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Top 7 things to buy in Maldives - Preserve wonderful memories!

Though the archipelago of Maldives seems like a place that doesn't have many resources to produce anything. The islanders have invented ingenious ways to produce goods with what they have as tourists who visit the Maldives you could also buy these products and take them home with you. So, what could you buy at a remote island cluster? Read on to know.


Traditional Mats

Being a tropical island cluster, The Maldives is fringed in coconut palms and most of the handicrafts here are made from the bi-products of coconut trees. From coconut husks and wicker, Maldivians make an intricately woven mat, which could be an ideal souvenir to take home.


Lacquer Products

Maldivians are also known for their skill in making masterfully crafted lacquer products such as vases, plates, boxes, baskets and toys. These items are usually brightly coloured and often have intricately carved patterns on them. These could also make for excellent gifts for your loved ones back at home and it could even be souvenirs that will accentuate your home décor.


Miniature Dhonis

A Dhoni is a type of a traditional boat used in the Maldives - they were originally purposed by the islanders for travelling across the islands - historians believe that the early settlers arrived at the island using these kinds of boats. Although these boats are now something of the past, local artisans make a miniature version of these boasts using wood and these could be purchases at boutiques in populous islands and souvenir shops at Maldives island resorts the likes of Hard Rock Hotel Maldives.


Maldivian Sarongs

Sarongs are a quintessential fashion accessory in the Maldives – these could be worn during various occasions during your stay in the Maldives. You could wear them as a replacement for your skirt while you are at your resort, you could wear them for beach parties you could even cover your head with it to help you stay cool from the scorching sun. they come in various colours and they feature intricate patterns and designs of them. These are comparatively inexpensive and since they are of lightweight you could buy a couple of these and take them home to gift your friends.


Ornaments and Jewellery

Resourceful artisans in the Maldives make a variety of ornaments using coconut shells – they make necklaces, bracelets and even earrings. They also make this jewellery out of seashells, pearls, stones, and even from tree resin.


Cosmetic products from coconut

A number of organic cosmetic products are made in the Maldives using the oil extracted from coconut. Moisturisers, hair oils, face creams, packs and even facial scrubs are made with coconut oil being the main ingredient. You could buy these items at cosmetic stores Male and a few other populated islands. It is also worth noting that coconut oil is already being used to make a variety of beauty products by famous brands.


Packaged fish products

The Maldives is also famous for its fish and if you are wondering that if you could take some of those delicious fish back home, you could indeed do it. Pickled fish, canned fish fillets and smoked fish are some of the fish products that you could buy here.