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Bermuda Gifts and Souvenirs
Gifts and souvenirs of Bermuda are probably the most wanted shopping items for tourists. If you are in Bermuda on a vacation, you would certainly like to take back the fond memories back home to cherish for a long time, or give a little gift to your loved ones. Out of hundreds of things we have taken back with us over the years, one item that I keep looking at is an exquisite glass piece, a seahorse we purchased from dockyard that now adorns our living room. It was crafted by a local Bermudian artist at the Dockyard Glassworks Studio.
Well, that's just one out of the many treasures that we have from Bermuda. Some of our other favorites include the cedar items that are so unique to Bermuda, like locally crafted tiny cedar sculptures or book separators or even mugs. And then of course there is no parallel to Bermuda's banana leaf dolls and the Gombey rag dolls. When it comes to Bermuda's moongate or longtail jewelry, the concentration and patience exhibited by my wife at the stores is also unparalleled. Another souvenir item that I see almost in everyone's shopping list is Bermuda T-shirts. After all this is the easiest way to tell everyone that you actually made it to the island of paradise.
So what else do you get in Bermuda and where? Well the list is literally end less. Here are the top gift and souvenir stores in Bermuda and the main items they have on sale.
Dockyard Glassworks: At Royal Naval Dockyard (kings Wharf port area), stop by the Dockyard Glassworks to see craftsmen display their skills, or head over to Bermuda Clayworks to see local craftsmen crafting pottery items. You can buy items of your interest at both these shops. We have collected several souvenirs while walking around the dockyard and have them on display back at home.
Flying Colors Bermuda
Established in 1937 by a Finnish born family, Riihiluoma's Flying Colours is a two storied building prominently marked by many colorful flags that it sports in front of its store. Other than great T-shirts with slogans, it sells many souvenir items like key chains that are shaped like Bermuda, miniature Bermuda scooters, paperweights, hand crafted items like mugs, art & crafts and lot more. Prices are quite reasonable and it's a very popular store with the tourists. It's located at Hamilton City. 5 Queen Street, Hamilton, Bermuda. Phone: 441/295-0890.
Thrift Stores: If you are looking for cheap assorted items but value buys, then the thrift stores in Bermuda can be great places to explore. They keep all sorts of items like gifts & souvenirs, artwork, clothes, household products and lot of other unique local items that you can seldom find elsewhere. Most of these items are either supplied by Charity organizations or are sourced through donations, and therefore come cheap. However sometimes, the items may be used but usually in a good condition. Thrift stores are extremely popular with locals.
The Island Shop (Hamilton City)
The shop has unique ceramic and linen products. All products are designed by Bermudian artist Barbara Finsness. Barbara's designs are quite colorful and tropical. Items on sale include ceramics, linens, wooden products, glass items, handbags & accessories, world rugby classics, ties & scarves, jewelry, silk products, clothing, pillows & covers, and others. The shop was the winner of Best of giftware in The Bermudian magazine. Each item is specially made and labeled with Barbara's signature.
Branches of The Island Shop.
1) 47 Front Street (Old Cellar Lane), Hamilton, Tel: 441/292-6307
2) 3 Queen Street, Hamilton, Tel: 441/292-5292
3) Somers Wharf, St. George's, Tel: 441/297-1514
4) Fairmont Southampton Hotel, Southampton Parish. Phone: 441/238-5999
The Island Shop, Bermuda
There are two stores run by Bermuda National Trust, a registered charity organization. You’ll find locally made items of Bermuda cedar, cards, ceramics, candleholders, ornaments, games, and many other small items. The stores also sell locally made Ties with island prints, Caps, Umbrellas, T-shirts and canvas bags with Bermuda National Trust Logo on them.
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm
1) The Old Cellar Lane, Front Street, Hamilton City, Bermuda. Phone: 441/296-4164
2) 32 Duke of York Street (in the Globe Hotel), St. George. Phone: 441/297-1423
Pulp & Circumstance (Windsor Place, Queen St., Hamilton)
This Bermuda stationery store has photo albums, pens, delicate pastel notepaper with pictures of Gombey dancers. They also have stationery that are themed on Bermuda. The shop received Bermuda Gold Award for excellence in shopping and services. It also has a range of high-end gifts and stationery carefully selected from sources around the world. Tel: 441/234-1698.
Irish Linen Shop (31 Front Street, Hamilton)
This shop in Hamilton has now been in business for over 60 years, and they have one of the most diversified collections of linen in the entire world. It includes 'Damask' from Ireland and Yves Delorme bed linens from Paris. They also stock exquisite table linen collections from Le Jackguard Francais, Bodrum, Settings by Mona and Karen Lee Ballard. Table accessories are from brands like Deborah Rhodes, and Dransfield & Ross. You will get home fragrances from Antica Farmacista, Dayna Decker, Lafco, and Fance's oldest candle maker Cire Trudon. Then there are great gift items from the world of Michael Alarm and Mariposa.
Email: email@example.com; Phone: 441/295-4089
Brown & Co. (35 Front Street, Hamilton City)
This is island's one of the most comprehensive department stores located in the heart of Hamilton. The store is stocked with everything like tourist gifts, greeting cards, books from local and internationally acclaimed authors. Perfumes and fragrances from top designers, home decor from around the world, and even fashion jewelry. The store's book section is beautifully designed. At the back of the store there is cafe offering coffee, snack, desserts and sandwiches. Brown & Co. opens daily, Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tel: 441/279-5442
Every year Bermuda Philatelic Bureau makes a collection of Bermuda's commemorative stamps and arranges them in attractive packs. If you are a stamp collector, you can get these packs from one of the main Bermuda Post Offices. Bermuda's heritage, culture and history are captured in these stamps. With a minimum deposit amount, the post offices also provide other services like catering to standing orders to provide current issues of commemoratives, and keeping you updated on the latest releases etc.
Bermuda Triangle (Clocktower Mall, Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys)
This in my opinion is the most interesting shop in clocktower mall with unique collections. Most of the products are Bermuda-inspired. You are not likely to find these items outside the island. You will get hand-painted wood carvings such as boxes, tropical fish, doorstops, many with the pink Bermuda cottage design. You also get nice candles and wind chimes. Tel: 441/234-0837
Reid Street store (Reid and Queen Streets, Hamilton)
You will get modern picture frames in all shapes and sizes from all over the world. The shop is popular for gifts for babies, a great selection Burt’s Bees products, bath products and greeting cards. I came here once to buy some gifts for my friends. The salespersons were quite helpful. Tel: 441/292-9586.
A.S. Cooper & Sons (Clocktower Mall, Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys)
They have several branches and outlets including in Hamilton City. It has accessories, gifts, and souvenirs, as well as perfumes at duty-free prices. They also sell glassware items, handcrafted jewelry from local designers, and miniature wooden models of island's famous buildings and monuments. The store is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (April 1 to Dec 31) and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Jan 1 to March 31).
Hamilton Location: 29 Front Street, East side entrance, Hamilton. Phone: 441/295-3961.
The Grand Bazaar of Bermuda (Clocktower Mall, Royal Naval Dockyard)
This has a colorful selection of unique Bermudian gifts, such as popular Bermuda hanging lanterns, hand-painted ceramics, cushion covers, fish magnets, handmade jewelry, and linen clothing and ocean-inspired souvenirs. Tel: 441/234-4646
The Bermuda Shop (Clocktower Mall, Royal Naval Dockyard)
The shop is run by a well known local artist Carole Holding. She is also a renowned chef. This shop has gift and souvenir products that have paintings with floral and island themes, and are designed by Carole. It also offers authentic local food products. Check out the link for details.
The Littlest Drawbridge Gift Shop (Clocktower Mall, Royal Naval Dockyard)
This shop is packed with unique handmade gift items. Aromatic Bermuda treasures including boxes, pens, goblets, vases and bowls, as well as sachets, cedar essential oils and incense cones. And you will find authentic Bermuda bags with cedar handles, jewelry, Cuban cigars and Royal Naval Dockyard souvenirs. Tel: 441/234-6214
Linen and Gifts (Clocktower Mall, Royal Naval Dockyard)
Here you will get elegant gift items that are not very expensive. The shop includes fine collection of Bermuda tea towels, bun warmers, tablecloths and place mats, as well as novelties and accessories. Tel: 441/234-0341
A bottle of Gosling's Black Seal, Bermuda's signature rum is a unique Bermudian souvenir. The mixture of Bermuda's signature rum and Barritts Ginger Beer is famous for its traditional Dark 'n' Stormy cocktail in Bermuda. You can pick up Gosling's rum from any of the liquor stores. If you are taking a flight back, best is to pick up a bottle from the duty free shop at the airport. As I picked up my first ever bottle, it read 151% proof and 75.5% Alcohol/volume - Phew!
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