Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

15 Weird Souvenirs from Around the World

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.

Scorpion Paperweight Phoenix Arizona
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!

Voodoo Dolls Haiti
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.

Rabbit Pelts: Idaho
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.

Communist Gas Mask: Bulgaria
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.
Llama Fetus: Bolivia

 

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.

Obama Gum: Kenya
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.

Elephant Poop: London
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.
Poop Coffee: Indonesia

 

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.

Panda Poop Tea: China
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.

Used License Plates: Saint Maarten
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.

 Jackalope Trophy Head: 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.

Stuffed City Mascots: Japan
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.
Luchador Masks Mexico

 

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!
Soda Can Art: Zimbabwe

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.

Monk Made Beer: Belgium

 

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.

7 Comments

  1. Rachael Mills
    January 6, 2017 - 11:54 pm

    Interesting, are you saying toddy cats literarily poop beans that are brewed for human consumption in Indonesia and panda poops tea in China? I find that difficult to believe. The Haiti voodoo dolls are pretty weird.

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  2. Britanica
    January 7, 2017 - 10:13 pm

    Llama Fetus!? That is very weird indeed! I had never heard of it and I am a bit confused about it to be honest haha I do like some of these items and thing they are different or interesting but the poop stuff… No thanks! And I had no idea London did that!! I need to pay more attention because I have been there before and didn’t see elephant poop as gift option lol!!

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  3. James
    January 7, 2017 - 10:14 pm

    Well I’m gonna pass on all that poop souvenir stuff. Not interested in doo-doo. Also I’m passing on the llama fetus. I will take the safe route and stick with the beer, soda can art, Nacho Libre masks, and the scorpion paperweight. The voodoo dolls will have to stay in Haiti. No thank you. Fun list of weird souvenirs. 100% weird!

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  4. Hannah
    January 8, 2017 - 6:41 am

    This is an awesome list. I actually had a scorpion paperweight when I was a kid! I didn’t like it much, but my dad brought it to me. I live in Berlin and people are always selling those communist gas masks as souvenirs here as well–I have to say it’s very strange, but it’s certainly a weird and unique souvenir. I really love the soda can art, I’d love to have one of them!

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  5. Danielle
    January 9, 2017 - 7:08 pm

    The first picture really creeped me out, to be honest haha. I’m always buying funky stuff for my friends, I’m not the magnet type. Still, some of these are so weird; I can’t believe tourists actually buy those llama fetuses, and on that note, what the hell are these guys doing? Do they skin the fetus so they can double their profits? Sell it stuffed and skinned? WOW, just imagine how lucky you would be to get one of those?!

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  6. Patricia
    January 10, 2017 - 10:37 am

    My family and friends won’t be happy if I bring them poops from different parts of the world, it is interesting but disgusting. They would hate me if I bring them some creepy stuff like the Voodoo dolls, and Llama Fetus. I don’t like one for myself either. I’d love to bring home a mascot for my baby, it is cool. Thanks for the list!

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  7. Sandy
    January 10, 2017 - 10:51 am

    I like animal products the most. I am fond of collecting souvenirs of their kind. I already have tiger pelt given by a friend after visiting him in the Mid Asia, I wish to have more. I must travel again. Collecting weird souvenir is one of the reason why we travel anyway.

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