So, you’ve finally managed to take that dream trip to the City of Lights – congrats! But now you have to decide on what souvenirs that you’re going to buy to take back home with you. And what you’re shopping for will depend on if you’re just getting a little something for yourself or will you also be getting stuff for friends and family?
Either way, you never know in what part of the city that you might come across something that you want to take back home, so be sure to carry a small daypack or something so that you have an easy place to stash whatever you buy. Cause you definitely don’t want to be navigating the city with a lot of different shopping bags in your hands.
Let’s face it – magnets are pretty much the go-to option when it comes to souvenir shopping for friends and family. This is especially a great option when you have a lot of people to shop for because magnets are not only a super cheap option but they also are small and don’t add a lot of weight to your suitcase.
Whether for you or other people, postcards can be a great souvenir to take home. What I like to do is get maybe 3 really good postcards of a place where I’ve gone on holiday and then when I get back home I put them in a 3-panel frame together. Not only does it look really cool, but it’s a great way to remember cool places that you’ve visited.
Seems obvious right? If you’re in a country known for excellent wine then you want to bring some of that home and pop that wine bottle open when you’re relaxing after work. Of course getting it back to your country can be tricky since you can’t bring in it the cabin in your carry-on. Of course, you can put it in your checked luggage, but there is always the risk that one of the luggage handlers will decide to steal it. For the best results, we suggest that you find a winery or local shop that will actually ship it to your home address, if possible.
Let’s face it – Paris is known for fashion, so if you can find a good piece to add to your wardrobe, then it will be perfect! Even if it is just a scarf or hat that you can’t get at any local stores at home. But one thing to remember is that you should get something that you can wear for many years to come, so a basic color is the best option here. A few years ago when I first traveled to the city, I bought a hat that I can still use almost a decade later since it was a classic style. I’d also add to this to skip all those touristy t-shirts, regardless of how cheap they are. You may think they are a good choice due to the price, but you’ll probably never really wear ’em all that much and they’re usually made so poorly that they end up all faded within no time.
Though it’s not quite as good as what you can get in Belgium or Switzerland, there is no denying that you can find some pretty tasty chocolates and other treats in Paris. And best of all, you can easily stash them in your carry on bag to take back home. I find that friends and family also love these as gifts, if you can prevent them from melting until you can gift them away.