The Vegas souvenir is a time-honored tradition. Everyone has that auntie with a wicked Vegas shot glass collection, the Elvis ashtray or the wonderfully ironic Strip snow globe. Keep the tradition alive and carve some time out of your busy Vegas vacation for souvenir shopping. We’ve got a list of the perfect Vegas souvenirs for everyone ranked by level of kitsch.
Nothing says “Viva Las Vegas!” quite like a miniature, light-up Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, mostly because it plays a recorded clip of the Elvis hit. These come in various sizes, but the 8-inch-tall version is the perfect for a cubicle. It’s an ideal gift for that high rolling coworker.
You can never go wrong with a pair of fuzzy dice. This Vegas souvenir shop staple has been hanging from rearview mirrors since the 1950s, and continues to be one of the most sought after souvenirs by Vegas travelers.
For the Elvis fans in your life, snag a pair of Elvis sunglasses complete with sideburns. He ain’t nothing but a hound dog anyway. You don’t need to break the bank to let him know you were thinking about him during your vacation. These ultra-kitschy Vegas souvenirs shouldn’t set you back more than $10, maybe $20 for the miniature sign, and all can be found at Bonanza Gift Shop, the world’s largest peddler of kitsch.
A small step up from the fuzzy dice, a dice clock is easily the coolest way to tell time. If you’ve never seen one, it’s an analog clock with dice replacing the numbers. This Vegas souvenir is a great excuse to yell “Yo Eleven! Yo!” twice a day. You can score a nice Las Vegas Welcome Sign-themed dice clock for $20 at Gamblers General Store on Main Street.
While perusing the numerous aisles at Gamblers General Store, consider picking up a pair of cancelled casino dice, poker chips or playing cards. Casinos constantly resupply their floors with new dice, cards and chips. The old ones are sent to the casino gift shop and sold in bulk to businesses like Gamblers General Store. You can snag a pair of cancelled dice from Caesars Palace for $3.
Gamblers General Store is a stone’s throw from 18b Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas. The up-and-coming neighborhood is home to a plethora of local art galleries. On the first Friday of every month the district hosts an art festival, during which the dozens of galleries display new work for sale. While local Las Vegas art work isn’t overtly Vegas-y, it does make for a unique souvenir. For tourists adverse to leaving the Strip, The Cosmopolitan has a few old cigarette vending machines converted into art-dispensing machines called Art-o-Mat. The cigarette box-size art work created by local artists can be had for $10.
Inside Golden Nugget’s casino, located next to the Hand of Faith, the largest golden nugget in existence, is the Gold To Go vending machine. Modern day prospectors can purchase anywhere from 1 ounce to 10 grams of gold from this German-made gold ATM. You can even purchase a Golden Nugget special edition 10-gram bar.
If you’re souvenir shopping in Las Vegas for that special someone who enjoys a glass of Scotch every now and then, head over to Henderson’s Booze District. Here, you’ll find a handful of local distilleries and breweries each with its own unique vibe. Las Vegas Distillery boasts a tasting room, a bar, a private tour of the facilities and a darn good glass of whiskey. Pick up a bottle of their single malt barley whiskey produced in collaboration with district neighbors CraftHaus Brewery.
One of the most unique Vegas souvenirs available is an actual lightbulb from the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. The old lightbulbs that run around the edge of the sign are mounted to a commemorative box and sold as souvenirs. Each bulb comes with a certificate of authenticity. You can even give the company the date of your vacation or Vegas wedding or birthday, and it will send you a lightbulb that burned on that date.
For the ultimate Vegas souvenir, be sure to stop by Maverick Helicopters gift shop after your Vegas Nights tour to purchase your commemorative tour photograph mounted to an attractive, branded plaque.