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Wherever I travel I love to take a piece of where I’ve been home with me. For the most part it is photos of the things I see, hopefully I can be in one or two of them, but I love to take pictures of my kids. Every now and then it is nice to get something more tangible to bring home. Living in Dubai I have been able to get plenty of new things, mostly to replace all the maternity clothing I had when I arrived, and the post-baby items after I lost a lot of weight. However, I knew when we first moved here that I would want some decor and knick knacks to bring back to the USA. Some great friends of ours visited in July 2017 and I used their trip to justify getting some souvenirs at the same time as them. I am glad that I did, clothing does not last forever.
Choosing your souvenir
I am particular about everything and like to have all my stuff “just right”. I know a few hoarders (My mom being one of them, sorry mom!) and I get an itch to buy up anything miniature, unique, artsy, whatever is my style, especially if it is on sale. But I also hate to have a ton of clutter sitting around making things look messy. I have learned to reign that in and do a decent job buying only what I really really want or truly need. Most of the time.
Some things to consider before you go on the souvenir hunt:
Where to get them:
How much to pay
Dubai is very different from America when it comes to shopping. Some stores like Carrefour, retail, and a few random small stores will have set prices for everything. Most stores, especially those in a Souk, do not have set prices and you have the opportunity to haggle a bit and potentially get a much cheaper price than what is on the sticker.
Getting it home
If you want a piece of “Dubai” without visiting
I love mandala and Asian designs. I have never been to India or any Asian countries. Just Dubai. So I will settle for getting similar items off Amazon (Although I am sure you can find similar goods on other sites). Look for items that are “Arab” or “Islamic”, have Arabic writing on it or the Hamsa, and things like the little camel(there are other animals like it and items such as goblets, kettles, lamps, etc.). You can also find anything with the Burj Al Arab on it or the Burj Khalifa.
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