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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 can be valued for a connection to an event or a particular company or brand. Examples include sporting events, historical events, culture, and entertainment. Such items include clothing, game equipment, publicity photographs, posters, entertainment-related merchandise, movie memorabilia, airline[6][7] or transport-related 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.[8]

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

See also[edit]


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Why would NASCAR want to get rid of its traditional souvenir haulers, a move that had NASCAR fans riled up on social media Wednesday? Well, there are a lot of reasons. Many won't appease fans upset that NASCAR will transition from the use of ...

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:24:25 -0800

GLENDALE, Ariz. – All D'Qwell Jackson wanted was a souvenir. Something to show the grandkids one day. A conversation piece for the mantel. Instead, what he got was a starring role in a controversy that has engulfed the NFL, with questions continuing to ...

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:54:06 -0800

DIA began the process of implementing the pot souvenir rule in October, six weeks after entrepreneur Ann Jordan complained that the airport was preventing her from selling pot-leaf-imprinted flip-flops and boxer shorts to one of the souvenir stores there.


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NASCAR, NASCAR Team Properties (NTP) and Fanatics jointly announced a 10-year agreement for the sport's at-track merchandise business that will deliver fans an enhanced, experiential shopping environment. As part of the agreement, Fanatics has ...


Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:02:21 -0800

For me, the best souvenir you can bring home is a broader perspective. Q. What is something surprising you encountered recently? A. I was just in the train station in Munich, and I saw them peeling birds that were squished onto the windshield of the ...


Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:03:45 -0800

“We're not using him to make money, we're just providing something for our brothers and sisters who might be thirsty or want a souvenir.” It's not just vendors gearing up for the crowds. Manila's city government has instructed the 2,000 traffic ...


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In the age of the selfie, Intel has created an even more impressive and permanent keepsake. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on the tech behind this coveted souvenir at this year's Consumer Electronic Show. by Kara Tsuboi · @karashotcorner; January 13, 2015 ...

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