She Is A Trip (formerly Around the World with Meredith) is a personal travel blog created to provide sensible travel- tips, brainstorm eccentric ideas, and share accessible and unique resources through personal anecdotes from a young female American perspective.
Part 1 was about shopping for myself, this entry is my 8¢ on buying souvenirs for friends/family.
First and foremost, everyone can not get a gift from every trip! That's just the reality or at least MY reality. It's not financially or physically feasible that each and every friend, cousin, neighbor, and co-worker get a gift. This does not mean I don't love and appreciate them and more than likely they are on my postcard mailing list.
In general, I put alot of thought into my gifts and it's not any different when I travel. I try to gift things that are practical, personal and functional. For example, my bestie is a Tea Enthusiast, so it was only appropriate that I gifted her a traditional tea set from Kyoto. My dad is simple. A baseball cap or a polo shirt. My mom is extremely difficult to shop for PERIOD. In Japan I lucked up. I got her white and pink, floor length, Kimono-style robe and she loved it. That's her late-night Bejewled playing attire! She also likes mugs, magnets and artwork.
I look for local music to gift a friend who is a music producer. He instructed me NOT to buy him a t-shirt. So people like him are easy, what they want or nothing at all. I usually don't buy things for children. Instead, I send them a postcard. Kids like to get mail, but this year I'm breaking that rule. My cousin just had a babyboy and I am smitten with him.
Only 19days til my vacations start......
Thanks for reading!