There is always a person who is a kind of collector of souvenirs, whether they are keychains, collectible glasses, clothing, fridge magnets and so on. It is very easy to travel and bring this person something that he is used to collect, it does not take much time, sometimes you just arrive to the first store and you can get that common gift you are looking for. But, how do you get a good souvenir for someone who does not have a collection of common objects?
Whether you are a traveler or not, it is very likely that you do not completely know the city, therefore, the first thing you have to do is to know the place, understand one or another customs, habits and visit several cultural and touristic centers, squares, parks and others. Once you’ve done this, it is very likely that in some cultural center you have had an indication of something you can buy, because, you already know about what you can find there that you can’t in your city.
While you continue learning, it is very good to visit commercial zones within tourist areas or, even, in very busy areas (like downtowns), where one can always get very particular objects from the city. If you haven’t received some kind of gift visiting tourist and cultural centers, it is in these commercial premises where you will get what you are looking for.
Many times we will go out and buy without having any idea of what we want to buy, and that’s fine, however, you have to be critical when buying. If the person isn’t a collector, it means that he/she will not bring up your gift if it is a simple fridge magnet or a small glass with the name of the city you are visiting, so you have to carefully choose the gift that you are going to buy. This is where the subject is a little complicated for those who are not willing to think a bit.
But, if you’re one of those who like to give a good gift, then you will have no problem. The main idea is to get products that meet one of the following 2 options:
- The production quality of the product in that city is excellent. For example, chocolates in Switzerland, paintings made by street artists in Paris or jewelry in India.
- A daily use article that, in its design, subtly includes illustrations, names, phrases and perhaps jokes about the city that is being visited. For example, a shirt with a small impression of the Eiffel Tower in the chest, or a pen drive with a characteristic shape of the city (for example, a baguette if bought in Paris).
The secret is: always think a little more than usual, try to think about something creative or just go out there and look for it, ask about good stores with innovative products or typical products of the city. With just a Little bit of effort, you will get the perfect souvenir.