We don't always need big and expensive items to feel thrilled about. Often, even the little something that you get for your loved ones after a trip is enough to get excited. That’s why people love gifting and receiving souvenirs.
Any famous tourist destination you go, you are bound to see a souvenir shop somewhere around a street corner. And if you are on a trip, you better get something for your close ones when you get back to avoid all the angry faces. A lot of different ideas pop up in your mind when you think about souvenirs. You might find it hard to decide which one you should get. There are really useful items, some are there for the sake of beauty, and there are yet others that make people ask questions about your adventures. This article will tell you everything you need to know about souvenirs and shopping for them.
Not all souvenirs are the same. In fact, anything you buy from a place can be a souvenir if that item has certain qualities that signify the speciality and uniqueness of that place. Here is a list of the most popular types of souvenir items that you will come across in any souvenir shop.
Most people prefer to buy collectables over anything else. For one thing, they are widely available. Even if you are on a trip to some exotic place, you will come across a souvenir shop selling collectables that reflect the traditions and heritage of that place. People also like to collect these souvenirs for themselves as well as a token of their adventures. Collectables are also less expensive as compared to other types of souvenirs, and they are easy to carry as well. All of these make it a perfect option for people who are travelling on a budget or those who are backpacking.
These are simple and small figurines or models of buildings or iconic objects that represent a place. Those who have been to Paris have seen shops selling Kitschies of the Eiffel tower. These are also cheap to buy and come in various forms like keychains, fridge magnets, and showpieces, buttons and deck of cards. Literally, anybody can buy this as they will cost you next to nothing unless somebody is trying to rip you off. Travellers like to buy Kitschies whenever they visit a place that is of any significance. If you want to give simple gifts to a lot of people when you return back from a trip, go for Kitschies.
You will also find clothes in almost all souvenir shops. Clothing items in most shops range from printed t-shirts to traditional clothes and baseball caps that have a signature of that particular landmark. Tees and caps are usually the most affordable of these items. Some travellers also prefer to travel around a country donning their traditional attire in order to blend in with the people. The clothes that you will find as souvenirs will depend on the climate and cultural heritage of the place you are visiting. Therefore, if you are travelling to a place with a cold climate, you are more likely to come across jackets and sweatshirts.
Another type of souvenir that is easy to come across is the ones that reflect the unique natural resources of a place. This can be a unique stone that is native to that place, a seashell that is not found anywhere else in the world, anything of the like. Either you can explore the beaches and other places on your own to find such items or just buy it from a souvenir vendor. In Germany, some souvenir shops sell chunks of the ruins of the Berlin wall as souvenirs. But you shouldn't try to venture towards the Berlin wall memorial with a pickaxe if you are not planning to spend a very long time in the country.