Ah, Vegas. The lights, the drama, the gambling…the shopping?
Yes, you read that right. Attempting to triple the family fortune in the city’s sprawling casinos isn’t the only way to spend your latest bonus—you can also deposit copious amounts of cash at the numerous stores on The Strip. Just about anything you can dream up is probably for sale somewhere in Sin City. Since most visitors gravitate to the glitter of Las Vegas Boulevard, we’ve made it the focal point in this compilation of the best shopping in Las Vegas.
Sometimes you just want to get all your shopping done in one place. And yes, there’s a shopping mall on the Las Vegas Strip; more than one, actually. The Shops at Crystals, located on South Las Vegas Blvd. next to ARIA Resort & Casino, are where you can do just that. Sure, it’s a standard mall…in Las Vegas. In case you hadn’t realized, everything is bigger and better in Vegas. You don’t need a cute jewelry store, you need Cartier®. Want an outfit? Pick up something elegant from Hermès to wear when you inevitably stuff your face at one of the swankiest restaurants on The Strip.
You’re headed to a concert later on, which means you need another new outfit. Make your way to Fashion Show, which is a mile and a half north of The Shops at Crystals. At 1.8 million square feet, Fashion Show is almost as big as Donald Trump’s ego. Kidding! But it is one of the biggest enclosed malls in the world, and it happens to be located across the street from The Donald’s Trump International Hotel, so you’re that much closer to seeing a bad comb-over.
Stores on the Las Vegas Strip
You’ll also want to hit the Las Vegas Strip shops (not to be confused with strip clubs). Tucked away inside the giant resorts and hotels that give The Strip its distinctive glow, these stores don’t just have the usual sundry items and Starbucks® outpost; no, friends, you’re thinking small.
Buy your weight’s worth of fairies and skull sculptures at Dragon’s Lair in Excalibur, then shuffle about 500 feet north to New York-New York and its Zumanity Boutique, where you can find all manner of Cirque du Soleil-related artwork, glassware, and bustiers (yes, you need one).
Not down with fairies or feathered boas? Head about 2 miles north to The Forum Shops—a massive collection of luxury shops adjacent to Caesars Palace—and deck yourself out in Louis Vuitton® instead.
The Perfect Souvenirs
You need proof of your Vegas visit, and Bonanza Gifts is just the place to obtain that proof. It’s just over 3 miles north of The Forum Shops, and it’s the answer to your kitschy prayers. Find a “Fabulous Las Vegas” sign to proudly display over your mantle, or purchase a set of Elvis sunglasses (with attached sideburns!) sure to impress your boss when you ask for a raise.
Looking for something with class and style? SWAG Antiques, located 2 miles north of Bonanza, might have something for you; this shop specializes in pieces made in America. Buy unique woven owls and antique binoculars here; someone in your life will surely appreciate them.
If you still need that perfect something for your neighbor, Fritz, who once chased a raccoon out of your yard, drive a mile south to Alpaca Imports by DL. No, you aren’t getting an actual alpaca—they sell clothing and accessories made from alpaca fibers. All the warmth, none of the spitting issues.
The Las Vegas Strip is full of weird and wonderful things, far too many for a single blog post to detail. Hop into your car and drive (or walk) down its length, and see how much damage you can do to your checking account. Pick me up something shiny, OK?
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