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Tuesday, July 9, 2013


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One of the best ways to commemorate a vacation is by bringing home some kind of souvenir. This isn’t groundbreaking news, of course, but I find that I always love to remember certain places I’ve been by keeping something tangible on hand. I’ll confess a bit of a secret here, though. I also tend to keep “souvenirs” of places I have never been. From postcards to maps to trinkets, I love to showcase the places I wish to go just as much as the ones I’ve been to. I bring the sunshine from Maui into my house with actual souvenirs from when I lived there. I also bring the sunshine from the Philippines into my home via vintage treasures my mom has given me. Though I have never been to the Philippines, I find myself feeling connected regardless.

Tiffany Burnette connects people to places through her creations and brand, Designhype. Her one woman show is a celebration of the places we love and the ways in which we explore them. Whether commemorating your love for a place you have been or honoring your desire to go one day, Burnette creates one of a kind necklaces and key rings as well as stunningly beautiful embossed Metro Cuffs. Paris is on my list for must see locations and I am thinking this cuff is a perfect way to celebrate my wanderlust. I mean, I’ve got to start somewhere, right?

Designhype is giving away one Eiffel Necklace to one winner and one NYC cuff to another winner!  To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, July 16th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Visit Designhype and tell us: What is the best souvenir you have ever brought home from a vacation?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, July 22nd, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    heather f says:

    I brought home a nicho. A carved wooden box with glass doors. Typically religious figurines go inside, but I change out the displays in it all the time.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i love a glass dish my husband and i picked up on our honeymoom for the specific purpose of having a place to put our wedding rings when we’re not wearing them. 

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    Stefanie says:

    The best souvenir I did not bring home was a painting of one of the Seven Sisters (Stalinist style skyscrapers) I bought from a street artist on the Arbat. When I tried to get it through the airport, I was asked for my certificate stating there wasn’t a hidden Picasso under it. I had to leave it behind. It would be awesome if Designhype started making Moscow metro cuffs.

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    Courtney J says:

    It’s hard to choose, but I think the best souvenir I bought home was a music CD that I bought in London, England. The CD was bought at a musical theatre store that I looked up and walked to after visiting the British Museum. I really wanted to buy this CD (by the singer Ramin Karimloo) because it wasn’t available in the US yet, plus it would be the “British” edition (the American version is slightly altered). I was so happy when I found the store (called Dress Circle…now closed) because the singer/performer on this CD had also had an autograph release a couple months ago, so I was giddy in knowing that he had been there. I knew I’d be kicking myself if I didn’t buy this CD while I was in London (I live in California, so I don’t head over there that often). I rarely buy CDs but I was so happy that I purchased this one…Knowing the adventure I had to go and buy it, also makes it an even better souvenir. 

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    Aimee H. says:

    I’ve collected seashells from every beach I’ve been to here in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. They’re the most special souvenir I’ve collected.

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    Tiffany says:

    I tend to collect small things from trips. I was in Paris during the holidays so came home with one small ornament. In San Francisco we visited an arts/crafts fair so I came home with handmade jewelry. From Hawaii we brought home one of those super cheesy magnets. But my favorite is always the free stamp I add to my National Parks Passport book with the location and date of our visit. I’ve been collecting those stamps since I was in grade school and it’s so fun to look back at all of the amazing places I’ve been blessed to see!

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    Hedy says:

    Whenever I visit Germany in the winter, I make sure to buy handmade Christmas ornaments from the open-air markets. Nothing compares to these beautiful pieces and when I hang them on my tree at home, they’re a constant and beautiful reminder of winters in Germany and growing up with my family. My favorite by far are the pewter ornaments!

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    Sue K. says:

    i always purchase christmas ornaments, my favorite is a handcarved wooden angel from new mexico. i love taking them out once a year and reliving all my travels. 

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    Lefa says:

    a large bright colored pointing from Venice

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    Erin says:

    My husband and I collect Christmas ornaments every time we travel, and I would have a very hard time picking just one as my favorite! Decorating the tree every year is such fun, because we unpack each of these little memories that we’ve made together, and we reminisce about the trips we took to get these little memories, and it is becoming one of my very favorite traditions for our little family.

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    Jac says:

    My daughter. Although I didn’t know she had stowed away until I was home for a few weeks 😉

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    Deanna says:

    When I was 16 I went on a school trip to England, France and Switzerland.  In Switzerland I bought a gold necklace that said “Credit Suisse” on it and looked like a gold bar.  I called my parents to ask if I could buy it and put it on an emergency credit card haha!  

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    Elizabeth says:

     I have a woven bag that I got at a teeny market in a teeny town in France twelve years ago.  At the time, I really just needed a bag! It wasn’t something special I had picked out or meant to be a souvenir.   Still, it has journeyed with me. And seeing it and using it fill me with warmth.  I took it to the lake for the 4th of July this last week and, as I packed a picnic into it, I just remember how glad I am that it was there for me when I needed it.  I can’t explain it.  It was meant for me.  It ties me, always, to this tiny village in France, where I was lost and, I think now, never lost at all.

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    Emily B says:

    Your work makes the absolute perfect souvenir! I’m mad about finding the perfect souvenir. I love to find local artisan pieces for my home or for me to wear. Or, I love to find posters of my favorites pieces in museums. Oh, typing this is giving me the travel itch again. Anyway, the month before I was married, I went to Spain for a month to study in Madrid (which left my fiancé with the job of getting the invites out, poor guy!). Anyway, I found the most gorgeous hand-crafted silver candlesticks that sit on our mantel today. I also found an amazing print of a Lichtenstein pop-art Japanese scene that I fell in love while perusing a small exhibit. I hung the print in my creative space and it reminds me to think out of the box. Anyway, love your work. I hope to see more cities to come!

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    Tiffany says:

    As a kid I used to collect postcards from different places I’ve been to. I even had family members collect them for me too. No idea why and I still couldn’t justify it today.

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    Jennifer says:

    Without a doubt, the memories I’ve made are the best souvenirs!

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    Brittany K says:

    i love a bracelet i recently bought while on a trip to chicago – it says LOVE – and its so pretty and simple. it grounds me when i glance at during a hectic day!

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    Nikki says:

    I LOVE souvenirs of trips, my favorite is a ceramic mug from the town of Harmony when we had an unexpected four day getaway and wandered into a pottery studio.  The handle curves down from the lip to the base in a very sensual swoop and it’s just gorgeous.  Objects like this are reminders of special travel blessings and adventures–the best things to have and use!

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    lauren says:

    the best souvenir i have ever brought home would be the tiny shamrock tattoo i got in a parlor in dublin. the trip included many firsts for me – first flight overseas, first time having to yield to both sheep and cows in the road, first time seeing the atlantic ocean from the other side, and of course, my first tattoo. each time i glance down at my wrist, my itty bitty shamrock is a reminder of my amazing time in ireland. i can’t wait to return! 

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    Emma L says:

    A hair stick shaped like a giraffe. I bought it in the street in Copenhagen and have used it almost every day, for ten years.

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    Jasanna Czellar says:

    I don’t think I’ve gotten very good souvenirs! I never know what to get…I did bring some gorgeous shells home from the Bahamas!

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    Sydney says:

    My best friend. Plain and simple. We can now talk about that meeting for years to come and relive experiences not through a postcard but through conversation 🙂

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    Charlene says:

    A statue in Cambodia that supposedly increases fertility! 

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    sam says:

    I like to pick up some type of ornament that can be used on my Christmas tree – that way the kids and I get to relive a little bit of each vacation every year!!  

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    Lisa V says:

    My favorite souvenir is from a solo weekend in Paris.

    The story goes…in 2009 I found some (FREE) cool folding wooden chairs with horrid brown vinyl upholstered seats. I decided redoing the seats would be a fun project. My upcoming trip to Europe got me thinking that shopping for some fabric while on vacation would make for a great souvenir…something a little more lasting & useful on an everyday basis.

    While in Paris, I wandered the Montmartre fabric market and decided on 2 complimentary fabrics, dealing with the dilemma of trying to communicate how much I wanted (metric system!). You can check out the finished product on my blog.

    I LOVE the way my chairs turned out! They’re a fun reminder of my trip to Paris when the weather was way hotter than I ever expected it could be and my feet were killing me from blisters due to new “comfy” walking shoes. But, all the sites and cafes I explored in those few days were definitely worth it.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    The best one was some placemats – I use them all the time and think of our trip…I’ve bought countless jewelry and postcards but I  those placemats always make me remember more.

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    jane says:

    a caricature drawn of me from dreamworld in gold coast, australia when i was a child! it’s not something you can find easily in my hometown, and it’s more unique than most typical souvenirs 🙂 

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    Regan says:

    The best souvenir I’ve ever brought home from vacation is the indigenous Maya huipil I purchased in Guatemala. The head hole is WAY too small for my big noggin, so I display it hanging from a curtain rod in my Spanish department office. The vibrant colors of the embroidery make my office a warm, inviting place for both me and my students.