A souvenir (from French, for a remembrance or memory), memento, keepsake,
or token of remembrance is an object a person acquires for the memories the
owner associates with it. A souvenir can be any object that can be collected
or purchased and transported home by the traveler as a memento of a visit.
While there is no set minimum or maximum cost that one is required to adhere
to when purchasing a souvenir, etiquette would suggest to keep it within a
monetary amount that the receiver would not feel uncomfortable with when
presented the souvenir. The object itself may have intrinsic value, or
simply be a symbol of past experience. Without the owner's input, the
symbolic meaning is invisible and cannot be articulated.
The tourism industry designates tourism souvenirs as commemorative
merchandise associated with a location, often including geographic
information and usually produced in a manner that promotes souvenir
collecting. Throughout the world, the souvenir trade is an important part of
the tourism industry serving a dual role, first to help improve the local
economy, and second to allow visitors to take with them a memento of their
visit, ultimately to encourage an opportunity for a return visit, or to
promote the locale to other tourists as a form of word-of-mouth marketing.
Perhaps the most collected souvenirs by tourists are photographs as a medium
to document specific events and places for future reference.
Souvenirs as objects include mass-produced merchandise such as clothing:
T-shirts and hats; collectables: postcards, refrigerator magnets, miniature
figures; household items: mugs, bowls, plates, ashtrays, egg timers, spoons,
notepads, plus many others.
Souvenirs also include non-mass-produced items like folk art, local
artisan handicrafts, objects that represent the traditions and culture of
the area, non-commercial, natural objects like sand from a beach, and
anything else that a person attaches nostalgic value to and collects among
his personal belongings.
is a great place to buy souvenirs and you will find it hard not to indulge
yourself. In fact due to its very old civilization, rich cultures and also
geographical location, has an important role in the world arts and crafts.
production is not common, prices are low and the quality is generally high,
even at the budget end of market. Naturally, the bazaar is the best place to
start looking, although much of what is on sale in places like Kerman,
kashan and Hamadan is more likely to suite local tastes.
Conversely, in places like Isfahan and Shiraz where foreign tourists are
more common, the goods may be more inviting. if you are not keen on haggling
and don’t have much time to look around, the government – run Iran
handicrafts organizations has fixed – price shops in most provincial
places in Iran specialize in specific products. Often, knowing the best
place to buy something is as important as getting a good price.
Iranian souvenir is varied
in many different types from food and drink to clothing or handicraft