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Old 11-28-2012, 08:34 PM   #31
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It's harder to find unique souvenirs these days. I have my opera glasses from the former antique store in MK (which I have actually taken to the theater and used) which are one of my favorites, and I have bought lots of jewelry over the years, including a beautiful Aurora cameo which is another favorite. Then there are the silly things, like the umbrella hat I bought at Epcot in September (it got plenty of use in the sun and in the rain).

These days, I still check out the jewelry to see if anything catches my eye (found a great Mickey ring at the Studios last year), and I tend to look for practical items I can use in daily life (clothes, kitchen goods, etc.). I think DTD is still a great place for shopping because they have the "everywhere" items along with some items that you may not find anywhere else. The World Showcase stores also carry items you may not find all over property.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:16 PM   #32
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Our last trip to WDW and we bought a tin rhinocerous from AK. It's rainbow color and you would not know its from WDW but it's in our living room and every day it reminds us of our last trip. We love it.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:25 PM   #33
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Don't exclude something that seems ordinary--it may be that the ordinary is the perfect thing to have as a reminder
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The best souvenir is one you use often. It doesn't even have to look like it came from Disney - but every time you use it, it will remind you of your trip and all the good memories
Ditto on both of these. I mostly get mugs or things that I'll use every day. I also get pins, but, much as I love my Disney pins, and even though I keep some on my computer right below the monitor, and rotate them regularly, they don't make me remember my trips as much as my mugs.
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:22 PM   #34
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My daughter picked out a cool small drum from the Africa section of AK -- it's something everyone in the family loves (whenever anyone passes the drum -- it tends to move around a lot in our house -- it's hard not to thump it).
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:10 PM   #35
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Someone here mentioned the tea shoppe, and that's where I get my most unizue souvenier. There's one tea there that they claim is only available either in the UK or in Disney theme parks (It's in a black tin). I've also bought several lovely china tea mugs there (why does WDW sell so many different coffee mugs, but no WDW-themed tea cups?)
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:51 PM   #36
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I just purchased some perfume over in France for my DM for Christmas and they did free engraving on the perfume bottle
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:42 PM   #37
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I love this thread, so many good ideas!
I buy a lot from WS and not so much Disney items, although I do have some nice Disney items for my kitchen.
My new thing is buying different cooking books every trip. I already got one from Japan and France. Last trip I added Delicious Disney, love it.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:19 PM   #38
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I use my Dooney & Bourke and my Mickey Mouse watch the most, but my favorites are the silhouettes we had made of our daughters last trip. We'll definitely do that every time from now on.

Thanks to all for the fabulous ideas!
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:30 AM   #39
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Go to Downtown Disney the world of Disney store.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:26 AM   #40
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You guys have me rethinking my touring plan for October to include more shopping!!
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:35 AM   #41
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I have two favorites. My Dooney & Bourke purse has to be my favorite souvenir from any vacation with my Mickey and Minnie garden gnomes from Epcot being a close second.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:50 AM   #42
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We try to get some pressed pennies every trip!
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:50 AM   #43
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I think it'd be unique to make my own shirt at DTD....I do the pick a pearl and we love to visit shops with non-clothing/non-typical tourist items - like shops with cooking utensils, housewares, and cookbooks etc.
My boys want to do the pressed pennies next time!
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:10 PM   #44
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My Fantasia pink flamingo, love that guy.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:15 PM   #45
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I have two favorites. My Dooney & Bourke purse has to be my favorite souvenir from any vacation with my Mickey and Minnie garden gnomes from Epcot being a close second.
I want those gnomes so bad! I might break down and buy them on my next trip.
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