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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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Fox News

Fox News
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:00:00 -0700

Just as you should plan your itinerary and have a "what if" talk if the kids (or you) get lost, you need to have a souvenir strategy before the trip even starts. You don't want to bust the vacation budget on something like a $40 sweatshirt, or a toy ...


Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:33:45 -0700

One firm, pottery maker Royal Crown Derby, has started taking orders for a limited edition royal baby rocking horse paperweight costing £142.50. A souvenir tankard from china ware company William Edwards is less expensive, at £24.95. The date of birth ...

The Indian Express

CBS News
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:26:15 -0700

Massachusetts-based RR Auction says the strap that Edgar Mitchell brought back as a souvenir of the mission fetched $41,806 this week. The buyer's identity was not disclosed. Mitchell spent nearly 9½ hours on the lunar surface, where he left the life ...


Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:21:43 -0700

In the first inning of Monday's Mariners-Astros game in Seattle, a ball girl scooped up a foul ball hit by Robinson Cano along the right field line and then handed it to a young boy who, everyone thought, would revel in delight over the souvenir. That ...

Boston Globe (subscription)

Boston Globe (subscription)
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:07:30 -0700

Continue reading below. 20,000: That's the number of rally towels made by Somerville's Grossman Marketing Group for Thursday night's Celtics playoff game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, enough for every fan at TD Garden. Few basketball fans expected ...


Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:11:15 -0700

The Chicago Tribune reports the homeowner, who was sleeping in the home, along with his wife and child, when the burglar broke in through an unlocked attached garage door, had hit the intruder with a souvenir bowling pin. Zeibarth, of Romeoville, was ...

The Chattanoogan

The Chattanoogan
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:18:45 -0700

There's no shortage of opportunity when it comes to selecting a souvenir as special as this Southern destination. In North Alpharetta, travel along Windward Parkway and discover gems like Dress Up Boutique, with of-the-moment clothing and accessories ...

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:31:10 -0700

Quick, look at the baseball — whose autograph is that? Need a hint? OK, it's a Tiger. More? It's a pitcher. A starter. Right-hander. Give up? It's Shane Greene, one of the new additions to the Tigers' rotation. His certified autographed baseball is ...

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