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4 Types of Souvenirs Worth Buying

Souvenirs are an invaluable part of your travel experience. The urge to take home mementos comes naturally to most of us as we want to hold onto memories of a special time and place. Here are ideas of souvenirs you can take home with you.

The Inexpensive Knick-Knacks

These are the readily available tourist souvenirs that are found at markets and road-side stalls. They make good giveaways and will be appreciated by friends and relatives. 

These include:

  • Fridge Magnets – For example, available in London are magnets of Big Ben, red double-decker buses, and Buckingham Palace. In Japan, popular magnets feature fake food images like sushi.
  • Dishcloths – In Madrid there are dish towels available with motifs of popular sites such are Puerta de Alcala.
  • Aprons – In Spain, you can obtain aprons with local recipes on them
  • In most countries, you will find key chains, t-shirts, and postcards that feature famous landmarks

Souvenirs That Are Decor Items

Many travelers source for souvenirs that will add interest to their decor and even choose their destination specifically with that goal in mind. Items that make great decorative pieces include:


Trunks and chests that you pick up on your travels are a real showstopper. You can use them as a coffee table. In addition, you can paint or embellish them to fit in with the existing decor. Best of all, they are great for storage purposes.

Tribal Masks

African and Mexican masks have become collectibles and they make a bold statement when up on the wall. The colors, patterns and textures add an element to your decor that tells a story of its own.

Woven baskets and bowls

 A great idea is to group different sizes of woven bowls and hang them above a sofa to create a striking wall feature. Woven baskets can also be used as hanging plant holders and bathroom organizers.

Food Items as Souvenirs

Food is an essential part of the travel experience and specialty food makes great souvenirs and gifts for friends back home. Along with food, you may also choose to carry along some of the ingredients, such as spices, special herbs, and sauces.

The following destinations are well known for specialty foods:

Spain – A large percentage of the world’s olive oil comes from southern Spain, hence this is a good place to obtain your extra virgin olive oil.

 Singapore – Carry home some exotic Kaya Jam which is made from coconut milk, sugar, and eggs.

Italy – A perfect souvenir to take home with you is Italian cheese such as Pecorino Romano (Roman sheep milk cheese) and Parmigiano Reggiano.

Wine and Liquors as Souvenirs

Portugal – Obidos is home to a liquor known as Ginja, made of sour cherries and alcohol, a great memento to take home with you.

London – Freya Birch Spirit made from sap obtained from birch trees is a drink with a very unique taste, often compared to that of peach schnapps.

Paris – Chambord – This is a cognac based raspberry liquor that is flavored with blackberries and vanilla. 

Whatever your budget, it is possible to carry home a memento of your memorable experiences from somewhere special. By doing that, you will also give local artists and small business people your valuable support.