Been there, done that, have the t-shirt for it. After finding my closet full of vacation spot t-shirts, I have discovered other ways to spend my money or no money at all, on lasting mementos while on my adventures. This post will give you ideas for unique souvenirs to take home with you on your next vacation. Don’t forget, you can click on the pictures for a closer view.
1. Purchase something that enhances your hobby. For example, my mother-in-law is an exquisite knitter and she enjoys purchasing new and exciting yarns wherever she travels. I enjoy kitchen gadgets myself.
2. Purchase local ingredients or specialty food items. I found the best coffee in the world at Useless Bay Coffee Company on Whidbey Island. I met the owner and he explained the different roasts and talked at length about how he roasts decaf coffee so that it does not dry out. I came home with 3 pounds of his coffee. It felt good to support a local and growing business.
3. Visit a place that is your niche and get to know the owners. I enjoyed visiting Island Angel Chocolates and the Chocolate Flower Farm, it was fun to see their progress and success. A picture of the place or a picture with the owner is a great treasure. It will make you feel like a celebrity for sure. (This is a picture of me and my SIL’s at The Chocolate Flower Farm taken by Marie.)
4. Books. Yes, books. I have always enjoyed picking up books that pertain to the area in which I am visiting. Whether picture, cooking, ghost stories, history, or folklore, I like a good local book. We visited the Locks in Seattle and I found the three greatest books about animals and plants of the Northwest called “An Uncommon Field Guide” by Patricia Lichen. Let me say that the Banana Slug’s love making habits was worth the price of the 3 books together. Hysterical. Pick up your own copies from my Store.
5. Collect information and stories. While at the Locks of Ballard near Seattle, I made friends with the tour ranger Mr. Stevens. He shared an abundance of information, opinions and stories with me. We talked about biology and botany and he even went out of his way to furnish me with information packets that they usually do not give out. I even like to collect recipes. Mona of Island Angel Chocolates filled me in on how to make Sipping Chocolate. Priceless.
6. Make friends. I think this has much to do with numbers 3 and 5. We think we must purchase our souvenirs but making friends or networking is a great thing to do. Those people I met went out of their way to see that I had a great time on my vacation. We met these guys on the highway. They give drivers licences to anyone these days.
7. Collect seeds. Well if that is your thing that is. While at Useless Bay Coffee Company. My SILs and I sat outside his cafe in his beautiful garden and spied that the poppies had expired leaving wonderful little “rattles” of thousands of seeds. Always check with the owner first of course. I plan to plant them next Spring reminding me of the best coffee I have ever tasted.
8. Holiday or birthday shop. I love giving gifts to folks followed with, “I got this for you while I was on vacation” or “I found this in the cutest little shop in…” or “This is may favorite tea from Market Spice.” It lets the receiver know that you were thinking of them while on vacation.
9. Purchase local art. I like to come home with a print or work of art from a place I have visited. I suppose this could be in any artistic form that pleases you such as photos, oils, watercolors, pottery, or even music from a local music group or street performer. This time it was chocolate candles for me. Be sure to have expensive art pieces shipped.
I need a tenth idea to make it an even ten, what unique treasure have you acquired while on vacation?
Update! – Here is the rest of the list for More Unique Souvenir Ideas For Your Next Vacation.
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