6 Tips for Finding a Thoughtful Souvenir

Goodness knows there’s no shortage of places to find souvenirs around Sea Shells Beach Club and Daytona, from sea shell art to race gear for your motor sports fans.

But sometimes your time gets away and there you are with just two days left to your vacation, and no souvenirs bought. It’s not that you don’t want to get a special memento from the trip; it’s that you have no idea what to get.

Use this guide on your next trip to help you choose the perfect travel souvenir for absolutely anyone – including yourself!

Think about Your “Customer”
If your father-in-law doesn’t like knick-knacks and you buy him a carving or your friend is picky about their clothes and you buy them a sweater the gift will most likely get shoved into a drawer, never to be looked at again. Avoid this outcome by tailoring your purchase to the giftee’s interests.

Know the Rules
You just know your BFF would love a bottle of wine from the Flagler Beachfront Winery. However, most carriers in the U.S. won’t ship it. Don’t spend money on fancy food and drink souvenirs before you check into shipping rules – foods and drinks often have very specific laws regarding what you can transport.

Stay Away from Touristy Souvenir Shops
Let’s face it, when you’re at a major beach destination these are everywhere, but it’s nice when purchasing a souvenir to try to help local craftspeople. When you purchase something from a touristy souvenir shop or hotel gift store, you’re most likely getting something that isn’t authentic and may even have been made in another country. Not only that, but browsing local markets, especially in the open air, can be a cultural experience in itself.

Check out the local art, craft and antique vendors at the Daytona Beach Farmer’s Market or the monthly Arts & Crafts show at the Daytona Flea & Farmers Market.

Get Something That’s Useful
While figurines and carvings are nice, they’ll inevitably end up forgotten about on the shelf. If you can get something the person you’re buying for will actually use, your souvenir will get much more mileage. Items like hand-sewn bags, jewelry, dishes, glasses, hats and scarves are good, along with tools and gadgets for men.

Make Something Yourself
There’s something extra special about a gift that’s handmade. It shows you didn’t just choose a gift within minutes, pay for it and continue on with your day, but actually took the time to create something special. These types of souvenirs are best when mixed with a cultural element.

A great way to do this is by trying your hand at art yourself. Visit the Whim Wham Art Studio in Ormond Beach to make your own pottery or enjoy some wine and an art lesson at Painting with a Twist, where you can create your own masterpiece.

Don’t Forget about Yourself!
Get a fancy leather photo album or electronic picture frame and use your own vacation photos to create a scrapbook of your vacation. Pictures have the ability to preserve memories in a visual way that not many other souvenirs can, helping you to remember and relive your Sea Shells Beach Club travel experiences. Or treat yourself to some racing swag from Daytona Racing Souvenirs & Hobbies.

Have you been a successful souvenir shopper in Daytona Beach? Give us your tips and suggestions for the best places to shop.

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.