When on travels, we usually want to get some little keepsakes that would remind us of the memories associated with the visited places once we are back home. We all want to be original and get something really special and unique, but in most cases, we end up buying the most typical and kitsch items in the tackiest souvenir shops. But on the other hand, if you don’t get the little Eiffel Tower keychain when in Paris, it is like you have never been there. To see 25 of the most typical (and sometimes incredibly kitsch) souvenirs from around the world, check out 25 Of The Most Popular Souvenirs From Around The World.
Mount Rushmore oil lamp, South Dakota
South Dakota is not among the major American tourist hotspots but they do have a landmark that is famous all over the world and they make sure you will remember it. Once you visit this state, don’t forget to get something with Mount Rushmore on it, for example this super useful oil lamp.
Sumo wrestler, Japan
Japan is famous for many things but for some reason, it’s sumo, a competitive full-contact wrestling sport, which is among the most popular themed souvenirs tourists buy.
Dracula cup, Romania
If you say Romania, the first thing that may come to most people´s mind is vampire Dracula alias Vlad the Impaler. No wonder that all the local souvenir shops are literally packed with Dracula-themed items, such as these terrifying vampire cups.
Great Wall of China thermometer, China
Kill two birds with one stone with this souvenir. Tell people of your traveling exploits while staying up to date as to the current temperature condition.
Pope bottle opener, Vatican
We all know that Vatican City State is the seat of His Holiness and once you visit the world´s smallest independent state located within Rome, you will remember it for the rest of your life. The portraits of the Pope are everywhere. Even on the most mundane objects such as a bottle opener.
Pharaoh statuette, Egypt
The pyramids, the sphinx, camels and… pharaohs. You simply cannot leave Egypt without one of these statuettes in your luggage.
Christ the Redeemer statuette, Brazil
Overlooking Rio de Janeiro, the 30 m (almost 100 ft) statue of Christ de Redeemer is the most iconic landmark of the city and possibly of the country. No wonder it comes in all sizes, shapes and materials in souvenir shops all over Rio.
Golem statuette, Czech Republic
What may look like a Czech version of the sumo wrestler is actually a statuette of Golem, a mythical anthropomorphic being that is alleged to have been created by a Prague rabbi in the 16th century. These statuettes are among the most popular Czech souvenirs.
Eiffel Tower keychain, France
No souvenir list would be complete without the mother of all souvenirs, the Eiffel Tower keychain. Hanging on your keys, this little metal item will let everybody know that you have been to Paris.
Canned fog, California
There are two iconic things to be seen in San Francisco, California – the famed Golden Gate Bridge and the fog. If you buy the canned fog, you will have both – one on the outside, the other (at least supposedly) in the inside.
Double-decker bus model, England
Apart from the world famous tourist attractions such as the Tower Bridge, the London Eye or the Buckingham Palace, the capital of the UK has one more thing every tourist needs to see and take picture of – the iconic red double-decker bus. Once there, don’t forget to buy a little model of the bus.
Cowbell souvenir, Switzerland
Although Switzerland is a small country, is has not just one but several things it’s famous for. The Swiss army knife, Swiss chocolate, Swiss watch – these things are reputable all over the world. But when it comes to souvenirs, there is a thing that might be even more popular – little decorative cowbells.
Decorated skulls, Mexico
If you are planning to visit Mexico, remember to get one of these disturbingly cute colorful skulls. One of the most popular souvenir items in the country, they refer to the Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican holiday massively celebrated all over the country.
Straw hats, Thailand
In the recent years, Thailand has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia, attracting millions of visitors from all over the world every year. And what to get for a souvenir in this country? The traditional straw hat.
Matryoshka doll, Russia
Also known as the Russian nesting doll, the Matryoshka doll is a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. This souvenir item has gotten so popular it’s even sold in some other countries, although the origin and theme of the doll is purely Russian.
Named in honor of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the world´s greatest music composers, the Mozartkugel is a candy confection made of marzipan, nougat and dark chocolate. This sweet delicacy is the most popular souvenir tourists buy in Austria, the country where Mozart was born.
Painted elephant statuette, India
There are many people who collect little elephant keepsakes but in India, this souvenir is particularly favored. And there is a good reason for that – India is the country where the largest population of the endangered Indian elephant lives.
Stone Maltese cross, Malta
A part of the Maltese civil ensign, the Maltese cross is one of the most important national symbols of Malta. Local souvenir shops offer it in all possible versions but mostly, it is made from white limestone, typical of the little Mediterranean country.
Viking horns, Sweden
Sweden is a country where Vikings lived and the cult of these feared medieval warriors and seafarers is still present here. It comes as no surprise then that the Viking horned helmets are among the souvenirs that most tourists want to bring home from Sweden.
Dancing doll, Hawaii
Sweet Hawaii… Sun, crystal clear water, amazing beaches and… those beautiful tanned hula dancers with the flower wreaths! Don’t forget to get one of these dolls before you go back to the cold gloominess of your everyday reality.
Brandenburg Gate replica, Germany
An 18th-century neoclassical triumphal arch, the Brandenburg Gate is an iconic landmark of Berlin and a major tourist attraction of Germany. People often buy the replica of the structure and pose with it in front of the actual gate.
Maple syrup, Canada
Canada is by far the world´s largest producer of maple syrup and the maple leaf is widely recognized as the country´s national symbol so when it comes to souvenirs, there is nothing more Canadian than maple syrup contained in a little bottle designed in the shape of the maple leaf.
Painted clogs, Netherlands
When in Netherlands, you can choose from a wide of range of souvenirs typical of this country. Windmills, tulips, cheese – all these things are iconic symbols of Netherlands. But there is one more thing – super trendy but almost unwearable painted clogs! Made entirely from wood, they are among the most desired Dutch souvenirs.
Kangaroo scrotum lighter, Australia
As the kangaroo is the most popular animal symbol of Australia, it comes as no surprise that many souvenirs are kangaroo-themed. However, the fact that one of the most common memorabilia is the poor marsupial´s scrotum designed as keychain or lighter, can be very…surprising.
Little mermaid statuette, Denmark
Based on the fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen has become a major tourist attraction of the city as well as the whole country. Naturally, a miniature model of the statue is what most tourists visiting Denmark want to get as a keepsake.