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Top things to buy in the Maldives - Souvenirs to reminisce beautiful memories!

Being a tropical island, that receives millions of visitors annually, Maldives offers travellers a multitude of exciting shopping opportunities which lets you acquire unique commodities. If you are wondering what you could buy in the Maldives, here are 5 things you could consider purchasing as souvenirs of wonderful memories that you cherished here.


Coconut shell ornaments

The Maldives has an abundant supply of coconut palms and people on the island use almost every part of this tree. Most of the locally made handicrafts originate from the parts of the coconut palms – mainly from its fruit – the coconuts. The hard outer shell of the coconuts when polished will have a unique texture and gives out an ornate outlook when it is used in making pendants for necklaces, bracelets jewellery boxes and much more. you could see and purchase items made out of coconut shells at souvenir shops that are scattered in many of its islands and inside Maldives holiday resorts the likes of Adaaran Maldives


Organic cosmetics

Located in the tropics, the Maldives is home to numerous plants species that thrive in these climatic conditions, these types of plants often bear a wealth of healing properties and offer maximum results when there a used as cosmetics. A classic example is coconut oil. Pure coconut oil is made using the flesh from coconuts and they can be used as an organic alternative to moisturisers and as a sunscreen. Some of the islands are home to orchards of tropical fruits such as papaya and bananas from which a variety of organic cosmetic products are being made. You could buy these items at local malls and souvenir stores.


Packaged fish

The oceans surrounding the Maldives has an abundant supply of fish that are edible this, the nations another major source of income apart from tourism is fisheries. The islands of the Maldives are home to numerous fish processing plants which lets you purchase a variety of canned fish products such as canned tuna, sarnies and anchovies at an unbelievably cheap price. You can buy canned fish products at local grocery stores and supermarkets.



Mats made from coconut leaves and natural fibres from trees are one of the most popular things to buy in the Maldives. These Mats are meticulously made by local women and you could see intricately woven patterns and vibrant artworks within these products - they could indeed make a wonderful souvenir which you can use to decorate your house.


Traditional Jewellery

Being a paradise for female shopaholics, souvenir shops and boutiques often have a wide array of traditional jewellery for women! These items include pearl necklaces, earrings, necklaces and bracelets made from coconut fibres, seashells, pebbles and tree resins. These items could indeed make you stand out from others and could uniquely embellish you. Moreover, they are sustainably made and could fuel the local economy as well. When you are trying to purchase traditional jewellery be mindful not to buy items that are made from corals and shark teeth since selling and purchasing such items are prohibited by law in the Maldives.