Like many states in the fabulous nation of America, Pennsylvania is one that packs a lot of history. Therefore, it is a place that is frequented by interested travelers and history buffs alike. It is a hot spot because there is a lot to do and a lot to see. There is also a lot you absolutely do not want to miss if you want the full experience.
When you visit a heavily historic American state like Pennsylvania you naturally want to remember it. Photographs are fantastic for this purpose, however, bringing back something material is also special in its own right. Even more so when the souvenir is unique and not ‘overly touristy’ unless that’s your thing. No judgment here. Only suggestions for some of the more intriguing things you will find in Philadelphia.
1. Philadelphia themed home goods
As Philadelphia does happen to be quite a large city, there are A LOT of souvenir shops to fill the space for interested tourists. While you will more than likely find your fill of generic souvenirs like in any other large city, why not grab something a bit more unique? For instance, there are multiple marketplaces such as the Philadelphian’s Independents Market. Places like this boast a wide variety of goods to choose from. For instance, you can find Philly themed coasters, and even a Pennsylvania shaped cutting board if you are more of a culinary artist.
2. Miniature Liberty Bells
If there is one thing Pennsylvania is known for as I mentioned earlier, is its history. In Philadelphia for instance, you will find the highly iconic cracked Liberty Bell in all its glory. It really is quite the sight to see. Therefore, you want to be sure to take lots of photos should you choose to pay it a visit. Luckily, you can also find miniature mock-ups of the historical piece in gift shops everywhere. From Liberty Bell ornaments to jewelry, and small Liberty Bells on stands for your mantlepiece, it won’t be hard to find a great memorial piece.
3. Philadelphia landscape magnets and photos
Perhaps you live in a big city and are accustomed to tall buildings and cityscapes. Or maybe you reside in a small town and Philadelphia is one of the larger cities you have visited. Either way, Philadelphia has some sites to show its visitors that are certainly not easily forgotten. And what better way to bring a piece of your vacation spot home with you than with a photograph of the whole city? Available on magnets, patches, playing cards and more, this is a way for you to relive the view every day.
4. Philadelphia zoo memorabilia
The Philadelphia zoo features many attractions that are worth more than taking a peek at. That is why the gift shop is worthy of a visit should you find yourself touring the city. Their gift shop is not like your generic, everyday zoo shop, it, in fact, possesses lots of great gifts. Not only are they affordable, they are extremely unique. One of the more intriguing pieces you will find are bamboo polar bear earrings. They are great for anyone with pierced ears, whether it is for you or for a friend.
5. Encouraging words of wisdom apparel etc.
I have said it time and again throughout this article, Philadelphia is packed with history. However, there is more to see for those interested in other sites. And as one might expect, there are also many souvenirs ranging from clothing to accessories that are not history related. From crewneck shirts stating, “nevertheless, she persisted”, and totes that say the same, there is inspiration everywhere. You can also acquire unique calendars for future years that represent images of different areas of Philadelphia. This will provide you with an excellent memory.
6. Philadelphia folk art from all over the globe
Philadelphia is a lot of things, and I would be amiss if I did not mention their culture. Like many big cities, this one too has a lot to offer tourists culture-wise. The best part is, this vast selection is not only from the city but from all over the world. Gifts from India, Mexico, Latin American countries, Peru, Africa, all on display for your choosing. It is quite the treat, and there is something for everyone.
Commemorating your adventure
Visiting Philadelphia is a treat for all who appreciate a big city experience. Not only that, but the culture and history you will encounter on your journey through this American city is unforgettable. With this guide in hand or in memory, you should have zero trouble finding something to commemorate your trip.
Vacations are special. For some, they are very rare and therefore, very special. These souvenirs are sometimes the best way to truly capture a memory—along with photographs of course. These are not only beautiful but affordable and enjoyable for everyone. Happy trails!
Updated: June 6, 2018