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What to Buy

January 15, 2014
Travel Light

As bonafide jet setters, we’re familiar with spontaneity. We’ll hop a plane at a moment’s notice when the right opportunity arises. And once or twice, we may have overlooked the TSA’s liquid requirements in an effort to get out the door. Thus, we’ve developed a theory about the TSA’s greedy obsession with full-size coveted products, and we simply refuse to continue to facilitate their long, luscious locks and glowing skin.

The truth is, it can be hard to eyeball 3oz, especially when you’ve been known to value design over practicality. Which is why we’re head over heels for Byredo’s sleek leather travel cases. We’ve been fans of Byredo Gypsy Water for some time – it just captures the Galavante spirit – but this week we’re packing the unisex Bal D’Afrique, in honor of our current destination – the white sands of Zanzibar. There’s no sacrificing form over function with this wee vessel of flight-friendly luxury, especially when it comes to the burgundy case, embossed with gold lettering. Because in flight – much like in life – it’s the little things that count.

January 08, 2014
Island Style

A voyage to Easter Island, 1,234 miles from anywhere, qualifies as a bucket list trip, so it’s only natural that you’d want to bring home a souvenir for bragging purposes. But much like the deal you closed to afford your adventure, scoring a replica of the famed moai requires strategic negotiation. Contrary to conventional bargaining wisdom, craftsmen selling the best moai generally aren’t motivated by money. Why? Because all native Rapa Nui are allotted land, and most of them have what they need to live. This is not a material culture either, so if you’re going in hard-line, chances are it won’t work. More successful moai transactions happen when you take an interest in their history andcraftsmanship, and build a relationship with the artisan. But if all else fails and your charm doesn’t land you a statue of your own, you can always opt for a tribal hami. It’s a traditional loincloth, for lack of a better description, that's still worn by men during festivals. It leaves very little to the imagination, and hey, sometimes a mental image is the best souvenir of all. One thing’s for sure: It’s guaranteed to be a hit at your next dinner party. For the best vendors and an inside scoop on buying a moai, check out our Easter Island feature.

August 22, 2012
Moroccan Caravan Chic

Bring the extra suitcase. Marrakech may be one of the best destinations on the planet for souvenir shopping. Spoil loved ones with handcrafted Moroccan leather shoes, furniture, rugs, or elegant caftans from Akbar Delights. For other goods, visit the souk, a labyrinth of jewelry, furniture, clothing, and more. In fact, maybe you should bring two extra suitcases.

December 21, 2011
Art and Arab Slippers - Dubai

 

Dubai’s art scene is taking the world by storm. Bring home a cutting-edge piece for your own abode. Also, pick up some elegant Arab slippers, so that you can lounge in hotel rooms around the world, just like the Sheikh you know you are.

December 14, 2011
California Wine

 

When you’re in Mendocino County, what to buy is simple: a bottle or five of California wine. Allow your fond memories to age along with your wine. The Post Ranch Inn has a very special house bottle – the 2007 JWP Nacimiento Pinot Noir will rock your world. 

December 05, 2011
Chicago Delicacies

You’re on vacation, so to hell with the diet! Dig in to Chicago’s famous full-fat delicacies, from a deep-dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria to a juicy beef sandwich at Portillo’s.

 

www.loumalnatis.com

www.portillos.com

November 29, 2011
Bikinis

 

There’s no better city in the world to stock up for bikini season than Miami. You’ll find it all, from sleek black designer pieces to itsy bitsy teenie weenie polka-dot bikinis. Best of all? Here, you can wear your purchases the moment you buy them. Hit the beach and flaunt some skin, with a tropical cocktail in hand, of course.

November 22, 2011
Shop For Your Favorite Designers - New York City

New York, New York

New York City, baby. This is the city that practically invented the phrase, “See and be seen.” Take advantage of the city’s amazing fashion selection, and pop in to boutiques that are exclusive to New York, including Opening Ceremony, iF, Bergdorf Goodman, and Barney’s. To add even more spice to your wardrobe, try contemporary stores like Balenciaga, Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, or JNBY. Never has maxing out your credit card felt so good. 

November 14, 2011
Chinese Silk
Chinese Silk

One word: Silk. China is famous for its beautiful, high-quality silk and it’s well worth investing in a few pieces that you’ll keep forever. Stop by the silk market to get measured, and then score some custom-made silk suits, shirts, and other accessories. You’ll be looking smooth as silk.

November 09, 2011
Wines & Truffles
Truffles

From luscious wines to creamy truffles to elegant Florentine stationery, you can’t choose a bland souvenir from this culture-rich city.

October 26, 2011
L'viv - Handmade Rugs
L'viv - Handmade Rugs

You would expect vodka to be the souvenir of choice, but L'viv has some of the most beautifully handwoven rugs in the world.  Their Craft Market is a treasure trove, and you can pick up rugs that are fit for your own abode for as little as $30.  You'll want to buy up the whole market at these prices.  

October 12, 2011
Pasteis de Nata
Pasteis de Nata

Whether you indulge in Portugal’s local wines or creamy pastries, your taste buds will thank you. Pasteis de Nata are Portugal’s famous flaky, custard-filled cakes that visitors line up around the block for. Box them up to share with friends back home – that is, if the pastries make it back home.

October 05, 2011
Cheese
Cheese

For all those cheese fanatics, Amsterdam is a perfect place to exercise one of your favorite hobbies. Trek across the city eating and collecting cheese. Who cares how cheesy it is, it’s always yummy.

September 28, 2011
Cookbooks
Cookbooks

 Treat your friends and family with great recipes from the cookbook you purchased in Villa Joya. Take back all the great food you experienced and create meals from ingredients you gathered all around the world. 

September 21, 2011
Whistles
Puglia Terracotta Whistles

Be part of local custom when you buy some terracotta whistles from Puglia. Bring these cute souvenirs back to your friends or kids. They’re fun, adorable, and lighthearted.

September 14, 2011
Alpaca
Alpaca

Get something warm and comfy while in Lima. Alpaca is such a rich-soft fiber you’ll want to buy a luxurious scarf, sweater, or hat so you can Galavante in comfort all around the world.

August 31, 2011
Lavender
Fields of Lavender

Smelling lavender is a great way to rekindle your French vacation. Give it as a gift, or use it around the house. Whatever you do with it, it’s a great way to bring France to another place in the world.

August 16, 2011
Istanbul
Istanbul

There are two things you need when in Instanbul, rugs and spices. Get an extravagant and rich carpet or experience the market and choose some saffron and other exotic spices.

August 10, 2011
Ravello Ceramic Dishes
Ravello Ceramic Dishes

Renowned for their ceramic dishware, Ravello is the place to buy with the highest quality artisans on all of the Amalfi coast. Negotiate hard for the most beautiful plates you'll own, which will be a daily reminder of your time on the Amalfi Coast. With their bright colors that will bring instant cheer to your home, these are dishes you'll never mind doing.

We'll want to pull a gorgeous picture of the ceramic plates, if Miguel has not already. I can't wait to see the issue. It's turning out so beautifully.

August 03, 2011
Bambagina
Bambagina

Amalfi isn’t only known for its lemoncello. They also have a custom of making Bambagina paper. This unique paper is a great souvenir to take back home. Make birthday cards, homemade postcards, or use it for your next scrapbook.

August 03, 2011
Limoncello
Amalfi Limoncello

Refresh yourself with lemoncello. Take this tasty delight back home with you after you visit this beautiful Italian Coastline. Ease back at home and sip on this bitter-sweet drink while you anticipate your next trip to Amalfi.