The poll of 1,192 holidaymakers from the UK was carried out in order to find out more about people’s attitudes towards the tradition of purchasing souvenirs for friends and family whilst on holiday.
Whilst the study found that nearly half of those who took part begrudged paying for them; more than a third, 34%, of those who had received a souvenir in the past said they had found them to be ‘tacky’.
The respondents who claimed to begrudge buying souvenirs for friends and family were further asked why this was the case. 54% said they’d rather save the money spent on souvenirs to spend on themselves on holiday, whilst 11% claimed to know that the person they were buying for wouldn’t have much use for the gift.
41% of holidaymakers said they felt ‘obliged’ to purchase souvenirs for friends and family, whilst 9% said they even felt it was necessary to take gifts back to their place of work for their colleagues.
Just over 1 in 10, 13%, of respondents claimed to have previously left purchasing souvenirs until the last day of their holiday, whilst 7% admitted to having ‘forgotten’ to buy souvenirs in the past.
21% of the people who took part in the poll had previously purchased gifts to take home for friends and family in the duty-free stores at the airport, whilst a further 14% said they thought souvenirs were a ‘waste of money’.
It seems certain things are a given on holidays abroad, like sunbathing, swimming in the sea and buying souvenirs for friends and family. Some people actually enjoy purchasing gifts to take home for people, but I think the study has shown that plenty of people don’t.
While many leave purchasing souvenirs until the last day of the holiday, I think it’s a good idea to get it out of the way in the first couple of days. That way, you can put it to the back of your mind and use the rest of your cash to enjoy your time away.