I agree with Surfing Pizza that souvenir shops provide previously unimagined ways to burn money.
Companies think stamping a city’s name on something makes it a souvenir!
Don’t get stuck with a junk drawer full of stuff. Here are a few questions to consider when picking souvenirs and I promise, they won’t take the fun out of souvenir shopping!
What Am I Gonna Do With This?
Unless you have a display case full of animal parts, leave the dried crocodile’s head on the shelf!
Pick something you will actually use. Clothing and accessories are a useful way to accent your wardrobe and remember your trip.
Home decor items also work well. I purchased a lamp in Spain and didn’t use it for months because I needed an electrical outlet converter!
Now that it’s working, it fits perfectly with my room’s decor and adds a unique touch.
Where Will I Display This?
I bet magnets are popular souvenirs because the fridge is an automatic storage space! Having a place to showcase your souvenir, ensures it won’t end up hidden away.
I collect shot glasses on every trip and display them on a kitchen shelf. They make for great conversation starters.
Without a place to display your souvenirs, they end up tossed aside or worse – the junk drawer.
Will This Fit a Theme?
Even if you buy different types of items, the collection will look great if you stick to a theme.
My bathroom is a beach-themed souvenir showcase. I have a starfish from Nassau, a Captain’s hat from a cruise, a turtle carving from Key West and a sign from Florida letting folks know ‘clothing is optional’.
Using souvenirs to decorate put travel memories to good use.
Consider these tips when buying souvenirs for others; and don’t forget to take lots of pictures and save brochures and receipts for your travel journal.
Any other tips for souvenir shoppers?