We all love collecting little bits and bobs for our souvenirs to keep when travelling but in the interest of building a coherent collection whilst also keeping unnecessary clutter out your home, it’s best to stick to one of the below inexpensive reminders. Pick the title that’s more important to you and stick with one type. If you have postcards from one places and keyrings from another then you’re going to have a lot of clutter.
12 Ideas for your Next Souvenirs Collection
What ideally should join your collection of souvenirs? It should be a perfect reminder of your travels and experiences and ideally as inexpensive as possible. You don’t want to spend more than you’ve spent on your flights on a trinket you’ll always feel a little bit guilty to look at. Here are 12 inexpensive souvenir ideas:
A fun and minimal idea is to buy a keyring from everywhere you travel to but put them all on one ‘travels’ keyring. It can be kept in a nice box and looked through when you want to reminisce or show someone.
This is one that I practice although it can be a little tricky to find baubles in July. We get our box of Christmas tree ornaments out every year and watch it grow with everywhere we travel year on year.
Postcards traditionally are ever so boring but what I like to do is put them all in a photo album alongside pictures of us at the location. It looks like a really professional scrapbook.
Jars of Sand
Do you almost exclusively go on beach holidays? Travel with a empty cork-stopped bottle and scoop up local sand to label and display.
A friend of mine collects stamps as his souvenirs. He advises that if they don’t stamp it, just ask them and 9/10 they will for you.
I like to collect sterling silver charms from around the world and have them put on my charm bracelet. If you can’t get a charm, buy some local jewellery such as earrings or necklace and have them turned into a charm by a jewellers.
Head to the local market and treat yourself to a tote bag that can be used back home. These take up a lot of space if they aren’t stored together. I like to put mine in a suitcase at the bottom of my wardrobe.
Personally, we have enough glasses but if you’re just starting out in a new home then buy a shot or pint glasses from your travels to use back home.
These can get out of control so we only have one magnet per trip and they all go on the side of the fridge so it’s neat. Whenever we go to the fridge, we can see our travels.
Personally I find ornaments take up too much space in our small house however if you stored them all on one shelf or in a glass cabinet, it could serve as a museum of your travelling.
Fill up a piece of material with badges from your holidays. These are as cheap as souvenirs can be, weigh almost nothing and can be stored out the way.
Sew on Patches
This is an idea I’ve only just started but I really like the look of patches on denim jacket but didn’t want one with a bunch of places I’ve never been. I’m currently looking around charity shops for a denim jacket to start sewing some of the patches I’ve been collecting on to.