Ahh, the decision that plagues every tourist: To go the snowglobe route or not?
As the UK trip draws near, I've been wondering what to get for souvenirs. I like to have a few ideas in mind beforehand, so I can keep an eye out for specific items. Like, I love the company Paperchase, who makes fabulous scrapbooking albums. So I'll look for Paperchase albums and hopefully get one to scrapbook *gasp* the exact trip I'm on. Crazy!
In general, I prefer useful souvenirs. One of my favorites is from a work trip to Albuquerque. In the hotel gift shop, I picked up a chili pepper ceramic dish. It sits on top of the stove, to hold cooking spoons, etc. I've gotten many compliments on it, and every time I get to say, "Thanks! I got it in Albuquerque," thereby reinforcing in my mind how cool and well-traveled I am. (Not that Albuquerque is the definition of cool and well-traveled, but you know what I mean.)
I'm not a fan of snowglobes, stuffed animals wearing t-shirts with place names on them ... you get the idea. But here's the dilemma: how many useful things can I buy for around the house? I've been in apartments for about 5 years, and we've been in our house now for a few months ... I think it's pretty safe to say that we're managing to live independently. So if something is extremely useful, then we probably already have it.
I guess maybe the key will be to find something I really like ... and then find a use for it.