Souvenirs – memories to bring back home from your next trip

Great ideas for cute souvenirs to bring back home from your next trip

Do you bring souvenirs from your travels or you make pictures and prefer to capture the moments in your mind? Magnets were very popular at some point, but the problem is that they are almost ”useless”….That’s why, if I find something nice and original while I travel, I buy it to remind me of the city or the country I’ve visited. Here is my selection of souvenirs that I brought home from some of my trips.

Caricature of me made at Montmartre in Paris

A spontaneous decision but the entire process was so much fun and the result unexpected! It reminds me of my trip to Paris every time I see it at home. Other ideas: French macarons: Ladurée has a great selection of tastes and colours. Yummy!

Souvenirs from around the world - Caricature of me made at Montmartre in Paris
Caricature of me made at Montmartre in Paris

Linen shirt with traditional Belarusian embroideries from my trip to Minsk, Belarus

That was love at first sight! Belarus is very popular with its linen products and I am so happy to have one! Belarus is a great shopping destination – you will find many local brands of quality at an affordable price. A lot of choices out there to bring authentic souvenirs back home.

Linen shirt with traditional Belarusian embroideries from my trip to Minsk, Belarus
Linen shirt with traditional Belarusian embroideries from my trip to Minsk, Belarus

Babouches from Dubai

This beautiful pair of babouches are from Dubai: very nice and practical souvenir! Great memories of me negotiating the price at Madina Jumeirah Souk!

Souvenirs from around the world - Babouches from Dubai
Babouches from Dubai

Lava salt from Iceland

I wanted to buy a lopapeysaIcelandic wool sweater, but first, a good one is quite expensive and second, the winter in the Netherlands is not so cold to wear it. Thus, I bought Lava Salt from the local supermarket! Great seasoning for salads and dishes and a great souvenir to bring from Iceland!

Souvenirs from around the world - Lava salt from Iceland
Lava salt from Iceland

Leather garments from Tuscany

I bought this beautiful bag and a pair of handmade sandals from Florence. I also get a notebook with leather covers and use it to write things down every day. A bottle of Chianti can do the job as well!

Souvenirs from around the world - Leather garments from Tuscany
Leather garments from Tuscany

Earrings with tulips from The Netherlands

I live in the Netherlands, but was looking for these earrings for ages! Finally, I saw these ones in a shop in the Hague! Great accessories! All products from Royal Delft are very nice and will definitely remind you of Holland! Even though stroopwafels remain top export product from the Netherlands to Bulgaria. People are looking at me with surprise when I buy 20 boxes of waffles at the supermarket ):

Souvenirs from around the world - Earrings with tulips from The Netherlands
Earrings with tulips from The Netherlands

Rose products from Bulgaria

If you travel to Bulgaria, don’t miss out to buy rose products like rose oil, rose face water, rose soap, rose lokum and rose liquor! Bulgaria is famous worldwide for its rose products and beautiful rose valley. You can also choose traditional Bulgarian pottery to make delicious dishes or ”chushkopek” – top one product exported to France by one of my friends. Great souvenirs to bring to your family and friends from Bulgaria!

Souvenirs from around the world - Rose products from Bulgaria
Rose products from Bulgaria

Savon de Marseille from Marseille, France

A must-have souvenir from Marseille, France. I bought the traditional one with olive oil and one with propolis. Since then, I don’t use any other beauty product for my face!

Handmade soups made by PAUNA
Handmade soups made by PAUNA

Pad Thai recipe from Thailand

When I was in Thailand I took part in a Thai cooking class and brought a Pad Thai recipe as a souvenir from my trip to Thailand!

Thai cooking class in Bangkok, Thailand
Thai cooking class in Bangkok, Thailand

Mosaics from Madaba, Jordan

I was wondering what to bring as a souvenir from Jordan? I don’t like usual touristic stuff and when we visited a mosaics factory where disabled people were hired to hand-make mosaics, I decided that I will buy myself the tree of life mosaics. And as per the legend, if a tree enters a home, the luck will enter with it inside. So, I great choice for a souvenir from Madaba!

Souvenirs from around the world - Mosaics from Madaba, Jordan
Mosaics from Madaba, Jordan

Turkish coffee from Istanbul

That was an easy one. I love coffee and I taste local coffee wherever I go. Therefore, I bought a package of Turkish coffee as a souvenir to bring home from my trip to Istanbul.

Cross made of olive tree wood from Jerusalem

I visited the Holy Land just before Easter. We passed by the Jordan river and I was baptised there by a lady travelling with the same group. On the other hand, I also became a Godmother for two guys that I met on the same trip and actually the wooden cross is a present from them. The cross is made out of Olive tree wood and I believe it’s an amazing souvenir from my mind-blowing souvenir to Israel.

Souvenirs from around the world - Cross made of olive tree wood from Jerusalem
Cross made of olive tree wood from Jerusalem

Vishnyovka from Krakow

I spent more than a month in Krakow, Poland and was looking for the perfect presents and souvenirs to remind me of my great experience out there. Finally, I made up my mind – Vishnyovka or nothing! Finally, I bought a few bottles of Vishnoiovka liquor for my family and friends! Cheers!

How about you? What do you bring from your trips?

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