Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by Mgilmore, Oct 4, 2014.
Where is the best place to buy souvenirs, the strip or downtown, and where?
I think easily the place with the largest and craziest selection is the GIANT Bonanza Gift Shop on the corner of Sahara Blvd. and Las Vegas Blvd. Catty corner from the SLS. It's a little south of the Strat or a little north of Circus Circus depending if you're coming from downtown or The Strip. Huge parking lot... easy in and easy out.
Advertised as having 97 cent gifts......see Smartone.
airport if you have time....
For souvenirs there are high quality, medium quality and low quality.
The casino gift shops will usually carry all the high quality souvenirs, but are you are going to pay for it as they'll be the most expensive.
Stores like ABC, CVS and Walgreens mostly carry medium and low quality stuff with a tiny bit of high quality. Their prices are OK, but there usually isn't that much of a selection.
Souvenir shops on The Strip mostly carry the low quality stuff with a bit of medium quality and the prices aren't too bad overall for most of it.
And the souvenir shops Downtown care more of the low quality stuff and less of the medium stuff and rarely any of the high quality stuff (for the most part), but the prices are usually better for the same items as found on The Strip (10-20% cheaper usually).
MGM has an outlet shop between Excalibur and Luxor (on the Luxor side) where they sell discontinued logo wear for all their properties and you can usually get some decent stuff there on sale. Caesars has an outlet store as well, but I can't remember where it is and doing a quick search I wasn't able to find it.
The Bonanza Gift Shop is worth a special mention:
It is technically all one store, but the place was originally a bunch of separate stores and it still operates that way. So you will get there and go in to one "store", do your shopping and then pay for your purchases and then go out and to the next "store" (they aren't all interconnected).
To that end i think they know that people likely aren't going to go in to every store and look at every item so they have a lot of repeats in each store, IE: you will see the same collection of t-shirts and postcards and keychains and stuff like that in every "store" - which that might not sound like much but it actually gets mentally wearing on you seeing the same stuff over and over again.
When it comes to the cheap quality souvenirs they will likely have everything and they are going to have a pretty huge selection of medium quality stuff as well. They have a couple of stores that will carry some higher quality stuff and they also carry a few unique items that nobody else will have. Overall the prices are just OK.
With all that said, its really hard to say if its worth it to go there...
Its not likely you are going to be just walking by the place and are going to pop in there to pick up a few items, so that makes it a destination that you specifically have to allocate time and effort to go to... compared to if you are down on Fremont Street to just pop in to one of the gift shops and buy somebody a t-shirt or stop at one of the kiosks for something for a friend at work or something.
Then its just a question of how big of a selection do you really need? If you are on The Strip or Downtown you will be able to find thousands of different souvenir items to choose from, one would think you should be able to find something for everybody with the selection available and only really need to hit a place like Bonanza if there is something very specific/special/rare that you are looking for.
Auggie nailed it......I wanted a couple things and also wanted to see the SLS so we parked at SLS, toured that, ran across the street to Bonanza and had a blast. Some really fun kitcshy stuff. I bought a bunch of pretty cool Vegas welcome sign neoprene beer coozies for a buck ninetynine.
For anything else that's not property specific I do Walgreens or even a grocery store. I bought a decent Vegas logo flask at the new Walgreens for seven dollars last month. Or you can be really cheap like I was back in the day and just give people the porn slapper cards
I agree, http://www.worldslargestgiftshop.com/cgi-bin/shop/aboutus.html
If you can get there easily, if not, you'll walk past plenty of shops as you browse Vegas.
There were rumors that the Bonanza Gift Shop had been sold to MGM but now the owners are denying it.
One other place you might want to visit is the Gamblers general store. They have a good selection of casino cards and dice and gambling accessories.
But Auggie pretty much nailed it. I have bought some good stuff (lv calendars with nude women too, lol) at the downtown ABC store.
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