Top 5 Souvenirs to Take Home
- A penguin: not a real one of course but there is plenty of penguin paraphernalia and what better way to remember your visit? A cuddly toy is an obvious choice but you can take penguins home in many other guises too. Look out for tea towels, mugs, placemats, socks, jewellery, hot-water bottles, keyrings, button badges, fridge magnets ….. the choice is huge!
- A Falklands’ hand-crafted gift: Many Islanders’ enjoy crafting in their spare time and produce lots of different items. The luxuriously soft wool makes excellent scarfs, hats, gloves, socks, slippers, brooches and fancy goods, created by knitting, weaving and felting. Try a felted soap as a body-scrub. Wood from shipwrecks is made into pens, replica “scrimshaw” into animal models and even the local newspaper, the “Penguin News” into bags, pouches and purses. Pottery is decorated with Falklands’ motifs and vintage fabrics recycled in ingenious ways.
- A jar of diddle-dee jam: Bitter when picked, the local diddle-dee berry is beautifully sweet when mixed with sugar to make jam. Small jars are widely available and provide a real taste of the Falklands.
- A “collectible”: stamps and coins from the Falklands are very collectable. Stamps depict many aspects of Falklands’ life past and present, special events, anniversaries and wildlife. Everyday coins are a simple reminder of your time here; take home the extinct warrah, a sealion, an albatross, upland goose or penguin in your purse or pocket. Enthusiasts can delve further into the realms of collectibles in the Philatelic Bureau and a specialist outlet close to the museum.
- Photographs of fond memories: however long or short your visit, you will surely be able to gather plenty of images of the wonderful wildlife, charismatic scenes and friendly faces. Share as much as you can, with family, friends, online and spread the word about the great time you had in the Falklands.