Remember those odd trinkets stacked at the back of your cupboard or jewelry box? Those earrings you never liked and the neck piece that broke even before you wore it, but you couldn’t throw it away. Well, we all have them and keep them for the sentiments attached to it. Do not make the same blunder, buy awesome gifts for your friends and family with these awesome souvenir shopping tips:
Get wiser with these Souvenir Shopping Tips before you go on your next trip!
What Not To Do
#1 Invest in the experience
Do not spend a lot of time, money and effort to buy souvenirs, instead spend all that to have an unforgettable memory – go for a skydive, a short cruise, dine at a local bistro, catch a performance on stage.
#2 Avoid Endangering Animals
Do not buy products that are made from endangered animal’s skin, bones or teeth. Many foreign resorts sell this kind of products and tourists are oblivious to the fact that they are playing a part in poaching and hunting.
#3 Buy local stuff
Do not buy tacky and kitschy souvenirs that are not even local made. There is no point in buying things from Europe that clearly say, it has been made in a country from the far east.
#4 Keep your style in mind
Do not buy home decors that will not fit in with your living room interiors. For example, if you have a minimalistic decor all leather and steel in your living area, then a native American wool rug with a splash of color or even a Persian rug might not fit in.
#5 Avoid Airport Shopping
Do not buy last-minute souvenirs from the airport. They are usually not worth it unless you want more of those shot glasses, I heart tees and key rings!
What You Should Do
#1 Visit local businesses
Do visit local communities and look for handicrafts from artisans, it will be a nice memorabilia for your home or a souvenir for friends or family.
Especially in India, since every state has its own handloom weaves and art too, this can be a very good alternative.
The whole experience will be etched in your mind. I still remember walking the narrow bylanes of Jaisalmer going past cows, cow dung, blue houses, looking for a silversmith, and we finally got one from whom my sister bought a beautiful necklace adorned with garnets.
#2 Click a lot of pictures
Do take photographs in front of famous landmarks. We all do, I agree but what can be done to make it ‘hatke?’ A fridge magnet maybe, with the exact date and location printed on it. Now isn’t that a much better idea than to get a picture of the place as a magnet?
#3 Take time out for shopping
Do keep a slot in your itinerary for souvenir shopping. Choose a local market or particular shops that you think will be interesting to explore. Also, remember to buy easy to carry products.
#4 Get food souvenirs
Get a fragrant pack of Darjeeling tea from India, a green tea flavored KitKat from Japan, Belgian Chocolate from Brussels or Tequila from Mexico, your friends and family will simply love it and so will you.
#5 Remember the experiences
Do keep the ticket stubs for shows, concerts or amusement parks. You can display these as prized posessions on your study wall and can be the perfect memorabilia.
I for one, still have the maps and directions that came with the tickets. The best part, a personalized detailed, beautiful map of the Disneyworld made from handmade paper, bearing the family name! Priceless right? What are you waiting for? Use our Souvenir Shopping Tips to make you the favourite relative or friend, today!