Choosing the right souvenirs for our friends and family can be a bit daunting sometimes. Buying presents is always a little apprehensive but trying to find the right present to mark an important trip requires even more thought. Here are 5 holiday souvenir ideas with a difference.
Sand and Soil
Many stores around the world that cater heavily to tourists already offer sand and soil for sale in various forms. It might seem like a strange kind of a present, but it is actually kind of fascinating when you think about it. Both sand and soil can be collected for free and are easy to transport, this makes them perfect for those occasions where you’re strapped for cash (and maybe time). While they might not be very exciting just to look at, knowing that the material has come from somewhere far away, perhaps even somewhere the recipient has dreamed of visiting, gives them value.
Trust us, once you start collecting samples from the places you visit, it’s very easy for it to form the basis of a long-term collection.
Arts and Crafts
The arts and crafts that a region produces is often one of the defining characteristics of that region. The nature of arts and crafts changes as you move around the world and the kind of things that seem terribly plain and boring to many of us are as-yet-undiscovered treasures to some other people.
If you are skilled at making these kinds of things yourself, consider making something for your friends and family that incorporates local materials. For example, you could take any of the ideas for DIY crafts on reasonstoskipthehousework.com but make use of some of the more unique local materials.
A Greeting from a Stranger
One of the most joyous experiences a traveler can have is to discover a new friend on the other side of the world. Sometimes the simple reminder that, even though we might have lived very different lives to the people we see on our travels, there are still a number of things which connect us all as human beings.
If you find yourself making friends on your trip, why not ask them to write or record a greeting message to your friends back home? This is a lovely way of sharing your adventures with other people. Your friends might also might feel some level of wonder for the fact that a stranger on the other side of the world now knows who they are.
A Charitable Donation
There are some really quite amazingly beautiful parts of the world, but sadly there are few of these that aren’t under threat. With populations and pollutions rising across the world, it is becoming harder and harder to protect the wildlife, animals and plants, which define cultures and histories. However, there are a number of people and organizations who are actively fighting against this destruction of people’s heritages. You can play a role in this by making a charitable donation in someone else’s name.
You should always be sure to check any restrictions on consumable items like food as there are some cases where you will not be allowed to take certain items out of the country. However, in most cases you should be fine to bring your friends back a little taste of wherever you have been.
The above ideas will make for some fantastic, and very memorable, presents that your friends won’t soon forget.