Whether traveling abroad or vacationing near home, most people want a special keepsake to help them remember their trip. However, many souvenirs geared towards tourists tend to turn into clutter over time. Instead of purchasing something you don’t need, consider investing in a special item you’ll enjoy for many years. Here are three unique ideas to help commemorate your next special getaway.
Artwork for Your Home
At your next destination, buy handmade art from local artisans. Look for interesting pieces that fit your style and taste but reflect the unique personality of the area you’re visiting. Not only will you add a beautiful piece to your home decor but you’ll also help support art in that community. Keep in mind that art comes in many forms. Paintings and sculpture are more traditional choices, but jewelry and even textiles can be artwork as well.
Practical Items You Can Use Every Day
The most meaningful souvenirs are often ones that can also be useful. Purchase some glasses, dinner plates or serving pieces and serve a meal that you enjoyed while on your trip. Special seasonings and sauces that are local to the area can last a long time and are easy to transport home to enjoy later. Blankets are another practical souvenir that provide warmth and memories.
Natural Collectibles From Your Own Adventures
When you’re visiting a new place, take a walk and explore the nature of the area. Look for plants that are unique to the region and can be safely potted or dried and displayed in your home. Not only will this encourage you to make your own adventures as you travel, but it will help you find special pieces that are completely unique as well as beautiful. Just be sure it’s permissible to collect and transport the items before you travel back home.
The next time you plan a memorable vacation, choose unique items you’re more likely to use and cherish for years to come.