Long term readers would know that I usually avoid shopping like crazy, but I had a bit of pocket money saved for my Dubai trip and was actually feeling quite excited to bring home a couple of trinkets. My most favourite and treasured purchase of my trip, was the beautiful hand painted plate in the above photos. I actually spotted these enamel plates on day one, when we were busy doing our ‘Amazing Race’ style treasure hunt through the old Dubai district and was instantly drawn to the vibrant colours and intricate details on each piece, but they weren’t cheap – and they shouldn’t be, since they take hours and hours to create – so I decided to save my pennies for other things. During the trip, my mind kept returning to the beauty of the plates over and over again, so I decided to go back and purchase one as a keepsake and reminder of the amazing time we had in Dubai. So happy that I did.
One place that I hung out in quite a bit when we had a snippet of free time, was the Dubai Mall. It’s a bit mind blowing for shopping – just think of a store that you’d like to visit and it will probably be there. I found the prices in the mall pretty on par with Australian stores, although I’m not sure how the clothing stores weighed up, as I didn’t enter any of these. I found a delightful UK stationery store (Paperchase), where I bought the above writing sets and notecards. I could have spent an arm and a leg in this store, but was nearly out of a dirhams by now, so had to restrain!
This fabric tape above was from Daiso, which we have in Australia – but not in Tasmania. I was hoping to stock up on tape during my trip, but really didn’t see any available anywhere, other than these random ones.
Camel milk chocolate – well, I couldn’t come home without some, right? This small bar was a bit ouchy expensive at $10 Australian, but I thought it would be nice for us to try and share at home. So far, it’s still sitting unopened in the pantry, so I can’t let you know what I think of the taste and texture.
Bella put in a request for me to track down the Bath & Body Works store at The Dubai Mall, which I was a bit worried about even being able to find during the trip. I shouldn’t have worried though, there are check-in points scattered all over the mall, where you can type in the store that you’re wanting to find and it will show you on screen exactly where you need to go, plus point out your starting spot. I found this very user friendly, so tracked down the store nice and quickly – bringing home three of the sweetest smelling candles for us to burn.
No trip would be complete without some souvenirs, right? There are loads of tourist style shops and souks scattered throughout Dubai and the prices are really fab. Just remember to barter.
I thought it might be nice to bring back a special gift each for James and Bella, which I had originally planned to pop under the Christmas tree, but weakened with this idea as soon as I walked through the door – they didn’t make the tree. The picture on the top of each box is hand painted and I think it took me about an hour to decide on which designs to bring back for them. On the bottom level of The Mall are a few souks, which is where I found these.
Another treat for myself was this wax seal kit that I found in Kinokuniya, also in The Dubai Mall. I’ve been wanting one for a long time now – it will be perfect to use with my snail mail letters, once I can perfect the seal.
And something for Mr Goodsell because we have a little inside family joke about goats being lucky (or unlucky!) for bike riding. I thought this plate was pretty perfect and he liked it too.
I think I’ve shopped enough now to keep me going for the next year.