Souvenirs are made to bring a small item representative for a place home that will always remind you of a happy memory when you see it. They might seem small and inexpensive, but they will be the ones that will put a smile on your face and remind you of the best adventures you had abroad. Also, souvenirs are great gifts for family and friends, and if you want to show someone you care about them, even if you are far away, souvenirs are a great way to prove this point.
Some souvenirs will enhance the look of any house, and your loved ones will be very happy to see what beautiful decorations they can integrate into their homes. These are the best souvenirs you can bring from your trips.
Pottery is a great gift to offer to your friends and family because, besides the beautiful look, it is also very practical, as it can be used in their kitchen. This craft comes in many colors and shapes, and you will give something unique and representative of the region where you are traveling.
Around the world, several countries and towns have their foundations in the old art of pottery. Pottery has shaped the history of plenty of places, making it a great gift, especially if it is from a destination famous for its beautiful crafts.
For example, Mexico is a country known for the beautiful pottery it produces, so if you travel to this destination, you need to bring these gifts home. Capula is a little town in Mexico popular for its ceramic pieces, such as skulls, Catrinas, cups, craniums, tableware and many more. Catrina is one of the most representative icons of Mexican culture, so it will surely be a unique gift that will amaze your loved ones.
If you travel around Christmas time, the best gifts you can offer to your friends are Christmas ornaments. Christmas markets everywhere have some of the best souvenirs, as they are made with care and are perfect to place in the house or the Christmas tree. Traveling during Christmas is a fantastic experience, as you can see how cities transform themselves and look like they are part of a fairytale. These markets are full of traditional food, which is absolutely delicious and also with plenty of souvenirs.
You can buy some ornaments that look like Santa or ones shaped like snowflakes, trains or gingerbread men, as they represent the Christmas spirit, and your loved ones will surely enjoy them year after year. Just make sure you pack them nicely and add a beautiful Christmas ribbon on top to enhance the look of your gift.
By collecting local art for your friends from all the places you travel, you can transform their house into a beautiful space full of amazing souvenirs. The items you can pick depend on the taste of your loved ones. But everyone likes statues, paintings, tapestries or wood carvings. The good news is that each country you visit is full of local artisans, so you can really pick something truly authentic.
Also, the products from the mass market usually lack the artistic value and quality that a local piece has, even if it is a little pricier. But you will be assured that your souvenir will resist longer, and you will also support the local community.
Additionally, you can give a gift that is very representative of a country, and in this way, your friends and family members will also have a glimpse of the culture in another place. For example, something representative will be a Dia de Los Muertos skull from Guatemala or a Matryoshka doll from Saint Petersburg.
Traditional food is an excellent present, as everyone loves food and wants to discover numerous local delicacies and flavors. Food souvenirs may not be something that will last for a long time, but it is one of the most satisfying gifts. Every part of the world has very popular dishes, and in many cases, these specialties are easy to transport home. For example, one of the best food souvenirs can be macarons from France, baklava from Turkey, or chocolate from Belgium.
Also, you can bring local spices and herbs that will add flavor to your friends’ dishes. This is especially essential if you travel to Egypt or Morocco, as they have plenty of spices from which you can choose.
Clothing articles and accessories
Traditional clothing articles and accessories are also an excellent present, as in this way, your friends will have something unique they can wear. Traditional garments are important for every country, as they are tied to ethnic identity and are one of the best ways to show your loved ones how authentic clothing articles look worldwide.
For instance, the traditional Japanese clothing article, Kimono, is very loved by tourists. If you want to opt for this clothing piece, you will find some beautiful ones made from luxurious materials, like brocade or silk, but also some other affordable choices made from linen or cotton.
Also, Saree is a very beautiful clothing item representative of India. A saree is a 5 to 9-meter single-length fabric that can be wrapped in different ways, and because of that is one of the most versatile garments from all around the world.
You can bring many other options home to your friends because, in every country, you will find something unique that will remind you of someone dear. Also, keep in mind not to buy the first thing you see, but instead look at different models and shops, as you surely will find something better or cheaper if you look around more.
Also, instead of wandering around the souvenir shops, you can check out outdoor markets and local stalls, as there you will find something unique made by local artisans.