3 Super Cool, Affordable, Lightweight Travel Souvenir Ideas

Before I reveal my 3 awesome, super cool and very fashionable, conversational lightweight travel souvenir ideas, please understand. I hate travel souvenirs!!!

Souvenirs have never been a favorite of mine. I am one of those weird people. I consider my photos my souvenirs. And I love to gift my friends with either a photo or nothing at all. Last year I realized that I have officially gone from being the best gift giver (thanks to my former staff at my Georgia interior design firm complete with a gift shop) to receiving the new title of “The World’s Worst Giftgiver”!

So when I travel, the thought of “gifting” rarely crosses my mind.

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Here are 5 reasons I’m terrible at gift-giving and travel souvenir purchasing:

  1. I am not thinking about junking my friend’s house with gifts.
  2. I cannot remember to mail the gifts anyway.
  3. When I do remember, the United States Postal Service (USPS) in Miami often fails to pick up from our box before packages either disappear or become saturated.
  4. And all of that is if the gift isn’t left in a cafe, Uber, airport, airplane, or doesn’t make it through airport security. I can’t tell you how many items I have accidentally donated to American Airlines over the years.

Whether it’s shopping for the unknown or being asked to “bring something back”, the souvenir part of traveling is just plain gimmicky to me! I see people spending hours “shopping” for souvenirs vs. having a good time in the moment.

Last year, my mind changed about a very small, old school, cheap souvenir!

1. Buy scarves or other fashion that you need for travel souvenirs.

Sometimes I purposely leave home without something I know I need and will want to buy. Example: Scarves! I love scarves. While you can’t leave home without necessities when traveling to desolate locations. When going to London or Paris, you know you’ll find something super cool to wear on your trip.

2. Pins are always great travel souvenir ideas!

Thanks to Chanel’s Coco Cuba collection, I was inspired to buy basic $1-$5 pins and patches to add to my wardrobe to make it totally me!

3. Patches are super cool conversation starters.

I use souvenir pins pinned in collages on my coats and people stop me to ask “where I got that jacket or coat”. They don’t realize that it’s a grouping of pins and brooches that I’ve collected along the way until they stop to look at them. I only like to incorporate pins and patches to places I’ve personally been to.

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Yes, it’s a super cool jacket, but the pins make it….and when people ask about it, there’s a story to tell about each pin…

How do I use travel souvenir pins + patches? | Travel Souvenir Ideas

Notice I do move my pins around on various garments depending on what I am wearing and where I”m going. The photo above and below was taken at Kelburn Castle in Scotland. To see the Kelburn Castle and its cool graffiti wall art by Brazillian street artists – click here to read my mom’s post about the Kelburn Estate and graffiti project. 

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Where do I get my souvenir patches + pins? | Travel Souvenir Ideas

This collection of pins and patches ranges from several of my travels. I don’t try to stick with a particular region. For the most part, I place them based on colors and outfits that I may be wearing. On the pink suit jacket below, I have placed pins from as far as Paris, France to Scotland’s Holyrood to London England’s Underground and Henry the VIII’s Hampton Court – all the way back to California USA where I picked up the Route 66 pin in Palm Springs and then the Hollywood pin from Hollyweird. The Raiders pin was gifted to me in Las Vegas when the Las Vegas move announcement was made.

My mom bought me the crown last year for my birthday while we were visiting Hampton Court. It represents Anne Boleyn and my love for the Netflix show — The Tudors. Warning: Be prepared for a Netflix marathon.

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I immediately put my pins and patches to use. | Travel Souvenir Ideas

Instead of taking my pins and patches home to sew on or use later, I often use them on outfits right away.

When I bought my Sacre Coeur patch in Montmartè in Paris, I immediately put it on my new leopard skin purse that my mom had gifted me for Christmas. I just added it by pinning the small French flag and Eiffel Tower pin. And no, I am not afraid of “ruining” something. If I can’t make my outfit or items that I purchase mine, then whose items are they anyway?

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Hopefully, this inspires you to go digging through your drawers and put those pins to good use. Plus, you’ll have your own story to tell.

Got any other good travel souvenir ideas? Pins? Patches?

Please do comment below or just say “hello” from wherever you are in the world! 

Cheers!

Christi

P.S. This Rocks! RockStar Pins and Rockstar Pins available exclusively on my new CHRISTI TASKER MIAMI shop. 

My black damask coat with the colorful graphics on it is vintage from the brand Desigual and was originally carried in Ambiance Interiors & Gifts, my store that was in the pink house in Suwanee, GA.

The leopard purse is a designer handbag that my mom bought at TJMaxx. It’s a brand called “Arcadia Made in Italy”. I love their handbags! They have great style and excellent value…and most importantly….they are good quality leather. The patented leathers are my favorites.

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Christi Tasker
Christi Tasker For more than 10 years, Christi Tasker was a nationally acclaimed award-winning retailer and interior designer. While she treasured and nurtured her gift boutique and interior design company, she ultimately discovered her true passion – MARKETING and BRANDING! With an eye for detail that only comes from a skilled and experienced designer, Christi learned the secrets to creating a clear, concise brand – one both unmistakable and unforgettable − that would stand out from the crowd. The interest in marketing and branding for businesses actually had its beginning in her family. As did many devoted moms, Christi shadowed her then eleven-year-old daughter, Macy, whenever she ventured online. On one particular day, Christi had an epiphany as she watched Macy scour MySpace for any news in the virtual world of “Webkinz.” Christi placed an order for those lovable furry friends, with their special codes for use with online games, and when they arrived, she shared the news on MySpace, not knowing at the time that she had crafted her first social media campaign. When the college gates went down on Facebook, Christi immediately became one of the first non-college friends of Facebook. And more than just a casual user, she quickly discovered a side of Facebook that only programmers knew about – The Facebook Developer − full of options and tools to help companies better use the web. Christi quickly recognized that marketers either needed to be formally educated about social media or needed a partner to manage their sites. She launched a social media marketing company, which today provides social media branding, strategy, monitoring and training worldwide. Before long, she realized her ability to keep up with her many social media accounts was hampered by the lack of a suitable tool to keep everything in one place. Christi decided the best way to do a job properly was to “do it yourself” and developed PuTTin’ OuT (Socially Accepted) a set of tools to moderate, manage, create, schedule, and publish content, and automatically engage people, all in a single package. In early 2009, Christi began traveling nationally as a social media expert speaker for various brands and businesses, and today is a sought-after social media keynote speaker at the foremost conferences worldwide. she also appears on NBC as a social media advisor/expert.