Holiday Souvenir Ideas That Aren’t Useless Junk

Holiday Souvenir Ideas That Aren't Useless Junk

Greetings from Spain!

For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with me on Twitter, I’m currently on holiday in Spain and I’m absolutely loving it! Ten whole days of shopping, relaxing on the beach and swimming around in my new bikini – oh, and a bit of blogging too!

Being on holiday has got me thinking about souvenirs, and what I should be bringing back for myself, my friends and my family. I love to bring back little mementos when I go away, and it’s a great way to share your enjoyment with your loved ones, letting them know that you didn’t forget about them when you were on holiday. However, it can sometimes be difficult to think beyond the typical crap sold in tourist trap shops. Everywhere I look I see tacky little souvenir shops selling keyrings, ashtrays and miscellaneous objects that I can only really describe as tat. I don’t want to bring back a load of old clutter, I wanted to bring back more meaningful items than the offerings of the kiosks just off the beach. At first I was lacking inspiration, but looking around the town of Calpe yesterday gave me plenty of ideas I’d love to share with you!


– Artwork –

Holiday Souvenirs - Artwork

Although I’m not suggesting you try to squeeze a massive A2 painting into your luggage, works of art created by local artists can make lovely souvenirs. Buying a hand-made piece of art is a great way to preserve the memories of your holiday, and once you display it at home, it will never fail to make you smile. There are hundreds of different options to choose from – wooden carvings, drawings, paintings, sculptures, caricatures and hand-painted tiles are but a few options you’ll likely find when you’re abroad. You may even be able to find personalised creations in certain places, which of course would make perfect gifts for your loved ones back at home.


– Cookware –

Holiday Souvenirs - Cookware

In my opinion, one of the best things about going on holiday is getting to sample the local cuisine. A brilliant souvenir for yourself or a budding chef back home is a piece of cookware to help you replicate the meals you enjoyed on holiday. This year I will proudly be bringing home a paella pan to help me replicate my favourite Spanish dish when I’m back at university, but you definitely don’t need to go that big or heavy! Wooden utensils are a good way to go, or you could even bring home some spices – earlier this year my grandma gave me a spice collection she bought off a market in Turkey, and it has to be one of the most thoughtful souvenirs I’ve ever received. Tea towels always come in handy, and also make useful souvenirs for everyone.


– Stationery –

Holiday Souvenirs - Stationery

When I saw the notebooks above, I almost squealed with delight. Spanish inspirational phrase notebooks with matching pens? Perfect souvenirs! You’d be hard pressed to find a person who doesn’t find an unmarked notebook and a brand new pen alluring. Stationery comes in useful every day, especially if you’re the type of person who needs to physically write everything down immediately before they forget… *raises hand*. Small and relatively inexpensive, they are great little gifts to give to your friends when you get back. If you forget to buy any souvenirs? I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t get a smile from being given a free hotel pen. You can never have too many pens!


– Alcohol –

Holiday Souvenirs - Alcohol

When you’re on holiday, you will most probably unwind with a couple of drinks. Last year, when I was on holiday in Italy I discovered a love of limoncello – it’s sweet, sticky and a little bit sickly, but I sure as hell wanted more when I was on my way home. I ended up buying a bottle in the airport on the way back so that I could share it with my family. It’s a great way to relax when you get home, and a sip of a drink you loved whilst you were away will instantly sweep you back to your holiday happiness. If you’re flying home it’s probably best to buy your alcohol in the airport – you don’t want to risk having a bottle smash in your hold baggage!


– Reusable Shopping Bags –

Holiday Souvenir Ideas - Reusable Shopping Bags

Although this may sound a little strange at first, I have to say that I love receiving reusable shopping bags as souvenirs from my family. In fact, when I’m in Tesco and I whip out the bag my parents gave me from Whole Foods in Las Vegas, it always brings a smile to my face! Light and compact, bringing home reusable bags won’t knock you over your luggage allowance and they are incredibly useful, especially as more and more shops are charging for carrier bags nowadays. There is plenty of choice for shopping bags too, whether branded and purchased from a supermarket you fell in love with whilst you were on holiday or hand-made from a local market, there will be a bag to suit everyone.


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Until next time,

- Poppy -

  • Love this post! I always try to buy some sort of bag or accessory when I go on holiday, although I do also collect tacky snowglobes from every city I visit, which started as an in-joke. My grandparents had a house full of art by local artists in the countries they visited- my favourite was a Chinese painting of a flower with calligraphy below. It was beautiful! They also bought me and my brother these hand-carved marble stamps with our names written in both English and Chinese carved out of the bottom. I’m not sure what happened to them, which is a shame.