Looking for the best Aruba gifts and souvenirs? Not sure what the Aruba signature souvenirs are? Below you will find our top ten list of Must-Not-Miss Aruba gifts and souvenirs.
Let’s start with #10…
A stroopwafel is a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. Translated literally it would mean in English: caramel or syrup waffle.
Anywho, it’s delicious. Teenagers will devour it. Tip; warm it up a little bit in the microwave or oven before serving.
9. Arts and crafts from local artists
Aruba made gifts and souvenirs range from cheesy resin casts to high-end jewelry.
These items can be found at the kiosks/carts down at the high-rise area. Downtown you can find these at the local flea markets.
The most popular flea markets in Aruba can be found on L.G. Smith Boulevard:
- Across the road from the Renaissance Mall
- Further down the road near the Bus Terminal of Oranjestad
- Parking lot near Certified and Kong Hing supermarkets.
Look for the Flea Market sign and flags.
8. Other Dutch goods; Delft pottery, chocolate & cheese
These items are usually really good buys.
For edibles you can best bypass the gift shops and go straight to where the locals shop, the supermarkets. Ling & Sons, Kong Hing and Superfood are well stocked with imported cheese (Gouda, Edam etc
.) and Dutch chocolate. Classics chocolate brands are Droste and Verkade.
Delftware (the famous blue and white pottery produced in the Netherlands) can be found throughout Aruba at stores such as Little Holland in the Royal Plaza Mall, right across from the cruise ship terminal.
Only a small percentage of the Delftware is hand-painted and uses the old-style tin glaze, which makes it much more valuable and collectible.
Please make sure you know what you are looking for and be sure to ask lots of questions about the origins of the Delftware.
7. Donkey sanctuary
Want to do some more good while finding the perfect Aruba gift or souvenir? Visit the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba and head over to their gift shop. Here you will find everything from plush stuffed donkeys to French milled donkey soap.
All profits go towards supporting the care of the many donkeys on Aruba.
Approximately 18% of the total land area of Aruba is assigned as a National Park, to protect and preserve the flora, fauna, geology and historical remains present within Arikok National Park.
For those who like more traditional type souvenirs, the Arikok National Park also has a gift shop so you can satisfy your need for t-shirts, caps, mugs, shot glasses et cetera over there.
All profits go towards nature conservation.
More info and stunning pictures: www.arubanationalpark.org
Aruba Rocks is another local brand name offering great design on superb quality shirts. They pride themselves on the quality of the t-shirts, caps, tumblers and the attention grabbing images of local animals in a rockin’ way.
Their products truly rock and they are also pro protecting our beaches from plastic waste.
4. Aruba Aloe products
Aruba Aloe is also one of the oldest Aloe companies in the world and one of the first to produce cosmetic products based on the nourishing Aloe Vera gel.
They we pride themselves on creating products with a plant so prominent in our island’s culture and heritage. Not to mention so unique in its countless benefits.
For more info please visit: www.arubaaloe.com
3. Aruba Reusable Bag
This unique and useful product is new on the island and is becoming popular really fast. Designed by Arubans for Aruba.
You will definitely make her smile with this unique Aruba gift or souvenir.
This high-end item is perfect for shopping or the beach. It folds up into a compact pouch. This way you can always carry an extra shopper in your purse, which also helps reduce your plastic footprint.
We are proud to say that The Aruba Reusable Bag is ethically made under fair labor conditions from recycled plastic bottles. It can also be fully recycled.
The fabulous design on the Aruba Reusable Bag includes the following Aruban landmark and elements:
- California lighthouse
- Indian cave paintings
- Actual Aruba immigration stamps
- The DiviDivi tree (a.k.a. Fofoti tree) and off course
- The famous “One Happy Island” license plate
It’s almost like five Aruba souvenirs in one 😉
You can also order your Aruba bag online here. We ship worldwide.
The Aruba license plate is a very popular Aruba gift or souvenir item, especially for license plate collectors.
You will be able to find these license plates almost everywhere on the island where they sell Aruba gifts and souvenirs.
1. I Love Aruba picture moment
It seems like everybody who comes to Aruba has taken a picture with the big I Love Aruba sign in front of the House of Parliament or “Bestuurskantoor”.
It’s really popular and above all it’s free.
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