If you were
a guy doing your gift shopping on holiday you'd want to do it
as quickly as possible. I think most men are hardwired that way.
Women, on the other hand, generally love to browse, to pick up
the item, discuss it with a pal and debate whether it's a worthwhile,
OK purchase. They consider time in a market fun, they come prepared
with lists of the people 'they want to buy for,' they chat with
artisans, and making a good purchase gives them a great deal of
These little tidbits
of random information about shopping are taken from many of the
shopping articles on our website. If you want more just go to
the listings on: She
Shops Around the World
for 100 yen shops in Tokyo...
shopping in Tokyo, hit the 100 yen shops. Everything
in the store is 100 yen and there is an amazing assortment
to chose from. Some shops - Harajuku,
are multi-levels and the items are divided into sections
– kitchen, home, beauty, etc. The selection is endless
– dishes, napkins, chopsticks, washi paper, snacks,
charms, hair accessories, slippers, etc. This is also the
place to pick up things for your trip – travel-size
shampoo bottles, extra toothbrushes, mesh bags for dirty
laundry, socks, locks for backpacks, and also places for
souvenirs and gifts – funny stationary with Engrish
on it, kimono print notebooks, lanterns, etc. You can go
crazy inside – everything is just about a dollar.
(Laura, Toronto, Canada)
found a great way to acquire inexpensive and beautiful souvenirs
of my trips without packing, storing or shipping problems
of any kind. I have collected close to 100 gorgeous bookmarks.
They are available in every museum shop, church store and
in the beautiful paper shops in Venice, Florence, and Seoul.
And the best part is I love using them myself and also giving
them away as gifts. Bookmarks are great reminders of the
wonderful places I've had the privilege to visit.
(Harriet, California, USA)
food souvenirs from Paris...
is more French than gourmet food? So, why not start your
gift search in the gourmet supermarkets in Paris, one of
the best being La Grande Epicerie
de Paris at 38 rue de Sèvres, just
next to the department store Le Bon Marché (Metro
Sèvres-Babylone). Parisians love their salon de thés,
especially Marriage Frères,
which makes their own exotic tea blends found, pre-packaged,
in La Grande Epicerie. You can also find delicious herbal
tea blends such as pear-vanilla (poire-vanille), plus packages
of ground coffee, tins of French candy and biscuits, and
even the French specialty marrons glacés or candied
chestnuts. While there, you can also enjoy the abundant
food displays which are splendid.
perfect travel souvenir...
I travel I love to spend time looking for the perfect souvenir
in all the towns I pass through. I'm always making mental
notes about what I want to bring back with me that will
remind me of this place or that. I also like to buy something
new to wear like earrings or a scarf really early during
my holiday so I can wear them and spruce up my not-so-new
travel outfits. These items often become treasured souvenirs
that bring back memories of where I bought and wore them
(Astrid in New York City, USA)
a souvenir for yourself...
Knit London (UK) is not only a fabulous
knitting shop, it's a sanctuary as well. Run by Gerard and
Craig who both knit, Gerard has written his own knitting
book, fab it is too. The shop stocks some of the most unusual
yarns and general knitting supplies and has comfy sofas
and work tables. The expectation is that you knit, chat,
buy, stay and meet lots of other knitters too. Get home,
knit your sweater and guaranteed you'll think about London
every time you wear it. I Knit London has its own following
on Twitter @iknitlondon
Address: 106 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London, SE1 7AB. Website:
Closest tube: Southwark.
(Jaqueline in London, England)
bring back memories...
is my passion and over the years I've collected an assortment
of wonderful 'stuff', juicy souvenirs of the many, many
crazy adventures I've had along the way. I love 'my stuff'
because it reminds me of the places I've been, the people
I've met, and the shopping scenarios that led to my purchases.
Each has its very own story. To read
(Evelyn Hannon, Journeywoman Editor)
that are a no-no...
Got a honey
Never, never decorate his gift with white giftwrap. White
is connected with death not love. He won't be impressed!
Have a guy
Think pink but shun purple when choosing his present. In
Mexico purple is reserved especially for funerals.
thank your male tour guide in Vietnam?
Never give him a t-shirt with a cow or owl cartoon on it.
Both these animals have negative connotations attached to
them -- the cow suggests stupidity, the owl, death. A far
better cartoon choice would be a spider which promises "much
present in India?
Use wrapping paper in the lucky colors of green, red or
yellow. Never use the unlucky colors black or white.