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Old 09-19-2014, 03:50 PM
 
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When people travel, buying souvenirs is a really magnificent, and accurate version of remembering where someone has visited and traveled in. All people have to respect souvenirs, and observe their value in universal existence. They are a celebration of life, and takes human talent to make those items.

What Souvenir Businesses have you noticed when you traveled, and in what areas of countries? Is there some nation favorites you have in your life, and in travel?

I already started a souvenir collection from when I travel, and I have up to 30 main souvenir items in my home from 7 countries. My favorite souvenirs overall are from Romania, Czech Republic and then Austria, Slovakia, and Mexico. There is some extremely unique, incredible souvenir items from those countries. I Bought Crystal Globes with Castles On Them Carved Into Design, Electronic Crystal Balls on top of Fountains Inside Traditional Farm Looking Objects, Refrigerator Magnets with Architecture Building Sites & and Landmarks on Them, Postcards, Ceramics showing Area Destinations On Them, and Unique Cultural Labels Carved Into Stone Objects.
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Old 09-21-2014, 08:03 AM
 
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When people travel, buying souvenirs is a really magnificent, and accurate version of remembering where someone has visited and traveled in.
Yeah, some **** plastic flamenco dancer figurine made in China is really accurate and magnificent, yippee ki yay!
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Old 09-21-2014, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Old 09-21-2014, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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It is really hard to find souvenirs that aren't made elsewhere. Some of my souvenirs that I bought in my youth hold memories of a place, but I really have no idea where they were made. I didn't pay too much attention then.
I do have a small beautiful wooden box, that is very well made. I bought it in Sorrento, Italy. It says that it was made in Italy, but I don't know if it was made in that area. Still, it reminds me of a wonderful trip.
Now I buy very few souvenirs and if I do I make sure they are made at least in the country I'm visiting.

It is rather discouraging to see tourists visiting B.C. and buying plastic, made in China, totem poles and the like, especially when in the summer months, you may encounter a first nations carver on the street or even the seawall, making small carvings. I'm sure they are more expensive than the plastic ones, but I would think, it would be worth it.
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Old 09-22-2014, 11:34 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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poop
Funny you should say that...

Alaska Momentos, Gifts, Arts, Crafts and Souvenirs from the Alaska Gift Center - Moose Poop
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:18 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Just about all souvenirs are made in China. I have a few nice locally made things, but none of them were cheap.

Handmade Navajo and Hopi jewelry, from the American Southwest. Seriously not cheap, and one must have an idea of what it should look like because a lot of it is made in China. I also have a handmade knife with turquoise inlay and an antler handle from the same area.

I've got some very nice antler handled knives from Scotland, but those were antiques and pre-date the era of ticky-tacky foreign made souvenirs.

Mostly, I collect coffee cups with local pictures, all made in China, but inexpensive, easy to pack, and they get a lot of use once home.
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:25 AM
 
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When people travel, buying souvenirs is a really magnificent, and accurate version of remembering where someone has visited and traveled in. All people have to respect souvenirs, and observe their value in universal existence. They are a celebration of life, and takes human talent to make those items.
If you say so:>)
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Disgusting. I guess Alaskans must be suffering from cabin fever, and have resorted to making moose poop souvenirs.
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Old 09-25-2014, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Disgusting. I guess Alaskans must be suffering from cabin fever, and have resorted to making moose poop souvenirs.
…LOL…but you looked. I just couldn't.
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Old 09-25-2014, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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Last "souvenir" I bought was a meat cleaver in Hong Kong. Nothing special, HKD80, bought in a kitchen supplies wholesale. I wanted to buy one for quite some time back in Austria, but most shops here don't have them (or I didn't care to look for it properly...). They are abundant in China, so I got it.

Not a huge fan of tacky magnets or ceramics, though.
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