In your lifetime, you will probably accumulate a sizable collection of souvenirs. Some will be from your own travels, while others are gifts from friends and relatives who thought of you on their own vacation. These fun gifts are more than just trinkets. They can serve as daily reminders that transport you to a beautiful place. In fact, touching and/or viewing an object associated with a memory allows people to better retain those memories.
Although photos are a great way to share and recall our travel memories, we are no longer as likely as we once were to print out our pictures and put them in albums or frames. A keychain, mug or hat provides a physical, tactile object that serves as a reminder of your great vacation. These souvenirs are also something that can be passed on to the next generation. Sometimes items displayed in your home can spark a conversation and lead to stories of special times and adventures.
Giving souvenirs is also a great opportunity to share your experience with others and show them you care. The lucky people who receive these gifts may not have been on the trip with you, but they will realize that you thought of them while you were traveling.
If you can find locally made souvenirs, this can make the items even more special. We carry several items that are made here in Colorado, including stickers, shirts, jewelry, ornaments and pottery.
Whether you are traveling with family, friends or going solo, take the time to pick up that magnet, patch, sticker or beer stein. Souvenirs are great investments for future smiles.