Souvenirs for Everyone

by Martin Ita-as
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Do you ever worry you may pick out a souvenir to bring home that may just end up collecting dust inside a stuffy closet or worse, get thrown away altogether? Usually take-homes like plushies or ethnic clothes may end up lumped into these categories. But worry not, for there are souvenirs that can make for great gifts no matter the age or gender.

Here are five great souvenirs that are often appreciated and even used or displayed at home.

You buy and give souvenirs to people in order to take back a part of your adventures home to them. Postcards and their beautiful images can be easily kept in a cardholder, a container or even framed to make it last longer and plant dreams of travel among your friends and family members.

Decorative Rugs/Cloth
From the bold designs of Russian rugs to the intricate patterns of Persian carpets, decorative cloth items are a great way to spruce up your loved one’s home. Made to be displayed around the house, pick a very low-key and neutral design to avoid making your gift seem out of place.

Small Wooden Handicrafts
It is said that a country’s culture can be found in its art. Handicrafts, from wooden statues to intricate masks, all make fine subjects of conversation the next time your giftee has a guest over. Whatever you do, don’t buy anything bigger than your palm. It’ll be easier to pack into your bags and easier for the receiver to find a place to display it.

Small Ceramic Items
These may be a little trickier to take back with you, but having an interesting table piece (like small ceramic statues) to display or eat off of (ceramic teapots, cups, mugs or plates) is always a fun way to spruce up your everyday living. As with wooden handicrafts, try to avoid items that are too big or in peculiar shapes for easier transport.

Not the most permanent of gifts to take back home, but sweets can literally give people at home a taste of the country you’ve been to. Every country has its own signature type of candy to indulge in. Pick your favorites and buy a large pack of it to bring back and share with the family!
Now you can skip the “I Heart” shirt section and look for memorable presents that are more meaningful and practical to have around the house. Check out local markets or handicraft centers and see what kind of fun little trinkets you can uncover.