Where When How — Summer 2017
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Souvenir Shopping

When The TiMe COMeS FOR a SPOT OF ShOPPing, there are two aspects of getting the most out of local shops: practical items and decorative items. Well accustomed to the island’s weather, environment and demands, local stores are brilliant sources to buy island-savvy products. Natural mosquito repellents, super lightweight rash guards, floatable bamboo sunglasses and locally weaved sunhats are a few of the items good for staying protected in the tropics.

The second great thing about the shops here, is the keepsakes and decorative goods on offer from the ornamental, the edible to the down right crafty. Silky island-inspired cover-ups, seashells, jewellery, flip-flops with built-in bottle openers, maps, chutneys… the list is endless. The main areas are predominantly The Regent Village, Ports of Call, The Saltmills, Le Vele Plaza and Caicos Café Plaza. Many luxury items on the island are dutyfree, and most shops close on Sundays and national holidays.

Ceramic Art - Several galleries and boutiques on Providenciales carry locally made ceramic works of art. Find an exquisite platter or bowl with an island theme to remind you of your vacation, or a whimsical pottery birdhouse that could easily fit the décor of your lakeside condo. Our resident artists are inspired by the beauty around them, and their creativity seems unlimited. Decorative mosaic tiles, inspired coasters, mugs and plates are all easilywrapped so browse the galleries for that perfect gift.

Local Paintings - Like our ceramic artists, there are a variety of painters working in different genres. You can find traditional island style artwork and seascapes that prominently feature our beautiful white sand and turquoise water. Taking home an ocean view is a way of bringing the peace and tranquility you’ve found here, back to your home. There are also works of art that cover every imaginable subject and medium, by artists with large followings in the UK and North America. Enjoy browsing our galleries for just the right piece to give as a gift or treat yourself.

Photographs - We have many talented photographers who have captured the innate beauty and ‘feel’ of these islands and their works are available in our fine galleries. In addition to photographs printed on fine photo papers many of the artists print to canvas for a different texture. Photos can even be printed to ceramics. Ask about works from our photographers, framed and unframed. Canvas can be rolled for easy transport.

Dolls by Cheryl Forbes - Cheryl Forbes creates charming Turks and Caicos dolls sporting different varieties of handsewn dresses, available at Paradise Arts Gallery. The white outfits with coloured stripes mark the Turks and Caicos national dress, characterised by a set of eight colours depicting a unique feature of each island.

Sand Jewellery Wellington Williams creates unique silver and beach sand bracelets and necklaces, sold in many galleries and boutiques on Providenciales and at the Grand Turk Cruise Centre. His creations incorporate tiny shells, beach glass and other minute memories of your stay in paradise.

Conch Jewellery / Shells - The conch shell, on its own, is a rather unique gift and our ‘Island Doorstops’ have been spotted in homes around the world. If that’s a bit bulky, then choose jewellery, spoons, trivets and bowls made from the lustrous pink shell. They are locally made and a wide selection of these items are available in our island gift shops. The Turks and Caicos is one of the very few places in the world from which you can take conch and conch products. These amazing marine gastropods are endangered. But, in the TCI conch are still harvested and exported for nine months of the year. Because they’re a very popular island delicacy, we have plenty of shells from which artisans create their wares. You must have a receipt to show to Customs when you arrive home, to prove you haven’t taken a shell from a restricted jurisdiction.

Conch Pearls - Conch Pearls are beautiful and extremely rare. The estimates are that only 1 in 10,000 Conch produces a pearl, and less than 10 per cent of those pearls are gem quality. You can see island designed jewellery featuring Conch Pearls at Jai’s in The Regent Village. Jai‘s will also create one-of-a-kind designs, for a truly spectacular gift for a loved one.

Cuban Cigars - The artistry and quality of hand rolled Cuban cigars is worldrenowned, and crafted on island by the small team at The Cuban Cigar Factory in The Saltmills. Enjoy an extensive selection of cigars and accessories including humidors, lighters, cigar cutters and cases, for the most seasoned cigar aficionados.

Get the Shirt - “I Want to Live on an Island” - Available at select shops and online. Feel good about your purchase, as 25% of the proceeds go directly to help education in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Www.iwanttoliveonanisland.com

Sea Sage Scarves - An elegant silk scarf is the perfect accessory to remind you of your vacation in paradise. Designer and local artist Amy Brown grew up on Sea Sage Hill Road, in Long Bay Hills, Providenciales. Amy always found herself at the beach with a camera in hand. Inspired by her travels and love of pattern, she created Sea Sage to present her unique photography in a distinctive and memorable way.

Handcrafted Tree Ornaments Look for enchanting hand painted glass Christmas tree ornaments and elegant handcrafted ceramic ornaments available year-round at our art galleries and boutiques along Grace Bay. Perfect, small gifts to carry home to family and friends and a lovely reminder of your visit. Enjoy adding “tropical” to your Christmas tree!

Bambarra Rum- Bambarra is blended from imported rums and bottled here in the TCI. It was named after the language of West African slaves from the wreck of the Spanish slaver, the Trouvadore, off East Caicos in 1841. There are several varieties of Bambarra, including the requisite Bambarra Coconut Rum. You can also find the immensely popular Bambarra Rum Cake, our Islands’ most famous dessert. Bambarra T-Shirts, key chains, shot glasses and more are all available as well.

Konk Apparel - An iconic symbol of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the conch shell is a national staple of local food, jewellery, ornaments, and now, apparel, ranging from snapback caps to t-shirts, sunglasses and socks. A creative take on the word conch, ‘Konk Apparel’ is a local brand housing seasonal creations available in stores dotted around the island, including at Blue in The Saltmills. Www.konktci.com

Mystical Seas Colouring Book - Hand-drawn by illustrator Alizee Zimmerman, this charming colouring book takes inspiration from the creatures of the ocean depths. Perfect gift, available at Driftwood Studio and www.tradewindcolours.com

Island Kitchen - Sea salt caramels, “Handmade with love in the Turks & Caicos”, are addictive. Island Kitchen also makes a wonderful Caicos Coconut Crust for fish or conch, and a TCI Jerk spice blend.

Seasoned shopper or neophyte, we think you’ll enjoy exploring the possibilities for gift giving in paradise.