What to buy:
The most collectible Falkland Islands items would have to be their stamps, new stamps are introduced periodically and older issues are still available as are first day covers. Stamps and first day covers are available from the post office in Stanley and at Mount Pleasant Airfield, older first day covers can be purchased from various gift shops in Stanley.
For more details on collecting Falkland Islands stamps check the Falkland Islands Philatelic Bureau website quoted below.
What to pay: New first day covers are available from £3.00 upwards.
Well that is what it has been compared to! There are many little shops in Stanley all selling various goods from cuddly penguins to T-shirts but there is only one shop where you can get those PLUS .. maybe a Swiss Army knife, or a print of a local scene, locally made knitwear, music books, local diddle-dee jam, postcards, guide books, posters, rucksacks or how about a kazoo?! The Pink Shop has got the lot!
What to buy: It's hard to find local made produce especially if you are after souvenirs to take home. Bear in mind that the total population of these islands (not including the British military and support) is under 3000. How many towns do you know of that kind of population make their own souvenirs? So don't get upset if that cuddly penguin you have just bought was actually made in China. However .. you CAN get locally made cuddly penguins at the Pink Shop .. just ask to see the "Baby Kelper" penguins. They also sell a decent range of locally made knitwear, hats, scarves and jumpers.
What to buy:
Wherever you go in the world, wherever it gets cold and windy you will surely find a local knitwear industry. Whether it be Norway, Iceland, Shetland Islands, Channel Islands .. they all have their own particular style of sweater or jumper. The Falkland Islands has been producing knitwear for many years and why not as they produce some of the finest wool in the world. Falklands sweaters are not as well known as say Shetland or Fair Isle but they are much more unique .. how many people can say they own a genuine Falkland Islands jumper? I can! Falklands knitwear is very good value compared to other more well known knitwear.
What to pay: For a machine knitted sweater espect to pay approx £48.00 sterling, for hand knitted expect to pay roughly 40% more. That is STILL a lot cheaper than Shetland, Faroe Islands, fair Isle knitwear.
I had read of and heard of genuine Falkland Wool garments, so I was dying to purchase some while on the island.
I had about 45 mins to spare before my tour started, so I wandered from shop to shop looking for these items. The shops were full of garments bearing the Falkland Island symbol, but they were all made elsewhere in the world.
It's only when I boarded the tour bus that I discovered that genuine Falkland Wool can only be purchased at the Wool Centre which is in John Street.
Unfortunately I never had time or opportunity to get there, but at least I now have the opportunity to give you the tip where you'll find the real thing.
The majority of the tourist visitors to the Falklands come from the cruise ships and so just about all of the souvenir shops on the islands are concentrated around the port area.
I came from a cruise ship and so I headed straight for the closest shop which is the yellow one in the picture attached. I couldn't get in the front door as it was so crowded!
I wandered up the road a little until I came to The Harbour View Gift Shop just down the road along the sea front. I was delighted with the shop. It's much larger than it seems from the front as it goes right back through three different rooms.
You can buy everything from socks to hot water bottles to jewelry. Be warned - they almost all have pics of penguins on them! of course, you can hardly go hoke without buying a penguin something!
Another thing to note is that most of the souvenirs are made elsewhere. To get genuine Falkland items I would suggest asking in the shop (I bought a beautiful print by a Falkland artist) or buying at the Museum or the wool shop in John Street.
What to buy: I'm not yet finished this tip and will add phone numbers etc later.
Comfortable well apointed rooms, all en suite with shower/baths (which is a rare in the islands)....more
Back Wynd, Falkland, KY15 7BX, United Kingdom