So.... what are some good souvenirs to pick up on your travels?
Here are some tips to avoid choosing bad souvenirs that take up space & aren't useful. Just say "NO" to t-shirts and tchotchke Below, find some ideas on what souvenirs to consider that you'll love! No buyers remorse.
I love jewelry & accessories. They take almost no room, and they're an awesome conversation starter. You can wear them any time and carry a little piece of your trip with you!
|Necklace: Chelsea Market, NYC|
Bracelet: Little stand in Stockholm, Sweden
Ring & Earrings: Ixtapa, Mexico
|Scarf: Camden Market, London|
I'm fully addicted to coffee.... and coffee cups. I actually have to pace myself on this because I've already got a cabinet full of cups...
But these are one of my favorite kind of souvenirs. Rather than a predictable I <3 NY mug, I chose one from the Brooklyn Flea. Instead of a "Starbucks Nashville" I have a few from my favorite coffee shops. This is an easy souvenir to reflect your personal experience with the city without going the tourist route.
|Bongo Room, Chicago, IL|
Frothy Monkey, Nashville, TN
Brooklyn Flea, Brooklyn, NY
West End Cafe, Nashville, TN
|I've had it for 7 years and still use it consistently!|
A 1900's map reprint on fabric we picked up in Seattle & framed for the reading nook!
Free is Fun
I love free just as much as the next girl, but a lot of the free souvenirs you'll find are likely junk. However, something I've grown to love collecting is books/boxes of matches. As smoking becomes more faux pas (yay!) the matches become harder to find (boooo). A lot of places still have them around, you just have to ask. Chat with hostess, bartender, or a front desk associate as hotels, bars and restaurants are your best bet. I have dozens of boxes - it's my favorite souvenir to search for! I also have some sweet friends who bring me matches from their travels, which is super fun.
These can be something that area is known for. For example, my friends who visited Thailand both came back with these beautiful silk house robes. What a fun souvie! My goal in Italy is to find a beautiful leather purse, as the leather goods are incredible there.
Think about your personal preference and what you love -- how can you find a souvenir that works for you & that you'll cherish forever?
What are your favorite souvenirs you've collected over the years?