10 Most Original Souvenirs To Take Home From a Journey

Souvenir shops

One thing all travelers are currently asking is – is it the right time to travel again? The answer to this question depends on your location and desired destination. Some parts of the world have been affected by the pandemic more severely than others. So, it would be best to wait a bit longer to be safe. After all, we waited this long. What are a couple of months more? However, just because we cannot travel right now, that does not mean that you cannot start planning for your upcoming trip. You can use this time to dig deep and research all the mesmerizing places virtually before visiting. And, while you are researching, it won’t hurt to get some ideas regarding souvenirs. This article is here to help you with that. Here are 10 original souvenirs to take home from a journey. 

1. Argentina – Leather Items 

Argentina is famous for many things, and leather is one of them. So, next time you find yourself in this amazing country, be sure to pick up some leather items. Those can be shoes, belts, bags, wallets, or even watch straps. And, do not worry, you will not get scammed – the leather pieces from Argentina are of excellent quality, so do not hesitate to pay a bit extra.

2. China – Teapots

If you decide to travel to China, one of the most original souvenirs you can come home with is a Chinese teapot. These can be found pretty much anywhere in China. Their prices vary depending on their quality, of course. If you have some extra spending money in your budget, we recommend getting teapots made from Chinese porcelain. And, if you want a complete collection to give you the ultimate tea-drinking experience, you can also get teacups in matching painted sets. And don’t forget to buy some Chinese green or black tea. All of these make for excellent birthday gifts for travelers, too, so keep that in mind if you want to buy a gift for someone special. 

A teapot and cup.
There is nothing more original than a Chinese tea set.

3. England – Cadbury’s Chocolate

Even though Belgium is the world’s chocolate capital, many people argue that England can participate in the competition. But it is not just any chocolate – it is the famous Cadbury’s chocolate. This will also be a perfect gift to an American as this chocolate can no longer be found in the USA. 

4. Belgium – Lace

Speaking of Belgium, this country has a lot more to offer than just chocolate. For instance, Belgium is known for its authentic, hand-made lace and tapestry. Some of the most intricate laceworks can be found in the cities of Brussels and Bruges. You can take this lace home and make curtains, table spreads, or some of the most beautiful pieces of clothing out of it. But, let us warn you – Belgium’s lace comes with a hefty price tag! 

5. France – Macarons

It is no secret that France is famous for its cheeses, pastries and desserts. Some of those famous pastries include Croissants, Éclairs, Crepes, Crème Brûlée, etc. However, one dessert found its way to all of our hearts. The one and only – Macarons. These delectable pieces of heaven come in many colors and flavors. You can buy them almost anywhere throughout France. And even though they look delicate, they will survive the ride home.

A selection of macaroons.
Your friends will love you if you bring them macarons from your trip to France.

6. Ireland -Whisky

Besides food, alcohol and other popular drinks are some of the original souvenirs to take home from a journey. So, in Ireland, do not even think about going home without trying their signature whiskies. Every bar offers a variety of Irish whiskies. Try a couple and then buy a bottle of your favorite as your souvenir from Ireland.

7. Germany – Beer Stein

Most tourists travel to Germany during Oktoberfest. This festival is an excellent opportunity to dance, eat, drink, and simply have fun. Unfortunately, Oktoberfest was not held last year due to the pandemic. Nobody knows what will happen this year, but do not let that stop you from visiting Germany. It is a common travel myth that all the attractions are closed now. They are not! You can still try Germany’s famous beers and buy a beer stein as your souvenir.  

8. Italy – Venetian Masks

If you are looking for souvenirs you can buy that will not only stay on your fridge or your key chains, consider looking for pieces that serve a purpose. So, for example, when in Italy, consider investing in a Venetian Mask. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. And, they can be used as art pieces for your home, not only as souvenirs. You can use them to add a personal touch to your office or your living room. 

A Venetian mask.
A Venetian mask can also be a great gift for somebody special

9. Morocco – Ceramic Items 

Morocco is a country famous for being one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. It is also famous for hand-painted ceramic items. Most often, you will see colorful bowls being sold on the streets. But, you can find pretty much anything made of ceramics – mugs, glasses, pots, figurines, and even tiles. What makes them so unique is the color choice and various intricate floral and geometric designs. 

10. Russia – Lacquer Box

One of the most popular souvenirs to buy in Russia is the Matryoshka doll. But, this doll has become a cliché over the years as everybody buys it. So, when in Russia, instead of buying a doll set, consider purchasing the Lacquer box. This is a fantastic souvenir to take home. It too comes in many colors and sizes, but what makes it unique are the pictures from Russian fairy tales drawn on it

And there you have it – 10 most original souvenirs to take home from a journey. What souvenir would you buy?

 

25 thoughts on “10 Most Original Souvenirs To Take Home From a Journey

  1. Francesca May 11, 2021 / 7:54 am

    Great post! This just reminded me that I have somewhere hidden in the house an amazing Russian lacquer box bought in 2010 – I will definitely have to look for it and display it properly.

    • markstraveljournal May 11, 2021 / 7:58 am

      Thanks. As travel returns, I suspect we will want something to remember our “first “ trip. Get that lacquer box out on display…

    • markstraveljournal May 11, 2021 / 11:00 am

      Thanks. Yes, who isn’t ready for that next trip? I miss travelling too

      • BR May 11, 2021 / 11:07 am

        Thanks for your comment 😘

  2. Della Driscoll May 11, 2021 / 10:05 am

    I love this post and it makes me miss travel and collecting things on my adventures! A great insight into all these different places xx

  3. CristinaR May 13, 2021 / 8:40 am

    What a lovely post! I always love to get a souvenir that will remind me of my travels! The lacquer box and tea pot sound like a must!

    • markstraveljournal May 13, 2021 / 8:50 am

      Thank you, it’s time to dream of that next trip (and the next souvenir)

  4. Poppy Mayy May 13, 2021 / 9:12 am

    Such a comprehensive and delightful list. If I ever venture to any of these countries I hope to pick up a few of your recommendations.

    • markstraveljournal May 13, 2021 / 9:47 am

      I hope you do get to some of these destinations in the future. Thanks for the comments

  5. Unwanted Life May 13, 2021 / 12:10 pm

    If you go to Scotland, then shortbread and scotch would be a good gift to bring back, although that might be a little conventional. Cadbury’s chocolate is a definite for the UK, but you could also grab a pork pie for something a little more unusual

  6. Jaya Avendel May 13, 2021 / 4:51 pm

    I love buying items when traveling, but only if I come home not with trinkets and things I will declutter next year but handmade or local items like teapots, artwork, jewelry, and edibles that I will enjoy or gift to their fullest. Your list is full of a lovely curation of eye-catching items!
    Thanks for sharing. ❤

  7. Jodie | That Happy Reader May 15, 2021 / 11:43 am

    I love travel and certainly miss it! I don’t buy a large amount of souvenirs but I do love a Christmas ornament from places I’ve travelled – they bring back memories each year when I am decorating. Thanks for sharing.

    • markstraveljournal May 15, 2021 / 12:20 pm

      I have a few Christmas ornaments as well from travels. Hand decorated eggs from Salzburg, Austria are my favourite. I buy souvenirs for others more so than for myself. Thanks for the comments.

  8. readandreviewit1 May 22, 2021 / 1:47 pm

    Awesome post! These ideas are really cool – I especially love the Italian masks, they’re beautiful!

  9. Charity May 22, 2021 / 6:03 pm

    These are definitely some unique pieces to bring back home with you from a great trip! Thanks so much for sharing these cool ideas!

  10. Fayne Soida May 23, 2021 / 9:30 am

    Great posts will keep them in mind! When travelling I like to buy a fridge magnet souvenirs. So my fridge is a little tracker down memory lane 🙂

  11. aspoonfulofvanilla June 25, 2021 / 6:08 pm

    This is such a great post! I am a sucker for bringing souvenirs home from holiday and these all sound a lot better and more fun than a standard fridge magnet.

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