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"Memorabilia" redirects here. For other uses, see Memorabilia (disambiguation).
For other uses, see Souvenir (disambiguation).
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A souvenir (from French, for a remembrance or memory),[1] memento, keepsake, or token of remembrance[1] is an object a person acquires for the memories the owner associates with it. A souvenir can be any object that can be collected or purchased and transported home by the traveler as a memento of a visit. While there is no set minimum or maximum cost that one is required to adhere to when purchasing a souvenir, etiquette would suggest to keep it within a monetary amount that the receiver would not feel uncomfortable with when presented the souvenir. The object itself may have intrinsic value, or simply be a symbol of past experience. Without the owner's input, the symbolic meaning is invisible and cannot be articulated.[2]

Souvenirs as objects[edit]

The tourism industry designates tourism souvenirs as commemorative merchandise associated with a location, often including geographic information and usually produced in a manner that promotes souvenir collecting. Throughout the world, the souvenir trade is an important part of the tourism industry serving a dual role, first to help improve the local economy, and second to allow visitors to take with them a memento of their visit, ultimately to encourage an opportunity for a return visit, or to promote the locale to other tourists as a form of word-of-mouth marketing.[3] Perhaps the most collected souvenirs by tourists are photographs as a medium to document specific events and places for future reference.[2]

Souvenirs as objects include mass-produced merchandise such as clothing: T-shirts and hats; collectables: postcards, refrigerator magnets, miniature figures; household items: mugs, bowls, plates, ashtrays, egg timers, spoons, notepads, plus many others.

Symbol as souvenir from Chefchaouen, Morocco

Souvenirs also include non-mass-produced items like folk art, local artisan handicrafts, objects that represent the traditions and culture of the area, non-commercial, natural objects like sand from a beach, and anything else that a person attaches nostalgic value to and collects among his personal belongings.[4]

A more grisly form of souvenir in the First World War was displayed by a Pathan soldier to an English Territorial. After carefully studying the Tommy's acquisitions (a fragment of shell, a spike and badge from a German helmet), he produced a cord with the ears of enemy soldiers he claimed to have killed. He was keeping them to take back to India for his wife.[5]

Souvenirs as memorabilia[edit]

Similar to souvenirs, memorabilia (Latin for memorable (things), plural of memorābile) are objects treasured for their memories; however, unlike souvenirs, memorabilia are valued for a connection to an event. Examples include sporting events, historical events, culture, and entertainment. Such items include clothing, game equipment, publicity photographs, posters, entertainment-related merchandise, movie memorabilia, and pins amongst other, often-licensed, items that are usually kept in display cases to preserve their conditions.

Souvenir Album of Houston, 1891

Souvenirs as gifts[edit]

In Japan, souvenirs are known as meibutsu (products associated with a particular region); and omiyage, candies or other edibles to be shared with co-workers. Omiyage sales are big business at Japanese tourist sites.[6]

Travelers may buy souvenirs as gifts for those who did not make the trip.

See also[edit]


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Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0700

GAINESVILLE---It's not your normal hit and run--- a Gainesville man decided to take a souvenir with him after the accident. Briar-Jo Coty Mellen crashed into an unoccupied vehicle at Cabana Beach apartments Saturday night. He then sped through the ...
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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:26:15 -0700

Briar-Jo Coty Mellen is accused of speeding through his Gainesville apartment building's parking lot and crashing into an unoccupied car and then nearly hitting two bystanders before leaving the scene, reports The Gainesville Sun. Then he did something ...

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Wall Street Journal (blog)
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:32:16 -0700

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Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:25:06 -0700

By Natalie Melton for Fathom | The New Craftsmen is an amazing new boutique in London that celebrates the best in British craftsmanship. In addition to selling a curated collection of products for the home, it is a creative workshop where makers can ...

Greek Reporter

Greek Reporter
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:18:45 -0700

sheik The Sheik owner of Manchester City came to Crete, Greece, from the United Arab Emirates with his luxurious private aircraft. He sailed the Cretan seas on his yacht, whose value exceeds 400 million euros, and spent thousands of dollars in ...
The Japan Times
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:37:30 -0700

1, the group will start a 10-day study tour called the Myanmar Souvenir Creation Program, organized by IC Net Ltd., a consulting firm that provides technical and management services on development projects backed by the Japanese government and major ...

New York Daily News

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:56:15 -0700

Rock raised his arms to catch it, holding a cellphone in his left hand as he shielded his head. The ball fell inches behind him, bounced off a seat and Rock outreached another fan to corral the souvenir. Rock held the ball aloft, got a cheer from the ...

Yorkshire Post

Yorkshire Post
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:03:45 -0700

Relive the fabulous Grand Depart weekend in July 2014 when the Tour de France came to Yorkshire. Our stunning 66-page glossy souvenir magazine is packed with pictures from the unforgettable event. Priced at £2,99 the souvenir picture special is now on ...

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