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  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017

  • The Hunt for the Red Dragon Keepsake

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You’re all set with the travel plans and your travel insurance as well. Now, you’re already at your dream destination, but can’t decide one thing: What to get for friends and family back home? Buying keepsakes, especially for close friends and/or family can be a mind bender. Here are some tips to help you navigate through that maze.

First things first, don’t purchase keepsakes on the day you land, unless something seems just perfect for your mom/dad/boyfriend. Take some time to understand the lay of the land, and what might be unique and fun at the destination.

Second, be on the lookout for interesting things. Resist the temptation to walk in to a mall and purchase a bunch of key chains with the name of the city you’re in. Buy something unique—preferably something that is local, and is made locally. After friends returned from Hawaii, it was weird to see all the T-shirts proclaiming they were made in Mexico!

Lastly, try and match the personality of the recipient with that of the souvenir. If you don’t know what someone will like, you don’t need to get them anything. Also remember to be aware of the legalities of the gift—ivory figurines may be a local and unique item in parts of Thailand, but remember that they are also illegal!

Travel tip: Make a list of people you want to get souvenirs for (unless there’s just two or three). You might think you’ll remember, but it’s better to be sure than sheepish!

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