What is the perfect souvenir?

I have long had problems making decisions when it comes to souvenirs. What makes a good souvenir? How much should I spend? Is it too commonplace? If I could, I would buy every souvenir. You think I’m exaggerating, buuuut I’m not. (Never look at my receipts from any palace, thank you very much.) I have come up with a few questions to help figure out if it’s actually worth it.
1. Will I use this again? I have several Starbucks mugs and tumblrs from all of the places I have visited- why? Because I can use them! I take tea to work every day, and I make tea every day at home. I am getting use out of my souvenirs!

2. How much does it cost?
With few exceptions, I try to keep all souvenirs under $15 Canadian. I’m already taking pictures, I probably have some sort of ticket-type deal (which I keep), so there isn’t a huge need to spend a ton of money on a souvenir.

3. Does it actually represent where I went? Buying a plain mug from Buckingham Palace is kind of pointless, I could buy that at IKEA. I like something to actually show that it is from somewhere!

What do I like to buy?

1. Tote bags- I use these every day. I use them to take things to work, go grocery shopping, just generally cart stuff around. They are typically under $10 CAD and are pretty easy to find. The Historic Royal Palace bags are particularly nice, and typically only Ā£2.

2. Keychains- I have many keys to carry, and they need keychains! They are a good price (aside from keychains from West End musicals. Those are a doozy.), and don’t take up a lot of weight/space in your suitcase!

3. The aforementioned Starbucks mugs- the city series is fantastic, and they are fairly easy to find!

My goal is to find some slightly different souvenirs (but I will undoubtedly still get some totes and keychains) on this next trip.

What souvenirs do you collect? What is your favourite souvenir?

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

3 thoughts on “What is the perfect souvenir?

  1. Go Is My Middle Name April 4, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    I used to go crazy buying souvenirs, but had trouble figuring out how to display many of them. In recent years I have cut it back to magnets and Christmas ornaments–and the occasional unique/signature item (small model double-decker bus from London, music box from Paris…). I display the magnets on a decorative metal board in my study and, of course, hang the ornaments on my Christmas tree every year. It is a great way to remember my travels at a glance, and everything is small and compact. I will admit that I haven’t completely scaled back and have been known to pick up a painting or drawing of the place I am visiting as well.


  2. Katelynne April 7, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    The Starbucks mugs are my favourite! Magnets are also a fantastic souvenir as well. Or at least something small, inexpensive, and shows where it’s from. One of the best souvenirs I’ve gotten is a “Hogwarts ticket” that I got at the shop at Platform 9 3/4. šŸ™‚


    • anhistorianabouttown April 8, 2015 / 9:59 pm

      I love my ticket to Hogwarts šŸ™‚ Also, I need to start getting magnets to join my Dosney city magnets!! šŸ™‚

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