20 Souvenirs to Bring Home from Las Vegas
1. Custom Poker Chips
For the poker aficionado, chips are made in 3 different materials. The finest chips are made of clay and usually have a cloth inlay in the center. You can easily identify these chips in casinos as the chips that show edge wear. Plastic chips are the cheapest, they are very lightweight, and usually have a gold or silver hot-stamp design in the center. And, of course, there are the epoxy blend chips that have a photo or graphic design printed on each side.
When it comes to home poker, the sky is the limit. You can buy an inexpensive set of 300 chips for as little as $20 or upgrade to a set of clay chips with custom inlay, personalized carrying case and playing cards for as little as $300. You can, of course, spend more on chips with fancy inlays, personalized playing cards, an exotic wood carrying case, and even your own custom-designed 9-man poker table, but most players are happy with a 500-chip set with box and cards for $99.
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2. Navajo Turquoise Bracelet
One of the premier Las Vegas adventures is a trip out to Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and Boulder City. And along the way you’ll pass plenty of curio and antique shops, but the one you want to visit for genuine and affordable Indian goods is the Boulder City Trading Post.
Set right where the road turns off for Hoover Dam, the Trading Post sells ancient Indian artifacts, as well as Dream Catchers, Blankets, Tomahawks, Jewelry, Bows and Arrows, Furniture, Saddle Purses, Pottery, Baskets, and lots more.
This stunning bracelet was fashioned by a local artist of sterling sliver, mined in Nevada, and an oval inlay of Boulder Turquoise. The bracelet retails for $650, but if the price is too steep, there’s plenty of other beautiful turquoise jewelry to choose from.
Open daily 8am – 7pm
3. Jean Philippe Patisserie Chocolates
Bring home a gift basket overflowing with the best sampling of the patisserie. You can create your own, but the shop offers their own carefully anointed copper, bronze, silver and gold level gift baskets for the most discriminating chocolate connoisseur. The Gold Basket at $120 contains, but is not limited to: a 12 piece box of assorted chocolates, Chocolate Covered Nuts, a box of Lilliputian Candy, Almond Rocher, Peanut Brittle, and an 18 piece box of Assorted Caramels. And if you can’t get to the shop, you can order one of his delectable creations online and have it shipped anywhere in the world.
Or if your sweet tooth is a little more frugal, try a box of assorted Mendiants for $28. Either way, you’re in for a treat.
Open Mon-Thurs 7am-11pm, Fri-Sun 7am-Midnight
4. Collectible “Golden Nugget” Casino Chip and Dice
Although downtown Las Vegas set the stage for gaming in 1932, the Las Vegas Strip didn’t get started until 1945 with the El Rancho Vegas and Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo. The Golden Nugget Casino opened a year later in what’s now known as Glitter Gulch. Because casino chips were worthless outside the casino, they were always cashed in, but some found their way out of town and now have collectible value. This Golden Nugget chip is from the 1960s and is a classic example of a vintage chip and has the trademark GN sign of the 40s and 50s. This chip in mint condition sells for $60. These modern day dice sell for $1-$5.
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10:30-5:30pm
5. Custom-Tailored Elvis Jumpsuit
Elvis Aaron Presley came to Las Vegas in 1964 to make the movie Viva Las Vegas with newcomer Ann Margaret, and his love affair with the city continued until his death in 1977. But it wasn’t until 1969 that Elvis began headlining in Las Vegas and no other performer comes close to rivaling the legacy of the King.
Whether you want to go to your office Xmas party dressed as a young svelte Elvis, entertain your B-B-B-Baby in the Jungle Room or fancy yourself as a hip-slinging, pelvis-giggling Elvis in gold lame, Show-off Las Vegas Costumes will fit you for your own jumpsuit and help you personalize that special look with all the Elvis accessories you’ll ever need. All you have to supply is the attitude and, oh yeah, sideburns.
Custom-tailored Elvis Presley Jumpsuits start around $999. By appointment or online.
6. Custom-Tailored Showgirl Costumes
Burlesque halls and speakeasy’s began sprouting up in the early 1930s, when the State legislature legalized gambling, so Las Vegas might profit from the workers at Hoover Dam when they came in on Payday.
Once the “Strip” got going, hotels used headliner shows to outdo their competition. And what’s more alluring than a topless review? The Tropicana Hotel imported the Follies Bergere from Paris and countless topless shows followed.
Gillian Gardner has made costumes for every hotel and show on the Strip, and a multitude of Hollywood celebrities. While your husband is being measured for his tailored Elvis jumpsuit, get fitted for your own custom-made showgirl costume. These brilliantly designed costumes come in every color imaginable and with so many choices to make between plumed headdresses, fans, bras, thongs, gloves, tails, wings, boas, necklaces and shoes, you’re imagination can and will run wild. Whatever the occasion, you’ll look absolutely “Fabulous” in a divine creation from the Master of all Showgirl costumes.
Show-off Las Vegas Costumes has some pre-made costumes available for immediate sale, but indulge your inner-burlesque diva with a custom fitting for a truly one-of-a-kind Glitter Gulch souvenir. Prices start around $999.
7. Nevada Vodka
Each weekend enough liquor is poured in Las Vegas to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool, and yet capitalizing on this glut of inebriation has escaped the State of Nevada tax collectors until now.
Nevada prohibited the production of distilled spirits until the summer of 2011, and the Las Vegas Distillery, was primed and ready to go. In fact, the owners of this small, family-run artisan boutique distillery were instrumental in pushing through a law that had been long neglected by the legislature.
Using two copper pot 170 gallon stills, named Swan and Angel, and carefully selected grain from Winnemuca Farms, George and his wife Katalin use ancestral Hungarian and Transylvanian recipes to provide the backbone of these divine spirits. Milled, cooked, and fermented in the distillery, each batch is its own work of art.
With their handcrafted vodka already on the shelves, gin, whiskey, bourbon and several special liquors are on their way. Las Vegas Distillery liquors are available at most fine liquor stores and Albertson’s and Whole Foods markets and most fine liquor stores. And if you have a chance, call the distillery for your own private tour.
8. Saguaro Cactus
The Saguaro and the Joshua tree are probably the most recognizable cactus in the world, because they are the ones you see in the old westerns. But there are, literally, hundreds of species and varieties just waiting to make a home on your kitchen windowsill or patio. And believe it or not, cactus love moderate climates even more that the harsh desert seasons.
Cactus Joe’s Blue Diamond Nursery, located right outside the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, is a treasure trove of native cactus plants, succulents, Joshua trees, ocotillos, yuccas and agaves. In addition, they have an extensive selection of outdoor yard art, rocks, glass and Native American jewelry. Let their knowledgeable staff help you pick the right plant for your location.
A 1-gallon agave runs $9.99, a 3-gallon Giant Saguaro Cactus is $40, and a 5-gallon Giant Saguaro Cactus is $60.
12740 Blue Diamond Road, Las Vegas, NV
Open daily 9am-5pm
9. Las Vegas 51s Minor League Authentic Cap and Jersey
Originally owned by the San Diego Padres, the “Stars” played their first game on April 1, 1983 to a packed house of 13,878 fans. In 2001, the Los Angeles Dodgers took over the franchise and renamed the team the 51s. With a new logo to represent the alleged aliens or extraterrestrials that have visited the semi-secret government base, known as “Area 51,” the team brought a new standard of baseball excellence to Las Vegas. In 2008, the Blue Jays took over the club.
The official jersey and cap are available at the 51s team store at Cashman Field. The team store is open 11am-4pm Tuesday – Saturday and during all home games. Jersey cost $80 and the cap is $30. If visiting in the off-season, September to April, call the team office at (702) 386-7200 to verify store hours or you can purchase them online and at select local sports memorabilia stores.
Open 11am-4pm Tuesday – Saturday and during all home games.
10. Red Shoes
So you want to dress like a stripper? It would seem simple enough to pull that off, but with the competition for customers so fierce, a gal has to utilize every possible resource, and Red Shoes on West Sahara is the place to go. This is your one-stop bare necessities supply store. Red Shoes specializes in every conceivable item an exotic dancer might need, and with over 500 different styles of platform shoes, boots and stiletto heels, there’s got to be something here to satisfy even the wildest shoe enthusiast. And while you’re there, check out their collection of exotic bras, G-strings, hosiery, bags and accessories. Given that you’ll pay well over $300 for designer shoes at the shopping mall, everything shoe at Red Shoes is under $100.
This gold multi-strap shoe has a 2.5-inch platform and a 5-inch heel, and retails for $89.
Open Mon-Sat 10:30am – 8pm, Sunday noon – 6pm
11. $10 Silver Strike from the Four Queens Hotel and Casino
The first Silver Strikes were introduced in the Reno & Lake Tahoe in 1992 and were dispensed as a special slot machine prize in lieu of a cash jackpot. Patrons loved the shiny pure silver and brass tokens and, like any casino novelty that attracts gamblers, special slot machines were designed to pay out only silver strikes. Before long, Silver Strikes were issued with redeemable values from $2 to $300, but the $10 Strike was the most commonly found. Hotels loved strikes because they could fashion the image or imprint on the strike to reflect their logo, a show, a restaurant, or an event, and because of their unique beauty, the recipient rarely cashed them in. When the price of silver eclipsed the $10 an ounce price, most casinos quit producing them as slot prizes, but a few still have a few Silver Strike machines on the floor. The Four Queens, the Palms, and Sam’s Town still mint limited edition commemorative $200 and $300 tokens for special occasions.
Many Las Vegas collectible stores carry a limited selection of strikes, but Lost Vegas Antiques has a large selection of strikes and tokens from all of the major hotels.
Open Mon-Thurs 10am – 6pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-5pm
12. Sin City Gallery Prints
With the completion of the Smith Center for Performing Arts, the Bellagio’s Fine Art Gallery and the focus on the Art’s District, residents and visitors are now privy to some of the best music, dance and visual art available anywhere. In fact, Las Vegas has more than 30 world-class museums and exhibits spread throughout the city.
Dr. Laura Henkel, the miracle worker who brought the Erotic Heritage Museum to life, opened her Sin City Gallery in the heart of Las Vegas’ new Art District. Every month this intimate gallery presents a new erotic-themed exhibit. Whether it’s paintings, photography, sculpture or multi-media, each artist is hand-picked and invited to show in this one-of-a kind venue.
Francois Dubeau is a gallery favorite and his stylish black and white paintings suggest unique erotic themes. Dubeau designs his paintings with a digital pen. With one lyrical stroke the first line is created. Then he adds more weight to each line as the image unfolds. Dubeau’s paintings are printed and signed in limited editions or, on request, the artist will paint an image on canvas.
Open Edition 8”x10” prints, $30. Signed 13”x19” prints, $225. Paintings $1,200 and up.
Open Wed – Sat 1pm – 7pm and 1st Friday of each month until 10pm
13. WSOP Memorabilia
The WSOP is most commonly known for the “Main Event” where 8,000+ contestants compete for a first prize of $6-plus million dollars, a World Series of Poker diamond bracelet, and the title of Winner of the WSOP, which in poker circles is akin to a coronation. But the WSOP is more than just the Main Event.
Starting in early June, tens of thousands of poker players come to Las Vegas to compete in the more than 55 tournaments that lead up to the Main Event. Whether your specialty is Texas Hold‘em, Stud, Omaha hi-lo, Omaha, HORSE, or Heads-up, there’s a tournament for you. They even host a ladies event, an employee’s event, and several charity events.
If the $10,000 entry fee is a little steep, stop by the Rio Gift Store and pick up one of their WSOP mugs, hats, shirts or hoodies. Or if you want something actually used in the Main Event, visit the Gambler’s General Store and pick up 2 official decks of WSOP cards. These two decks were used in the 2009 WSOP and come in a handsome black box for only $28.
Open daily 9am – 6pm
14. Authentic Native American Basket
The local Piute tribe clustered near the Colorado River and lived a peaceful life, using the bounty of the river and plants to support their needs, but other tribes, like the Apache, Hopi, and Navajo, were more industrious and are better known for their arts and crafts.
15. Autographed Copy of Doyle Brunson’s Super System
Gamblers are well aware that their livelihood depends on a variety of tools if they stand to make any money, and plenty of the so-called gambling experts have written books on their particular specialty. Whether you’re looking for books on craps, blackjack, poker, horse handicapping, sports betting, keno chess, roulette or just looking for a biography about the mobsters, politicians and events that made Las Vegas what it is today, the Gambler’s Book Club shop has it all. They even carry self-published gambling bibles written by the underground elite; books that are not available anywhere else, so if you’ve got the drive to win at all costs, check it out. The Gambler’s Book Club has been serving the community for over 47 years, is stocked with more than 3,000 titles, and is considered by many to be the most famous gambling store in the world!
Personalized copies of Brunson’s Super System volumes 1 and 2, $800. Off the shelf price, $30.
16. M&M’s World
Moreover, the good folks at M&M’s have made it as simple as 1,2,3 to personalize your M&Ms. For as little as $19.99, you can get 8 0z of candy. Just choose the name you want, add some clip art to the other side, and bingo - you’ve got candy. You also have a choice of how you want them packaged. Choose from banners, balloons, party packs, dispensers, tins and bags. With this gift you’re going to make somebody very happy. In fact, at M&M’s World they’ve done just about everything they can to an M&M, except eliminate the calories, but chances are they’re working on that, too. Stop in and indulge your inner chocolate demon and order your own one-of-a-kind treats.
17. Carroll Shelby Motors
Get behind the wheel of the new 2012 GT350, and hear the roar as you rev the 525 HP Shelby/Whipple supercharged motor. Most of the stock Ford features have been replaced with one of Shelby’s signature upgrades from racing suspension, Boria exhaust system, Shelby alloy wheels, trim, stripes, Baer 6 piston brake system, and all the sex appeal they can add. Prices start around $65,000 for the hardtop and $70,000 for the convertible. Custom orders take about a year to fill, but you can always buy a stock Shelby car at select dealers and drive it home today.
However, if the $70,000 price tag is a little out of your budget, take home the signature Carroll Shelby GT500 golf bag for only $795. Made with the same quality as the pro bags, it may not improve your game, but you’ll be the envy of your golf buddies and it just might add a little octane to your golf swing. It can’t hurt!
Open Monday – Friday 8am - 5pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm.
18. “The Jaw” Business Card Holder
Each year, the local newspaper runs public service announcements for their cause and thousands of products are sold, but the big winner is “The Jaw” business card holder. This replica of the lower jaw is a great conversation piece and might be a perfect gift for your dentist, doctor, speech therapist, or that gossipy neighbor who just won’t shut up. Made of resin-epoxy and colored to look like authentic bone, “The Jaw” is available at the Coroner’s Office Gift Shop (go figure) or online for only $10. This would make a perfect “mystery gift” for the office Christmas party.
Open Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
19. Chicken Ranch Brothel Token
Brothels have always issued some kind of promotional token whether it’s a “Good for Free Drink,” or a “$20 off with Trixie,” some of the old brass tokens have become quite collectible and very hard to find, but Sheri’s Ranch and the infamous Chicken Ranch still produce a variety of promotional tokens and gift certificates.
This token from the Chicken Ranch costs only $1.99, but the experience of driving out to the ranch and touring a legitimate house of ill-repute is priceless. Brothel tokens are available at the brothel, but you can usually find a variety of brothel tokens at some of Las Vegas’ better antique and collectible stores.
And you can always brag to your buddies that you were awarded this token because you were magnificent, unforgettable, and an inspiration to the ladies - and you maxed-out your Visa!
Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
20. Blue Man Group Drum Sticks
At last count, more than 17 million people have experienced the Blue Man mystique and if you’ve a hankering for a totally delightful show, get down to the Venetian Hotel and check them out.
After each performance the Blue Man Group comes out to meet the audience and sign autographs. In addition, drumsticks and drum covers, that have been used in prior performances, are sold in the Blue Man Gift Shop just outside the theater, and the cast members are more than happy to personalize the gift for you. But make sure you purchase them prior to the show.
Blue Man Drumsticks, $20.
Other Interesting Souvenirs from Nevada
If traveling to Las Vegas is not an option for you right now, or you simply can't afford extra space in your luggage, fortunately, these days, you can find a wide selection of authentic and truly interesting Las Vegas souvenirs online. Presented here are some of the Las Vegas products sought by foreign visitors, now available online for your convenience.
2. License Plate - Proudly made in the USA, Las Vegas license plate is a collectible item in its own right, be it an industrial polished wood fridge magnet or a high gloss real McCoy automotive license plate made of the top quality aluminum. The metallic plate comes with four pre-drilled holes in it for quick and easy mounting on a vehicle. Alternatively, if you add a ribbon, wire or string to it and hang it on a wall or door, it will make a good addition to your home or office decor.
3. Area 51 - Do you believe in extraterrestrial life? Whether yes or no, you may as well just dress up like you do. Some comfortable, loose fitting “I Believe in Aliens” or “Alien Abduction” T-shirt would be quite in line with Nevada's Area 51 theme, much popular with mystery lovers and UFO enthusiasts.
4. Nevada Souvenir Patch - If you fancy wearing the world famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign on your garments (jeans, jackets, vests, hats) or bags, now you can do it thanks to the DIY iron-on decorative souvenir patch with detailed embroidery. Simply iron it on to your favorite garment and it will never come off, thanks to the heat-seal backing that can stick this patch virtually onto any fabric.
5. Nectar Bath Treats - Prepare for a wonderfully scented, relaxing experience! A perfect addition to your bath time ritual and a good way to unwind and escape from stresses of life. Bath bombs and body scrubs 100% handmade in the USA, at a Las Vegas factory. 100% cruelty free, made with 100% natural ingredients and beautifully scented, they will moisturize and nourish your skin, massage away dead skin cells, and leave you feel ultra soft and smooth long after use, while smelling incredibly good.
Las Vegas Walking Tours
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