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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Hi All

Just out of curiosity - when you are off on your travels what is the one thing (or things) you gotta bring back home with you?

For me it has to be a fridge magnet (tacky l know but you gotta see my fridge!) l have them from everywhere l have been - EXCEPT - l forgot to get one when we went to London the other week Still lm in London on Thurs again!!

Also my chums and l have this thing that when we go away anywhere we have to bring back a TACKY present - the most hideous gift that we can find! Got great statutes of the Merlion in Singapore absolutely hideous!!

Does anyone else get up to this nonsense or are we just daft!!

Purdy

2. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

No its not just you!

We had the tacky present thing at my last work. We had a whole shelf of wonderful things. It was THE best fun finding them. Anyone who went away had to bring back the tackiest thing they could find, but it had to be under 4 Euros.

Anyone who goes to Spain has to get something with a donkey on it.

We had a collection of little snow-storms. One of my finest moments was a little plastic Virgin Mary messily glued onto a shell with another shell behind her, and a Croatia sticker on it.

Someone got a "lovely" ceramic dolphin with a thermometer glued to it. I think it was from Florida but you can probabaly find them in Skegness.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

I have a sheesha from cairo and an opium pipe from ko lanta. What does that say about me :-(??

Also, a blow-pipe from malaysia and a certain amount of 'art' from various countries....

4. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 10y

Shot glasses. Got one from almost everywhere I've been. But they get too dusty so they are in a box in my closet. Brilliant eh?

5. Posted by nads83 (Budding Member 29 posts) 10y

i like shot glasses too! and i don't know why but it seems like the last few places I've been I've bought plates with touristy pictures on them ( kind of cheesy I know). I also really like to buy postcards
Nadia

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

I bring back windchimes - ones that represent where I have been or the type of trip I was on. We also have a large collection of refrigerator magnets (to hold other people's post cards). When I can find unique ones - small snowglobes. Not the big ball globe types, but those little traditionally-shaped ones or unusual shapes like odd pen holders and paperweights.

There are the requisite rocks/stones/shells, of course. (No trip is complete with one or all of these. Last trip yielded 15+ kg of shells brought back as carry-on.) Oh, and can't forget the post cards. We always buy one for us to keep when we buy them to send.

My nest trip will be in 2 weeks, with a friend, driving to North Carolina. She found this place on the web and it's right on our way. Both being "rock-hounds" - we will be making a stop!!
Emerald Hollow Mines

7. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

I always buy a souvenier spoon for my granny, cause she collects them but other than that, I don't buy anything specific.

8. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

There are the requisite rocks/stones/shells, of course. (

My mum is a big geology fan. She would've loved me to bring back a suitcase of rocks for her to look at with the magnifying glass. I'm paranoid enough about being over the weight limit.

India was shopping heaven, especially Pushkar, I'd have loved to go with an empty suitcase and fill it with gorgeous gifts, wall hangings, fabric and stuff. My only regret is not buying more beautiful things.

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting Clarabell

There are the requisite rocks/stones/shells, of course.

My mum is a big geology fan. She would've loved me to bring back a suitcase of rocks for her to look at with the magnifying glass. I'm paranoid enough about being over the weight limit.

Beerman and I are not backpackers - meaning we take luggage. I always pack 1 extra (empty) carry-on type satchel to accomodate the rocks/shells. By taking that out of the suitcase, it gives me room for the miscellaneous stuff I don't need in the main carry-on when we head home. (My packing revolves around what I plan to bring back.)

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

I've got a scar on my leg where I was bitten by a stray dog in Turkey.