Traveling around the world, we usually want to buy gifts for our family and friends (and for our beloved). At the same time, everyone would like to be original and buy something really special, but in most cases we end up buying the most typical gizmos in souvenir shops. But on the other hand, if you do not buy a figure of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it will seem that you have never been there at all.
So, let's take a look at the most popular souvenirs from around the world - for a note to those who are going on a trip, and for the joy of those who have already visited these countries and can say: "I have the same."
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1. Matryoshka doll from Russia.
We all know what a matryoshka is. And foreigners also know and love this souvenir from Russia. It has become so popular that it can be bought in other countries, but we all know that the birthplace of the matryoshka doll is Russia.
2. A statuette of a sumo wrestler from Japan.
Japan is known for many phenomena, including sumo wrestling. So you can find such a souvenir at every step.
3. A mug in the form of Dracula from Romania.
When you say "Romania", the first thing that comes to mind is the vampire Dracula, aka Vlad the Impaler. It is not surprising that all the local souvenir shops are packed with items on this topic, for example, these mugs.
4. Thermometer in the form of the Great Wall of China from China.
Kill two birds with one stone at once by buying such a souvenir. Tell people about your travels, while at the same time staying up to date with the weather conditions in your own home.
5. An opener with the Pope from the Vatican.
Everyone knows that the Vatican is the residence of His Holiness, so if you ever visit this smallest enclave within Rome, you will remember it for the rest of your life. Dad's portraits are everywhere. Even on such "mundane" items as openers.
6. A statue of a pharaoh from Egypt.
Pyramids, sphinx, camels and... pharaohs. You cannot leave Egypt without at least one of these statuettes in your luggage.
7. The statue of Christ the Redeemer from Brazil.
The 30-meter-high statue of Christ the Redeemer stands on a hill above Rio de Janeiro and is one of the most iconic attractions in all of Brazil. It is not surprising that her image can be bought in any Brazilian souvenir shop.
8. Golem figurine from the Czech Republic.
They are somewhat similar to the statuettes of Sumo wrestlers, but in fact they depict a Golem - a mythical creature created by a Prague rabbi in the XVI century. These figurines are one of the most popular Czech souvenirs.
9. A keychain in the form of the Eiffel Tower from Paris.
No list of souvenirs would be complete without the mother of all souvenirs - the Eiffel Tower. Hang it on the keys so that everyone knows that you have recently visited Paris.
10. Fog in banks from California, USA.
In San Francisco, California, there are two iconic things that must be seen — the Golden Gate Bridge and the fog. And if you buy fog in a jar, then you will get both of these things - one inside, and the other outside, on the label.
11. A model of a double-decker bus from England.
In addition to the world-famous attractions like the Tower of London, the London Eye or Buckingham Palace, there is something else in the UK that every tourist is obliged to see, photograph and be sure to take home with him as a souvenir - the iconic red double-decker bus.
12. Cowbell from Switzerland.
Although Switzerland is a small country, it has a lot of things that it is famous for. Swiss knife, chocolate, watch - all these items are known all over the world. But when it comes to souvenirs, there is only one - decorative bells, like those that hang on the necks of Swiss cows.
13. Painted skulls from Mexico.
If you are planning a trip to Mexico, do not forget to bring one of these colorful painted shards from there. This is one of the most popular souvenirs in the country. They are associated with the Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the country.
14. Straw hats from Thailand.
In recent years, Thailand has become an increasingly popular Asian destination, attracting millions of tourists from all over the world every year. And what kind of souvenir to bring from this country? Of course, the traditional straw hat.
15. A lamp in the form of Mount Rushmore from South Dakota, USA.
The state of South Dakota is not the most popular American destination, but it is in this state that there is a landmark known all over the world. If you are in this state, be sure to buy something that will remind you of Mount Rushmore, such as an oil lamp.
16. "Mozartkugel" from Austria.
Named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the greatest composers in history, the Mozartkugel candies are a sweet made of marzipan, nougat and dark chocolate. This sweet delicacy is the most popular souvenir in Austria, the country where Mozart was born.
17. Painted elephant figurines from India.
Many people collect elephant figurines, but in India it is one of the most popular souvenirs. And there is a good reason for that, because India is the country with the largest population of elephants.
18. Stone Maltese cross from Malta.
Part of the Maltese flag, the Maltese cross is one of the most important national symbols of the country. In local souvenir shops you can buy it in all kinds of versions, but the most popular is a cross made of white limestone, a typical material for this small Mediterranean country.
19. Viking horns from Sweden.
Sweden is a country where Vikings lived, and the cult of these medieval warriors and navigators is still preserved here. It is not surprising that horned Viking helmets have become one of the most popular souvenirs that tourists take with them from this Scandinavian country.
20. Dancing doll from Hawaii, USA.
Lovely Hawaii... the sun, crystal clear water, stunning beaches and... of course, beautiful hula dancers with wreaths of flowers.
21. A copy of the Brandenburg Gate from Germany.
The neoclassical triumphal arch of the XVIII century, the Brandenburg Gate is a cult attraction of Berlin, attracting tourists from all over the world. People often buy a copy of this structure and pose with it against the background of the original gate.
22. Maple syrup from Canada.
Canada is the world's largest producer of maple syrup, and the maple leaf, as we know, is comfortably located on the main flag of the country. So when it comes to souvenirs, there's nothing more Canadian than maple syrup in maple leaf-shaped bottles.
23. Painted wooden shoes from the Netherlands.
In the Netherlands, you can literally get lost in souvenirs. Mills, tulips, cheese - all these things are iconic symbols of the Netherlands. But there is something else, much more important and iconic - these are super-fashionable, but practically not subject to demolition painted wooden shoes! They are made entirely of wood and are one of the most beloved Dutch souvenirs by tourists.
24. Lighter from... kangaroo scrotum.
Kangaroo is one of the most popular animal symbols of Australia, so it is not surprising that many souvenirs are associated with it. However, the fact that one of the most popular souvenirs is the scrotum of a poor animal, made in the form of a keychain or lighter, may surprise you a little ...
25. The Little Mermaid statuette from Denmark.
Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen wrote "The Little Mermaid", and in Copenhagen there is a statue of this heroine — one of the most important attractions of the city and the whole country. Naturally, there are miniature copies too — in any souvenir shop in Denmark.