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What souvenirs to carry from America

In many popular tourist cities and countries it is very easy to get some kind of classic souvenir as a souvenir. From Berlin - a beer mug, from Paris - a box of macaroons, from Venice - a Venetian mask. So, thinking about America, only the Statue of Liberty from New York comes to mind, and on this, in a fantasy, there is a suspicious lull.

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Photo: "Russian notes about American life",

And really, what souvenirs from America should be brought, if you remove the same iPhone from the list? Still, for a souvenir, this thing is very expensive. Or popular swimwear from Victoria's Secrets? Giving them to your friends is definitely not the case, not to mention lace underwear. After all, a souvenir is, first of all, that pleasant trifle, which will delight with memories of the journey, or it is a set of some trifles suitable for all, regardless of age, and which will be great to give to your family and friends as a sign that vacation shopping you did not forget about them.

So what to bring from the USA?

Of course, the main products, diverging in different countries from the States, are electronics, clothing and cosmetics. American shopping is one of the best in the world, ranging from its diversity to bargain prices. With electronics here and tips are not necessary, just the word Apple. From clothes I recommend to pay attention to such brands as Timberland, Converse, Nike, Forever21, Levi`s, Guess, Michael Kors, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, GAP, Calvin Klein, DKNY, BCBG, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch, Wet Seal, Old Navy. In general, just come to any large mall, and there will be everything!

Magnets, key chains and T-shirts with inscriptions


This is all you can easily find in abundance in any tourist place in the souvenir shops. But here I want to give you 2 useful advice.

First, the farther the store from the most popular tourist point, the prices are usually lower. That is, in the center of the Walk of Fame in Hollywood most likely the cost of the same goods will be too high, so do not be too lazy to go to the souvenir shops, deprived of the attention of tourists.

If you need to collect more small things on gifts, then the reason to ask the price and look for a place more profitable for shopping, is definitely worth what to buy in the first souvenir. And very often there are standard promotions, a certain number of souvenirs, for example, a 4 magnet, you can take it for $ 10.

Secondly, I strongly advise you first of all to look at the pharmacy. I'm serious, in the pharmacy. Only in the one that will be in a tourist place. For example, in Las Vegas, on the Strip, there are 2 large pharmacies from the American networks - CVS and Wallgreens (in the US, pharmacies sell not only medicines, they are a kind of supermarket). There you will find many of the same souvenirs and at very good prices: mugs, magnets, cards, chocolates, T-shirts and much more. I also scored various small things in a pharmacy on Market Street in San Francisco. Most importantly, do not forget that this is all though about America, but it is made in China.

American sweets

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Take a look at any American supermarket, and the bigger it is, the better! The department of sweets will surprise you a lot, and many candies and chewing gums will be completely new. Choose what your heart desires!

Try York's minty chocolates, peanut butter candies inside Rees`s, Hershey's chocolate, red Twizzlers toffee, Oreo cookies, Jelly Beans jelly beans and grab a Snickers bar with peanut butter at the store’s checkout. Anyway, once such a thing has gone, a jar of peanut butter will be a great tasty souvenir.

Take only the one that is with chocolate or jam, it is important, you will not mix it up with any oil and salty, especially if you try it for the first time or have thought up to give someone a present. And you can grab a pack of marshmallow or marshmallow cream, it's the same, but more sticky and in a jar.

For lovers of original sweets, I also advise you to go to the huge M & M's store, which is in New York and in Las Vegas. Dial yourself a whole bag of multicolored candies with different tastes and surprise your friends, for example, emendams with cheesecake flavor.

Starbucks coffee and cups

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A good gift for coffee lovers can be a pack of flavored Starbucks coffee, especially some kind of autumn or Christmas limit. Coffee is sold in bags, already ground. Average price per pack $ 10. Also in many Starbucks you can always buy a souvenir cup, for example, in Los Angeles you can buy with the inscription Los Angeles. Which is very logical.

And so each cup is original in every American tourist city. Many travelers collect them very actively. Yes, and in general, the choice of cups there is interesting, and their design is constantly changing. Prices range from $ 8 to $ 18. A good souvenir for yourself and as a gift from America to friends.

Scented Candles

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Of the girly souvenirs, I would advise you to pay attention to the famous shops of scented candles Bath and Body Works and Yankee Candle. You can collect small candles in them, which will be great to give away to your friends. There is an immense variety of variations for every taste, including classic American flavors, like the smell of Red Velveteen cake, Thanksgiving apple pie or roasted marshmallows for Christmas. In Bath and Body Works, candles are a bit more expensive, but more beautiful (in jars and with lids), but in Yankee Candle you can collect a whole bunch of small candle probes, which cost $ 1.

Youth accessories and clothing

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Another popular store for girls is Forever21. You can buy some cool costume jewelry as a souvenir, prices for ringlets and pendants on average $ 3, as well as Californian-style clothes - cropped cropped top T-shirts with the inscription California or something with an American flag, headband or socks .

In addition to Forever21, there are many other stores, for example, Brandy Melville and Urban Outfitters, but they are more expensive. Many girly knick knacks can be found at Claire's. And the best time to buy clothes and souvenirs with a US flag print is before July 4, Independence Day. Then in all stores, not only with clothes, but also in many others, it is full of red and blue goods with white asterisks.

American drinks and cigarettes

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Any American supermarket will always delight cola lovers. Vanilla Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper and more are priced at pennies at US rates - the whole package is probably $ 3, especially somewhere at Walmart. True, do not forget about the rules of transportation of baggage on the plane and about the limitation of its weight, a box of cola, no matter how much you want, but do not take it with you. If there is no room in the suitcase, and the love of cola is limitless, then in the same Las Vegas there is a huge Coca-Cola store, where, in addition to this drink, there is full of all sorts of cool souvenirs on a Coca-Cola theme.

From the original, you can grab a jar of Root Beer - root beer. Just keep in mind that his taste is more than specific both for an amateur and something like a cough syrup. You can try it beforehand in any fast food cafe in the vending machine, but Root Beer is non-alcoholic there. Or a simplified version is to buy candies with the taste of root beer for souvenirs. I will not say that this is a popular sweetness, beer is far ahead of it, but it is also on sale. Look also in the candy department.

And as a more refined version of a souvenir from California, buy a bottle of wine from Napa Valley. Any American wine department will surprise you with a huge selection of wines, even in a different state. The price for a bottle is from $ 5 to $ 30, although, of course, there are wines and much more expensive. Well, whiskey, of course.

And here I’ll add American cigarettes to alcohol, such as Marlboro, American Spirit or Lucky Strike, and cigars. Ordinary cigarettes can be bought at any supermarket, there are separate shops with cigars.

Vintage, hand-made and antiques

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America is very suitable for such purchases. In almost all cities, you can find private stores with old records, limited comics and vintage items. There are also a lot of antique shops, and just with all sorts of old, but interesting rubbish. Americans love it very much.

Themed Souvenirs

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If you suddenly find yourself in Texas, then of course, you can turn your attention to cowboy hats. If you can get to the area of ​​Indian reservations, then you can buy Indian-style souvenirs from them, some dream catcher. In Hawaii, you can grab ukuleles and macadamia nuts. In Los Angeles, you can look for something unusual with hippies in Venice Beach, for example, some hand-made thing. The main thing - do not forget that marijuana as a souvenir can not be exported.

Stacy Kireev, author Blog "Russian notes about American life" and Instagram about life in America.

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