Monday, November 29, 2010

Sourvenir: Make It Count

Photo from "Inspired by Aboriginal Art"
A Souvenir is an object a traveler brings back from his/her journey either for personal collection or as gifts for family and friends for the memories associated with it. Therefore, souvenirs can absolutely be anything that reminds you of your visit to a place or what you did while there. T-shirts, shot glasses, magnets, and key chains are the most common types of souvenir that people bring back from their travels. While those mementos are nice, they usually don't tell much about a place nor do they have pizazz. Here are some of the things to keep in mind when buying souvenirs:

I consider a souvenir a great conversational piece and i usually buy something not common to my place of origin. It is good to have things that spark conversation especially when you are in a neutral or unfamiliar territory. A piece of jewelry, art work, or table place mat can spark a great deal of conversation. People should not walk into your office and see a piece of shot glass and automatically know it came from Nevada because it has Nevada written on it and that's end of discussion. If you have a piece of paper weight made from some type of stone or material that is not common, chances are a compliment will be passed and a question will ensue as to where it originated. This gives you an opportunity to share your story behind it and possibly learn something new. Through this avenue, you may discover you have a lot in common with your guest and a connection is established. In some cases those connections have led to job offers, business opportunities, or just plain friendships.

Bring back articles that are specific to the particular place or region you are visiting. Things like currency, stamps, or other crafts are great mementos to collect. For example, The Netherlands is known for it's beautiful Tulips, so if visiting you can buy some Tulips to plant in your garden or give to a family or friend that likes gardening. Tea and Coffee or Spices are also great for gifts. It is usually very easy to find out what a place is known for from your research of the place or by consulting with the local indigenes.

Accessories are also great to bring back as souvenirs. These are things you can actually use daily and they also add character to your persona. Women love accessories and they will definitely appreciate it if given. Fabrics are also great especially for cultures that custom make clothes a lot. You add a flavor of another culture to your culture and it brings out the beauty in both cultures as well as uniqueness.

The list goes on and on. I am not in anyway saying you cannot buy things that have the name of a place stamped on it, what i am advocating is putting a lot more thought into your collection of souvenirs. If you find something that is unique in it's design and still has the name on it, buy it. It could still be worth collecting.

Do you agree, disagree, or have a souvenir pet peeve that you would like to share? Please share in your comment.


  1. I particularly like magnet souvenirs and don't mind the name being on it. Your point is well taken about a nameless souvenir being used as a conversational piece but the same point could be established about a named souvenir.

  2. I travel around to different poultry shows and I collect chicken souvenirs...thats my pet peeve. Get it pet peeve?LOL

  3. @ Bouckey, it is perfectly fine if magnet is what you like to collect and sure it can be used as a conversational piece even with the name on it. However, people are more drawn to and curious about something uncommon and unique than what they are familiar with, so even with the magnet you can still get some unique ones. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    @ Ruth, that was hilarious! Thanks for stopping by. I read your blog and understand you have a chicken poultry, where are you located and do you sell your chicken to individuals or stores?

  4. I agree with nameless souvenirs that look different-that makes people curious and interested in the place you've just visited. I remember being asked a lot of questions when i wore a dress i got while i was in Vegas to a function here in Houston, so many people wanted to know where i got it from. It wasn't your typical dress from any of the regular retail stores. It was unique because it could be worn as a skirt, a top, a dress or even a vest. When you give family/friends distinctive gifts, it makes them know you put a thought to the process.

  5. I used to collect stamps and currencies for so many years. I guessed I must have outgrown it or just bored of doing it.

    Now all i want to keep are my memories and pictures. The problem with pictures are am usually the one behind the camera and not in most of the pictures.


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