Souvenir Ideas

When we go on vacation, we like to get a few souvenirs, but what we don’t want is a bunch of new junk to find places for. I know everyone likes different things to remember their trips, but here are a few things we often look for when we travel:

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I’ve mentioned this before, but we really love putting up our tree every year and seeing the ornaments from all the places we’ve been. Some places (especially in Europe) don’t always have ornaments, but we usually find something that we can make into an ornament, like a magnet or a key chain or something similar.

2. Earrings

I know this might be a little strange, but I love buying earrings on vacation. I remember where I bought all of them and every time I get them out to pick a pair to wear, I think about where I bought them. I’m sure I can get similar looking earrings anywhere, but I like buying things like this in markets and from street vendors when we’re on vacation.

3. Shot Glasses

This is totally my husband’s thing, and we have what seems like a million of them sitting upstairs in a room. He likes to find these on vacation when he has a chance.

4. Dolls and other Toys

When we took Anya to Europe two years ago, we let her pick out a couple of dolls from street vendors and she still has them in her room. We also think it’s kind of neat for the kids to have toys from other countries. We were in Prague before we ever had kids and bought a little puppet just because it was cute and we thought any future children we had might enjoy it.

5. Paintings/Sketches

A Life in Tune - Travel Souvenirs

We bought this right outside the Musee de Orsay in Paris.

This is one of my favorite souvenirs. They are a little pricier than other souvenirs, but I love having paintings and watercolors to hang in the house. I don’t dislike what we currently have hanging on the walls, but my goal is to someday have only family pictures and pictures and paintings from our travels.





6. Music Boxes

Anya really enjoyed the music boxes we bought in Germany two years ago, so this is something we may start looking for. She still gets it down several times a week and plays with it.

7. Wine

Do I really need to say anything about this? It’s just too bad there is a limit to how much wine we can take home!

8. Home Decor

Sometimes we find little things to use as décor for the house. Another goal of mine is to have most of the décor be from our travels. It is happening slowly but surely!

What are your favorite souvenirs?


  1. Holly says:

    We buy ornaments from places we travel to as well. I’m excited to see what we get in a few weeks!

    • Rachel says:

      We have trouble with ornaments in Europe, so we usually get something that we can make an ornament out of, but it works! Hope you found some good stuff in Charleston!

  2. 1. My dad’s thing was shot glasses, too. He had a huge collection. I think we could have practiced our geography homework with them, if that would have been at all appropriate for little kids.

    2. I like the idea of wine, a lot. Especially if you’re traveling with kids.

    3. My girls love for me to bring T-shirts when I travel without them, from the teams there. Or if I go abroad, just something cool looking, like a shark. Yeah, they’re not your typical girls.

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