You are on Holiday and you want to purchase a souvenir to take home to remind you of your wonderful trip. You end up buying something that seams really cool at the time but just sits and collects dust once home. Soon you forget all about it. Here are 5 great, practical, and functional souvenir ideas for your next trip.
- Reusable shopping bags are a great, easy, and transportable option. You can even use them during your trip. Each week when you go shopping you will have a nice reminder of your holiday. I get so many compliments on my collection of bags ever time I shop. The best part, by using these bags you are helping the environment.
- Inexpensive jewelry that with native stones or semi-precious jewels is another great option. Try sticking with sterling silver or gold since these will last a lifetime. Choose something from the area such as Jade from China, Larimar from Mexico, Murano glass from Italy, or volcano rock from Iceland. Every time you wear it you will think of your travels. Plus you will have something unique and different.
- A Christmas Ornament that is actually a Christmas Ornament or a small hanging item that can be placed on a Christmas Tree. Every year when you decorate your tree you will relive your adventure. If you can’t find an actual Christmas ornament, find something small like a magnet or keychain and make it into an ornament. When picking a keychain, imagine it without the key ring but with a nice bow hanging from your tree.
- Glasses and Mugs can be displayed in a bar or used every day. They are harder to transport because they are fragile. We place ours in socks to keep them safe. Many bars or pubs will allow you to take a glass if you are respectful and ask, while others might allow you to purchase them. We like ones that have the brewery / beer name etched or painted on the glass. In Belgium people believe you must have the appropriate glass to go with each beer.
- T-shirts are practical and even though they may not last a lifetime, they are something that gets used. Pick a quality made t-shirt, even if you have to spend a little more, to insure a longer life span. Repurpose the t-shirt at it’s end of life.
So the next time you pick up a souvenir, ask yourself “Is this something I will actually use?”. Trust me, we have a didgeridoo in our dining room and a carved Africa side table in our living room we could probably do without.
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