When traveling, I only buy two types of souvenirs—magnets and mugs. By souvenirs, I mean things with no reason to exist other than having the name of the place you visited on them. No tee-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, stuff that sits on shelves, etc.

I don’t get mugs that often, because they are a hassle to fly with, but since I drink a lot of tea, if I do get them, they are functional. Plus I seem to break mugs.

But mostly I just buy magnets. This works pretty well with my packrat tendencies to put all sorts of paper on the fridge. Plus, magnets don’t take up much room when I move, and they are on display continuously, bringing happy memories back to me. They also add a little character to my office, on the filing cabinet.