Lucky Mom: She got to spend the last two weeks traveling in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
Lucky Me: I scored the most amazing souvenir- a super chic grey and white Alpaca blanket! This one just might be my favorite of all time!!
It represents the region, cost a remarkably low $11, and I'm absolutely in love with it... hitting the trifecta of thrifty souvenirs.
Unless your recipient is a shot glass/ snow globe/ magnet collector, the money and time spent on the usual souvenirs might just go down the toilet (or in Ecuador, the trash can... look it up). We don't want that to happen, now do we?!
Here are my top five thrifty souvenirs to pick up on trips:
5. Housewares- I'll take the beautiful dishcloths my mom brought back from France over a t-shirt any day!
4. Local art- Seven years later and I'm still kicking myself for skipping out on a local watercolor painting of a building in Santa Fe. Okay, so that wouldn't have been super cheap, but I could have at least bought a print or a postcard!
3. Jewelry- There have been a few vacations where I absolutely had no interest in anything in the cheesy souvenir shops. Instead of forcing myself to spend on trash, I put all of my budget into a beautiful necklace or bracelet by a local jewelry maker. Now, my recycled gold necklace might not scream, "Buffalo, NY," but I remember visiting my sister every time I wear it.
2. Ornaments- What can be better than reliving past trips while decorating the tree? Hint: any small trinket can be made into an ornament by simply adding a hook or some string!
1. Food- I promise, this won't end up going to waste!
What would you put on top of your thrifty souvenir list?