While it is very thoughtful for a friend or family member to bring us back souvenirs when they travel, most of the time we end up not knowing what to do with them! How many magnets, mugs, and key chains can we really own? Of course, it’s a great gesture to bring back gifts for your friends and family, but sometimes it seems more like a chore than a fun activity to do on vacation. Check out what not to buy your loved ones the next time you go on a trip.
Here are 6 souvenirs you should never buy.
1. Anything from the Airport
Don’t buy any souvenirs from the airport! Be sure to plan ahead and buy your souvenirs before your flight home. Airport souvenir stores tend to be highly over-priced for merchandise that can easily be found somewhere else for much less. Most of the time the souvenirs are unoriginal, anyway. No one really wants a Statue of Liberty t-shirt or an “I heart NY” mug/keychain.
Don’t give your friends leftover foreign currency such as euros as a collectible or souvenir. Most likely, they won’t know what to do with it and they won’t want it.
3. Key Chains and trinkets
Absolutely no key chains, coasters, mugs, or magnets! Unless, of course, your loved one collects any of these and will be able to use it. Most of the time people throw them in a drawer and forget about them.
Don’t come back with a bottle filled with sand or sea shells. Although you most likely got them from an amazing or exotic place, no one has any use for a bottle filled with sand from a beach they’ve never been to!
5. Traditional Clothing
I was once given traditional clothing from a country my friend had visited. While it is cool to see how the natives dress, most people would never dress like that in the U.S. and would have absolutely no use for clothing like that. Except maybe on Halloween!
6. “I heart ___.”
Whatever country or city you’re visiting, your friends probably don’t want a t-shirt, bag, poster, or anything with “I heart” on it. Even if they do heart it.
What was the worst souvenir you’ve ever received? Comment below or tweet us @travefy!