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The things we pick up: crazy finds on holiday

by LaurettaCWright
Crazy souvenir items on holiday

It appears that us Brits are quite partial to a bit of holiday tat when we holiday abroad, according to a study from Airport Parking and Hotels, with a ‘Poo at the Zoo’ t-shirt, a Godzilla themed loo-roll holder and a collection of tiny clocks being among the best pieces of holiday memorabilia in the UK; well, there’s no accounting for taste is there?

The study revealed that more than half of Brits (52%) have bought a keepsake from their travels, with fridge magnets being the most popular choice for 61% of holiday memento hunters, and an easy way for these four travellers to show off the hundreds of countries they’ve visited to their friends.

silly cheese gift to bring homeAs this cheese-shaped hat from Wisconsin USA illustrates, men were found to be the most obsessive collectors, with almost a quarter (23%) owning in excess of 20 items compared with just 15% of women hoarding an equivalent figure.

Collected by 47%, small items of crockery were the fourth most popular amongst the nation’s souvenir hoarders. These collections of plates and thimbles come from over 200 destinations across the globe.

T-shirts were the fifth most collected item by Brits returning from their holidays, and t-shirt present on holidaywith its ‘Poo in the Zoo’ slogan, this tee from Naples is a classic.

Whilst traditional souvenirs like postcards (50%) and tea towels (48%) featured highly in the research, a collection of tiny clocks from across the globe and a “roaring Godzilla loo roll dispenser with flashing eyes” proved to be the oddest pieces of memorabilia uncovered.

Great Britain’s Top 10 favourite holiday mementos are:

  1. Fridge magnets – 61%
  2. Postcards – 50%
  3. Tea towels – 48%
  4. Small items of crockery (e.g., mugs or plates) – 47%
  5. T-shirts – 44%
  6. Key rings – 43%
  7. Liquors – 32%
  8. Jewellery – 29%
  9. Wine – 22%
  10. Christmas decorations – 22%

Like most holidaymakers, I find I enjoy buying something as a reminder of where I stayed or visited.

However, having got over buying tat stage, I now find myself seeking out markets, interior shops or thrift stores to pick up something that will go with the décor of my house.

There’s something nice about being able to say “This old thing? Ah, that’s from a little town called Coober Pedy in Australia. Only cost me a couple of pounds…”

It did catch me out the other week though; when asked where I’d purchased my unique, colourful knobs for my dining room dressers from “A cute little shop in Palma, Mallorca….”

“Oh really?” replied my friend, “I thought you were going to say Zara Home, as I saw the same ones in there recently…”

Well, the truth was, I did buy them from a cute little shop in Palma. But that cute little shop went by the name of Zara Home. Perhaps I should stick with sourcing finds in independent shops in future 🙂

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Kira 7th January 2018 - 4:33 pm

Love this !! And I absoulately love the poo at the zoo tshirt. My daughter would love it!!

LaurettaCWright 7th January 2018 - 6:51 pm

You should get one made! ha ha!

Kara 6th January 2018 - 9:40 am

We don’t tend to buy souvenirs but we did pick up some christmas decorations from Lapland

LaurettaCWright 6th January 2018 - 10:42 am

Oooh that’s a great idea – and from the best Christmas place!

Chloe Ciliberto 5th January 2018 - 9:09 pm

hahaha I love Zara Home in Palma! I picked up a few little bits from that shop too. It was right on the corner by our apartment. We have gotten over the tat stage too. I’m like you and prefer picking up beautiful pieces, even if they are from independent markets or even the high street stores. 🙂

LaurettaCWright 5th January 2018 - 9:25 pm

Yes that’s the one on the corner! I’m definitely with you on unique finds.

Anosa 4th January 2018 - 10:26 pm

I love collecting little gifts from my travels. I always collect key rings and little globes! I think they’re so cute and fun.

LaurettaCWright 5th January 2018 - 8:01 am

I like the idea of the little globes – they sound cute (and unique!)

Steph 4th January 2018 - 10:03 pm

My mother in law has a fridge magnet for every place she has visited!!! The fridge is FULL

LaurettaCWright 5th January 2018 - 8:02 am

I can imagine! What’s she going to do when she goes away again…? Buy a new (bigger) fridge? 😉

Zena's Suitcase 4th January 2018 - 9:29 pm

I am not surprised in the slightest to see fridge magnets at the top of this list. I like to bring a reminder home, but I need to work on tasteful I think
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LaurettaCWright 5th January 2018 - 8:03 am

You and me both Zena – I like getting souvenirs where people ask where I bought it. Something that bit different…

Leona 4th January 2018 - 1:45 am

We collect mugs and have over 100! We now have a storage problem lol

LaurettaCWright 4th January 2018 - 7:32 am

I’m also a mug and glass collector – but I now have to follow the rule of one in, one out due to storage issues!

Katy Stevens 4th January 2018 - 12:26 am

We always end up picking up magnets. I’m not sure why as I don’t even display them – I just tuck them down the side of my fridge freezer out of sight!

LaurettaCWright 4th January 2018 - 7:32 am

Ha ha! Well, I guess they are there in case you want to remember them!

Ana De- Jesus 3rd January 2018 - 11:40 pm

I like to always buy a souvenir from the places I visit. I have to say it does not surprise me that a fridge magnet is top of the list!

LaurettaCWright 4th January 2018 - 7:33 am

I try to get something unique without it costing a fortune or being too heavy. Magnets are great for the memories though aren’t they?

fashionandstylepolice 3rd January 2018 - 10:56 pm

We always get fridge magnets every time we go somewhere new. Love them.

LaurettaCWright 4th January 2018 - 7:34 am

Nice one! I like the idea of this but just didn’t cross my mind – I only have a couple.

Helen 3rd January 2018 - 8:57 pm

I used to collect shot glasses from all of the places I went on holiday, but I missed one holiday and then completely stopped. It i nice to have something to remind you of the happy times though 🙂

LaurettaCWright 3rd January 2018 - 9:00 pm

I really like that idea – then you can toast to happy holiday memories!

What Mum Loves 3rd January 2018 - 5:52 pm

I have never been a massive fan of keepsakes, until I saw that cheese hat! Hilarious! x

LaurettaCWright 5th January 2018 - 8:04 am

Ah but would you wear it?!

Anonymous 8th May 2016 - 11:43 am

Fridge magnets, beach towels and art are my favs.

LaurettaCWright 3rd January 2018 - 8:59 pm

Definitely fridge magnets for me too!


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