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These posts are on the authentic local things to buy that we think make great souvenirs, from local handicrafts to regional produce, and will cover what to buy and where and how to buy it.

New York Take-Homes: Notebooks and Stationery Souvenirs

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Like New York itself, I find shopping in Manhattan overwhelming and the sheer choice somewhat maddening though I must admit that I prefer moving about at a low-key pace to the frenetic speed that office-workers in city centres move in peak hours and lunch breaks. I’ve always loved the laidback village-style shopping of inner city ...

Bali Take-Homes: Textiles, Fair Trade and Threads of Life

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Threads of Life is a gorgeous fair trade gallery-cum-shop in Ubud that sells exquisite handmade textiles from Bali and the rest of the Indonesia that are ethically produced. Forget the tourist markets. This is my pick for a one-stop shop for your Bali take-homes. Most visitors to Bali buy their souvenirs – masks, carvings, sarongs, and ...

Tokyo Take-Homes: Kitsch Keepsakes for Kids (and Big Kids)

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My, how the souvenirs for kids sold in Tokyo have changed since my mother returned from Japan when I was a kid in the early ’70s, bringing back suitcases bursting with gifts. Then, my Mum brought me a beautiful white-faced geisha in a fragile glass case with black lacquer trim, dressed in an exquisite kimono ...

Tokyo Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs

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Stationery makes for terrific Tokyo souvenirs, especially for long-term travellers, because it’s not only pretty, but it’s practical, affordable, and weighs nothing at all. I’m an incessant scribbler, so wherever I go, I’ll buy a few notebooks. Postcards also make a light souvenir for the kilo-conscious traveller. I also use postcards as ‘thank you’ cards ...

Tokyo Take-Homes: Quintessential Keepsakes

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Tokyo take-homes must be the most covetable in the world for travellers who appreciate beautiful things. I don’t need to give you ideas as to where to find lovely locally made mementoes, although it’s a task I've relished, as there’s no shortage of elegant shops selling enchanting souvenirs, or omiyage in Japanese, all over Tokyo. Tokyo Take-Homes: Quintessential Keepsakes What ...

Tokyo Take-Homes: Supermarket Snack Food Souvenirs

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I don’t usually do a Take-Homes post until we’ve been in a place for a while, but Tokyo’s supermarkets and mini-marts are crammed with so many scrummy snack foods, both savoury and sweet, that I've found it hard to resist grabbing an armful each time we've popped in for some Kirin. So, here's what I've ...

Venice Take-Homes: Distinctive Souvenirs

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When you visit Venice you can easily buy a Venetian mask, ‘Murano’ glass made in China or an I love Venezia t-shirt from any one of the souvenir stands that dot Venice and line Campo San Marco and the route to the Rialto Bridge. But explore the backstreets of San Polo and Dorsoduro and you’ll find hidden ...

Teulada Take-Homes: Sardinian Specialties

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Teulada is a tiny village and, apart from a small display of Sardinian specialties packaged for tourists in the communal market, its smattering of shops cater mainly for locals. The weekly market is on Monday morning, when a small area by the river is taken over with stalls. The stalls at Teulada's weekly market sell ...

Kotor Take-Homes: Supermarket Snacks and Souvenirs

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Nobody is going to come to Kotor to shop – what makes the town engaging is its history, architecture, and stunning setting – but there are some fun things to buy in the supermarket and local market, either to take home as souvenirs or simply to nibble on while you watch the sun set from ...

Paris Take-Homes: Stationery Shop Souvenirs

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The Parisians have always created pretty papeterie or stationery, particularly notebooks, handmade writing paper and greeting cards, all things we once took for granted, yet which we rarely use in this digital age (notebooks aside for me, which I use on a daily basis). I think this is why I find stationery shop souvenirs even ...

Best Paris Food Souvenirs — From French Traiteur Treats to Epicerie Specialties

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The best Paris food souvenirs include delicious French traiteur treats such as pâtés, vinegars, preserves, and spices, and épicerie specialties such as gourmet ingredients, fine olive oils, wonderful charcuterie, and even cooking utensils. These are the edible souvenirs we recommend you take home when you're in Paris. The best Paris food souvenirs can be found in French traiteurs and épiceries which ...

Paris Take-Homes: Kitsch Kitchen Souvenirs

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No matter where you walk in Paris, it’s hard to escape the tacky souvenir stands and shops overflowing with tourist tat that you’ll probably end up buying but will probably never use. Sure, there’s no harm in a miniature Eiffel Tower — they are cute — but are you really going to wear that “I love Paris” ...