How many times have you unpacked after trip abroad and realized that there’s no way in heck you’ll ever use half the stuff you bought? Decades of miniature Eiffel Tower statues, novelty tea towels, framed street art, and ceramic figurines have left us all jaded about souvenirs – 99% of the time you’ll stick them on a shelf, and resent the fact that you have to dust them.
However, that magical 1% of souvenirs are things that actually prove useful – beautiful functional objects that will give you a positive reminder of your trip whenever you use them. Here are a few suggestions for awesome useful souvenirs to buy on your next trip.
This isn’t a new idea, but bringing home food from your latest trip is something that’s deliciously nostalgic – plus, you can share it with friends and give them a sense of what your time abroad was like. Many touristy places have specific types of regional produce (think dried meat or cheese) that they want you to buy. Usually, it’s at the front of the shop shrink-wrapped and ready to go.
A better idea is to find a local grocery store and buy whatever the locals seem to be buying. You’ll have to wrap it yourself, but it’ll be worth it to get an authentic product.