my best souvenirs are stuff I use on a daily basis.
An example today everything I'm wearing a very ugly XXL hooded sweater from Cameron Highlands I'm very businesslike today, as you can imagine.
But that's one of my favourite things insofar as I use it almost everyday.
1. Shells - lake, river and ocean varieties (found not purchased)
2. Unusual rocks and stones (found not purchased)
3. Unique small snowglobes (ie: penholders, juice gasses, etc.)
4. Wind chimes
5. Turtles (wood, stone, clay, etc.)
6. Garish picture frames
I try to find these things on every trip so each one is a favorite for different reasons. (It's hard to play favorites.)
Did you know that almost every culture has utilised ceremonial masks at some point? I have them from all over the world, and collect another whenever I can
A 5 foot scroll with a painting of a tiger roaring making the wind roll back. The artist in China also put my name on it.
i collect badges to sew onto my big backpack for when i go traveling alone one day...!!
my favourite souvenir was from a woman from israel... she made a bunch of handmade bracelets and gave them away to her friends that she met when she was traveling. she gave me one and i wear it all the time... i still have it, but its a little worn out!