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Many visitors commemorate each of their trips with some kind of souvenir, or they might even bring back something special for a friend, colleague or family member.
Wherever your travels take you, keep your eyes peeled for these awesome souvenirs from a range of destinations around the world.
Colorful Macarons (Paris, France)
Skip the Eiffel Tower key chains and postcards and bring back a souvenir that will delight anyone. Macarons are a delicate French pastry that creates a miniature sweet sandwich, boasting a sweet cream filling or ganache between the two sides.
Typically in an array of colors and flavors, this is a beautiful and tasty gift that epitomizes the bakery scene in France.
While macarons are readily available at dozens of stores throughout the French capital, the best come from the Ladurée bakery on the Champs Elysées. Long lines of locals and tourists alike form each day, but the wait is well worth it.
Alligator Heads (Florida, USA)
Alligators are an iconic part of Florida, but buying a shirt with a picture of an alligator on it just won’t cut it! Head to one of the quirky roadside stores up and down the state of Florida that sell fresh oranges, and you’re almost guaranteed to find a collection of preserved alligator heads for sale.
Swarovski Crystals (Wattens, Austria)
If you love all things shiny, then the perfect souvenir from Austria is definitely something covered in Swarovski crystals. The company is headquartered in Wattens, but they sell products throughout the country.
Since crystals are a lot more affordable than real jewels, you can surprise someone special with a sparkling piece of jewelry at a very reasonable price.
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A Piece of the Wall (Berlin, Germany)
As the German capital, Berlin is a popular vacation destination for travelers from around the world. While German chocolates are a nice souvenir, nothing is more iconic or more unforgettable than a piece of the historic Berlin Wall.
For the most unusual assortment of necklaces, paperweights and more containing pieces of the wall, head to the Sunday flea market at the MauerPark. As a bonus, it is just a short walk from a museum exhibit about the Berlin Wall, which you can find by walking along Bernauer Strasse.
Silk Textiles (Bangkok, Thailand)
Silk is everywhere in Thailand, and you’ll find it woven into tablecloths, dresses, business suits for men and couch cushions. Don’t miss out on the chance to buy affordable silk in bright and beautiful colors and patterns.
Silk scarves are a particular favorite, especially at the Chatuchak Market. This weekend market is the biggest in Bangkok, and it boasts more than 8,000 stalls and vendors in one remarkable spot. It is not an exaggeration to say that you could spend the whole day in the market and never look at the same thing twice.
Part of the fun of any vacation is shopping for souvenirs that best represent that destination and will help capture the spirit of the city.