While shopping in Barbados, purchase some of our recommended souvenirs for our top 10 things to buy and take home.
Let’s face it, folks; coming to Barbados and not taking back any of our legendary and mighty rum (trust me when I say it’s pretty potent) is a wasted trip.
Bajans are quick to tell the world about our pride and industry, and if you do not understand what we mean by this, pick up a bottle of this inebriation unit and start to drink. You’ll get what we are talking about eventually. Enough said :-)!
Arts and Crafts
It would be best if you did not leave Barbados without some of the local arts and crafts. This is the essence of the cultural experience you came to experience, from the frustrated fisherman who bares his soul in the form of a wood carving or the nomadic Rastafarian seeking to get by through life by selling his leathercraft. All of the artwork in Barbados has a story behind it, stories that are as unique as the people who forged them.
Earthworks is an open pottery studio making functional hand-decorated dinnerware and various red clay ceramic pieces. You can walk in and see experienced Bajan potters crafting their work.Earthworks’ regular production includes more than 100 shapes in 24 design patterns. Our range continually changes and expands, but if you have collected a design that is no longer “in stock,” we will be glad to create it in a specific order at no extra cost.
Another must-have for the cooking buff turned momentary tourist; you can take home this exclusive blend of onions, shallots, garlic, scotch bonnet peppers, clove, spices, and lime juice to cook up a storm for your friends. Dinner will be on you for weeks, not because they want to stare at your tan or holiday photos!
Nothing says you were in Barbados other than a T-shirt that means you were in Barbados! These are inexpensive; they look great and come in various colors and designs. So go ahead and pick up one, two, or twenty – they are great gifts for friends and family who could not make the trip!
Luxury and Local Jewelry
While picking up some t-shirts, you should grab some accessories, like exquisite luxury jewelry or locally handcrafted shell/bead jewelry.
A beautiful watch or a timeless piece of jewelry from Diamonds International or The Royal Shop will keep the memory of your holiday alive for many years to come. These also make great gifts and souvenirs for family and friends back home – they’ll love unique local handmade jewelry or a shiny new watch.
Sweet Bread / Coconut Bread
A Bajan tradition, but one that does not need to be limited solely to the Bajan experience, why not take back a little slice of Barbados with you for the rest of the family at home? You may even want to take back the recipe, as this coconut-filled delight makes an excellent dessert on any table worldwide.
Great Cake / Rum Cake
Over the years, one of the most popular things to buy and take home among tourists was always rum; no surprise, rum in the form of a cake (great cake) would also be on this list. This delicious pastry is one of Barbados’ most treasured delicacies and is ideally suited for rigors and unseen travel delays. Its alcoholic content ensures this delicacy will not spoil before you reach home.
Another famous confectionery and another excellent example you can take back with you. The unique flavor and taste of the tamarind in this sugary treat is quite a singular experience. So why not savor, prolong, and extend such singularity by picking up several packets?
For all those with a sweet tooth or those who know someone back home with a sweet tooth, Bajan sugar cakes are an excellent choice to take back with you. You can purchase these sugar bundles of joy anywhere on the island.
So you’ve paid for your ticket, packed your bags, and made the journey to this little island; what better souvenir to take back with you than memories of great times soaking up absolutely everything that this little gem of an island has to offer?
Do not be shy. Go out there and enjoy all the attractions, parties, beaches, food, and clubs designed and created with you, the tourist, in mind. Nothing else on this list can compare to what you came here for – a relaxing, enjoyable, and fun-filled vacation.
Brett Callaghan is the founder and managing director of Totally Barbados. I specialize in writing content for the tourism industry for my island home of Barbados. I help companies build strategies to grow their businesses online with SMART marketing, advertising, and social media goals.