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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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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:18:45 -0700

Portland Stage Company's current production, Souvenir, examines a real life example of the best/worst phenomenon. Florence Foster Jenkins was an opera singer in the early/mid 20th Century. She was awful. But she was also committed and driven and ...

Asharq Alawsat English

Asharq Alawsat English
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:01:40 -0700

Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat—Walking around the narrow alleyways, souqs (traditional markets) and hundred-year-old buildings of Downtown Jeddah, or Al-Balad, in Saudi Arabia, at this time of year, is like being in the middle of an international convention ...

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:34:57 -0700

So you've heard of those dyed-in-the-wool fans who get buried in caskets bearing their teams' logos and colors. Hey, why take it with you? Enjoy your coffin now, while you can. I'm talking Party Coffins — because there ain't no party like a coffin ...
Montrose Daily Press
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:07:30 -0700

I walked into one of Sheila Unrein's estate sales a couple of weeks ago and, out of hundreds of items, what did I zero in on — a couple of souvenir ash trays from Montrose businesses. One is from the Montrose Cafe & Bar, 305 Main Street, and the other ...
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:33:45 -0700

Liberty, MO (KCTV) — Stephanie and Jason Hetherington showed up early to soak up the atmosphere at Kauffman Stadium before Game 1. They persuaded a friend who is a St. Louis Cardinals fan to sell his tickets to them. So with great anticipation, they ...
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:37:30 -0700

LIBERTY, MO (KCTV) - Stephanie and Jason Hetherington showed up early to soak up the atmosphere at Kauffman Stadium before Game 1. They persuaded a friend who is a St. Louis Cardinals fan to sell his tickets to them. So with great anticipation, they ...

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:56:15 -0700

Souvenir,” now on stage at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, tells her curious, if not bizarre story, through the eyes of her regular piano accompanist, Cosme McMoon. (Yes, that's his real name.) Superbly played by Jeff Howell, McMoon, who has taken the job ...


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:33:45 -0700

Kathimerini found itself amid the throng during an investigation into reports that there are rackets operating in the area whose members direct tourists to souvenir and other shops with which they have made deals on a commission basis. We were not ...

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