Let’s face it: not everyone wants to receive a fridge magnet or a bag of sweets as a holiday souvenir, no matter how easy they are to fit into your luggage. To avoid the tourist tat, go for timeless classic collectibles. Here’s what you should buy, and why.
Morocco is a craft-lover’s heaven, but don’t miss the intricate carpet stalls in Marrakech’s souks. The most popular Moroccan carpet types are found in the Berber Market, particularly the Beni Ourain and Beni Mguild varieties. To avoid baggage charges, why not ship your rugs with us? If you like folk art, Navajo blankets are a great starting point. You can tour the famous Pendleton Mills, where the blankets have been made for generations, in Oregon and Washington. Oregon also has the 100-year-old Cameron Trading Post.
If you buy from a local artist on your travels, you’re supporting the local economy. Ask your hotel concierge for recommendations of nearby galleries. The Gallery of Caribbean Art, in Barbados, sells art from across the Caribbean, while St. Lucia’s Inner Gallery is the darling of the island’s art scene. Alternatively, try a city like Miami in Florida. Its art fair calendar includes Art Basel Week, Pulse Miami Beach and the Ink Miami Fair.
Buy a piece of the past – it’s a unique souvenir to impress your friends. Take a break from learning the tango and visit the popular San Telmo Antiques Fair in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which comes recommended by National Geographic Traveler; it’s held every Sunday. Lille, France, hosts Europe’s biggest annual flea market on 3rd and 4th September 2016. Only an hour’s train ride away from Paris, it’s easy to browse this vast array of antiques on a city break. If you can’t make it to Lille, shop in the Village Saint Paul area of Paris, or in the streets surrounding the Alésia metro station.
Whatever you choose to bring home, keep it a memorable and classic investment by letting First Luggage take care of it for you.