Postcards, t-shirts, magnets—the usual souvenirs can get old. If you’re looking for something that really says “world traveler,” pick up some unique and unusual things for this year’s Christmas gifts. Here are some weird and crazy (and even gross) souvenirs you can find around the world.
1 Scorpion Paperweight: Phoenix, Arizona
I grew up in Arizona, but I never, ever tried one of those iconic scorpion hard candies. Too nasty. Besides, you don’t want to get too close to those venomous demons after having to kill at least two dozen of them in your own house. I did, however, buy a paperweight with a mummified scorpion inside. That, at least, I can handle.
2 Voodoo Dolls: Haiti
Talk about creepy! Voodoo is a big part of the pervasive spiritual belief system in Haiti, and for some reason tourists like to take them home. Hopefully, it’s all just for the novelty of the item and not for vengeance!
3 Rabbit Pelts: Idaho
Up north, you can find pretty much any kind of animal product in a souvenir shop. This includes weird stuff like stacks of rabbit pelts in a basket.
4 Communist Gas Mask: Bulgaria
Because you’ve always wanted to dress up like a communist soldier! Bulgarian companies still produce these because they’re so popular with the tourists.
5 Llama Fetus: Bolivia
Llama fetuses may look like something from a nightmare, but Bolivian traditions say that they bring good luck. You can take this home for as a memento for your favorite (or maybe least favorite) family member.
6 Obama Gum: Kenya
Kenya was incredibly excited when the son of a Kenyan became the president of the United States. You could find Barack Obama’s face on pretty much anything, including the gum named after him. The packaging is interesting, but unfortunately, the gum is pretty terrible.
7 Elephant Poop: London
We all know how much excrement is produced by the wild London elephant herds. So of course it makes total sense that elephant poop is a common London souvenir.
8 Poop Coffee: Indonesia
Just in case you didn’t get enough poop in London, you can find even more in Indonesia. Toddy cats in Indonesia poop out beans that are brewed to create delicious, smooth coffee. Believe it or not, it’s some of the most expensive coffee in the world.
9 Panda Poop Tea: China
For goodness’ sake, what’s with all the weird poop souvenirs? I don’t know, but China’s jumping on this bandwagon. You’ll need a small fortune to buy panda poop tea; it’s marketed as a cancer preventative and weight-loss supplement.
10 Used License Plates: Saint Maarten
You might say that there’s nothing special about license plate souvenirs. After all, they decorate every barn and den from Texas to Kentucky. Still, St. Maarten has something different. Residents of the Caribbean island must change their plates every year, so each plate color represents a different year. You can hunt around the open air market to collect them all! Plus, the first letter of the plate has significance: P and M are for lay people, V is for vans, T is for taxis, and if you’re lucky enough to find an M immediately followed by a number or a G, you’ll be the proud owner of a plate from a member of parliament.
11 Jackalope Trophy Head: Wyoming
Is the Great American Jackalope a real animal? Who knows. What you can know, however, is that a taxidermy jackalope is a really weird thing to put in your house. If that appeals to you, you can find this antler-head bunny during your dream vacation to Wyoming.
12 Stuffed City Mascots: Japan
Apparently, cities and regions in Japan have mascots. Adorable ones. Like, cute little bunnies and kitties. It’s little wonder they are so popular with tourists! They’re weird, but at least they’re appealing.
13 Luchador Masks: Mexico
Move over, Spiderman. Here comes Nacho Libre! If your favorite superhero is a luchador, you’ll enjoy running around in one of these masks.
14 Soda Can Art: Zimbabwe
Less weird and more cool, these eco-friendly statues are made by locals for tourists who are looking for something a little different from the usual. Be nice to the environment and the local economy!
15 Monk-Made Beer: Belgium
Believe it or not, a good portion of the beer in Belgium is made at monasteries! Get a bottle of Trappist beer wherever beer is sold.
Next time you go on vacation, don’t settle for the same old t-shirts or postcards to bring home for your friends and family members. Nothing says “Wish you were here” like poop tea! And don’t forget to grab one of these weird and crazy souvenirs for yourself.