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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2013, 08:37:26 PM »
I really dislike touristy gifts given by others.  I don't want or need magnets, shotglasses,  tshirts or mugs.  To me I think it's silly to have a momento of "INSERT CITY NAME HERE" when I, in fact, never visited said city. 

But.. but... It's a magnet of the Corn Palace! Everyone needs one of those!

My inner (r-word) is having a field day with this one.
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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2013, 08:52:01 PM »
I really dislike touristy gifts given by others.  I don't want or need magnets, shotglasses,  tshirts or mugs.  To me I think it's silly to have a momento of "INSERT CITY NAME HERE" when I, in fact, never visited said city. 

But.. but... It's a magnet of the Corn Palace! Everyone needs one of those!

I would love to have  a magnet from the Corn Palace.  Mr. Thipu and I have so many magnets we have thought abut getting a bigger refrigerator. 


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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2013, 09:41:43 PM »
We have metal doors, and magnets decorate them nicely.  ;D

We collect bandanas, and once I get enough of them, I am going to make them into a quilt top. DH buys me a piece of art every trip, this one was a ceramic dish that has crackle glass in the middle and reflects light beautifully.  :) DS (14) always has to get some things for his friends. Our last trip to Colorado and New Mexico, we bought DH's parents each a beautiful mug which they use.

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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #33 on: April 02, 2013, 10:09:19 PM »
I don't buy souvenirs personally.  We take lots and lots of pictures and those are our souvenirs.

But we once went on a trip with a large group of people and there was a married couple on the trip who bought a Christmas tree ornament (or a small object that could be used as one) to remember each trip.  I thought that was kind of a neat idea!

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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #34 on: April 02, 2013, 11:35:16 PM »
When friends travel, I will sometimes send along a couple of labelled glass vials for them to put pebbles or sand to bring back. I pre-print tacky labels with the country of origin so they look like typical souvenirs and not anything suspect.  ;D  Eventually, I plan to build a special rack for the vials little brass plaques, it will hang next to a world map.

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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #35 on: April 03, 2013, 12:44:57 AM »
I usually only get a few nice things for myself/DH.  A silk scarf from Lyon, a nice cross from Bethlehem, etc.  When we go to Italy I look for non-perishable food stuffs that are hard to find in the US.

I do bring back things for work and friends. When I had a stop in Turkey I had joking requests for rugs.  I picked up a variation on these Turkish rugs with evil eye http://www.cafeanatolia.com/Turkish_Carpet_Wall_Hanging_with_Evil_Eye_Amulet_p/evileyehomedecor10.htm. Mine were only $2. 

When I go to Vegas it may be candy casino chips.  I try and keep it small and fun. 

DS1 lives and breathes baseball, so a tshirt from the local team is appreciated. DS2 & DIL will usually get an edible treat.  The exception was last year's library convention when the guys from DC comics personalized autographed comics and created original artwork when I mentioned DS2 is in the Army. I earned mega mom points.

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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #36 on: April 03, 2013, 09:21:30 AM »
When I was a child, my mother was friendly with two sisters.  They lived together and traveled quite a bit. 

Every place they visited they tried to find a four inch square ceramic tile with a local scene.    Eventually, they had enough to tile a wall in their breakfast nook. 

It made quite a lovely display. 

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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #37 on: April 03, 2013, 09:27:26 AM »
When my SO and I go to northern Michigan (Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island and St. Ignace), he and I will get fudge and T-shirts for my parents.

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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #38 on: April 06, 2013, 10:07:41 PM »
I usually bring back consumables or unique home decorations (hand embroidered pillow cases from India, Morocco, China, paintings from street stands, etc) for myself. I pick up some time of consumable for anybody who did favors for me when I was gone and my lab mates. If I'm going somewhere interesting, I send postcards to my niece and nephew and buy a Christmas ornament or nativity scene for my mother.

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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #39 on: April 06, 2013, 11:37:01 PM »
My dad has always travelled a lot for work, and ever since I was a preteen, he would ask me to research and pick one local shop i'd like him to visit in his travels.

One of his best efforts was when I was a teen, he visited LA, and I'd read about 'Kitson' in some magazine. He went there and was pounced on by a sales assistant - and came back with some really cool things from that trip!

When I travel, I prefer to send postcards or take photos of things my family/friends would find funny/interesting. If I can find birthday/christmas presents that I can't get anywhere near home, then I'll pick up a few.

Oh, but I still have a dress my dad bought me when I was 12 - he stayed with a fellow academic in Chicago and there was a teenaged daughter in the house. She took him shopping and found some awesome clothes for my brother and I!

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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #40 on: April 07, 2013, 06:59:40 AM »
When I was a child, my mother was friendly with two sisters.  They lived together and traveled quite a bit. 

Every place they visited they tried to find a four inch square ceramic tile with a local scene.    Eventually, they had enough to tile a wall in their breakfast nook. 

It made quite a lovely display.
I think i'm going to steal this idea!

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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #41 on: April 09, 2013, 04:54:03 PM »
When I was a child, my mother was friendly with two sisters.  They lived together and traveled quite a bit. 

Every place they visited they tried to find a four inch square ceramic tile with a local scene.    Eventually, they had enough to tile a wall in their breakfast nook. 

It made quite a lovely display.
I think i'm going to steal this idea!

That is a great idea!  Or have them framed together.
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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #42 on: April 09, 2013, 05:03:48 PM »
When I was a child, my mother was friendly with two sisters.  They lived together and traveled quite a bit. 

Every place they visited they tried to find a four inch square ceramic tile with a local scene.    Eventually, they had enough to tile a wall in their breakfast nook. 

It made quite a lovely display.
What a great idea!

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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #43 on: April 09, 2013, 06:05:30 PM »
When I was a kid, and POGs were a (brief!) fad, we got those--mostly because it was a nice, cheap memento.  Although mine are pretty beat up because I actually played with them  :P.

I'll try to get something we actually need, with a twist.  So...we need a wine stopper?  great, we can get one w/ a piece of 'local' (to where we are) wood on it made by a local artisan.

other than that, I don't tend to buy for anyone except my kid.


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Re: Souvenirs From Travels
« Reply #44 on: April 10, 2013, 09:13:43 AM »
When I was a child, my mother was friendly with two sisters.  They lived together and traveled quite a bit. 

Every place they visited they tried to find a four inch square ceramic tile with a local scene.    Eventually, they had enough to tile a wall in their breakfast nook. 

It made quite a lovely display.
What a great idea!

When we visited them, it was great fun to learn about the places and hear stories of their travels.