I have a very strict no-souvenirs policy. They’re for suckers.
So I just bought a Steiff teddy bear, German Christmas ornament, TSL pin, Mickey fridge magnets and two mugs (as gifts). Oh and a D&B magic band.
Are the rest of you as disciplined as I am?
I am a total sucker. We usually give the kids a budge to buy their own souvenirs and when that is gone I end up buying them a shirt or a hat or something I want them to have that they wouldn’t choose to spend their own money on. The marketing folks have our number.
I can easily drop a couple hundred dollars in the Disney Springs Christmas store alone.
OHHHH the Christmas store is one of my weaknesses! And the kitchen store.
Wait. You didn’t buy yourself a pencil?!?!?
I’m not a souvenirs person in general, but recently discovered tea towels \ dish towels are the best souvenir and they are incredibly handy, you can’t have too many, and almost always available.
So I now have minion, Queen Elizabeth, wives of Henry VII, and Koblenz, Germany tea towels.
I usually buy a couple of these. You know, just in case one breaks. Gotta have a backup…
DW spent an unmentionable amount on a mug, Christmas ornaments, and various kitchen gadgets…I got a Mickey ball cap…(full disclosure, I wanted a Goofy t-shirt, but never found one I liked)
I honestly have a hard time deciding on a souvenir. So I only have:
Vera Bradley Mickey purse
Complete set of You Are Here mugs
Run Disney shirt x2
Carl and Ellie Up Magic Band
Magic Kingdom hoodie
Several Christmas Ornaments
A Crap Ton of Pins
Oh my gosh how did I forget my two Larry Dotson prints
And probably nothing else but maybe a few things I’m forgetting just now.
I have not been to the parks since August of 2011 (visited DLR last year), I’ve already told dh that I will need to buy ALL THE THINGS.
I’m expecting a shirt or two, a hat, numerous Christmas ornaments (in spite of already having enough for 2 Disney trees) and numerous other unnamed items.
I am pretty disciplined. I drink coffee. I mean I really drink coffee. Like a professional coffee drinker. So, I tend to get a coffee mug if I can find just the right one. So, on our last trip, my DW and I purchased a coffee mug to share, and two (2) key chains, one from the Poly and one from Beach Club. DW will turn them into Christmas tree ornaments.
DDs got a couple t-shirts from DW and me, and each had a $50 budget to select additional merch… so, they came home with: EPCOT passports; the aforementioned t-shirts, character “things” to put on their backpacks and, some other crap I’m sure I can’t remember.
That being said, DW and I have a coffee mug and two keychains.
i rarely buy anything, but for whatever reason, my last trip to US, i HAD to have this plush Fang from HP!! LOL … i sleep with him every night ~ he keeps my head/neck aligned.
… and we always get a magnet from every place we travel …
Oh my gosh the magnets! Of course all the magnets!
There is a very real possibility that the magnets on our refrigerator are what is holding it together. One of the requirements for a new one is that it has to be able to hold magnets.
We go for thimbles, a tradition from when my now 32 year old sister went on her first school trip abroad and panicked at the airport that she hadn’t bought any presents. Now it is a challenge for us to find the ugliest/tackiest thimble we can find. My dad hates them but that hasn’t stopped him buying a couple of display cases for them
Last trip I bought DS 1 stuffed animal he didn’t need, a new dog collar for the pup, a new mug that we didn’t need and souvenir cups at Club Cool. Mind you, I was just there last month and had a similar list of item then, too.
@profmatt, it appears you missed out a rather nice magic band from that list!
Or does that not count as a souvenir?
Anyway, clearly these are not souvenirs, these are presents for your dog, are they not (yes, I’ve forgotten her name - again).
Our last trip we each picked a coffee mug that we still use every weekend. We picked up a couple of shirts, DH had some kind of Star Wars name tag made and we bought 3 Christmas ornaments, 2 were given to our kids as gifts (family tradition that the kids always get an ornament so they have a box full to decorate their first trees when they no longer live at home).