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What souvenirs to carry from America

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

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Photo: "Russian Notes on American Life",

And really, what kind of souvenirs to bring from America, if you remove the same iPhone from the list? Still, for a souvenir, this thing is very expensive. Or the popular Victoria's Secrets swimwear? Giving them to your friends is definitely not the case, let alone lace underwear. After all, a souvenir is, first of all, that pleasant little thing that will delight with memories of the trip, or it is a set of some little things that are suitable for everyone, regardless of age, and which will be great to give to your loved ones and friends, as a sign of what is in holiday shopping, you don't forget about them.

So what to bring from the USA?

Of course, the main goods that are sold in different countries from the United States are electronics, clothing and cosmetics. American shopping is one of the best in the world, from its variety to the best prices. With electronics, no clues are needed, 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 big shopping center and everything will be there!

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

American sweets

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Photo: "Russian Notes on American Life",

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 Las Vegas. Grab yourself a whole bag of colorful candies with different flavors and surprise your friends with, for example, cheesecake-flavored emandem.

Starbucks coffee and cups

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Photo: "Russian Notes on American Life",

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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Photo: "Russian Notes on American Life",

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. Here you can buy some cool jewelry as a souvenir, prices for rings and pendants are on average $ 3, as well as California-style clothes - cropped crop-top T-shirts with the California logo or something with an American flag, a headband or socks.

Besides Forever21, there are many other stores such as 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 the US flag print is before July 4, Independence Day. Then in all stores, not only with clothes, but also in many others, there are a lot of red and blue goods with white stars.

American drinks and cigarettes

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Any American supermarket will always delight cola lovers. Vanilla Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper and more cost a penny at US rates - a whole package, probably $ 3, especially somewhere at Walmart. However, do not forget about the rules for transporting baggage on the plane and about limiting its weight, a box of cola, no matter how much you want, but you can't take it with you. If there is no room in the suitcase, and the love for cola is endless, then in the same Las Vegas there is a huge Coca-Cola store, where, in addition to this drink, there are also a lot of all sorts of cool Coca-Cola souvenirs.

From the original, you can grab a can of Root Beer - root beer. Just keep in mind that his taste is more than specific and for an amateur, and is somewhat reminiscent of cough syrup. You can try it beforehand in any fast food cafe in a vending machine, but Root Beer is non-alcoholic there. Or a simplified option - buy root beer flavored sweets as souvenirs. I won't say that this is a popular sweet, beer is much ahead of it, but it is also on sale. Look also in the candy section.

And as a more sophisticated option for a California souvenir, buy a bottle of Napa Valley wine with you. Any American wine department will surprise you with a huge selection of wines, even in another state. The price per bottle is from $ 5 to $ 30, although, of course, there are wines that are much more expensive. Well, and 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 a very suitable country for such purchases. In almost all cities you can find private shops with old records, limited edition comics and vintage items. There are also a lot of antique shops, as well as just with all sorts of old, but interesting junk. Americans love this very much.

Themed Souvenirs

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Photo: "Russian Notes on American Life",

If you suddenly find yourself in Texas, then of course, you can turn your attention to cowboy hats. If there is an opportunity to get into the area of ​​Indian reservations, then they can buy souvenirs in the Indian style, some kind of dream catcher. In Hawaii, you can grab ukuleles and macadamia nuts. In Los Angeles, you can look for something unusual among the hippies in Venice Beach, for example, some hand-made little thing. The main thing - do not forget that you cannot export marijuana as a souvenir.

Stacy Kireev, author Blog "Russian Notes on American Life" and Instagram about life in America.

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