Month: November 2016

How to Choose the Best Souvenirs For Your High School Reunion Party

3Planning a class reunion is a big job. There are so many details to work out from tracking down classmates to figuring out the menu for the reunion party weekend. You might not even have thought about reunion favors yet. But they’re an important little finishing touch to your festivities. Class reunion favors serve as souvenirs of the wonderful time shared with old high school friends. Here are some ideas to help inspire you to find just the right reunion favors for your old class.

Be Practical

Class reunion favors are meant to remind your guests of rekindled friendships. So, you don’t want to get anything that is likely to end up in the trash or stored in a box in the attic. Look for items that will be used and appreciated. Anything from an inexpensive, imprinted pen in your school colors to a more pricey tote bag with your school logo fall into this category.

And don’t rule out reunion magnets. They may not be as functional as an imprinted bottle opener, but everyone will put them on their refrigerators. It would be a memento they would see everyday.

Think nostalgia

The best class reunion favors will inspire spirited discussion at the party about the good old days. How about retro candy from your youth? You can find online companies that specialize in nostalgic candy. If you want to splurge, you could place the old fashioned sweets in an imprinted mug or glass.

If you went to high school in the 60’s or 70’s, then think tie-dye and day-glo items (with optional peace signs) imprinted with your reunion message. For the 50’s you could go with do-wop, fuzzy dice and juke-box theme. Look for imprintables like t-shirts, caps and bandanas with these symbols.

How about a blast from the past with year you graduated class reunion bookmarks? These inexpensive bookmarks are in your school colors, contain your reunion personalization, and are filled with prices, top songs, TV shows, news and events from your graduating year. They can be real conversation starters. Besides bookmarks, you can find the same information printed on certificates and magnets. You can even find custom year you graduated pocket notebooks, for a unique spin on these reunion favors.

Another idea is a CD with music from the year you graduated. Some companies provide the songs for that year. With others, you have to first burn the songs you want onto a master CD and they’ll reproduce it. Either way, they will design and print a label with the song list and a cover with your reunion information.

Make it sweet

Besides the retro candy, there are other options for a sweet reunion favor. You can order custom M&M’s imprinted with the “Class of __”. Or you could buy or make your own candy bar wrappers personalized with your reunion message. For something really unusual, check out online businesses that will print your school mascot directly onto the surface of chocolate or cookies with safe, food-dye based inks.

How about mint tins customized for your graduating glass? You can even get these little hinged mint tins filled with gourmet chocolates for a surprising treat for your classmates. After the candy is gone, the personalized tins can be used for holding or storing other little things for a lasting souvenir.

Imagine the possibilities

Just about anything can be personalized. Your class reunion giveaways could be imprinted staplers, tape measures, pocket mirrors, beach balls, pencils, mugs, Tshirts, mousepads, golf tees or keychains to name just a few examples. You could scan old high school yearbook photos and arrange for a business to make custom calendars for your guests.

So, don’t limit your ideas. There are so many unique favors available. Do a little browsing online and you’re sure to find just the right class reunion favors that your classmates will treasure.


What to Bring Back From Denmark As a Souvenir

2When traveling to new countries, the tendency is to buy souvenirs for friends, family and, of course, yourself. The problem is what type of souvenir to bring home. Well, when you come to Denmark or if you are just looking for some good Danish souvenirs, I have a couple of suggestions that have been winners for many of my friends and family. Below is a list of my favorite Danish souvenirs.

Souvenirs are only appreciated if the person you are giving them to has been to Denmark or cares about the place. A lot of the souvenirs like memorial plates, ashtrays, etc., will be put on the shelf by your family and will mean “nothing” to them. They will only mean something to you, because you visited Denmark. I always suggest bringing home interesting food products that are not available back home. Here are a few fun and tasty treats to take back:

1. Flødeboller: These are chocolate-covered marshmallow cream balls on a cookie base. They are popular on top of ice cream, but can be eaten by themselves. You can get them at almost all grocery stores for about 15 -20 kroner for a box of 12 and I have yet to find anyone who does not love them.

2. “Pålægschokolade”: This comes in a small box with about 30 pieces in each box. Again, it can be found at all grocery stores. They are thin slices of chocolate and they are usually served on freshly baked bread that is warm. If the bread is warm, the chocolate will melt on the bread. If the bread is not fresh-baked, you can toast the bread and place it on the toast when it is finished. You can even gently warm the bread and chocolate in an oven (do not microwave… it ruins the taste). The chocolate does not have to be heated; it can be eaten at room temperature and will still taste fantastic. Come on, where else do people eat chocolate sandwiches? I am always sending boxes of these back to friends who visit. They stock up here and write and ask me to send a few boxes every couple of months.

3. Candy: Licorice is, of course, the natural choice if your friends/family like licorice. If not, get some other great candy. You really should go to Nørregade in Copenhagen and get “bolcher”, which is the Danish word for candy, at the BEST bolcher factory/shop in Denmark. It is called Nørregade Bolcher and it is located on Nørregade (right next to Nørreport train station… a 2-minute walk). There you can not only watch them make the candy, but you can pick your own combination of the different types of bolcher from the store displays. It is reminiscent of one of the old American soda fountain / 5-and-dime stores where they had all sorts of different candies in little jars with scoops so you could choose. Even if you don’t like candy, it is a great place to visit as a tourist. Love the smells and atmosphere. Yummy!

4. Kitchen accessories: Look in places like Illums. It is pretty pricey, but there is some cool stuff. Accessories can also be found at places like Kop og Kande and Inspiration for a bit less. Just funky designs that make any home or kitchen look DANISH! Denmark is renowned for their unique and stylish kitchen gadgets and they are well-crafted to last.

Avoid all the souvenir plates, unless your family/friends collect stuff like that. Also be aware that the Stroeget is a great place to shop, but their prices are much higher than places in the suburbs. A 10-minute walk up Vesterbrogade or Norrebrogade can put you in the suburbs where the same shops are, but with better prices. Remember to spend wisely, cuz it ain’t cheap.:)

The Best Honeymoon Souvenirs

1Your honeymoon is the trip of a lifetime, and you will want to bring home a few special souvenirs to help you remember the trip. On the other hand, you don’t want to come home weighed down by a bunch of tacky touristy stuff that will end up stuffed in the back of your closest. This is a guide to how to pick the best honeymoon souvenirs.

The first thing that will go into finding the perfect mementos is your honeymoon destination. Some places offer shopping that is out-of-this-world, while others don’t have much more than a t-shirt stand. This will help to determine how many things you decide to bring home from your trip. Really, though, it is quality that counts when you are picking the pieces that will help you to remember a wonderful trip, not quantity.

One of the best honeymoon souvenirs is not something that you will buy on your trip at all. It is a scrapbook or travel journal that you can fill with all sorts of little things that tell the story of your first vacation as husband and wife. You can include items such as train tickets, snapshots, postcards, menus, and more. Jot down a few notes about each item in your travel journal to help you remember all of the fun sightseeing and experiences that you shared on your honeymoon.

Another thing that is wonderful for holding sentimental meaning over the years is jewelry. If you get a piece of jewelry on your honeymoon, you will always think of your trip when you wear it. A nice idea is for the groom to buy his new wife a handcrafted piece of jewelry that completes her bridal set. For instance, if your new wife wore handcrafted freshwater pearl bridal jewelry on your wedding day, you could surprise her with a pearl pin or bracelet that you purchased from a local artisan on your honeymoon.

Local art and crafts are a terrific way to capture the spirit of a vacation spot. Pick up a piece that is native to where you are honeymooning. Give it a place of honor in your new home to remind you of your honeymoon every day. It could be anything from a piece of pottery from Arizona to handblown Venetian glass to a small oil painting done by a local Parisian artist. This is one type of souvenir that you can be sure will bring joy to your new home.

Of course, the new bride might want to pick up a souvenir or two just for herself. So much of what is sold in touristy areas is really low quality; your best bet is to find out where the locals shop. In some hot honeymoon spots, particularly in Europe, there are iconic brands or products that you just can’t live without. Examples would be French perfume or an Hermes scarf from Paris or a pair of Ferragamo pumps or a gold charm from Florence. These are timeless pieces that you will be glad to have splurged on!

When you are shopping for honeymoon souvenirs, it is always gracious to bring a little something back for your parents. It can be as simple or elaborate as your budget allows. A silver picture frame with a picture of the newlyweds on their trip is a perfect thank you for your family, who no doubt did so much to help with your wedding. After all, one of the hallmarks of a happy marriage is that you are always thinking of doing nice things for someone that you care about.