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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by capslocked, Sep 6, 2015.

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    Whenever we have friends who go out of town or travel abroad, we are excited about the idea of getting souvenirs from the places they have visited. But more often than not, you aren’t the only one expecting a gift from your friend’s travels, so you end up getting a very generic souvenir you could have probably done without. Read on for 5 overrated souvenirs we’ve all received (or maybe even gave) at one point or another.

    The Keychain
    This is undoubtedly the most basic of them all. It doesn’t take much thought to pick this one, and it can be found literally everywhere. How many keychains have you used from the dozens you’ve received over the years? Some can actually be cute if the design is unique and entertaining, but most of the time they’re just plain tacky or generic.

    The T-Shirt
    Some might think that just because a t-shirt is a piece of clothing it’s automatically usable, but most of the time you start to question your friendship when they give you a shirt two sizes too small or too big. The most common shirt you’ve probably gotten is the quintessential “I Heart (insert name of place)” t-shirt. You’ll probably never use this in public or just use it as a pajama top.

    The Commemorative Plate
    This special plate typically comes with a picture of the place your friend just visited. It has its own stand, but you really can’t do much with it aside from displaying it. You can’t eat off it, and if you haven’t even been to the place, it doesn’t really hold much sentimental value for you. It ends up just taking up space on the shelf and collecting dust until one day someone accidentally knocks it down and shatters it to pieces. You pretend to be sad and say how much you liked it, but in reality you’re glad to be throwing it away.

    The Stone
    It may seem existential only because you don’t exactly know what it is. It can come in the form of a carved rock with the name of the place, but most of the time it looks and feels like a paperweight. You aren’t exactly sure if your friend actually paid good money for it or if they forgot to get you something and just picked up a stone from the side of the road.

    The Hotel Leftovers
    This, of all the things listed in this article, would have to be the most annoying thing your friends can give you. Unopened small bottles of lotion or soap can be useful, but it also shows they didn’t make the effort to get you anything. You may collect these yourself when you check in and out of a hotel, but to actually get them as souvenirs from someone else leaves a lot to be desired.
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