These days, it can be difficult to find something that's exclusive to the place you're visiting, since many companies have an international presence and because most everything can be purchased easily online. These little Le Creuset espresso mugs are something we could have found stateside, but the brand is very French and and I could not walk away from something in this cute shade of blue. :) And, of course, we had to get a little Eiffel Tower (with a little bit of bling)!
We usually come home with some edible treats, too. They won't last very long, but it's fun to remind ourselves of the food we ate while traveling. This time, we brought back truffle olive oil (for lightly drizzling atop everything from eggs to mashed potatoes), grainy mustard, and a jar of rose jam (rose was a popular ingredient in many of the French sweets we ate). And for a couple euros we picked up this print from a sidewalk vendor - we chose this one because it shows the Sacre Coeur and the Eiffel Tower, two of our favorite Parisian landmarks.
We decided not to spend a lot of money (or luggage space!) on keepsakes from Russia - we already have a few Russian trinkets and we regularly enjoy Russian food stateside. But we wanted to keep with our tradition and bring home something to signify our trip to St. Petersburg, so we went with a beautiful Khokloma bowl.
Do you have any traditions of bringing home gifts from your travels?
Have a lovely weekend, friends!