You can tell what our family interests are by the souvenirs we pick up.  We are, however, not consistent in anything we buy so we have not accumulated a mass collection of objects.

Here are some of our recent souvenir purchases:

My Husband’s Travel Souvenirs

My son and husband like to collect refrigerator magnets and keychains.  Yes, they are THOSE people – the ones that keep the tacky souvenir places in business.  Here we have magnets of Ampelmen crossing lights from Berlin, a shopping bag from Vienna and a leopard photo from South Africa.

I let this tat into our house but I make my son put it on a magnet board in his room.  My kitchen has no magnetic surface – clever no?

fridge magnets

My Daughter’s Travel Souvenirs

My daughter likes anything pretty for example this pink rhinestone heart belt she got in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  If you are going to wear pink rhinestone hearts, I’d say the age of eight is the time to do it.

pink rhinestone heart belt

In Jackson Hole, Wyoming she found this pretty banner with lots of little inspirational words on it.  So her.  I can see her floating into her future on a fluffy pink cloud pulled by unicorns with Taylor Swift music streaming from a rainbow overhead.

courage dream banner

She’s also pretty crafty so I’m trying to get her to make travel journals full of her thoughts and drawings and little bits and pieces she picks up. I think travel journals will be a better long-term souvenir when she is older and can look back on her vacations. We also have a vinyl cutter machine that we can use to create our very own travel-themed stickers and die-cuts. We’ve had fun creating travel journals together (even during a vacation such as during our Beaches escape in Jamaica) and reminiscing about our trip.

My Son’s Travel Souvenirs

Under my editing hand, on our last trip to New York City, my son brought home this limited edition set of the Guggenheim Museum created by Lego.

Guggenheim collector edition

I don’t necessarily collect souvenirs as much as things that I like that I won’t find at home.  Usually, these things are home accessories. In New York City, my daughter and I like the Museum of Modern Art gift shop to buy some cool design accessory to bring back.

We found these cool Catalan casteller blocks in Barcelona. Castellers continue a long-standing tradition in Catalonia where people work together to create enormous human towers.  The blocks are fun way to recreate the towers.  They are actually harder to create than it looks!

Catalan Casteller Blocks souvenir

My Travel Souvenir Finds

I found these lassi cups being sold by a roadside vendor in India.  I’ve seen similar ones being sold by design stores here for 5x the price I paid.  I love a bargain!

lassi cups from India

You can see ostrich eggs sold everywhere in South Africa as a souvenir.  I finally relented to pester power and we agreed on this ostrich egg which I thought was one of the more tasteful designs.  I also got this wirework vase made by women in townships to earn money.

We always have spare change lying around the house courtesy of my husband who doesn’t have anything as unmanly as a coin purse.  I love this little box for collecting coins that I found on a recent trip to Minneapolis for a friends’ wedding.  It’s made by an Australian company called Typo that I’ve never heard of which has the coolest things.

travel savings piggy bank

I totally agree … When in doubt, vacation!

I hope you enjoyed this look at some of our souvenirs.  Do you collect anything specific or are you magpies like us?

This  post is part of the monthly travel link up hosted by Kelly Michelle at Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes, Rebecca at Runaway Kiwi, Emma at Adventures of a London Kiwi and Jaime at Angloyankophile.

 

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