Fridge Magnets, Keychains, Plates, and More
Refrigerator magnets are extremely popular tourist knickknacks – in fact, they have even made an entry in the famous Guinness Book of World Records, which notes that the largest known collection of these souvenirs is close to 20,000 items!Fridge magnets made in a recognizable three-dimensional shape (such as the outline of a country or the simplified facade of a famous building like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow), or fashioned to resemble a geographical map of the place they come from, are the most frequently collected of all.Keychains are the small chains that feature a decorative "finding" at one end and a ring to keep your car, house, and mailbox keys at the other end. Today, there are many variants on the basic keychain, including versions that feature flashlights, compasses, bottle openers, multitools, USB flash drives, scissors, and, of course, worldwide souvenirs. Keychains are highly popular as tourism souvenirs and a reminder of exotic shores and faraway places.A keychain is also a perfect gift for your friends and colleagues, sparking interesting discussions about your journey. Nearly everyone needs a keychain or two, also, so the gift will not sit idly in a drawer after being given. When fashioned as a souvenir, a keychain is inexpensive, yet tells an adventurous tale about the places you have been. They are bought almost as frequently as refrigerator magnets.Souvenir plates have a somewhat different story – and a longer history. Fine Chinese porcelain first reached Europe in the 14th century, and because of its rarity and exotic decoration, it was extremely expensive. At that time and up through the end of the 18th century, only rich nobles, merchants, and clergymen could afford to decorate their homes with porcelain plates.At the end of this period, however, mass production of good porcelain began in Europe, allowing people from all walks of life to enjoy these relatively inexpensive, locally made items. Most plates featured decorative scenes rendered in blue and white.Today, with the power of modern materials technology, souvenir plates are not limited to porcelain. Glass, wood, plastic, resin, and various metals are all highly popular materials for plates to be made out of, too, so that you can match the look of the plate to your decor. Many people are avid collectors of these items and display their plates on special shelves or wall hangers.Our site is crammed with exciting, intriguing worldwide souvenirs selected specially for you! You can discover fridge magnets, plates, t-shirts, keychains, and a wealth of other colorful international items here. You can rest assured that we haven't overlooked any country or any part of the globe in our quest to bring you the best assortment of souvenirs on the Internet. Welcome to the unforgettable worldwide travel scene on world-wide-gifts.com!