We all love to bring something home from our trips abroad. But maybe going for a more unique trinket is better than one of these tacky travel souvenirs! Let’s take a look at the worst offenders:
1: Tiny Eiffel Towers
Might as well bring home a beret and some baguettes while you’re at it.
2: Fridge Magnets
A staple of every grandparent’s fridge, these destination fridge magnets you are the low-effort “Oh I have to buy something, don’t I” of travel souvenirs.
3: Itty-Bitty Spoons
Never, ever got this one. Are they like Beanie Babies, where they’d increase in value over the years? I’ve never seen someone buy a tiny spoon, but they’re at every single touristy gift shop around the world. And there are some SERIOUS collectors!
4: Hawaiian Leis
This photo is from 1959! While these are wonderful welcome gifts, buying gift shop fabric leis and bringing them home is a total waste of money, and a sure way to get them shoved into a box in your closet after a while, then rediscovered years later when you’re cleaning or moving. You say “Ah, right, that was a fun trip” right before tossing the lei into the trash.
5: Photos Like This One
I lived in Washington, DC for 13 years and saw SO many people taking pictures just like this one, but with the Washington Monument. Admittedly no one thinks they’re clever for thinking of it – it’s entirely for the cringe.
6: I <3 NY Tees
I didn’t think people actually bought these tees, but I was proven wrong when I moved to Brooklyn. Tons of people – particularly in Manhattan – wore this iconic shirt, and I’m not unconvinced some actually lived in the city and wore them ironically.
7: Snow Globes from…Anywhere
These ones are from Vatican City. Snow globes seem to be one of those souvenirs that exists solely to gather dust and for adults to yell “Put that down before you break it!” to kids, who are the only people in the world who want to shake up a snow globe and see what happens.
There was definitely one of these in our attic when I was a kid. It was left behind by the old lady who lived there before us.
9: Maori Fishing Hooks
Often accompanied by puka shells.