com, kevalaceramics.com
At the idyllic John Hardy workshop, talented designers and skilled local artisans conceive and create stunning handcrafted pieces. Studio Perak, also in Ubud, produces organically inspired silver jewellery peppered with silver and semi-precious stones. See johnhardy.com, studioperak.com
8. VINTAGE THREADS
Press Ban along Jalan Oberoi, Seminyak, has a quirky collection of repurposed vintage wear. For something more Bondi than Bali, mosey around the Old Man’s Market at Canggu on the last Saturday of the month, with its bric-a-brac stalls, designer samples and swimwear, organic skin care, dream catchers and vintage clothing aplenty. See facebook.com/press.ban.bali, facebook.com/oldmansbali/
Christy Furniture and Art Gallery on Jalan Raya Kerobokan features wooden furniture including oversized daybeds and garden furniture, while Stoneworks in Denpasar offers stunning sculptures and statues. Orchard Fine Furniture in Seminyak offers contemporary colonial decor, including classic furniture made from aged reclaimed teak. Jalan Mertanadi, better known as Jail House Road due to infamous landmark Kerobokan Prison, is also strewn with furniture and homeware stores. See 2016.id.all.biz, richardnorthlewis.com, ibaldesigns.com/the-orchard-shop
10. MARKET FINDS
The iconic Sukawati Market in Gianyar, about 20 minutes from Denpasar, is a two-storey treasure trove packed to the rafters with paintings and wooden sculptures, curios, handicrafts and traditional handmade products. The Ubud Art Market, featured in Eat, Pray, Love, features locally made items including handcrafted woven bags, figurines, traditional handpainted kites, silk wear, topeng masks and homewares.
Nothing is more fun than buying stuff that you can get only in that country when traveling. Thailand is no exception when it comes to buying high-quality products at cheap prices. Besides the cheap summery shirts and fisherman pants, here is the ultimate list of things (goods & food) you must get in Bangkok.
1. Fruit Soap
You can find all kinds of fruit soap at Chatuchak Market (a weekend market in Bangkok) with Mango soap being one of the most popular ones. They only cost around $1 each!
2. Inhaler (Ya Dom in Thai)
Thai people are known for their frequent use of nasal inhaler which is also best for those who have rhinitis. The two most famous brands are Poy Sian and Peppermint field.
3. Thai Silk
Thailand is renowned for beautiful silks and fabrics. Make sure you drop by the famous Jim Thompson house for their high-quality silk products. High recommended as souvenirs such as table runners and pouches that come in bright colors and patterns for family and friends.
4. NaRaYa Bag
NaRaYa is a famous local brand that offers high-quality fabric hand-made bags and pouches. They come in all kinds of colors and designs and their most flagship design is the silk bag with a big ribbon attached in the middle. You can find NaRaYa stores in Bangkok’s major shopping malls.
5. Spa & Aroma products
You can’t leave out all the spa products & ornaments when you think of what to buy in Thailand. Karmakametis famous for its high-quality aroma and body products. It’s not cheap but the quality is guaranteed. Bath & Bloom is another shop where you can get aromatic bath & spa products. One of the highly recommended scents is the unique Thai Jasmine which will relieve your knots and stress.
6. Takabb Anti Cough Pill
It’s a nation-widely known remedy for coughing. It’s rumored to have the worst taste but the strongest effect that immediately makes you stop your coughs. The package design itself isn’t at its best with red centipedes all over the place, but you might want to buy one to try out.
7. Coconut oil
In the “motherland” of oil, coconut oil is used everywhere from facial moisturizing, hair enrichment to hand & foot care. Not only that, some even drop coconut oil in their morning tea or coffee for better taste. There are several Thai brands that you can look out for such as Agrilife and Thaipure.
8. Snake Brand Prickly Heat Powder
Because of the tropical climate, Snake Brand Prickly Heat Powder is a must-item for the locals. Apply some on your body after shower and enjoy the cooling effect.
9. Mosquito Repellent
One might always be wary of the mosquitoes when you visit tropical countries, and Thailand is no exception when it comes to insects and mosquito bites. And because of the naturally exposed environment, Thailand is known for offering various options in terms of mosquito repellent. It will come in handy when you visit other tropical regions. You can easily find various brands in local drugstores or supermarkets.
10. Tiger Balm
It’s the ultimate solution to all the pain on your body. It’s said to provide instant relief.
One of America’s most iconic destinations, Miami, Florida is a magnet for tourists, both inland and foreign, who come here each year in their millions. Each one of them is determined to pick up something memorable to revive the experience time and time again, that is well worth it. If you’re a first timer in Miami, check out this list of gift ideas and see which of them appeal to your liking.
Whether you are a sophisticated cigar aficionado or a stogie newbie, in Miami you have hit a tobacco puffer’s jackpot! From the popular Monte Cristos and Cohibas, to unknown locally hand-rolled sticks, there is a treasure trove of authentic cigars waiting to be lit up. Add to that a line of beautifully crafted humidors, cigar cutters and presentation boxes, and you have a cigar lover’s idea of paradise.
For an authentic cigar-smoking experience, head to Little Havana’s Calle Ocho (8th Street) where you will find a plethora of cigar stores, all complete with the ubiquitous scowling wooden Indian with the exotic head dress. Buy an individual stick to puff away or buy a bundle to take back home. Either way, from now on, every time you smell a cigar, it will take you right back to that bustling street, which is quintessential Miami.
Price: $2-$30/individual cigar. Also sold in bundles of 3 and more.
2. Local Jams, Preserves and Honey
Want to take home the sweet flavor of this tropical paradise? In Miami, you will find a range of exotic fruit jams, preserves and honey that will transform your regular slice of bread or bagel into a gourmet affair. From honeybell preserves and vidalia onion sweet relish to key lime, amaretto or wildflower honey, you will find something to satisfy everyone’s sweet craving.
Happily, these sweet delights are easy to carry and easy to find. If you happen to be strolling down Miami Beach’s famous Lincoln Road on Sunday, head to the Lincoln Road Farmer’s Market for a plethora of delicious treats. Otherwise, on your way to Key West, stop by a Florida institution, Robert is Here, Fruit Stand and Farm, in Homestead. It will be an experience like none other. You can indulge in a Tamarindo milkshake, eat some Carambola, marvel at an Ugli Fruit, and stock up on locally-made jams, jellies and relishes. If you can’t do either, don’t worry. You can buy your quota of Miami jams and honeys at stores, such as Sedano’s Supermarket, that use the local farmers as their source. No matter where you get it from, your gift recipients will have a sweet disposition towards you for a long time!
Price: $5-$10 for jars. Prices vary depending on size, fruit type and location. $3-$6 for key lime products and candy.Where to find it:Lincoln Road Farmers’ Market http://www.themarketcompany.org/introducing.html Lincoln Road, Between Meridian Avenue and Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 +(305)-531-0038 Every Sunday from 9am-6:30pm, year round.
Sedano’s Marketplace http://www.sedanos.com/ West Miami #4 6709 West Flagler St., Miami FL 33144 +(305)-266-6722 Fax: 305-266-8428 Monday-Saturday: 7am-11pm; Sunday: 8am-10pm
Little Havana #14 1263 West Flagler Street, Miami FL 33135 +(305)-324-1687 Fax: 305-324-1684 Monday-Saturday: 8am-10pm
3. Alligator Taxidermy Products
When visitors to Miami take the tour of the vast Everglades, alligators floating lazily through the deep waters under the bright blue Florida sky form an essential part of this experience. While you might not want to take home an alligator, you can take back some rather unusual alligator products that will remind you of the deadly predator of Florida. If you are looking for gifts that are literally off the beaten track, head to the Everglades Gift Shop, after your swamp tour. You will not be disappointed! From an alligator claw backscratcher (for $3.99, that is the cheapest and safest way to get close to an alligator!), gator jewelry, to alligator heads for the really adventurous, you will find something that will be almost as unique as the colossal Everglades!
Prices: $2.95-$115.Where to find it:Everglades Safari Park Gift Shop http://www.evergladessafarigifts.com/ 26700 SW 8th Street Miami, FL 33194 +(305)-226-6923 Open daily, 9am-5pm
4. Aquarius Beachwear
Balmy breezes, azure waters, and nearly pristine beaches dotted with beautiful bodies make Miami an international tourist destination. While you can’t quite package sun, sand and sea to take back in your suitcase, you could pick up a couple of pieces from the versatile AQUARIUS line of innovative beachwear that captures the ocean-fresh essence of the city.
Miami-based designer Daniela Sredni has knocked traditional beachwear on its head to create a line of brightly colored beach apparel with sinuous silhouettes that transform from swimsuit cover-up to dégagé street chic, with the addition of a sexy sling back. Called “a beach to street line,” AQUARIUS is available in a number of hotel gift shops, as well as high-end boutiques. You can get casual separates and beautifully cut summer dresses that flatter and flirt. Take them back as gifts and the women in your life will be happier than the proverbial clam!
Prices: $53-$200Where to find it:AQUARIUS Beachwear http://www.iloveaquarius.com/a/
Guy and Girl Shelborne Hotel 1801 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 +(305)-531-1271 Open everday, 10am-11pm
Aqua Marine Beachwear Fontainbleau Miami Beach Hotel 4441 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33140 +(800)-548-8886 Open daily, 9am-7pm
The Art Deco style of architecture and Miami Beach are an inseparable combination, much like Miamians and their café con leche. Walk through the historical Art Deco district of the city and you will see exquisitely restored buildings, painted in various hues of peach, periwinkle, purple, and turquoise, and adorned with intricately crafted motifs. Defining the character of Miami Beach, this extravagant style of architecture inspires a sense of decadent leisure.
If you want to replicate a similar sense of relaxation at home or present a slice of Miami’s easy repose to a loved one, pick up a couple of vibrant Art Deco posters from the many stores lining Collins Avenue or Ocean Drive. Alternatively, you can head to the Art Deco Welcome Center and Gift Shop, which is part of the oldest Art Deco Society in the world, to find an incredible collection of artwork and books.
Prices: $9.99 and up at kiosks and beachfront stores. $20 per poster at the Art Deco Gift Shop.Where to find it:Art Deco Gift Shop http://www.mdpl.org/welcome-center/shop/official-art-deco-gift-shop/ 1001 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139 +(305)-672-2014 Open daily, 9:30am-7:30pmBuy It on Amazon:
6. Key Lime Products
The oh-so-fragrant key lime is the fruit mascot of Florida. The juice of a key lime lends its distinctive flavors to a range of Miami favorites, from alcoholic drinks to milkshakes, from pies and cakes to a variety of key lime confectionery. Indeed, one famous key lime flavored bundt cake made it all the way to Oprah’s list of favorite things, back in 2004.
To get the best key lime products, go to Key West Key Lime Pie Co., which has multiple branches located on the bohemian streets of old-world Key West. Its shelves bulge with such wondrous offerings like Key Lime Ginger Wasabi Jam, Key Lime Pie Cheeseball, Key Lime Pie Soap-on-a-Rope and Key Lime Margarita Lip Lickers. If you can’t quite get all the way to Key West, the Miami InterCulinary Center has a range of key lime products in their all natural Florribean line that can be found at Whole Foods Markets. Ranging from Key Lime BBQ Sauce with Ginger, Key Lime Cookies, Key Lime Savory Oil to Key Lime Syrup, you can get them all. No matter which key lime flavored edible gift you take back, this will be one gift that will make the flavor of Miami linger.
Prices: Key West Key Lime Pie Co. products: $2.99 and up. Prices vary depending on product and size. For example, $6.99 for 6.9 oz. jar of Key Lime Ginger Wasabi Jam. Floribbean products: $5.99 and up. Prices vary depending on product and size. For example, $5.99 for an 11 oz. jar of Key Lime Marmalade.Where to find it:Key West Key Lime Pie Co. http://www.keywestkeylimepieco.com/default.htm Monday- Saturday: 10am-6pm Sunday: Noon-5pm
Location 1: 225 Key Deer Blvd Big Pine Key, FL 33043 +(305)-872-7400 [email protected]
Location 2: 1108-C Duval Street Key West, FL. +(305)-453-6219
Location 3: 511 Greene Street Key West, FL 33040 +(305)-517-6720
For Floribbean products, go to Whole Foods Markets. http://www.floribbeanproducts.com/
For Whole Foods Miami locations: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/ FLORIBBEAN – Miami InterCulinary Center, Inc. 6800 SW 40 St. Ste#411 Miami, FL. 33155 1-800-282-8459Buy It on Amazon:
7. Native American Miccosukee Crafts
If you have a long list of gifts to buy and not very much time to indulge in shopping, then the plethora of handcrafted products made by the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is the answer to your dilemma. Beaded jewelry; sturdy woven baskets from sweet grass; endearing dolls dressed in patchwork made from palmetto husks; and a range of hand carved wooden products, such as bowls, spoons, toys and souvenirs, will leave you spoilt for choice. Book a tour to the Miccosukee Indian Village and not only can you buy their handiwork but you can also watch how the centuries-old craftwork is done. A perfect synergy of utility and art, your Miccosukee craft pieces are more than just decorative mementos. They are tiny pieces of living history.
Prices: $3.99 and above.Where to find it:Seminole Hard Rock hotel and Casino Hollywood https://goo.gl/hzuT49 Next to the Casino main entrance 1 Seminole Way Hollywood, FL 33314 +(954) 797-5550 Open daily, 10am-3am Prices: $7 and up. Small beaded bracelet, for $7. Necklaces, for $30 and up. Clothing, for $150 and up. Braided leather belt: $600.
8. Peace. Love. World Merchandise
Miami is a collage of fun, fashion and frivolity. It’s always sexy, sometimes strident and oh-so-bold. If you want to take home some of that Miami casual-chic, head over to one of the Peace Love World stores that are the brainchild of Miami-based designer, Alina Villasante. Almost an overnight sensation, the PLW merchandise combines fashion gear with philanthropy. From funky everyday clothing for men, women and kids; a range of accessories from buttons to boots; props for your car, home, party and pets; to yoga gear and towels – you have a bewildering range of products to choose from. And if your bag of gifts is flowing over, there is a line of travel accessories to choose from, including a rather nice “I am Travel” black duffle bag ($198). No matter what you pick, be assured that you will be spreading some peace and love among your world of family and friends!
Price: $1.50-$2400Where to find it:Peace Love World Stores http://peaceloveworld.com/
Miami Beach Store 1935 West Ave., Suite 103 Miami Beach, FL 33139 +(305)-535-3066 Monday-Saturday: 10am-6:30pm Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Coral Gables Store 2428 Ponce De Leon Blvd Coral Gables, FL 33134 +(305)-567-0886 Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Mary Brickell Village 900 S. Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33130 +(305)-374-2661 Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm Sunday: 12pm-6pmBuy It on Amazon:
9. Miami Spices
Once considered a wallflower of the culinary ballroom, Miami has slowly emerged to become a gastronomic contender with a style all its own. From the Colombian or Venezuelan arepa (a thick flat corn cake) with their myriad fillings, the stuffed Cuban or Dominican savory empanada (stuffed savory pastry), Jamaican jerk chicken, to the Brazilian barbecued churrasco – the myriad cuisine choices of this South American-Caribbean hub will leave you wanting more.
So, before you head home, stop by in Little Havana, where the tiny country-specific local markets stock an extensive variety of cooking rubs, spices and sauces. Step into one of the ‘ethnic’ supermarkets where the residents shop for Latin foods. For some genuine local flavors, head to El Nuevo Siglo Supermarket or El Rey Supermarket on Calle Ocho, the main street of the Latin Quarter. From adobo blends (a mix of salt, granulated garlic, oregano, black pepper and turmeric), mojo (onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, black pepper, orange, and lemon juice) marinades, to Sazon Completa or complete seasonings, you will get a range of spices that will inspire you to whip up a Latin meal, muy auténtico!
Prices: $1.19 and up. Prices vary depending on product and size. For example, $2.19 for a bottle of Mojo Marinade (10 oz.).Where to find it:El Nuevo Siglo Supermarket 1305 SW 8th Street Miami, FL 33135 +(305)-854-1916 Monday-Saturday: 7am-9:30pm Sunday: 8am-7pmBuy It on Amazon:
10. Native American Miccosukee Patchwork
While the Miccosukee Indian Tribes of Florida are largely known for their casinos and resorts, you will find that they have a lot more to offer than slot machines, spas and fine dining. Deep in the heart of the Florida Everglades is the Miccosukee Indian Village, a repository of their culture and rich traditions. And in this space of living history, you can see Native American artisans produce stunning patchwork clothing, bags and decorative artwork. Intricate designs developed over centuries tell the stories of the tribe, an essential part of their heritage. Whether you choose a tiny patchwork key-chain, a finely designed vest, or a piece of tapestry, you will walk out with some gentle Miccosukee magic!
Prices: $4.99 and up.Where to find it:Seminole Hard Rock hotel and Casino Hollywood https://goo.gl/klpl9Z Next to the Casino main entrance 1 Seminole Way Hollywood, FL 33314 +(954) 797-5550 Open daily: 10am-3am Prices: $7 and up. Small beaded bracelet, for $7. Necklaces, for $30 and up. Clothing, for $150 and up. Braided leather belt: $600.
11. Jungle Island Souvenirs
With white tigers and brightly colored macaws, orangutans and red kangaroos, Jungle Island is an interactive zoological park that is a popular tourist destination of Miami. A major attraction for families, it offers a range of experiences, such as Winged Wonders, Tales of the Tiger, and the Petting Barn. Memorialize your interactions with the wild and wonderful with mementos from the Island Treasures Gift Shop. The shelves are lined with bears and lions, snakes and gators (stuffed toys and glass figurines, not the real ones!). You will also find clothing with the distinct Jungle Island logo. There are mugs and glasses, key rings and stationery, blankets and books. Not only will these gifts mark your day at the zoo, but the proceeds go towards the upkeep and maintenance of this immense animal habitat. Now that is genuine shopping for a cause!
Price: $1-$1000.Where to find it:Island Treasures Gift Shop 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail Miami, FL 33132 +(305)-400-7000 Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm Saturday-Sunday: 10am-6pm
12. Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
You will love the warm air and smooth sands of Miami, but that glare from the sun can give you some nasty wrinkles around your eyes. So this might be a great time to check out some high-end designer sunglasses from Miami-based eyewear retailer and designer, Edward Beiner, Purveyor of Fine Eyewear. Besides the established luxury brands in his stores, you can also choose from his signature Edward Beiner Lunettes line, an exquisitely designed collection of eyewear. Additionally, if you enjoy hitting the links, skiing or watersports, Edward Beiner also offers a line of high performance eyewear. Head to one of his nine stores in some of the most exclusive shopping areas of Miami, and prepare to be dazzled by his range of eyewear, both contemporary and classic. Your eyes will thank you!
Price: $200-$300 for Edward Beiner eyewear.Where to find it:Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear http://www.edwardbeiner.com
Mary Brickell Village 900 S. Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33130 +(305)-603-1216 Monday-Thursday: 11pm-9pm Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm Sunday: 12pm-6pm
CocoWalk 3015 Grand Avenue Coconut Grove, FL 33133 +1 305-444-0777 Monday-Thursday: 11pm-9pm Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm Sunday: 11am-9pmBuy It on Amazon:
Bonus: 11. Miami Unique Foods
Strolling through the streets of Miami Beach, driving around in Coral Gables or exploring the nooks and crannies of Little Havana, you can’t help but notice the distinctly Latin flavor of South Florida. From churros to sweetly delightful dulce de leche; guava paste to crunchy plantain chips; palito (sesame sticks) to panela (unrefined whole cane sugar), the variety of mouthwatering foods will make you want to risk going over your airline’s baggage limits. And, happily, you can get them all and more at one store that is a piece of history.
For a genuine Latin food shopping experience, head to Tropical Supermarket and you will be overcome by a sense of nostalgia for an era predating corporate supermarket chains. Shelf after shelf holds gastronomic treasures in boxes and bottles that are easy to carry but perhaps not that easy to part with. So buy two of each, your gift recipients will thank you!
Prices: $2.99 and up. For example, $2.99 for a pack of palitos and $5.99 for Dulce de Leche (8 oz.)Where to find it:Tropical Supermarket 18351 NW 27th Ave Miami Gardens, FL 33056 +(305) 430-0979 Monday-Saturday: 7am-9:30pm Sunday: 7am-8pmBuy It on Amazon:
Do you know someone who is a fan of the city Berlin? Are you looking for something cool to remind you of your stay or trip to Berlin? We have selected 10 of the coolest Berlin souvenirs which are perfect when you are looking for gift-ideas or products which are related to Berlin.
1. Monopoly Berlin
This is my favorite Berlin-related souvenir which I have found so far. Totally different than a useless key ring or a t-shirt which will be too small after washing it once. Monopoly Berlin is the original Monopoly game but instead of the traditional streets you will find the larger streets of Berlin on the board. Who does not want to cruise over Kurfurstendamm, Kottbusser Tor of Hermannplatz or build some hotels on Platz der Luftbrucke? It is all possible in this Monopoly Berlin-edition. The price of this souvenir is a bit higher but if you are looking for gift idea which will really be used once in a while, Monopoly Berlin might be a great choice for you.
Name: Monopoly Berlin Price: 49,90 Target-group: All grown-ups
2. Beer-collection gift idea
A gift idea or souvenir I personally would like to receive is a selection of German beers. Especially people who do not live in Germany but love Berlin, will be very pleased to receive a collection of beers which are not for sale in their home country. Off course you have to include brands like Berliner Kindl and Berliner Pilsner but people also love the special beers from Bavaria and other parts of Germany. You can buy beers in every supermarket or Spätkauf in Berlin but also online at Amazon or in supermarkets like Kaiser’s, Edeka or Real.
You can decide yourself how expensive you want this gift-idea to be: You can choose between an 11-bottles crate or a 20-bottles crate and the prices of the beers itself also differ 0,30€ and 2€. Keep in mind that it is most convenient to bring this Berlin-souvenir with you if you travel by car.
Name: Berliner Beer selection Price: 5-15 euro Target-group: Beer-lovers
3. Berlin S-Bahn Shower Curtain
A very original and useful souvenir related to Berlin is the S-Bahn Shower Curtain which you can see on the image below. If you like Berlin, one of the most important things to remember will be the S and U-bahn stations. Personally I always know where people live when they tell me which station is close to their house. The Shower Curtain of the S-Bahn will enable you to study the S-Bahn in Berlin every time you are in the bathroom. Besides that it is an awesome reminder and souvenir of Berlin.
Name: S-Bahn Shower Curtain Price: 34,90 Target-group: Everybody Link to the product: Rushower
4. Book: Absolut Berlin
A book about a city in which you have lived for a while or love to visit is always a nice souvenir. There are many books about Berlin, but one of the coolest books I have read in the last years is Absolut Berlin written by Axel Schock. A while ago I published an article with unusual facts about Berlin, this article was based on the book Absolut Berlin. The book is actually a summary of a lot of interesting and unexpected facts about Berlin. If you want to buy a book about Berlin you can also have a look in my article about eight great books about Berlin written by insiders.
Name: Absolut Berlin Price: 16,90 Euro Target-group: Everybody who can read
5. Calling Berlin – Paul Kalkbrenner (DVD)
If you like the clubs in Berlin, you will also love the dvd Calling Berlin from Paul Kalkbrenner. Paul Kalkbrenner is one of the most famous DJs from Germany and in this movie you will hear a lot of his music, see some berliner clubs and laugh a lot about the funny behavior of Kalkrenner himself. I already mentioned this movie in my article about the 5 must-see movies from Berlin. Any other movie in that article might also be an alternative as a gift or souvenir from Berlin.
Name: Calling Berlin – Paul Kalkbrenner Price: 7€ Target-group: Movie & Music Lovers
6. Berliner Luft (Liquor)
If you have been living in Berlin for a while, you probably tried Berliner Luft at least once. This alcoholic drink is very popular because it tastes quite good and is not as strong as shots like Tequila, Sambuca or Jaegermeister. Berliner Luft is also quite cheap: You can buy a bottle for about 6 Euro and it is actually a great souvenir for everybody who has a connection to Berlin. If I celebrate my birthday, at least one of my friends will bring a bottle of Luft as a present. It brings up all the good memories of parties in Berlin. There are a lot of different tastes of Berliner Luft as you can see on the image below.
Name: Berliner Luft Price: Normal bottle 5-7 Euro, XXL-Bottle 10 Euro Target-group: Everybody who likes a drink and is 18+
7. Hertha BSC fanshop
Unfortunately the city of Berlin does not have the greatest soccer-team like AC Milan, Barcelona or Ajax Amsterdam. But still, every boy will love a souvenir which reminds him off a football-match in Berlin. Hertha BSC is the best soccer-team in Berlin and they have a very good fanshop. You can buy anything you want and decide yourself how much you want to spend.
Another great idea might be to give somebody tickets to a game of Hertha BSC. Maybe chose the match against Bayern Munchen and see the winners of the Champions-League play? Tickets can be bought on the website of Hertha BSC.
Great Berlin-souvenirs for a soccer-loverName: Hertha Bsc souvenirs Price: 5 – 100 Euro Target-Group: Soccer lovers Link to the products: www.herthashop.de
8. Gym Bag “Keep Calm and Love Berlin”
Turnbeutel are very popular in Berlin. Specially the hip Berliner people walk around with these light bags which are called Turnbeutel in German. You can find these bags with a lot of funny texts and images on them. Obviously it is a great and cheap gift idea or souvenir for everybody who has lived in Berlin or just loves the city. We choose the gym bag with the text “Keep calm and Love Berlin” but obviously you can choose any other bag as well.
Name: Gym Bag (Turnbeutel) Price: 12,90€ Target Group: Hip Berlin Lover
9. Lonely Planet Berlin
Besides the book Absolut Berlin it is always great to own the Lonely Planet of a travel-destination you like. If you love Berlin you probably planning to come back soon and the Lonely Planet is the best travel-guide out there. Besides that it is also cool to own the guide as a souvenir because there are plenty of pictures in it to remind you of the city. The travel-guide costs 17,95€ on Amazon and therefore it is also a very affordable souvenir.
Name: Lonely Planet Berlin (book) Price: 17,95€ Interesting for: Everybody who can read
10. 3D Puzzle Brandenburger Tor
If you are looking for a great gift idea for a creative person you might want to consider checking out this 3D puzzle from the Brandenburger Tor or another attraction in Berlin. If people like to do something and get reminded of their time in Berlin, this is a great present. After finishing the puzzle you can put it somewhere in the house as a reminder of a great time in Berlin. The price is 27,
3D Puzzle Brandenburger TorName: 3D Puzzle Brandenburger Tor Price: 27,90€ Target Group: Everybody