Travel Souvenirs

I'm sure most of you have browsed your average tourist shop. There seems to be a whole lot of useless garbage available for sale at almost every major destination somehow people go suddenly insane for a pen holder in the shape of the Eiffel Tower. Many of us yearn to take home souvenirs of our travels but need to refine the souvenir hunting for things that one will actually not be throwing away is important.

Human nature is all about hanging onto the good times so we love souvenirs from our trips. It's nice to take home a little piece of your holiday to help you get through the regular times of work, school and the daily grind. People also like to display their travels sometimes on their wall or in an entryway at home and can be a conversation starter. Sometimes you can get persuaded to buy something that's not what you usually buy. Here are some practical tips to make the thing you bring home a bit more worthwhile.

1. Buy a practical souvenir - buying pretty little ornaments requires a space to display it. If you come across something practical that you can use at home and will remind you of a particular destination then it's a better purchase. Souvenirs you can use in the bathroom or kitchen for computer or one's you can wear are the most practical.

2. Buy small souvenirs - some of these small trinkets that you bring home can be displayed on a small shelf and bring back lots of fun memories.

3. Buy educational souvenirs - books for souvenirs that add to the meaning of your trip of destination can be viewed and looked at in the future.

4. Don't buy anything at all - some of the best souvenirs don't actually cost anything. Sometimes you get a complementary hand towel or a fan or green airline socks and these can be unexpected and un-purchasable souvenirs that turn out to have the most meaning of all.

Find Market Street and you will find open air vendor stalls where you can watch the Sweetgrass basket makers twist and braid fibers into containers that they will tell you will last a lifetime. More than just a souvenir, these traditional West African crafts have been a fixture in the Low country for generations and in Charleston, these beautiful baskets are everywhere. Beyond the historic Market, the city is lined with locally owned shops on King Street, Broad Street, Queen Street, Canon Street and off the Peninsula in West Ashley, Mount Pleasant and North Charleston. Most Saturday mornings, the Charleston farmers market is held in Marion Square and vendors include not only farmers, but also local artists and craftsmen. For souvenir shopping, this downtown list includes fonts for jewelry, art, antiques, local make toys and fashion. Some of the shops are unusual or offbeat but that's what makes Charleston so charming.

Charleston City Market