So, you’re going to Las Vegas on a shoestring budget, but you want to pick up some cheap souvenirs for the folks back home. You take a peek at your hotel gift shop and realize everything there is overpriced. You walk through the Forum Shops at Ceasars and the Canal Shoppes at the Venetian and realize if you bought souvenirs there, you’d spend almost as much money as you did on your trip itself. So…where do you go? Here are my favorite places to buy cheap souvenirs in Las Vegas:
I love the ABC Stores for so many reasons. First, there are several locations to choose from, so you should be able to find one close to where you’re staying. There is one on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas. On the Strip, there are ABC Stores at the Riviera, the Fashion Show Mall, the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, and the Showcase Mall near MGM Grand. There is also a location off Strip on Tropicana. This is always one of my first stops in Las Vegas. I like to come here to stock up on cheap bottled water and snacks. But I’ve also bought inexpensive souvenirs here for myself and others. My favorite item? A $4 Vegas calendar that I get to enjoy all year long until my next trip.
The Grand Canyon Experience at the Showcase Mall
The first floor of this store has typical Vegas branded souvenirs, but be sure to go upstairs, too, where you’ll find a lot of Indian crafts, leather goods, jewelry, and items with a southwest theme. The upstairs items are not as cheap as the downstairs items, but the price is still reasonable for the quality of what you’re getting. I did the majority of my Christmas shopping here for my family one year. (The Showcase Mall is also home to the World of Coca Cola and an M&M store, so if you’ve got anyone on your list who is a chocolate or Coke fiend, that’s another option, though it may not be as cheap.)
There are scads of little souvenir shops and kiosks on Fremont Street, the pedestrian mall in Downtown Las Vegas. In between grabbing an inexpensive dinner, watching the Viva Vision light show, ziplining, gambling on the cheap, and listening to one of the bands on the outdoor stage, why not stop and pick up some souvenirs? My favorite store (aside from the ABC Store) is El Portal Indian Arts and Crafts, where I’ve picked up some inexpensive artwork in the past for my home. (My house is decorated in a Southwest theme.) Their goods and prices range from the super cheap souvenirs all the way up to high end Native American crafts and home furnishings.
Bonanza Gift Shop
No listing of cheap souvenir shops in Las Vegas would be complete without mentioning the Bonanza, the “World’s Largest Gift Shop,” located up at the top of the Strip near the Stratosphere and the now-shuttered Sahara. This place has everything: tee shirts, mugs, books, kitschy items, gross little gag gifts, gambling-related items like chips and dice, and things you never even knew existed. If you’re looking for truly unique–or even bizarre–souvenirs, this is the place to look.
CVS and Walgreens
Yes, these are drug stores, but they also sell snacks, beverages, and inexpensive souvenirs. Walgreens also sells bus passes. Walgreens has locations in the Showcase Mall on the South Strip as well as up near the Venetian/Palazzo and the Riviera and is building another location next to Planet Hollywood. You can find CVS next to the Monte Carlo.
Have you been on the hunt for cheap souvenirs in Las Vegas? What’s your favorite shopping place?