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Summery: We all love to indulge in a bit of shopping when on vacation, but sometimes forget to pick up some gift in time. Never too late to avoid airport shops tho.
With the major airlines in a seemingly never ending price war, it’s never been cheaper to jet off to some exotic city for a vacation. There are some amazing bargains to be found on European travel in particular, with Easyjet and Ryanair offering ridiculously low flights, with the cost of the train to the airport often more expensive than the flight itself. We all love to indulge in a bit of shopping when we’re on vacation, but as the time comes to return home and resume real life, we sometimes need to remember to pick up a small gift for our loved ones back home.
Those of us who are organized will have remembered to do this while out and about on vacation, but for everyone else it can be something that only occurs to us when we’re actually at the airport getting ready to get on the plane. Sure, you can grab something from a duty free store, but these gifts are often fairly generic, and usually overpriced. So what are some quick and easy gifts to take home with you?
Most country has its own unique drink that you may well have sampled while on your travels, and it’s a fantastic idea to bring some of this back. Avoid department stores, and check out a local supermarket for a real bargain. In Germany, you can find a delicious type of peppermint schnapps called Berliner Luft, and while it’s available in some nice decorative bottles at a variety of different stores, it’s also sold at supermarkets for around €5 per 750ml bottle. Remember to check customs regulations for your home country about how much alcohol you can actually bring.
This is an inexpensive and novel gift idea and is particularly prevalent in countries that have a flourishing trade in counterfeit (fake) designer goods. In the markets of Thailand you can find an amazing array of well made, yet 100% inauthentic Burberry and Louis Vuitton bags, wallets and shoes, and the fake Rolex is also widely available. Be careful about buying these goods if your next destination is France, as French authorities will confiscate the items if they’re found in your bags; a move designed to protect the authenticity of French designers and their products.
If you don't want to go with fakes or cheap souvenirs manufactured for the tourists, you should look around at a local flea market. You can find small accessories, household utensily, jewelry, antiques or pieces of art there that may be more memorable and even more valuable than the usual junk you would get from street vendors in the tourist district. These are objects that were used by the locals, some of them may have been manufactured by local artisans too. Even if you buy something really cheap, like an old piece of coin or an old coffee grinder, it can make a loved one or a friend happy as every piece you get there has its own history.
You can’t forget the children in your life, and so buying a toy is the obvious answer. This is great when visiting places with truly unique wildlife, such as Australia, as children will be intrigued to receive a cuddly version of animals found nowhere else in the world, like the platypus or echidna.
While you might find a shirt that reads, “My Uncle Went To New Zealand, And All I Got Was This Crappy Shirt” hilarious, it’s possible that the intended recipient won’t. Many countries have a beautiful traditional style, and it can be wonderful to buy something to remind you of this. If you’re in India, consider a beautiful Sari (traditional cloth that is wrapped around the body as a dress) for an important woman in your life.
While it can be a bit redundant to buy a book in a language you don’t speak, you can consider buying a book written about the place you’ve visited, perhaps to inspire friends and family to also visit at some point. If you’re in Barcelona, perhaps you can pick up a copy of George Orwell’s magnificent Homage To Catalonia; or if you’re in Paris, maybe you can find a beautiful second hand copy of something by Victor Hugo in one of the stalls along the Seine.
Giving gifts from your travels is a wonderful way to share the experience with friends and family members back home. The important thing is to remember to actually buy them in time, otherwise your friends and family might have to make do with an authentic Japanese bottle of duty free Johnny Walker scotch.