Part of the fun of going on trips is picking out souvenirs to give to other people as gifts or to keep for yourself. If you go on a lot of trips, consider starting a collection of similar items that you can pick up from every place you visit. There are several possibilities to choose from, so you’ll have to narrow it down and decide which type of souvenir works best for you.
Postcards are a great visual reminder of your trips. They often feature the most picturesque scenes or quirky images of the areas you’ve visited. Although they’re supposed to be mailed to friends and family back home, many people choose to keep them instead. Make a fun display of your souvenir postcards by hanging them on your fridge, putting them in a travel scrapbook, or creatively arranging them in a big picture frame to hang on your wall.
A souvenir collection doesn’t have to consist of items that are only kept on display. Your collection can be made up of items with practical uses, such as pens, key chains, notepads, and coasters. You can pick up a few different items from each destination you travel to or mix it up more by getting one type of item from each place. You can also pick up different items from the same place if you visit more than once.
Printed t-shirts are another type of practical souvenir you can collect. You can pick up one of these shirts at each destination or look for a website that lets you design and order your own. T-shirt collections are a great idea if you are looking for souvenirs for the whole family. You can all get matching shirts or choose different ones depending on what each family member’s preferences are for design and color.
Even if you’re not a drinker, shot glasses make wonderful souvenirs. You don’t have to get glasses that are similar in appearance, like ones that have a design on clear glass. Mix up your collection by adding colored shot glasses and ones with creative designs or shapes. They’re easy to display on a shelf or rack in your home. Just remember to dust them off every so often to keep them clean.
Souvenirs such as seashells or rocks are a good alternative to store-bought items if you want to save money or have a natural reminder of your visit. Look for shells or rocks with an unusual appearance or texture. Clean them off when you bring them in, and use them as natural accents in or around your home. You can place a few shells in your bathroom, or arrange the rocks in your garden or around a potted plant display in your house.
As your collection grows, you might need to find a bigger place to display it. If you don’t have room, you can always rotate which items you have on display. It’s also a good idea to pick up a couple of souvenirs on each trip, even if you think have enough, since you’ll have to replace items that break or become worn down over time.