Shopping for souvenirs is an inseparable element from travel. They quite go hand-in-hand. Although we take back a lot of good memories from the trip, there is always a need to take back a few tangible things as gifts – not just for ourselves but for our friends, family and colleagues too.
It could range from something as simple as a keychain or a fridge magnet to expensive perfumes or luxury travel gifts for women. What we take home as a souvenir depends on factors like your budget and the number of people you are planning to gift. If you are on a budget tour, you may not be able to afford much towards souvenir shopping. However, coming back empty-handed may not look good in front of your friends and family. Also, if you buy gifts only for a selected group of people and leave out the rest that would look bad too. Nobody wants to be left out!
So, although you are not able to afford something huge like luxury travel gifts for women, make sure to buy something for everyone. It need not be expensive or huge – as long as it reminds them of something special about the destination, anything (big or small) would do. It is not the price tag but the mere gesture that matters. The fact that you remembered the person and got them something special from a land far away is what matters.
Rather than looking for brands or high-end products, it is always a good idea to visit local artisans and local markets. Those places serve as the best souvenir shops. If there is an art that is exclusive to the place, souvenirs might be expensive here too. However, it will be worth your money as you are supporting a local (probably unpopular) craft and helping them with their livelihoods. Happy souvenir shopping!