If you’re like us you have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. You love giving and receiving gifts but hate fighting the crowds at the mall and searching high and low for the perfect presents for friends and family.
So we’re here to help. We’ve put together the ultimate gift guide for this holiday season. Let’s be real. No one wants a tie or new socks, but we know one thing that will make everyone on your list happy: Vegas. We’ve got gifts for any Vegas lover, from the extravagant to simple stocking stuffers.
Chocolate Fabergé egg – Got a chocoholic in your life? Or an art lover? Either way, they’ll appreciate this stunning chocolate replica of a Fabergé egg, which is being sold in conjunction with the “Fabergé Revealed” exhibit at the Bellagio’s Gallery of Fine Art. This edible work of art is a hollow dark chocolate egg decorated with fondant flowers. Even the silver base it sits on is solid chocolate. The only problem with this gift is that it’s so beautiful it can be difficult to decide whether to eat it or not. You can always do what we did. Eat one and buy another just to look at. You can find the eggs for $60 at Café Gelato at Bellagio.
First edition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” – Even the biggest Scrooge on your list would appreciate this beautiful classic Christmas book from Bauman Rare Books in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian | Palazzo. It’s a first edition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which was published in 1843 and issued about 10 days before Christmas. Six thousand copies sold on the first day. The book ($38,000) features gilt edges and four hand-colored steel-engraved plates by John Leech, the only one of Dickens’ first editions to contain hand-colored illustrations. Bauman Rare Books in Las Vegas features a 2,300-square-foot gallery with a private library and they can help you find many other books for a special gift as well. You may recognize the manager, Rebecca Romney, as the rare book expert on “Pawn Stars.”
The World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop – Speaking of “Pawn Stars,” if your family member makes references to “Big Hoss” in everyday conversation, you’ll want to visit this pawn shop, home of History Channel’s popular TV show. It has lots of gift options for the reality TV fan on your shopping list. You can find unique items at the pawn shop like rare jewelry, artwork or a “Six Million Dollar Man” figurine. You can also find souvenirs from the TV show including an “Old Man” or “Chumlee” bobblehead or T-shirt.
Souvenir drink cups – If you’ve spent any time in Las Vegas you’ve seen people walking (or stumbling) up and down the Strip with their souvenir plastic drink cups full of alcohol. They come in all sorts of fun shapes and sizes. There’s one that’s Eiffel Tower shaped, one that’s guitar shaped that you can sling over your shoulder and one that’s football shaped. It’s the perfect gift for the Vegas fan. They can drink from it year-round and be reminded of their drunken escapades in Sin City. In keeping with the holiday theme, we suggest the fishnet stocking-clad leg drink cup reminiscent of the “major award” from “A Christmas Story.” Throw a lampshade on it, stick it in your window and we guarantee the neighbors will be jealous. Find it for $14.99 at the Walgreens in downtown Las Vegas on the corner of Fremont and Fourth streets.
Bonanza Gifts – The World’s Largest Gift Shop, located on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue, is where you go if you want a bunch of Las Vegas stocking stuffers. You’ll find everything from a Welcome to Las Vegas sign pillow ($11.99) to fuzzy car dice ($3.99), Elvis sunglasses (complete with sideburns, $9.99), casino cards ($1.99) and a tiny plastic squirting slot machine ($2.99).
Mini High Roller wheel – One of the must dos when you visit Vegas is the High Roller observation wheel. It’s the world’s tallest at 550 feet and offers amazing views of the Strip and Las Vegas valley. The High Roller has 28 cabins that rotate around once every 30 minutes while you enjoy a cocktail, music, videos and the view. The wheel has also become an iconic part of the city’s skyline so any Vegas fan will like the silver mini High Roller, sold at the High Roller gift shop for $19. It actually spins around just like the real thing. Put it on your desk and dream of Vegas when you’re having a bad day.
Britney Spears souvenir shirts – Stop into the Britney gift store at Planet Hollywood to shop for the pop music fans and divas on your list. You’ll find T-shirts with Britney’s face emblazoned on them, Britney flip-flops, Britney hats, Britney posters…you get the idea. Our favorite is the “It’s Vegas Bitch” tank top ($40 – $50), a nod to her “It’s Britney Bitch” catchphrase.
Guy Fieri barbecue sauce – Foodies and Food Network fans on your list will be salivating for Guy Fieri’s award-winning Carolina #6 Mop and Slop barbecue sauce ($10), available at his Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. You can also find souvenirs like a “Hangover Recovery Center” T-shirt ($24). If you have a hangover in Vegas, Guy Fieri’s restaurant is the place to go for a cure and you might want a T-shirt to remember the Dragon’s Breath Chili Cornbread Benedict, carne asada chilaquiles and bloody Marys.
Gold to Go at Golden Nugget – Need a last minute gift for someone who likes shiny things? If you’re at the Golden Nugget, why not buy … a golden nugget? The hotel actually has a Gold ATM (the only other one in the U.S. is in New York). It’s the easiest gift ever. Just pop some money into the ATM and out pops a little gold bar. Prices depend on the size of the bar you want and are updated by the minute.
Hyde Bellagio – $250,000 package – If money is no object or you won Megabucks while you were in Vegas, you can go for the most extravagant gift we can think of. For $250,000, you’ll sit at one of Hyde’s patio tables overlooking the Fountains of Bellagio. After the Fountains have stopped for the evening, a gold box is hand-delivered to the table along with a menu of fountain songs for your choosing. Within the box, a single red button awaits your command. With the touch of the button, you’re in control of 4,700 lights, 1,200 individual fountains shooting up to 460 feet high and spanning 1,000 feet, and enough speakers to fill two major concert venues. As the Fountains dance to your song, you and your friends can toast with a stunning gold 30-liter bottle of Ace of Spades champagne. For those of you who can’t picture how big 30 liters is, it’s the equivalent of 40 champagne bottles.
Rock of Ages booty shorts – The ’80s fan in your life will appreciate some swag from the “Rock of Ages” gift store at the Venetian. Outfits are especially important for ’80s rockers so we recommend the “Hands Booty Shorts” for $20. See photo above. No other explanation needed.
The Neon Museum – Dazzle your loved one with Las Vegas-inspired, handmade jewelry available at the Neon Museum. You can find a collection of bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces and cufflinks incorporating the iconic Stardust sign motif. The collection also includes Card Suit Stud Earrings in 14-carat gold and sterling silver. The jewelry is made by The Jeweler’s Daughter, the creation of Polly Weinstein, daughter of longtime Las Vegas jeweler Jack Weinstein. Available at the Neon Museum’s gift shop, the items are priced from $150 to $600.
Vegas.com eGift Card – The ultimate Vegas gift is Vegas itself. Give your family and friends a Vegas.com eGift Card and they can plan their dream trip. It’s good (just like cash) on everything on the website from hotel rooms to show tickets, tours, nightclub passes and air and hotel packages. The cards don’t expire so your lucky gift card recipients can enjoy their Vegas experience whenever they want.