To gift or not to gift? Souvenirs for colleagues, friends and relatives.
When returning from a vacation or a business trip each traveller brings presents. Something special, peculiar to a particular country. Sometimes it can be sweets or alcohol, sometimes handicrafts or souvenirs with the most remarkable sights of a country. It’s good when you know tastes and preferences of relatives and close friends. And what if you want to bring a nice small thing to a colleague or a pal? Of course you want a souvenir to gladden it's new holder but not to gather dust somewhere in a table box. And now imagine that you went to a souvenir shop or walking in a market in some exotic country. Magnets and mugs nice but trite. You want something more original!
Originality! This is where you should be very careful.In no way don’t bring a meterhigh blackwood statue even if it’s created personally by the last representative of an ancient tribe. Are you absolutely sure that Mr Smith will be happy to put this masterpiece in his onebedroom apartment? (Except that rare case when your colleague collects such sculptures).Also we think it’s not a clever idea to bring to a young fashionable lady a pair of gloves with traditional Nanai patterns. They will not probably suit to her mink fur coat.
Do not try to impress not close people with high price of a gift..Presenting a valuable souvenir you put a colleague or a pal in an awkward position. He will probably feel obliged to present you anything equal in return. And may be to the detriment of his budget.
Be twice careful when choosing gifts to people with chronic diseases. If you know about them.There’s no need to bring aromatic oils and soaps to an allergic, sweets to diabetic or strong alcohol to those who prefer sweet wines. So anyway mugs and magnets will be always “trending” souvenirs. Though there are other options. Almost every city has its own manufacture or something that this place is known for. May be even not worldwide but is it important? Imagine how amazed you friends will be when they got a datebook with a nice church on the cover. Yes, it’s not a Notre Dame de Paris, but the oldest temple in one of the Swiss cantons. Or a jar of honey made of herbs grown only in this region.
- So maybe you shouldn’t run to souvenir shops but to find out what this or that city is famous for. Believe us, even a small talk with the seller in a little shop can help you choose really inexpensive, original and memorable souvenir.