New York City is the most populated city in all of America. For many, it is the place of dreams. For others, it simply boasts the fast-paced, big city living that many of us so desperately crave. If the hustle and bustle of big-city living are too much, you can always pay the great city a short visit. And that is what so many Americans, as well as people from all over the world, ultimately do. At least once in your life, visiting New York City is a must. If and when you do find yourself in NYC, listed below are some of the greatest souvenirs to bring home to remember your vacation.
1. A New York City Mystery Box
There are a variety of stores where you can actually find an entire NYC box full of mysteries! One of the cooler things about this souvenir option is there are various boxes to choose from, originating in areas all around New York. There are mystery boxes with goods from NYC, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and other large cities around the area.
These mystery boxes, of course, contain items that I am not going to spoil for you. After all, they make for great gift options or something you do not open until you get home. However, I will say one thing, they do contain hand-crafted goods from New York native artists. What makes for a better item to savor a vacation than those that are crafted by the areas’ citizens themselves?
2. Statue of Liberty Memorabilia
What do you think of when you picture New York? The big apple? While that may be something you picture initially—for many it is the Statue of Liberty. This landmark is something you CANNOT miss should you visit New York City. If you get the chance to visit this historical landmark that was gifted to us from France – you are going to want something to remember it by.
Now, as you can imagine, there are tons of Statue of Liberty pieces you could bring home with you. While there is a great deal of generic Statue of Liberty souvenirs out in New York, there are quite a few unique ones as well. For instance, a lovely Statue of Liberty coin purse makes for an excellent everyday reminder of your time away.
3. Handmade, Photographic, or Artistic NYC Magnets
What makes this selection so ideal is just that – the very selection of a variety of unique magnets. While this may seem kitsch or cliché, the magnets found at some of the highly ranked souvenir shops rock. They not only remind you daily of your venture but draw positive attention from visitors as well. With your choice of artistic mediums reflected on these magnets – you cannot go wrong.
This is the perfect way to personalize your souvenir while showing off your style. Having a magnet that is visually pleasing while holding a memory can lift your spirits. How, you ask? It is something you will see frequently, and art is proven to hold an importance in our lives.
4. A New York Christmas Tree Ornament
An excellent souvenir option that sometimes escapes the mind is a Christmas ornament. Preferably one that reflects the area from which you found it. As New York has some of the largest holiday celebrations anywhere in the Continental U.S., ornaments are not so rare. In fact, they can practically be found in any souvenir shop. However, there are some that stand out from others.
Off the bat, if you can find a high quality, authentic I love New York ornament that always makes for a good choice. If you are looking to be more personal, there are many other options. You can additionally find ornaments featuring historical locations such as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building,
5. Subway Map Attire and Accessories
Along with the taxi cab, the subway is an iconic symbol and form of transportation in New York City. This, of course, is for good reason. With the area being so populated and so full of buildings, not everyone NEEDS to drive. Not only that, it is often much easier not to.
There are several different souvenir shops that carry both attire and accessories featuring iconic subway maps. Depending on your need/want, you can locate beach towels, journals, shirts and beyond if you are specifically looking for them.
6. Vintage New York License Plates
Another sort of generic but cool souvenir you will find frequently throughout NYC, these are something to see. If you are unfamiliar with the topic, there are many people out there who collect license plates. Perhaps you collect license plates personally. Either way, vintage New York City license plates are great gifts and a remembrance of your journey.
I am unsure about how common these plates are at this time; however, I know they are not impossible to find. License plates – particularly those of the vintage variety – are great collector’s items. Even better, they are inexpensive and can be displayed forever.
Updated: May 21, 2018