5 tips for the best souvenir shopping experience

Filipinos are classic souvenir shoppers – we typically bring home magnets and shirts from our travels. Others might be tempted to go off-the-book and buy something with more personality: that handmade accessory, the traditionally woven rug, a painting by a street artist. No matter what shopping tactic you choose to employ, here are some souvenir […]

  • November 13, 2019

Filipinos are classic souvenir shoppers – we typically bring home magnets and shirts from our travels. Others might be tempted to go off-the-book and buy something with more personality: that handmade accessory, the traditionally woven rug, a painting by a street artist. No matter what shopping tactic you choose to employ, here are some souvenir shopping tips that will help you make the most of your trip.

Make a plan

Research what kind of souvenirs are worth taking home from your destination. Some countries are famous for their skilled indigenous communities that create stunning culturally significant items, turning your shopping experience into something even more meaningful. Buying a local or traditional item is also a great way of helping the locals make a living.

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Take note to research local exit and entry rules as well, if your souvenir item will get through customs without a hitch. In some Buddhist countries such as Cambodia and Thailand, there might be restrictions on what kind of Buddha statue or painting can be taken out of the country.

Follow your instincts

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While you more or less have an idea of what’s available in the market, don’t get so focused on sticking to the list. Let yourself be pleasantly surprised by what’s out there, then follow that desire and give in.

Choose a local specialty

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Each country often has a special souvenir item that they’re best known for. This can be sometimes be in the form of something edible, such as herbal candy from Hong Kong; or in the form of a handicraft such as alpaca wool clothing from Peru.

Start a collection

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If you want to be really particular about it, you can even start a collection from your travels! It can be something as simple as buying a snow globe or a tea cup in each country you visit. For something pretty but still practical, you can choose a scarf or an accessory. If you’re looking for a cost-efficient item, you can also keep a local currency bill from each destination and frame it together as an art piece.

Buy something useful

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Sometimes it’s not just about the things you can show off at home; you can also go for something you will actually use. The list can go on: accessories, scarves, dishes, hats, bags and even pillow cases! Bringing home something beautiful and practical will give your souvenir more mileage as it will serve a specific purpose other than sitting on a shelf or hanging on a wall.

Take these tips to the road and see what the world has to offer! For travel inquiries, send us an email at inquiry@travelwithaccess.com.

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