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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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New York Times

New York Times
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:20:05 -0700

A somewhat more successful souvenir from Lourmarin is the pieds paquets. Traditionally an all-day stew of sheep's trotters and tripe, it has been de-trottered for New Yorkers. Or, as a server with an oratorical flair put it, “we absented the feet for ...
Buffalo News
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:18:45 -0700

Hear them roar. Last weekend's question: What was louder, the roar that went up when the Bills beat Miami, or the roar that went up when Renee Fleming, at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's opening gala, invited the crowd to join her in song? We say ...
Charlotte Observer
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:41:15 -0700

When Gastonia's ImageMark went to bat winning the business of the Charlotte Knights, they hit it out of the park. The company, whose roots extend back 90 years in Gastonia, wanted to share a gift with the Knights after gaining the team as a client this ...

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:25:52 -0700

In addition to the Serra-inspired souvenir, they will sell a do-it-yourself performance-art kit with accessories inspired by Ms. Abramović and James Franco, as well as a fake Damien Hirst piece featuring a goldfish in a shark costume submerged in ...
Mooresville Tribune
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:45:00 -0700

After two decades of growth, the souvenir business cooled sharply in an era of recession and a belabored recovery. In June, Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal reported that sales dropped from more than $2 billion in 2008 to $1 billion in 2010 ...
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 02:13:26 -0700

Dimitrov's sweat-soaked shirt was caught by an adult fan, Miggi Davis, who said she had brought her young son down to snag a souvenir, but wound up with the shirt herself. "Smell it," she said, after burying her face in it. "It smells good." Monfils ...
TV Guide
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:14:54 -0700

Exclusive Video: Family Feud Names One Souvenir You Don't Want to Bring Home. Hanh Nguyen. Sep 10, 2014 07:06 PM ET by Hanh Nguyen. Steve Harvey. Do you have one of those "... and all I got was this lousy T-shirt" souvenirs? Family Feud can name ...

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Condé Nast Traveler
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:33:27 -0700

Nikole Herriott has an eye for souvenirs—that special dish, glass, or jar from a bustling French market that would be perfect for the kitchen at home. As a photographer and one-half of the handmade homewares company Herriott Grace, a small business ...

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