The best souvenier shopping is the mobile local market. They come to Club Med every Saturday at 5 pm. Prices are much less than in Seychelles. A big surprise . Probably they go to other major resorts too.
It is in Male airport, next to the arrivals
What to buy: I buy this beautiful book with fantastic photographs from Maldives called DREAMING OF MALDIVES and the wall Calendar 2009 for my self and friends, everybody loved it.
Some other friends order them from the web : www.dreamingofmaldives.com
This shopping center create in the middle of the city and offer from electronic to fruits and household.I like to shop here coz the price are reasonable.
What to pay: Its depends what you had in mind. Currency accepts Rufiyaa and USD dollars
If you have the chance, go on an Island hopping trip. There are usually 1/2 days or full days were you would visit from 1 to 3-4 isalnds.
The main island you will be taken to will have a mosque a school and sometimes a hospital.
There are also a few local shops which sell gifts and crafts and are half the price of a shop on the resort or at the airport.
The local people are so nice and the Kids so Happy despite having very little. I spent a small fortune as I wanted to help the local community and if you take the Kids some sweets they are very grateful
What to buy: Wooden crafts, photo albums, sarongs, T shirts,
What to pay: A sarong cost me about £3
You can do your shopping here on the local island, if you go on the island hopping trip. Their prices are much cheaper than the souvenior shop on the island and the airport. Bargaining is expected, most of the shops sells about the same thing.
The funny thing is that the guide on the island pointed us to 4 shops that he says are chosen by the island chief for us to shop in. He told us that each day different shops are chosen for tourist to shop in, and there is no need for us to go to all the shops as they sell almost the same things.
So, we did what he told us and found out that 1 of the shops belongs to him..
I bought fridge magnets, 4 for $3($5 each at the airport)
Kids T-shirt $4 each($8 at the souvenior shop on the island)
Man T shirt $6
Hand painted painting $6($20 at the airport)
Mineral water $1($3 on the resort)
Sun Island has its own little selection of shops. One of them is a jewellry shop. They have many hand made rings, necklaces and bracelets. Unfortunatly, as expected, the price is high. I didnt see any that weren't 3 figure sums. Not a bad idea if its your partners birthday or something though. The jewell stones are of good quality, and they even sell loose gemstones in a little gift box. And yes, of course, these are expensive too. Still, its worth a look.
The souvenir shop on Sun Island is a very good shop. They have a big arrangement of gifts for those back home. and at very cheap prices. I brought an oil painting, A4 size on canvas, and framed for $12...they also have incense, clocks, ash trays, photo frames etc.
Other than souvenirs, they have nessecary things such as sunblock, shampooos, sweets, and other items you may need youself during your stay...Unfortunatly, these kind of items seem to shoot up in price.
The Maldives print their own stamps.Every resort shop on every island has some for sale
What to buy: Maldive Stamps are famous for being amoungst the most beautiful in the world.Even if one is not a collector.It is worth having some just to look at.
This lovely shop just by reception had everything. I bought a lovely kurumba bag which was useful to walk around with in the day and a baseball cap with kurumba on it (looked great!)
I bought some lovley gifts in there, a handmade photo album and wooden keyrings and a great book about the islands by Adrian Neville.
Great postcards and a friendly assistant who also managed to get us a tape for our video camera as we only took the one.
I spent quite a lot in this little shop! :-)
They also sell good snorkell masks and snorkell (good make) at cheaper cost than in uk.
What to buy: wooden & handmade gifts & the tote bag (good idea for presents too)
Handmade Kurumba photo album.
Lots of gifts, tee-shirts and tourist souvenirs around. Not authentic, most of the stuff are imported from elsewhere.
Think that the seashells are authentic but if I am right, you are not suppose to bring them out of the country?
What to buy: Just about all tourist souvenirs you can find including cheap tee-shirts.
This is a picture of a shark tooth I bought for my friend who pleaded to me to get this for him. Cost me $8 bargained down from $15.
Yes, you can find shark tooth or teeth in Male and the prices range widely. You can also find a whole set of shark's teeth if it catches your fancy.
However I find it all distasteful. I don't even eat shark's fin for goodness sake, real or otherwise. But I do eat stingrays. They are quite delicious and a popular dish in Singapore/Malaysia.
So buying one wasn't the highlight of my trip there.....but nevertheless it is worth pointing out that the Maldives has quite a selection of this, if you are looking for something out of the ordinary.
If you can't take it, then buy a tee-shirt like I did.
What to pay: Bargain for half the price. The shop owners tend to overcharge. However if the sale doesn't work out, excuse yourself politely so you don't get abused in some foreign tongue and quietly leave.
In some cases, you might find even then, you are overcharged. I suggest shopping around to compare prices before deciding on a buy.
Do not forget to buy souvenirs from Maale's handicraft shops. Get Maale's map from tourism counter at airport and it would be helpful for you to find these souvenirs shops.
Most of souvenir shops are in the northern end of Chaandanee Magu which was earlier known as the Singapore Bazaar for its many imports from Singapore. Magu in local language means "Road". So do not worry if you see Magu written at every second place.
What to buy: Souvenir shops are stocked with ample variety of gifts such as wodden fish, t-shirts, jewelry, maldivian mat woven with local natural fibers and many other items. Export of products made of turtle shel and black coral are not allowed so do not buy them.
Many of these shops have sales guys standing outside and they would insist you to have a look at their shop. Many shops are decorated from outside with traditional Maldivian souvenirs and handicrafts.
What to pay: You can pay by credit card or by cash. US dollars are easily accepted so no need to convert them to Maldivian Ruffiya. Try to bargain as much as you can.
On our trip to a local island, only about 20 minutes from Taj Exotica, we had about an hours free time.
There are lots of souvenir shops, each painted in shocking pink and orange colours so you'll see them!
We got all of our gifts/souvenirs from this island, and some nice crafty pieces too. They have loads of wood carvings, placemats, napkin rings, teas, keyrings, fridge magnets and the like.
And the price is negotiable.
There are no prices on the items, which was a bit annoying, so I picked everything I kind of liked and they tell you the prices at the till. I guess it depends how green you look on what price you get. I was told everything came up to $80, so I told them I only have $50 on me (which i did!) , and the deal was done.
What to buy: Wooden carved items, fruity teas, handmade photo albums.
One of the few shops at the airport.
What to buy: Coconuts - a great and unusual present at $1, have a better idea?
What to pay: from $1 (coconut) to $10,000 (platinum ring) BUT never buy anything at asked price. I got two designer sunglasses for the price of one, literally ...
We were surprised to see that there are a few shops at Sun Island...there is a camera store, jewellry store, souvenir shop etc. The souvenir shop was nice. In here we were able to buy stuff like postcards and stamps, t-shirts, sun cream etc.
What to buy: The gift shops sell stuff such as colourful tropical fish fridge magnets, tropical fish ornaments, tropical fish books... you get the jist of it. But thats what the Maldives is all about. They also do posters/books etc of the Maldives and sarong thingys for women or the David Beckhams of the world, stuff like that.
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