It really just depends on whether you like souvenir shopping or not. If you love it, then go for it! Shot glasses and magnets for everyone! But if you aren’t a huge fan of bringing tchotchkes home from all of your trips, you don’t need to feel obligated to do so on your honeymoon.
If you’re still on the fence about souvenirs, here are a couple of things to consider:
1. Are any of your family members or friends going out of their way for you back home?
A token of gratitude will most likely be appreciated if you’ve asked anyone (or if you’ve accepted someone’s offer) to do any of the following for you:
– watch your dog/cat/goldfish/etc.
– water your plants
– pick up your mail (even though you should just sign up for hold mail service!)
– drive you to/from the airport
2. Is your honeymoon destination known for a cool product?
This is my nice way of saying, “don’t just buy someone foreign crap.” If you’re going to buy someone a souvenir, try to find something that’s popular in, or unique to, your honeymoon destination. For example, if you’re honeymooning in Italy, it’s a good idea to bring home high quality olive oil or something made of Murano glass. If you ‘re honeymooning in Hawaii you can always bring back macadamia nuts or Kona coffee. You get the picture.
3. Do you know someone who is a collector?
If you know someone who collects “something” from around the world, it’s great if you can bring something back for him/her from your honeymoon. For example, I have an aunt who collects international Coca-Cola bottles. I always check with her before I go abroad to see if she needs a bottle from wherever I’m going. The Coke bottle usually costs me somewhere between 50 cents and a two dollars (except for in Scandinavia where everything is outrageously expensive!), and it brings my aunt a lot of happiness.
4. Is the souvenir something that you think the recipient would really want?
This is obviously the biggest question. Don’t waste your money on souvenirs if you don’t think the recipient will really appreciate it. If you want to thank someone for doing you a favor while you’re on your honeymoon, a nice postcard will also do the trick.