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Souveniers - what type?

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1. Posted by jess_capri (Budding Member 53 posts) 10y

Hi everyone,

I am heading off to Europe at the end of the year and am visiting 17 countries. I want to get a souvenier from each country but something of the same type eg spoons or badges etc. Any ideas on what i could collect that would be relatively small and wont take up too much room in my pack but would still be fun and quirky? Any suggestions would be great.


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

I know some TPers collect shot glasses, how about snow globe things - l collect those for my neice when lm away anywhere, and the usual boring fridge magnets!

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

You could get a sew-on patch from each country. They're light and easy to carry! You could even sew them on as you go...

I tend to buy something to hang on the wall (a picture frame or an ornament), but those can get heavy. You could also just blow up a few of your favourite photos when you get home!

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

Quoting tway

I tend to buy something to hang on the wall (a picture frame or an ornament), but those can get heavy. You could also just blow up a few of your favourite photos when you get home!

I do this too Tina! I love something that symbolises the country - l got a Hindu Ganesh(prob sp wrong!) in Bali as it is the only Hindu part of Indonesia, a fantastic Buddha head in Thailand and that although it cost pittance after l bargained it down but was SO SO heavy, and in China some X'ian warriors and a framed box of old chinese coins.

I suppose you could always look at shipping these home if they were weighing you down too much?

5. Posted by markmac (Budding Member 60 posts) 10y

I would reccommend buying anything that you really want, and would be special to you when you arrive home. It may be a bit of a drag to haul around, but if you want it, you will find a way. I bought three middle eastern carpets and lugged them around eastern europe for a month before heading home. It was frustrating at times, but when I arrived home, it was more than rewarding! Everytime I look at my large carpet, it floods me with lifetime memories. Also remember, you can ship your goods!

6. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y

Hi Jess...

as Mark commented... remember there's a fairly good postal service in Europe so you'll be able to post most of the nic nacs you pick up on your travels (relatively cheaply)

I do this all the time as there's nothing worse than having only a few small things to remember a years travelling by... they're a nice surpise when you return (you inveriably forget about something you sent and are always nice as conversation pieces too!)

Failing that... I do the badge thing (does draw attention to your backpack though!) whilst my girlf does the postcard thing... she keeps a postcard and tickets etc. (park entry, reserves etc.) from each town/monument etc. (near enough) we visit and then puts them into a scrap book or on a map when we return! we then frame the maps and put them in our travel room :)

our friends hate to go near the room though

7. Posted by weaversgal (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

i always get a keyring with either the name of country on it or in a shape where it reminds me of something from that country, ie im currently in malaysia and im gonna get one of the petronas towers

dunno what im gonna do with them all but there small & light enough to carry...

i got 100's at home from different places just all sat in a box at the moment lol


8. Posted by jess_capri (Budding Member 53 posts) 10y

Hey guys,

Thanks for all your suggestions. I was planning on shipping big items back anyway - and have done so on all my other travels with things such as pictures and statues. I was just looking for something really quirky to collect that wouldn't take up too much room - like badges or keyrings. Shot glasses is a good idea but knowning me i would end up breaking them all :) And Taffski i'm already like your girlfriend as i keep all my tickets and maps etc from anything i do - even movies and things like that. Hopefully i'll find something cool. Thanks for your help again

9. Posted by TravelKids (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

OK, you said quirky, why not try to find a souvenier handkerchief or placemat from each country? Something small, lightweight and cloth?

Then when you get home you can either frame them all on a wall or use them to make a quilt that chronicles your travels. Sounds like fun to me!

aka TravelKids

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