Whether headed to a far flung locale for the first time or back to a beloved long-weekend spot, each trip we take gives us the opportunity to experience and understand more of our great big, beautiful world! And what better way to forever cherish and remember these destinations and the memories made than with a special souvenir? Considering the JG Black Book Collection’s extensive presence around the globe, we’ve put together a list of some of the beautiful and unique souvenirs we recommend bringing back from your next trip, either for loved ones, as personal mementos or both!
South African Bead Work Near The Saxon: Many Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, Zulu Camp and Nelson Mandela Villa guests travelling to Johannesburg want to take a piece of their incredible South African experience home! This is often done in the form of some beautiful native bead work, which is available nearby at local markets. Beads are among the most intriguing and important symbols in African culture, past and present. The materials used in the making of the beads are of a large variety ranging from bone to glass. The colors and sizes of the beads and the placement of beads (on clothing, the body, etc.) among other uses denote perspective, experience, feelings, beliefs, desires, and/or power.
Le Soleil d’Or Food & Spa Products: One of the main focuses at Le Soleil d’Or in the Cayman Islands is their 20-acre farm, which provides the food they serve in they restaurants for the ultimate farm-to-table experience! They have also created a farm-to-spa experience by combining organic ingredients from their farm to make face treatments, soaps and more. And they give their guests the chance to take home the taste and feel of Le Soleil d’Or by offering food and spa products as souvenirs. From a guest’s favorite jam that they loved to spread on their toast every morning at Restaurant Soleil, to the perfectly-scented soap they used while unwinding after a long day at the beach, Le Soleil d’Or wants to extend their guest’s experience with them until long after they leave.
The Chedi Muscat’s Omani Frankincense Burner: Omani Frankincense is said to be the best in the world and Oman is very famous for its uniquely shaped frankincense burners. So what else would one take back from The Chedi Muscat as a souvenir than a beautifully handcrafted frankincense burner?! Various types of frankincense burners can be found in souks around the country, ranging from functional wooden and metal designs from Nizwa to brightly painted pottery burners from Salalah. But with design being the hallmark of the quality and style at The Chedi Muscat, we recommend bringing the Chedi-inspired solid bronze burner home from the hotel’s boutique as a souvenir! The burner is a design signature which guests will see around the hotel (particularly in the Bedouin-style lobby) and remains a favored souvenir and resort memento.
Scottish Kilt From Stately Tours: Next time you find yourself in the United Kingdom, Stately Tours recommends bringing home a bespoke kilt from Scotland. You can go to a kilt tailor in Edinburgh and even get measured up for your own unique kilt! The kilt is strongly identified with Scottish culture so this makes a very appropriate and personalized souvenir. And to personalize it even more, if your family has Scottish roots, you can look up your family tartan and use that design for your custom kilt.
Souvenirs From Elewana’s Arusha Coffee Lodge: Guests at Elewana Collection’s Arusha Coffee Lodge have various choices when it comes to picking up a souvenir! The Traders Walk at the Lodge houses The Shanga Foundation and The Soko Gift Shop and also offers an unforgettable Coffee Tour. Shanga’s high quality, handmade arts, crafts and jewelry are sold in Tanzania and all over the world. The profits are reinvested into the business, which provides employment to physically disadvantaged Tanzanians! Guests can also take a behind-the-scenes tour of the workshop and watch beautiful arts, crafts, jewelry and glassware come to life. For more shopping, the Soko Gift Shop stocks everything from safari clothing to jewelry to locally-made crafts. Lastly, being located within the immense Burka Coffee plantation, guests can purchase delicious and aromatic coffee and take a taste of Africa back home with them!
Game Of “Bao” At Azura Benguerra Island and Azura Quilalea Private Island: The most popular souvenir to purchase at both Azura Benguerra Island and Azura Quilalea Private Island in Mozambique is Bao, a traditional game that is extremely popular amongst the locals! The board is carved out of wood and the name “Bao” is the Swahili word for “board” or “board game”. The goal of the game is to empty the front row of your opponent first or make it impossible for the opponent to move. So plan your trip to Mozambique with Azura Retreats and bring home the game known for being both fun and strategically challenging!
Peruvian Silver With Condor Travel: For anyone that visits Peru with, taking a small and beautiful piece of the country back home is a must. But what is the best souvenir to pick up before heading home? Although there are many wonderful options – like Andean textiles, ceramics, alpaca garments, etc. – Condor Travel recommends purchasing some Peruvian silver. Considered as one of the best in the world, this precious metal has been adapted into jewelry, fashion accessories, decorative pieces, cutlery and more. The importance of this mineral doesn’t just lie in its unparalleled quality, but in the historic value it represents, having been a very sought-after element since the Inca empire and colonial times. So, if you’re trying to take a part of Peru back home with you, it’s safe to say, you cannot go wrong with Peruvian silver!
The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah’s Two-Sided Door Charm: A hotel’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign has never looked as elegant as the ones displayed at The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah in Ubud, Bali. These door charms are locally handmade from the finest Indonesian teak and combined with an embossed brass plate containing an authentic floral pattern from the Tanah Gajah estate. As the final touch, carnelian and green agate gemstones are placed on either side of the elegant door charm. Simply hang the green agate on your front door to invite your butler to refresh your room or display the carnelian gemstone when you need some time to yourself. You may get one for your own home at the Gajah Putih gallery at The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah.
Tea From Volcanoes Safaris’ Bwindi Lodge: At Volcanoes Safaris’ Bwindi Lodge try the tea tour, which demonstarates how tea is grown, picked and traditionally processed in Uganda. The tour also shows how ‘black’, ‘green’ and ‘white’ teas are produced… teas which you can then taste and buy at the Award-winning Bwindi Bar on site!
Hand-Woven Baskets From Volcanoes Safaris’ Mount Gahinga Lodge: As a guest at Volcanoes Safaris’ Mount Gahinga Lodge in Uganda, why not buy a couple of hand-woven baskets made by Jane and the other members of the Batwa community at the Batwa Vocational Centre? Get inspired by shapes and colors for an unbeatable souvenir to take back home! A collection of crafts and baskets is available at Virunga Lodge too.
Coffee From Volcanoes Safaris’ Kyambura Gorge Lodge: At Volcanoes Safaris’ Kyambura Gorge Lodge, you must pay a visit to the unforgettable Omwani Coffee Cooperative, a community-based initiative designed to provide vocational training to women and an alternative, but sustainable, source of income. After completing the coffee tour where you can see how African coffees are harvested and processed, you may then sample and buy some of the best organic coffee in Africa!
Crafts From Volcanoes Safaris’ Batwa Vocational Centre: The Batwa Vocational Centre is the hub of the educational work conducted by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) with the Batwa Community. Here they are taught sewing skills and how to make crafts, which will allow them to repair and make their own clothes as well as utensils. They also sell their products to generate an income to allow them to pay for food, medicine and other necessary items within the community, so be sure to stop in and purchase a few souvenirs on your next Ugandan adventure!