Skip the keychain: Go for these unique gifts from around the world
Gifts are a nice thing to bring back for friends and family. But they’re not all created equally.
Instead of running into a souvenir shop at the airport to get a shot glass that’ll sit on a shelf and gather dust, this is your chance to bring back something with some thought. Because chances are, people aren’t dreaming of a keychain.
Stand out. Be the best gift giver in the world. Avoid the dreaded “oh, you got me this” look with our suggestions.
Don't buy: Flamenco figurine
Do buy: Local olive oil to kickstart that trendy Mediterranean diet
Don’t buy: The blue eye beads you see at every souvenir shop
Do buy: Hand-crafted jewelry for that special someone
Don’t buy: A pin that says “Kiss me, I’m Irish”
Do buy: A pint glass from the pub where you decided you wanted to stay in Ireland forever
Don't buy: Swiss Army knife
Do buy: All the chocolate and cheese you can find
Don't buy: A Hard Rock Cafe t-shirt
Do buy: Dry pasta to impress your friends back home
Don't buy: One of those plastic cat figurines that brings "good luck"
Do buy: A kendama, a Japanese ball and cup toy that will keep you occupied for hours on end
Don't buy: Mini Eiffel Tower statues
Do buy: A beret...because now that you've been to France, you totally get fashion
Don't buy: A refrigerator magnet that says "pura vida"
Do buy: All the coffee
Don't buy: A postcard that says "Greetings from Brazil"
Do buy: A hammock—the perfect way to immediately transport yourself back to the beach