Meaningful souvenirs

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1. Posted by JordanSchmitt (Budding Member 22 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Whenever I travel, I always feel the need to buy souvenirs for myself and for all my friends and my family. However, in less than a year's time I always end up losing or forgetting about the souvenirs I buy for myself. I need some advice on what you guys think are the best souvenirs to buy while travelling that will actually last and will actually be meaningful for a long time. Thanks

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1140 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

That's pretty hard to advise on. I mean, everybody has a different idea of what is a meaningful souvenir. If I buy something for someone else, I video where I found it, what I was doing, and what was going on around me. That sort of makes something meaningful. I can give you a tip of what's NOT meaningful, Buying stuff at the airport. I don't buy souvenirs anymore...But I DO buy a cup or something so I can mix a drink at night. That cup ends up coming home with me, and I remember where I got it. Does that count as a souvenir? I don't think so.
We just went through a little discussion about souvenirs that I am sure resides on this very page. Take a read. If you come away loving fridge magnets, someone has done their job.

3. Posted by aussirose (Respected Member 248 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Hi Jordan. I have a collection of spoons. I still cannot think for the life of me why I chose spoons. Still waiting for the spoon cabinet hubby promised that he would make me many years ago lol.
If I had my time over again I would choose to collect pins instead and glue a map of the world onto a canvas board, frame it and hang up on my wall. Then pin all those places I've been to.
Pins are cheap and dont take up much room.

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1081 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Quoting aussirose

I have a collection of spoons.

Actually my gran had a collection of teaspoons with the city crests on the handles - and my grandad was a shipwright and made her a wooden cabinet for them. 不不不

5. Posted by Stefmuts (Budding Member 115 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

meaningful or not is a personal thing, I used to collect all kinds of souvenirs I found very meaningful at that time (mugs, T-shirts, posters, all with logo or pictures) but those disappeared in the back of a closet or worse, they got less meaningfull over the years or it's due to me getting older.

6. Posted by lubeceo (Budding Member 6 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

I really love souvenirs. I try to pick up something meaningful and traditional from wherever I go, but usually I pick up pieces for my kitchen or traditional jewellery.

7. Posted by Tabithag (Full Member 124 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

As others have said, what is meaningful to one person, may not be to someone else, so you have to find what works for you. To me, a souvenir doesn't work unless it evokes a memory, and for that to happen, you have to see it, and remember something about where it came from or why you bought it.

The silver charms that I buy for my bracelet mean that every time I wear it, I spot a charm and can recall the country or region it represents. I bought a blue wave sculpture in Uruguay, because it reminded me of the water and ice in Patagonia and Antarctica, from the same trip, so when I see it, I think of both where and why. A green glass art vase from New Zealand reminds me of the countryside there, and a set of three prints of drinks from Colombia remind me, not only of the country, but also of the fun evenings drinking with new friends on the trip.

In the main, the things I buy have to be items that I am happy to have on display or in use at all times, but sometimes it is fun to buy something kitsch, and these bits I keep as Christmas tree decorations, which makes putting up the tree a slow, but memory filled, process.

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 751 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

Quoting aussirose

I have a collection of spoons.

Actually my gran had a collection of teaspoons with the city crests on the handles - and my grandad was a shipwright and made her a wooden cabinet for them. 不不不

I inherited my grandmother's spoon collection and the cabinet. I never heard her say why she collected the spoons.

I collect Proven癟al table linens and French scarves. We use them all the time. My favorite is a beautiful tablecloth with topper that we got in Arles and use for Christmas. Yes, it's red . . .

We also have quite a collection of Christmas tree ornaments and that makes putting up and taking down the tree great fun with lots of memories.

9. Posted by Cottonwood (Budding Member 45 posts) 12w 1 Star this if you like it!

I'm looking up at a watercolor picture I bought on a island just south of Split, Croatia(Yugoslavia back then) back in June of 1987 as I type away on my computer answering this travel question. I have 2 other oil on canvas small paintings I bought off a street vender in Madrid, Spain in March 1987 on a school trip. I have a few small Chinese porcelain items and other Chinese cloisonne on a shelf near by to my desk. It really does depend on the the trip for me. Some trips I come home with just the pictures I took, other trips, I have random things I bought.

Of course, THAT particular trip to the Grand Canyon I took years ago floating the Colorado for 6 nights, I brought back what was left of a stomach virus that another trip mate gave me and about 10 others of us. Of course, I left behind about 3 pounds of food I couldn't keep down......but that's another topic.

10. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 751 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Cottonwood, I don't think a stomach virus counts as a valid souvenir. With luck it won't last that long.