Save yourself the time and money and forget souvenir shopping for friends and family while on holiday. Those knick-knacks that seem so perfect in the shop window will just gather dust and jealousy as a reminder that you’ve been away and they haven’t. If you can’t help yourself however, Skyscanner Australia has 10 suggestions for the souvenirs to avoid.
1. Stuffed cane toad
A peculiarly North Queensland souvenir honouring the march of the cane toad through Australia’s Sunshine State, it may make you laugh, but will be in the dustbin of its recipient before you’ve walked out the door. As a general rule, no stuffed animals or parts – think elephant foot umbrella stand – is ever a good souvenir.
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2. Snow globes
If you manage to get these home without shattering them in your suitcase, then the joy of snowflakes falling on the Statue of Liberty will last as long as the fake flakes take to settle.
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3. Tacky T-shirts
You know the kind that says: ‘My grandfather went to London and all I got was this t-shirt’. Well, I’ve got news for you dear grandad, next time don’t bother.
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There seems to be a growing trade in engraved sea shells as gifts from an island holiday. If I want sea shells I’ll pick them up at the beach myself thanks.
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5. Hat’s off
A sombrero might be useful in the hot Mexican sun, but like most colourful indigenous clothing, and Bali’s best is included here, it is called indigenous because it looks good in the local environment, not on the streets of Adelaide.
6. Souvenir spoons
There is a growing retro move toward souvenir teaspoons in trendy Sydney cafes, but really think twice before lugging that hand-carved serving spoon 3000km home.
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7. Miniature anything
What is the point of a miniature France‘s Eiffel Tower or London‘s Big Ben – to rub it in that you’ve been there and I haven’t? If I want to see some the world’s architectural wonders, I’ll buy a flight through Skyscanner Australia and see it myself.
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8. Local drinks
Ouzo in Athens, grappa in Rome or pastis in Provence all taste great in situ, but throw in a flight home and suddenly you wonder what the fuss was all about. The same can be said of many local delicacies. Best experienced in their place of origin.
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9. Religious artefacts
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10. Obvious duty free purchases
It is better to be ignored than handed a giant Toblerone bar or other obvious duty free purchase that rams it home that they were gone and you were just forgotten.