How to buy souvenirs you won’t regret

Happy Monday guys! As you know, I’m in London right now amd boy – the shopping urges are huge in a beautiful and creative city like this. I’m trying to stick to a few guidelines so I don’t literally spend my last few cents and thought I’d share them with you today:

Buy things you actually need | This one requires a (tiny) bit of planning: Before going on holiday, take a look at your cupboards and wardrobe and think about what you actually need: Still looking for a new bathing suit for the summer? Desperately need a bit more storage in your bathroom? Or out of good books to read? Write a list of everything you probably would have shopped for at home as well and take it with you. This way, you will buy something you would have bought anyway and won’t add unnecessary clutter to your home. I still need a ton new things for my flat, so I got some pretty dishtowels for example (very glamorous I know).

Don’t let go of your standards (too much) | If you’re trying to live a minimalistic lifestyle and want to get rid of things you don’t like in your home, don’t bring new items in you won’t like in half a year. If you want to live without plastic, don’t buy a plastic souvenir. If you’re aiming to own an ethical wardrobe, don’t shop at high street brands (for me that means yes, even Topshop).

Think of what you already own | Would your new item fit in? If it’s decoration: Do you have a place where you could put it? Would it serve a purpose (fill a blank wall etc). If it’s fashion: could you wear it with your other clothes?

Start a collection | If you really feel like you need to buy tacky holiday souvenirs: start a collection! I once saw a girl who owned dozens of snow globes from cities all around the world (you know which ones I mean) and combined like that it looked incredibly cool.

My favourite things to get

  • Art prints 
  • Post cards
  • Specialty tea or coffee
  • Jewellery
  • Sweeties
  • Books 

What about you? Do you have any tricks when it comes to souvenir shopping?


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