15 biggest souvenir-buying no-no's
updated 2:18 AM EST, Fri February 8, 2013
- Don't guilt family and friends into hanging on to gifts you wouldn't want No items you wouldn't want to get or wouldn't proudly display in your own home.
- Avoid shopping at the airport
- Plush toys and designer sea salt are out
- Are you really sure they want that scorpion alcohol?
- No leftover foreign coins as "souvenirs" or collectibles. This is worse than giving nothing, because it shows how lazy you are. (I like them.)
- No athletic jerseys, caps or visors. Especially visors. And Beckham. And Messi.
- No Eiffel Towers, Statues of Liberties, Mt. Rushmores, Taj Mahals, Aussie koalas, Chairman Maos or anything that would fit perfectly in the back of a closet or bottom of a drawer.
- No key chains, coasters, mugs or plates. And, whatever you do, no double-whammy Eiffel Tower key chains.
- No more little bags of rock, black, sea or flavored salt. The whole designer salt thing is done.
- No bottles filled with sand, coral bits, shells or pebbles.
- No items that require assembly, watering, sunlight, maintenance, lubrication or refrigeration. Or excessive explanation.
- No "I (heart)" anything. Even if you do.
- No books. We believe you, it was an amaaaaaazing art exhibit. We just don't have 37 hours to spend reading about it.
- No traditional ethnic clothing for non-ethnics.
- No plastic leis.
Got a favorite souvenir do or don't? Ever received a terrible souvenir? A great one? Share your souvenir experiences in the comments section.