you're going to be in San Miguel, make sure to visit the
central fruit and veggie market.
Not only is it fun for 'a wander through' but the vinyl
shopping bags sold by individual vendors are absolutely
eye-catching. They are sturdy, colorful and carry wonderfully
blatant ads for each merchant's stall. I bought ten to bring
home as gifts -- each under $10 -- each folding flat for
perfect packing. My friends loved them. Get them now before
Bloomingdales starts to sell them at $50 per bag.
Evelyn, Toronto, Canada
When visiting this part of the world, I recommend
buying “Saudi slippers”
as gifts. They
are made by local cobblers; and adorn the feet of a good
80 percent of the population – male and female, young
and old alike. They are also the one thing friends back
in the States always ask for when we go home. The cost runs
between 40 and 100SR, so roughly 10-40 USD. As far as sizing
goes – sizes are hand-written on the bottom and are
non-gendered. Generally women get size 8 and men size 10,
though larger and smaller sizes are available. Saudi slippers
are one thing in which size truly doesn’t matter!
Oddly, until recently the only colors available were various
shades of brown, black and white and decorations consisted
of an occasional green, red or gold stitching. More recently,
however, a lot more colors and even beadwork has been seen
–- resulting in some that can only be called garish
and are obviously made for tourists! The choice is yours.
Lori, Dubai, Saudi Arabia
Before you leave on your journey, get your friends to trace
their foot on a piece of paper. This will help you to get
the best sizing possible when shopping for these gifts.
In New Zealand, greenstone
pendants are ubiquitous. Though
these look like Asian jade, it's not the same type of stone.
can be found in tourist shops as well as quality jewelry
stores. If you can wait until you get to the South Island,
the choices are more varied and you're getting closer to
the source. Each symbol has its own meaning in Maori culture.
Ask the vendor for the meaning but also ask for the name
of the artist who created your stone carving. This is a
definite clue as to whether your pendant is produced locally.
When you wear your own pendant back home, others who have
travelled to New Zealand will definitely recognize this
stone as indigenous to that country!
Jse Che, Toronto, Canada
I would highly recommend La
Iberica chocolates, from Peru. They are
originally from Arequipa, they’ve been around since
1909 and they are quite a treat! They are sold in small
La Iberica stores in every Peruvian city. They still carry
that old bonbon style, each one wrapped in a colorful tin
Jackie, Lima, Peru
from Singapore! I always look forward to your newsletter
and hoped one day I'd be able to contribute. Well, here's
my contribution. Finally... From Sunny Singapore, the best
gifts to bring home for your loved ones are the ones you
I: Spices - Go to Little India
at Serangoon Rd to buy spices. There are so many different
types, scents and are very, very cheap... Cloves, nutmeg,
cinnamon, chillies (dried one), star anise, etc. Buy in
2: Cloth/Materials - Go to Arab
Street at North Bridge Road to get fabrics.
There are so many types, colours, texture of materials --
silk, organza, lace, chiffon. -- enough to make any woman
delirious. Purchase by the metres -- and also accessorize
with buttons, crystals, etc.
3: When you get home, call over loved ones and good friends
for tea. Take out your treasures from the Orient and together
make your own potpourri / satchets with the spices and materials.
As you go along you can narrate to them your adventures
only will you bring home a souvenir but with each scent,
you and your friends will remember the fun you all shared.
You don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy good company
and make them happy. What's more the camaraderie would forge
a closer bond and your trip will not be easily forgotten.
Lots of love to all.
we're in Spain, we hit the duty
free shops as we leave and buy up small
bottles of saffron. A great gift for any of the cooks and
chefs on your list and pennies compared to the cost of saffron
in the States.
Christine, Florida, USA
are some of the best 'Made in Switzerland' gift ideas.
The Best. It’s still the most appreciated gift
Typical Swiss glassware
with designs of farm life (cows, goats, lambs and kiddies)
Roberto Niederer glass
(vases, plates, candle holders, etc.)
with Swiss design (cows, the Swiss cross, flowers, etc.)
(some are a bit more expensive than others)
(sort of a Lebkuchen bisqit, a speciality from Basel)
for gifts made in The Netherlands? Here are my suggestions:
(with certificates that allow you to bring them into your
(for a very big splurge), Delft
Blue pottery, and ... your kids will love
Dutch chocolate sprinkles
for topping sandwiches -- a very special Dutch treat (see
I have also bought special egg cups and egg spoons in Holland
because you cannot find this type outside the country. I
hope this helps other JourneyWomen shopping for presents
Ms. Henny Groenendijk, Netherlands Board of Tourism