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Making soap in Marseille – of course!

When you come back from a trip do you unpack this much stuff? I’m a big souvenir person – French linens, soaps, I cookies, I mean all of it is just worth the suitcase space. And I’m notorious for leaving clothing behind to make room.

Here are five travel souvenir ideas that are lightweight a bit non traditional and the main purpose is that you’ll actually use them so you’ll think about your travels every time you see them – after all, that’s the purpose of a souvenir, right?

Tea Towel

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My girlfriends knew I’d kick off this post with a tea towel. I have a weakness for tea towels when I travel – I also have a hard time getting just one from my trip – especially if it’s a long one. This one is from Liberty London, which also has a pop up at Nordstrom right now – go online here and buy a few items without having to order online from London!

When it comes to tea towels, look for iconic illustrations, or a country map! You’ll think of it every time you do the dishes.

Floaty Pen/Hotel Pen

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Floaty pens rule. I’m so glad they’re still around. If you can’t find one, look at the hotel pen, if it’s a cool place it should be a pretty cool pen. Use it daily, or keep it in your checkbook. When you write a check you’ll be dreaming about your next travel and maybe it’ll keep you from spending money on the small things and start saving for the bigger trips.

Jewelry

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This was an earring turned into a necklace charm, I took it to my jeweler and for $30 he added the hook. It was 10 kt gold, and this is of course from Ireland. My girlfriend Melayne has the other one so it’s almost like a BFF necklace too!

Street vendor art

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From watercolors to bracelets or knit hats – maybe it doesn’t specify the place you bought it, but it will bring back memories from your trip which is what it’s all about, right? Here’s a shot in Galway, Melayne bought a knit hat. I also love sewed items, and paintings!

Map

Use the one you used to navigate through the trip (or grab an extra new one) to cut up and make into a pretty display:

Or a pretty map to display at home as art like this illustration from Northern Ireland – I found the frame at Goodwill for $8. The matting and framing however cost a bit… but that’s OK!

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Ir this Ashford Castle estate map for hotel guests that was just too pretty to not frame:

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What’s your favorite souvenir to purchase?