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We recently took a stroll through the Bonanza Gift Shop in hopes of running into Brangelina, but when they were nowhere to be found, we instead browsed the miles of aisles inside Las Vegas’ largest souvenir store in search of the city’s most notable (and horrendous) keepsakes.
We’re pragmatists when it comes to souvenirs. Nothing too crazy, easy to pack, and not tacky. We like a subtle hint of Vegas now and then. It makes us long for Sin City when going about our ho-hum suburban life.
• Shot Glasses
o We don’t miss the high price of dranks in Vegas, but when we booze it up at home with our Vegas shot glasses, blurry memories of doing body shots for hours with beautiful strangers come back to us.
• Fridge Magnets
o Use them to hang up your kid’s artwork to remember what it was like to escape.
o A glance at your Vegas fridge magnet can serve as thinspiration for your next trip. Is that pint of ice cream really worth it?
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Maybe you always pick up a shot glass at every hotel you visit. Or, perhaps, you feel obligated to pick up a Vegas souvenir for the boss or the next door neighbor. Or, you just want to replenish your stash of 'oh, crap, I forgot so-and-so's (insert event here)' last-minute gifts.
But, don't just hit the first Vegas lobby store you see. Try to head to Luxor instead. Yes, we realize we just wrote Luxor. Buried within its mostly vacant
crypt retail, umm, mall is a shop simply called Logo Outlet which offers, you guessed it, logo wear and souvenirs but not just for the pyramid, for all of its sister MGM Resorts properties. And, more importantly, at outlet pricing.
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We think we have found our new favorite souvenir cup on The Strip!
Last week, we met up with Denver Gambler to watch the Broncos play Monday Night Football. In search of a drink at Treasure Island, we ended up at the Margarita Bar just outside of the casino next to the Starbucks. After waiting in line a few minutes, we found a plastic skull mug that they would fill with our choice of frozen drink or micro brew, if purchased. We opted for a micro brew because sipping a skull of frozen drinks seemed less awesome then drinking a skull of beer.
This is the first time we've seen this kind of souvenir mug. The skull mugs cost about $13 (it was an odd number because of taxes) and holds about 30 ounces of booze. $13 for two Longboard Lager's isn't a bad price at all AND we walked away with a skull mug. The skull mug isn't a huge mug compared to some of the other offerings on The Strip that range anywhere from 50 ounces of Red Bull &Vodka at Planet Hollywood to 80-ounce booze guitars that were once available at Imperial Palace.
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Last month, we wondered what happened to Cirque du Soleil's pop-up Zarkana costume exhibit at Crystals. The one that lasted only a few days. Well, we found out. And, we also wondered what would happen to the TCB ("Taking Care of Business") Elvis door handles left over from Cirque's previous show in this theater, Viva Elvis.
Well, the handles have been pulled from the doors and their replacement is a very boring brushed metal. Here's hoping some imagination comes into play and they kick them up a notch before opening night.
Want a nifty new place to take a flashy Vegas photo? The Blue Man Group has got you covered. The performance group won't premiere at Monte Carlo until October 10, but the theater entrance is already lit up like Times Square.
We've been watching this corner evolve while waiting for the cobalt crew to begin their residency after a very successful run at the Venetian. And, this lighted arch is catnip for tourist cameras. It's hypnotic. Impossible to ignore. And, it looks great. People drag each other other to take photos.
Located next door to the frosted lounge, Minus 5, the wacky six-foot penguin that promotes that place looks awfully boring next to this tunnel of light. A simple, but ultimately clever bonus for Monte Carlo which lacks much in the way of visual attractions once inside its doors.
If you close your eyes, it's almost like you're laying out poolside in Vegas. Almost.
Wise Buys Liquidators in Northern California recently bought hundreds of
used like new pool chairs from the Venetian. And, after hyping up the Vegas angle, quickly sold out of their entire stock -- close to 900 chairs.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the chairs cost more than $300 a piece originally, but were sold for just $9.98. The company is calling other Vegas resorts in the hopes of getting their pool castoffs, too. Our big take away here is that it sounds like Venetian has new pool chairs!
The Cosmopolitan loves its art. From artists in residence, its phenomenal digital projections, to those great big shoes everyone loves climbing over. But, here's something really special you might have missed. The Art-O-Mats.
There are two by the Wicked Spoon buffet, next to a handy and, possibly, necessary ATM, and one near the restaurants on Level 3. Cosmo owns eight of them and moves them about. Let us know where you find them.
Witnessing tourists do double takes is all part of the Las Vegas people-watching experience. But, it's a particular type of reaction you'll discover at a very particular ATM within Downtown's Golden Nugget casino.
Across from the Hand Of Faith, the world's largest publicly displayed gold nugget, sits a very special ATM. And, its been happily confusing visitors for just over a year. Gold To Go, takes your cash and spits out the gift that keeps on giving. Real gold bars, ranging in size from one gram to one ounce, can be purchased and then dropped into a slot, just like a pack of cigarettes. The prices fluctuate based on the gold market are are updated every ten minutes.
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Gift ideas for your Vegas-obsessed loved ones got you stumped? Then head over to Aria, take a picture by the baubly goodness of their holiday decorations and walk into the single greatest gift shop on The Strip.
Yes, Elements takes the crown as the king of in-house casino emporiums! (Opposing views to this VegasChatter correspondent can be posted below.) Tied to Aria Men’s and the women's fashions of Terrene upstairs, Elements is just a wonderful oddity. 24 hours a day. You can buy Krispy Kreme crullers, jewelry, home furnishings and dive-in to a large cosmetics department. Currently, they have a section of retro Pan Am airline-themed gifts. A Hello Kitty area that out-shines ABC Stores selection down the road at Miracle Mile. Glassware? They got vases by the yard. Aria-themed luggage? Check. How many hotel gift shops offer you baskets to carry all your stuff while you shop? How many need to?
But the real prize and a novel concept that can truly be considered a unique shopping opportunity: his and hers Aria bicycles.