11 September 2012
Quite a good range of goods, I actually bought quite alot of stuff
I just love shopping, it’s certainly one of my favourite past times! Every country I go, I try to get some really nice souvenir so that I will remember the place better when I get home, and I have been quite well known amongst friends to be a professional shopper. Before I travel, I make sur...I just love shopping, it’s certainly one of my favourite past times! Every country I go, I try to get some really nice souvenir so that I will remember the place better when I get home, and I have been quite well known amongst friends to be a professional shopper. Before I travel, I make sure I do a little bit of homework, surfing the net and looking at guidebooks. I will usually sort out the danger and annnoyances section, then SHOPPING, before I even come to weather, attractions and flights. For Maldives, whatever information I gathered from guidebooks and the internet did not seem interesting initially and I thought this was going to be one of the few places I visit that I would be deprived of nice souvenirs. The small post office store that was at the airport arrival hall did not look interesting as well, with their understocked offerings of stamps, a few postcards and picture books.
At Male capital, there is a street, Chaandanee Magu with quite a few souvenir shops. They offer the usual touristy souvenirs such as magnets, postcards, coffee table books, T-shirts, wooden carvings of dhonis, masks, batik, rows of shark teeth (which may appear scary for some, but I actually find these quite unique), seashells and so on. The shopkeepers do speak English and there are signs on the shop windows to woo in Chinese and Japanese tourists. Unfortunately, we were in Male capital for the very part of the morning, so they were still closed and we could only see what they have thru’ the shop windows. I was told that prices at these shops are usually cheaper than those at the resorts.
I think most resorts will have their own souvenir stores, probably more stores on the bigger resorts. At Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, there are 2 souvenir stores ( a bigger one near the main lobby, and a slightly smaller one on the island across, near Vilu restaurant), a clothing store that has all the most fashionable beachwear, and a gemstone store Zam Gems. Both the souvenir stores are well stocked and items are of quite a reasonable quality at least. They got really nice selections of fridge magnets, from rubber to plastic, ceramic to wood. I like the wooden ones that come in shapes of different types of underwater creatures with the word Maldives engraved on them. These cost about USD$8 each, which is perhaps the price you pay for a souvenir fridge magnet in Europe. Then, there are the usual T-shirts, floral hair clips, seashell pendants, coral bracelets and so on. There are some really nice home decorative items as well, some of these are made of pure silver and seashells, and the larger pieces cost quite a few thousand dollars. I don’t think these silver and seashell decorative pieces are made in Maldives, but they certainly fit the theme nicely. Personally, I preferred the smaller store near Vilu restaurant and both my friend and I bought quite a lot of souvenirs here. I bought a few magnets, some Maldivian sand and shell in a bottle thingy (USD$10, probably abit more expensive than those offered for sale at other parts of the world, but a good friend longed for this), a coral bracelet (USD$45), some wooden pencil cases and photo frames, and a high quality mother of pearl card holder (which was a steal at USD$45). The clothing store near the main lobby is a huge boutique itself with all the latest beachwear. They were having a 50% sale then and prices seemed ok for the quality of the items. We did not buy anything here as we were already “well equipped”. Zam Gems is quite a well known gem company from Sri Lanka and they do have branches in other countries as well, including Japan and Hong Kong. The storekeeper explained that all their gems are from Sri Lanka, and Sri Lanka has extremely close ties with Maldives. They have quite a few stores at various Hilton chain hotels. Their prices are quite reasonable (I went to Myanmar recently and their prices here are comparable to those in Myanmar). I bought a huge gold, sapphire and diamond ring for USD$800, a huge moonstone pendant encased in gold for USD$450 and another multicolored gem and gold ring for USD$900. I actually enjoyed souvenir shopping quite abit at the stores they have on Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. The only things I expected to see but didn’t find in the stores are the Conrad Hotel bear and shark tooth pendants.
The other place where you can find souvenirs for sale is when you go island hopping. There will usually be one or two souvenir stores on the bigger islands. Again, the main tourist souvenirs such as magnets, T-shirts, wooden carvings, simple seashell bracelets, necklaces and rings, postcards and coffee table books. Most of these items will be the lower end ones but prices are not much cheaper when you compare them with those stores at the resort. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything that I like in the 3 village stores that I went to during island hopping. Some people have told me that at certain villages, you can get mats that are woven out of coconut leaves and these are made locally by the villages, but again, I did not come across any, maybe it was because we visited on a quiet Ramadan weekend afternoon.
A final place for shopping is the souvenir store at the airport departure area, after you have passed customs. It is usually quite crowded, and the store is very well stocked with many different items. Items here are maybe 20-25% cheaper than at the resorts but the quality of the items are not as good as those I saw at the resort. They have some packed local Maldivian foodstuffs for sale here, I think some curry or pastry items. Probably useful if you finally decided you’d want some souvenirs after all. Verdict: souvenir shopping at Maldives: 5 stars!Visited August 2012
1 July 2015
The colors of the wooden little fishes
Not having found a book I was looking for
I think there are few women who doesn't like to go shopping, and I speak in general, without reference to specific places or situations.
I am no exception: I ALWAYS like to go shopping, but for me it is almost a must when I'm traveling abroad ... and I must add that in this passion I have...I think there are few women who doesn't like to go shopping, and I speak in general, without reference to specific places or situations.
I am no exception: I ALWAYS like to go shopping, but for me it is almost a must when I'm traveling abroad ... and I must add that in this passion I have infected a little also my husband, generally reluctant, when we are at home, to spend money on unnecessary items.
I already started with this "passion" several years ago, when, from every place where I spent a vacation, I took home at least a shirt with the name of the place well printed out front.
I never did overspending, but I wanted every time to put at least a tangible "memory" into my suitcase to return home.
The first time I went to Maldives, I remember having bought several t-shirts for my grandchildren during the excursion to the fishing village, of various sizes for different ages, and it was fun to choose colors and pictures of fish with them in my mind. Then I could expand the choice, my grandchildren began to attend school, and then I could buy pencil cases, stickers, pencils with a minnow on the tip, copybooks with images of fishes, magnets, calendars ...
In the resorts there is always a wide choice of items. In Gangehi this year we found a really great assortment of objects, even sunglasses, handbags made with pearls, earrings for all tastes, long blouses and sundresses, soft toys and even clothes for young girls, sarongs and tablecloths of different sizes ….. There were even two tailors always working to adapt the clothes of not perfect size for you, or sewing what you wanted. Actually we didn’t find articles of clothing for little boys (that we searched), but you can‘t have everything.
In the fishermen’s villages then you can find even more articles and better prices, and for those who forget something, then there is always the airport duty free, colorful and well stocked ... it is impossible to resist an such eye catcher!
I would almost say that there is TOO MUCH choice, between hats, costumes, sarongs, wooden fishes of various shapes, sizes and colors, as well as for different uses, shells, necklaces and earrings, posters and postcards ... if a person does not have the clear ideas, really can't decide what to buy! ... And these objects are only "little things", affordable to all, because next to these simple articles there are other exhibitors with proposals that have absolutely exaggerated prices, at least for my budget.
You can find bottles of wine or liquor that cost thousands of euro, bags, belts, designer wallets, beautiful jewelry... and you can’t not stop to admire and be dazzled by the beauty of such articles, although I wonder every time: “How many people actually stop to buy them?”
At the airport this year I searched a book about plants present in the Maldives. I had kept in my purse for much time the title of this book, in English, expectant to find it at the airport in Male. It was "Trees and flowers of a tropical paradise," it had been suggested to me by Paola M.L., but I did not find it, what a pity!
In the end, as usual, we bought something only for our grandchildren, we have been satisfied (so to speak!) of what we have had and lived during the beautiful days spent at Gangehi.
Visited May 2015
30 May 2014
fish shaped magnets
prices sometimes expensive
Like all women I love shopping and anywhere I go around the world I like to go home with a souvenir of the place that I loved, to better remember where I was and the good times spent. The first time you visit a site, you are more tempted to stock up on souvenirs than the subsequent times but I have ...Like all women I love shopping and anywhere I go around the world I like to go home with a souvenir of the place that I loved, to better remember where I was and the good times spent. The first time you visit a site, you are more tempted to stock up on souvenirs than the subsequent times but I have to say that for us now is ' a must" to go home with a new magnet for our fridge and a new shirt for our boy. also beacuse boys grow up, and every year there is the need of a new one ( maybe we could go year after year to maintain this tradition). The first time I went to the Maldives I brought home tea from Sri Lanka, sarongs, spices and a nice puzzle with fish paintings purchased at the airport waiting for boarding. I must say that already at that time the prices at the airport were not exactly cheap but still more affordable than today. I knew that we were buying the souvenirs that were for the most part of them imported from other countries, but these souvenirs were something of Maldives the same, they rememer me the sea ,the sun, most fascinating Asia. The Sri Lankan tea is delightful for me and I still buy the brand of tea that I tried for the first time in the Maldives. At kurumba island in fact they proposed a Supreme Ceylon tea that is delicious and of which we are in love. Another' tea pleasant enough is hte one we purchased at Palm beach. I think the promotional idea that they had at Palm Beach was very interesting: a couple of afternoons a week during the tea time they proposed tastings of various flavors of tea that they sold in their shop 's tea . I just experienced it at Palm beach, perhaps because run by Italian entrepreneurs, I have to say that I found a good way to get the tea to the guests and allow them to evaluate a possible purchase. On Palm beach island I found also ' a shop where they paint canvas, wood and T-shirts with different designs. The quality was really good and I've bought the the most beautiful T-shirts for the boys among the various trips. The cotton was okay and normal prices. Even postcards and sarongs were average quality that both x and prices. But in my opinion the king of souvenirsis the fridge magnet in the shape of butterfly fish or surgeon. We are collecting them and we like them so much more, perhaps because they remind us the wonderful sea that we love so much . Then if you travel with the kids you can not miss the pencils with the little fish, postcards and t-shirts. In short, we always have some souvenirs to take home. Then I'm a ' passionate about photography and so I purchased the traditional photo albums and photo frames , the first l I brought home back in 2004 ... my notes for a place where I had to go back one day ... And so it happened. And when the I look I seem to have bought it only yesterday but 10 years are passed...
The last year I purchased the classic fan that I enjoyed in the hottest days, this year I had forgotten the home but was always windy and I never felt the lack. If you like saffron, do not forget to buy flowers, fragrant and delicious , and once home in your kitchen you will have a touch of the orient to keep you company. Of course you will always find in souvenir shops shells, wood products ( very nice fish and dolphins carved ) painted canvas or printed t shirts, sarongs , beach towels, ashtrays, playing cards and unfortunately a lot of objects that smells+ like plastic Made in china and finished, typical souvenirs of industrial origin, they are cheap but also with a little soul. Obviously I do not like this kind of gadget, I find them cold and impersonal, a little like if I went to the supermarket to buy a gift x someone important ... Maybe the other souvenirs have the same origin, I do not know, but I prefer to think that are produced in other countries closer to the island I am visiting. Oh I forgot the most precious gift, probably because I've never bought ... I mean precious stones and gold jewelery. I bought beautiful necklaces but never in jewelry of the islands. Even here there are products to suit all tastes and for all budgets . I saw the pretty charms with the typical forms of dolphins, whales , turtles next to necklaces and bracelets very elaborate and expensive. Sometimes jewelers also offer special discounts and promo days, I think they do because they do sell very rarely ... It never happened to see these stores crowded . In principle, the shop is always busy if they sell snorkeling gear or cosmetics, maybe they should aim a little more even on electronics, so if one forgets a sd or a charger must not give up their photo (or switch the phone ) . And then it would be nice to have the opportunity to buy phone cards also on the islands, not just at the airport, because if you arrive outside the opening hours of the stores of the airport you can not buy a Maldivian phone card to call home, indispensable if you need to call without spending a heritage. Oh, I almost forgot! During our last trip I received the package Maldives Traveler and so has added a new sarong to my collection and lovely postcards,thank you Maldives Traveller.Visited agosto 2012
2 November 2012
The capital of the Maldives, Male, is an excellent location to browse the shops here and to view and buy different types of souvenirs and gifts to take home with you. Male also has a good range of shops that sell many items and including super markets, chemists, electronic shops, books, clothes, foo...The capital of the Maldives, Male, is an excellent location to browse the shops here and to view and buy different types of souvenirs and gifts to take home with you. Male also has a good range of shops that sell many items and including super markets, chemists, electronic shops, books, clothes, footwear, and jewellery for example . So that you can take home memories of your Maldives holiday, the many souvenir shops in Male on the northern end Chandhanee Magu provide the perfect options . Gifts such as wooden ashtrays, turtle shaped salt and pepper shakers, shell necklaces, jewellery, photo albums and packs of playing cards are available. There are a lot of shops so you will have plenty of choice to take some gifts home for you or someone else friends or family. I have bought many items to remember the special place we have already visited twice and we plan to return very soon in the future many times. Also, the free goodie bags that we have been given twice now for two seperate stays on different islands are excellent! They contain various Maldives souvenirs which are all available to buy in the shops containing things such as postcards, stickers, guides, maps, coins, tshirts, information, calendars, and many more. This is an excellent addition to such a perfect holiday in the Maldives, adding that special touch to a great experience, very much appreciated. Thank you Maldives Traveller !Visited August 2012
Fong San Ng
12 October 2012
Maldives Traveller's goodies bag
The most common thing that I would buy every time I travelled to a city is postcard and stamp to send my postcard, and I didn’t miss the chance to get a postcard on our Maldives trip, I bought a postcard of our resort’s photo, and I think postcard in resort is cheaper than if you get it ...The most common thing that I would buy every time I travelled to a city is postcard and stamp to send my postcard, and I didn’t miss the chance to get a postcard on our Maldives trip, I bought a postcard of our resort’s photo, and I think postcard in resort is cheaper than if you get it at Male Airport. Because I got it at 75 cents from my resort but I saw it was 10 for USD10 at airport. I think I figured out the reason after back, this is because we were expected to swip our credit card for all payment before our departure, therefore it is easy for resort to convert for smaller changes (but if you decided to pay by cash, then you might expect to lose some because they will round the amount to nearest higher amount). However, shopping at other place they might need to avoid for small changes, so they only charge on rounded amount. Anyways, this is what I am guessing.
However, I have been back from Maldives about a week plus, but I am still waiting for the postcard to deliver to my house, yes… still waiting and hopefully I can get it soon.
The second item that I would buy on every trip that I made since four years ago is a magnet that has some special view or significant items in the city. And, I got a nice beautiful magnet with sea of Maldives and there are a lot of sea creatures and corals inside. And, the magnet is on my fridge with all my magnet collections, this will be a good souvenir that I can remember Maldives all the while.
Also, I would buy a third item if I really like the place a lot and I bought the third this time, which is a T-shirt with Maldives and designed by Maldivian. And, I bought all three items from my Island Resort, I don’t have complain on postcard and magnet, however I personally think T-shirt was a bit limited choice in size and colour. When I searched for a T-shirt, I actually was interested on the one with different of tail description, for manta, shark, tuna, dolphin and diver, but I wished to get a S Size and blue colour T-shirt which was not hanging in store. So, I asked the storekeeper about the size and colour that I wanted, but they said all they have was at the place that they hanged.
Finally, the thing that I could do was to narrow down my choice to an S size and pink colour with my desired design. Therefore, I think they might need to improve their inventory variety. Anyways, I only wanted to have something for my further memory, so I still would buy one.
However, I got some extra souvenirs this time on my Maldives trip on my last night stay, which was a surprise and I like it a lot. What was that? Yes, I need to thank to Maldives traveler for sending me the goodies bag as I registered to their website and join the “Who’s going where” program. At first, I actually didn’t put hope on this as they changed policy on 17th of September, so I thought I won’t have chance to get one. But, I received the goodies bag on my last night, it was really a surprise. I didn’t know why I still got it that time, but I know it after back, it is because I registered to program before 17th of September, lucky me.
When I registered, I didn’t put much hope on the goodies bag because it is just a free item, I guessed it might be some vouchers with a lot of terms and condition which I might never used it, or some free tourism leaflet to introduce us Maldives. But, I was wrong because it is really something good, my goodies bag comes with 5 beautiful postcard, 5 magnets, 2 calendars for 2013 (it really not an old calendar), a notepad, a card introduces fish in ocean and a full Maldives map with all resort listed in it, I think they cost about USD50 if we need to buy in Maldives. Honestly, I really like all gifts from Maldives Traveller a lot, especially the map and calendar (so that I still can see Maldives in 2013 ^_^). After all, a big thanks to Maldives Traveller.
Along with goodies, there was a note recommended us to leave some (good or bad) review for our trip, so I decided to leave as much as review that I can write for this website in return :)
Visited September 2012
9 October 2012
The large variety of souvenirs
Some of them are prohibited to export
As the choice of souvenirs was not large in our island, we decided to do the shopping in Male, the capital of Maldives. There is a street called Majeedhee Magu in the city, full of shops an sales people selling various kinds of souvenirs - both the traditional stuff and luxury items. We spent a few ...As the choice of souvenirs was not large in our island, we decided to do the shopping in Male, the capital of Maldives. There is a street called Majeedhee Magu in the city, full of shops an sales people selling various kinds of souvenirs - both the traditional stuff and luxury items. We spent a few hours there checking the stalls, going forth and then coming back :)
The only drawback was that some of the things are prohibited to export, as far as I remember, some corals and other stuff from the ocean. So one should be aware not to buy these lovely things!Visited October 2010