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Souvenirs-are you a lover or hater?

Like many travelers, I adore souvenirs. But I’m not referring to ones like this:
Image courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/8047602@N06/2753862984

Or this
Image courtesy of embraceaustralia.com

Or this

Image courtesy of takenbythewind.com
No, I’m talking about the souvenirs that benefit the work of local artisans. Or the type of souvenirs that when you see them will bring a smile to your face because you’ll fondly remember the trip you purchased them on.

Although it’s hard to choose, I thought I would share with you some of my absolute loves:

My Korean doll in a traditional hanbok that I purchased in Seoul along with my Haitian rag doll

My Costa Rican cookbook

My teacup from Buenos Aires’ famed Cafe Tortoni

People either love souvenirs or they hate them. Which one are you?

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  • Reply
    March 30, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Haha! I love the awful ones you posted! I love meaningful souveniers too! This Christmas I realized whie decorating that I wanted to try to collect Christmas ornaments from places J & I travel together, ans wished I would have thought of it while we were on our honeymoon so I could have started then.

    Love your teacup–I have a collection myself!

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    March 30, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I love the souveniers you chose to bring home. I try to find something on each trip that will be memorable to bring home. I have some Kokeshi dolls from Japan, a painting on hand carved olive wood and a pair of hand carved elephants from Thailand. I also love bringing back food items from the places I’ve traveled as gifts.

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    the red headed traveler
    March 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Owoosh-I just about died when I saw the kangaroo scrotums picture, like really??? I love the Christmas ornaments idea! You could always return to your honeymoon locales to start your collection and pretend you acquired them on the hm 😉

    Holly-I love bringing back food articles too although I never get enough of those! To me those are especially meaniningful since you’re incorporating travel into cooking 🙂

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