Knowing you have bought the perfect gift for someone can be one of the most exciting feelings in the world; when you don’t want to wait until their birthday or [insert relevant celebration here] to watch them unwrap your present. However, in a world full of mediocre, mass-produced “stuff” it can also be stressful to […]
As travellers, we are well aware of the many problems in our world. When shopping for gifts, I like to look beyond the direct recipient to see if what I’m gifting can have a greater impact. Here I share my favourite presents and places to shop for gifts that give back.
The moment you walk in the front door of the Crayola Experience you are hit with a familiar waxy smell. It’s not a particularly pleasant scent, but it has a nostalgic appeal triggering joyful childhood memories. I love crayons for the same reason I love the art of Henri Matisse, André Derain and Marc Chagall […]
Been shopping for some soulful souvenirs on your world journeys? Want to put them right where you’ll see them every day and be warmed by the memories they carry? Here are some beautiful ideas for decorating with travel souvenirs to create a stylish home.
Here at Duende, we love a DIY souvenir, personalised decor or custom gift. Here you can find ideas for all three with these clever map crafts which upcycle old school paper navigation tools into beautiful, useful and fun things to keep and share.
While there is something really heartwarming about seeing New Orleans strung with festive spirit, there is a very ugly flip side to Mardi Gras beads and those plastic throws. If you find yourself overrun with colourful garlands after Carnival season, try these creative ways to repurpose and upcycle your party souvenirs.
Digital photography means no long waits to have your film developed, and you don’t pay for wasted frames on those lousy images. However, it also often means that your precious travel pictures get stuck on SD cards, hard drives and computers, and not out in the world where you or anyone else can enjoy them. […]
Once upon a time in what seems like a previous life, I spent a decade working in the event industry, mostly as an event stylist. It was only natural that when someone asked me about travel themed party ideas, I had a lot of thoughts on the matter. Here I walk you through throwing a […]
This morning I was walking by a women’s clothing boutique in my little Midwest historic town. A colourful bunting of vintage handkerchiefs in the window caught my eye. One, in particular, struck me – a pink flamingo and palm tree adorned souvenir handkerchief from Florida. The charming hanky featuring the state map has a scalloped […]
Why buy simple travel accessories, when you can get creative making your own customized pieces? Here are a variety of tutorials for DIY travel accessories that you can make in a weekend. Have fun tailoring the colours, patterns and designs to suit your style and keep you organized on the road.
Craft up a storm between world wanders with these inspiring travel DIY ideas and tutorials. As a lifelong crafter and DIYer I’m always up for a creative project. However, in recent years I’ve also been looking for ways to repurpose or make use of the things around me to create really personalized and more environmentally […]
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