Laure Joliet
Apr 16, 2008

It takes discipline to be selective about souvenirs. All too often it seems easier to get swept up in the moment buying things just because they're there. We all want to remember the great trip we went on, but we've learned that it pays to think about how and where something will end up once it's home. A look at what came back from China with us after the jump.

This bowl reminded me of bowls and saucers we had around the house growing up. My parents were big travelers so their souvenirs made up a lot of our daily lives. It actually took a while before I found a place to buy these. These are made with lead paint (most likely) so I won't be serving food in them but plan to use them for plants or organization (in place of a basket).

These basic aluminum teapots were everywhere that were sold in every market we saw. I can't wait for mine to be beat up and used.

This was a box meant to house a vase for shipping but I loved it so much that I talked the vendor into just letting me buy the box. Now I have it on my landing strip to hold chargers and phones and keys.

These are the notebooks that kids do their school exercises in. We thought they were a perfect souvenir to bring back to friends and to keep on hand for the many lists of things to do around the house.

All in all we like to buy things that are useful or can get used up not just something that will languish in the back of the closet. We bought some tea to give to friends so that we aren't burdening them with more things to store, they can enjoy it and use it up. Of course we got some for ourselves as well.

What do you like to bring back from your travels?

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