Top 5 Unique Souvenirs To Buy When Traveling
When you travel to a new destination or explore a new city, what do you do to preserve the memories of that place? Click endless pictures of famous landmarks, flood your Instagram with selfies or write it all down in a travel journal? Most people pick up souvenirs like magnets, postcards, t-shirts, snow globes, souvenir plates, caps, etc. Don’t be like most people! Pick up something new; buy something different – something that will remind you of your awesome trip every time you look at it. And if you’re buying for a loved one, what better way to share your travel experience with them than with an offbeat travel souvenir! Put some thought into your souvenir shopping and check out these top 5 offbeat unique souvenirs to buy on your trips.
Unique Souvenirs #5 – Art
We’ve all passed by elegant art galleries at our travel destinations, but never thought of stepping in to buy the beautiful art on the walls. Most travelers think that art is expensive, but that’s not true at all. Many art galleries these days have affordable art that you can easily pick up as a travel souvenir.
Think of artwork ranging from fine art, artistic maps, and neighborhood prints through vintage posters to quirky designs; or you could also buy art from street artists, which would look great on your wall at home or in the office! Besides, buying local art is another way to support the local artists’ community.
Unique Souvenirs #4 – Kitchen Textiles
Most travelers buy local wines, specialty chocolates, jams, jellies, and sauces on their travels, but only a discerning traveler would think of buying kitchen textiles as a travel souvenir. A lot of places around the world are renowned for their high-quality materials, custom designs and ancient embroidery techniques that lend their kitchen textiles a regal touch.
Tea towels, hand towels, kitchen towels, napkins, table runners and tablecloths are some examples of kitchen textiles that you can buy. Imagine gifting a cute farm animal print tea towel to your mom or a luxurious tablecloth to that friend who loves to entertain or a set of napkins for your own table; wouldn’t those be awesome and unique travel souvenirs to buy?
Unique Souvenirs #3 – Ceramics And Pottery
Colorful handmade bowls from Turkey, elegant china from England, terracotta pots from Italy or Native American pottery from Arizona– all fine examples of beautiful ceramics and pottery found across the globe. If you are on the hunt for unique travel souvenirs to buy from your destination, ceramics and pottery are one of the best and most useful options.
Pick up a handcrafted jewelry dish from a local boutique; browse through the local markets to buy gorgeous hand painted bowls and dinner plates; or ask a local for a spot to buy artisanal utensils like spatulas, ladles, or spoons. These will not only brighten up your home, but are practical purchases that you can use in your everyday life. Bust them out while entertaining guests and they make for great conversation pieces too!
#2 – Sporting Apparel
Up your souvenir game and buy a jersey of the local sports team of the country, city or town that you are visiting! While you may or may not be a sports buff, we all have a friend, colleague or family member who is a big Lakers, Yankees or Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
And if you travel internationally, why not buy a jersey of world-famous soccer teams like Manchester United, Barcelona or Arsenal? On your next trip, be sure to pick up some sporting apparel not just to get extra street cred but because it is one of the most unique travel souvenirs to buy.
#1 – Rare Books
If you love to read or if there is a book lover in your life, there is no better souvenir than a book. And a rare book like a first edition, signed copy, or a special release makes for an even more exceptional souvenir. Bookshops selling rare books are not that difficult to find; if you look closely, a lot of them are situated in prominent locales.
Some cities even have dedicated areas for such bookshops, and rare books are often found in second-hand bookstores too. Rare books like the first edition of Alice in Wonderland, a signed copy of Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone, an early edition of an Agatha Christie novel all make for wonderful and unique travel souvenirs to buy on your travels.
Travel broadens the mind and souvenirs serve as reminders of our amazing travel experiences. On your future travels, remember to buy some unique travel souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones.