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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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PGH City Paper

PGH City Paper
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:56:15 -0700

Souvenir is the natural end of the revue style of musical popularized by Mamma Mia and Rock of Ages, taking as its source music a fusion of European opera and dance-hall jazz. But this story about a phenomenally bad singer is something more special ...


Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:00:00 -0700

(CNN) -- It's probably been a few years since you packed your books and lunch in a bag, kissed your mom at the door and stumbled off to grade school. But if you've got a friend traveling to Japan, you might soon find yourself slinging an old-timey book ...
Broadway World
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:33:45 -0700

Told through the eyes of her accompanist, Cosme McMoon, Souvenir recounts the remarkable life of Florence FosterJenkins, an eccentric wealthy socialite who suffered under the delusion that she was a great soprano when, in reality, her voice made people ...

Fox News

Fox News
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:04:15 -0700

A souvenir shell casing handed out by veterans at a 9/11 ceremony landed a seven-year-old Missouri boy in hot water when he took the keepsake to school. Sherry Falke said her son, Zane, forgot he had the souvenir in his pocket when he showed up for ...
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:56:15 -0700

Playwright Stephen Temperley's “Souvenir,” which is playing at the Pittsburgh Playhouse through Oct. 12, resurrects Jenkins and her loyal, but more rational, accompanist Cosme McMoon in a sweetly respectful recounting of her performances and her ...
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:26:15 -0700

Name: HazelLn.com. What it does: Hazel Lane curates and ships monthly boxes of treats that represent a city's spirit. Indulge in vibe-y, city-themed souvenirs after your journey when you're feeling nostalgic. What's hot: You can subscribe, or give the ...

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 19:34:37 -0700

It's one of the first sightings of Tigers postseason wear, but it is just MLB's general issue for the postseason. T-shirts with the same theme are being sold in other cities with playoff teams, too — it's #BUCTOBER in Pittsburgh, for example. So if ...

New York Times

New York Times
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:43:15 -0700

Baseball |​​NYT Now. At Second Base, Stealing a Souvenir Moment With Derek Jeter. By DAVID WALDSTEIN SEPT. 24, 2014. Inside. Photo. Derek Jeter chatted up, from left, Torii Hunter of the Angels in 2012, Evan Longoria of the Rays in 2012 and Danny ...

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