Can you tell what it is yet?
Ah ha! A ceramic gekko, a souvenir from our road trip a few months ago. Click here to read about our drive across Highway 40 and our stops along the way.
We bought this in New Mexico, and it was new, so I broke The Compact but I'm glad I did. My husband and I both love this memento, and I'm sure we'll have it for years. And it looks so cute climbing up our walls.
I feel great about this purchase because it was handmade and local, and so it supported the local economy. The woman who makes these critters creates her own molds, and fires and glazes them herself. We had trouble picking one out, but we both love orange and we're happy with our decision on this guy. Oh, by the way, the cost was $25. A bargain, in my opinion.
My favorite souvenirs of trips are photos and a journal, but it's always nice to have a little something to remember a place by. And what a bonus when it's a piece of local art or something handcrafted. When I was checking to make sure I'd spelled "souvenir" correctly, I learned that the etymology comes from the French: "literally, act of remembering."
What have been some of your favorite vacation mementos? Tell us about it in the Comments section.