:: Proceed with Caution: Shopping while Traveling Pt2::

May 12, 2010

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!
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2 Responses
  1. Michele Says:

    Enjoy your trip!! Will you blogging while you are gone or after you return? Can't wait to see the pictures (and scrapbook pages *wink, wink*! lol)

  2. Meredith Says:

    Thanks for that!I have so much scrapbooking to catch up on. That is my summer goal. To finish Japan. Complete NYC and these Latin trips. :-) No I'll prob blog when I return just b/c Im not the best speller. I carry a journal with me to take accurate notes to make sure I capture everything from that day. The mood. The energy b/c I have found trying to revisit each day at the end I lose alot of emotion and detail.
    Thanks so much for reading my blog!

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