The Worst Souvenirs
Keep some souvenirs of your past, or how will you ever prove it wasn’t all a dream? ~Ashleigh Brilliant
Who doesn’t love looking at tacky souvenirs – especially in airports? What is it about us that makes us buy shot glasses, boxer shorts, tote bags, ashtrays and other inappropriate items to remind us where we have been? It always seems like a good idea at the time.
Snow globes. What is our fascination with snow globes? It isn’t even real snow – it’s glitter. But there is something magical especially to kids about looking at a scene from the place you just visited in a snow globe. I love snow globes but remember you can’t carry them on the plane. I’ve seen airport security rip them out of a kid’s hand.
Tea towel. Nothing says “couldn’t be bothered thinking of a proper present for you” like a souvenir tea towel. Every destination has them. They are an easy to pack item for collectors of tea towels around the world,
Refrigerator Magnets. They are like cats. You start with one. You end up with ten. Your refrigerator starts to look like a souvenir store. Then, you need to buy a bigger refrigerator.
Key Chains. All the other items usually come in a key chain as well. I did buy the Obama’s dog Beau key chain in Washington DC as a gift for my dog.. It was a great chewing toy.
T Shirts. All I Got Was…. and I Heart ……. are still very popular in every souvenir store in every country. I used to think an interesting local T-shirt was a good gift. They were cheap, light weight, easy to pack and a simple reminder of where I was in the world. I soon realized that no one ever wore them.
National Clothes. It seems like a great idea when you are there. I bought enough clothes from the different hill tribes in Thailand to actually join one. It was the same with wool sweaters and hats from Estonia and Peru. I live in Southern California. It doesn’t get that cold. I finally realized that I’m not really the ethnic, art teacher type dresser. No one else I knew was either.
Baseball hats with logos. I do buy them from time to time as a gift but I usually end up keeping them. I have a lot of bad hair days. At the moment I’m wearing the New Zealand All Blacks one.
Miniature statues. Every souvenir shop has tons of these. I always wonder who buys them. I’ve never seen anyone paying for one. Miniature Christ the Redeemer? Miniature Eiffel Tower? I guess it’s a good way of keeping track of the bucket list places that you have seen. Do you really want a plastic Leaning Tower of Pisa on your book shelf in ten years time?
Coffee Mugs are everywhere with everything you can possibly imagine on them. You can get them with Chairman Mao, Mickey Mouse,Vladimir Putin, Eva Peron and everything in between. Since I collect Starbucks mugs from all over the world I don’t find this one as odd. I find it memorable.