If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re already on a trip away from your family, or you’ll be travelling in the near future or you love travelling and would really like to have an idea of what souvenirs to buy for others on your travels.
Why you you should gift travel souvenirs?
A souvenir shows that you appreciate people and that they were in your thoughts even while you were away. For those who checked up on you, gave you tips for your trip, helped to make your trip possible or didn’t do anything at all. Souvenirs help to show your gratitude and care.
Keep in mind, you’re looking for something not too expensive yet memorable, and something light so you don’t have overweight baggage.
1. Key holders, souvenir magnets
3. Edibles unique to the place for instance palinka from Hungary, Japanese kitkat or mochi, Dutch waffles aka stroopwafel, Udara from East or south Nigeria
4. Local bracelets/wristbands. I didn’t generalise this as jewellery cause honestly most times the necklaces suck. However it is quite easy to find simple and unique bracelets or wristbands.
5. Souvenir T-Shirts or the local traditional clothing
6. Local bags or purses
7.Prints of your best digital pictures
8. Travel book or tour guides if the person being gifted is also travel savvy.
9. Local stamps, the local currency in coins or notes, maps, shells, some sand in case the person being gifted is a collector of any of these items.
10. Often times they’ll want something in particular from the locality, so just ask them.
Where to get souvenirs
- gift or souvenir shops
- local markets or flea markets (usually cheaper here)
- duty free at the airport ( be sure that duty free shops will be open at time of your flight )
And for moments when you might be couch surfing or hosted by a friend or family friend, its always nice to take something from home for them. Cue for this: take something they can’t get where they are.
Most importantly remember that when you gift others, its all about the person, so think carefully about what they may like and keep in mind that it is more blessed to give than to receive.