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What's your souvenir style?

What's your souvenir style?

One of my favourite pastimes is shopping. Shocker, female who likes shopping!
Particularly when on holiday, I love a visit to what I call a "tat shop". This is your typical tourist souvenir shop with all the naff tat that it's deemed tourists want. You know the stuff; thimbles (does anyone even still use thimbles?), bottle openers, various ceramics etc, etc.
I used to like to try and find something a bit different to remind me of my travels to different places. Hence the row of rocks I have which were picked up from various beaches, mountains etc. When I got home I would write the name of the place, month and year on the rock so I knew where it was from. I had to adapt when I was on trips where rocks weren't easily accessible though so my strategy changed.

My friend who I often travel with likes to buy a Christmas decoration in each place we go. This has proven to be quite the challenge at times as she likes them to be classy looking and traditional but not emblazoned with the name of the place. Try finding a bauble in Paris in July or Stockholm in March! (We did manage it though!) I think I may have brought her round to my way of thinking when it comes to having the name of the place on it though. How else will you remember in 20 years time which one came from where?

Anyway, in recent years I have succumbed to the tat shop. Why? They're easy to come by, generally relatively cheap and you can get whatever you're souvenir of choice is. For the last few years now, my souvenir of choice has been fridge magnets. We don't actually have a fridge that has a magnetic door but we do have a board on the kitchen wall where we keep them. I'm planning to upgrade this to a large ornate frame with a magnetic board. (UPDATE: we now have a frame (although it's relatively plain and not ornate) and got a piece of steel cut to size by a local company). One of the other things I always bring back where possible is an I heart {insert destination here} t shirt or vest for my daughter. For years now I've bought her one from wherever I go and she's got quite the collection now! She only wears them for bed but she seems to look forward to receiving them when I get home. I do sometimes struggle with this depending on the destination though.

The bonus of course of bringing back a t-shirt and a fridge magnet is that they take up minimal space and weigh next to nothing.

I have had to get creative at times with regards to the magnets. For example, a recent trip to a small town in France found me magnet-less despite trawling the limited shops in the town. I did however manage to find a keyring which I bought instead. Once home, I glued a small magnet to the back of it and voila, it's took it's place on my board.

So what are your souvenir buying habits? I'd love to hear what your souvenir of choice is so comment below if you feel so inclined. Thanks for reading :-)

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