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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 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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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:07:30 -0800

“I've never really seen a souvenir vending machine at a waiting area,” Zack Summers, traveler, said. “I like the whole earrings and stuff they have in there. It'd be nice to get my girlfriend.” You can find things like paintings and jewelry in the ...
Asahi Shimbun
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:45:00 -0800

OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: Onomichi's famous cats featured in table towel souvenir. December 20, 2014. THE ASAHI SHIMBUN. Editor's note: This series showcases “omiyage” (souvenirs) from around Japan. We introduce “must-buy” items available at ...

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Wall Street Journal
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:02:32 -0800

But there's some consolation for the new tower's fans—souvenir shops and newsstands across the city are already selling One WTC key chains, coffee mugs and blinking LED ornaments. Yes, the city's tallest tower has quickly joined the pantheon of New ...

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:03:45 -0800

The amazing Foxxfur has spent 3.5 years assembling a new installment in her "Musical Souvenir of Walt Disney World" series, pulling together audio rarities from WDW in the late 1970s to create a six-hour soundscape that faithfully recreates the ...
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Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:54:46 -0800

Denver International Airport is suffering through one of its busiest weeks of the year as Thanksgiving travelers jam the ticket and security lines, baggage claims and cab stands, and the restaurants and souvenir shops. And while their suitcases may be ...

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:52:30 -0800

It wont be long before you start seeing souvenir Coca-Cola cups on your Royal Caribbean cruise and it seems like they are everywhere! The cup design changes over the course of the year and they come in bright colors in a stylized design that is the ...
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 12:09:36 -0800

They found the victim alive inside his home with blood on his face and a gash on his head. The victim said two men entered his apartment and assaulted him after an argument, the report said. The man said one of the two men hit him with a souvenir ...

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:04:11 -0800

Here's a royal wedding souvenir: $7,500 slice of fruit cake. Posted 2:03 PM, December 8, 2014, by Matt Adams - Web Producer, Updated at 02:06pm, December 8, 2014. Twitter · Facebook · Google · LinkedIn · Pinterest · Email. A slice of Prince William and ...

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