What Do You Bring Home from Travels? PIECE OF – Anniversary Giveaway!

by Satu Vänskä-Westgarth on March 31, 2014 · 71 comments

PIECE OF Jewelry I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown
I was sitting at the Marrakech airport with a brown ceramic dish wrapped in a dirty coloured paper wrapping on my lap, and wondered what I had done. I had just spend my last dirhams in a haste, keen only to get rid of the extra cash, and purchased something I had absolutely no use for…

When it comes to souvenir shopping abroad, most of the time the motto “less is more” applies in our household, and often the only items that make their way into our luggage are those you can eat or drink.

Still, at times I would like to bring home something. Something that would last the passing of time and would remind me of the memories we made in that destination. That something shouldn’t end up in the back of the cupboard or storage and it definitely shouldn’t make me feel drained minutes after purchasing it.

Friend of mine mentioned the PIECE OF Memories jewelry concept to me and even though I don’t usually love “stuff”, I do love the story behind, the concept and the actual pieces of PIECES OF jewelry. These pieces are all about combining travel and design, they are created by young and upcoming designers from the respective countries and are realised through the PIECE OF concept by three lovely and driven Finnish ladies. At the moment this charm jewelry collection presents pieces from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, but hopefully there will be more countries to come in the future.

I kind of fell hard for these beautiful little mementos and thought you might like these too?

PIECE OF Jewelry I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown
PIECE OF Jewelry I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown
PIECE OF Jewelry I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown
PIECE OF Jewelry I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown
PIECE OF Jewelry I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown
To my shock and horror I realised earlier this year that I have been blogging for five years. FIVE. And even though most of that time has only been in Finnish, I thought it would be fitting to host a little anniversary giveaway over here in the English side too, to give BIG thanks to all of you who have stopped by in the last couple of years. And this is not for ladies only, this jewelry is as unisex as it gets.

So, I’d love to know what you bring home from your travels?

Entering is easy. Write your answer in the comment field below and then head on to that Raffle Copter box. You can either sign in with Facebook or email, those details won’t be shared onwards, but are useful so that I can pick and contact the winners. If you would like some extra votes, you can “like” the Facebook pages of this blog and/or that of the PIECE OF community, just follow the instructions when you get there.

And that’s it. The competition runs until 13.4.2014 at 24:00 GMT, and the lucky winners can choose a piece from the Finland or Norway collection as follows:

  • 1st price: Pendant and Korean Chain 45cm
  • 2nd price: Pendant and Leather Cord
  • 3rd price: Small Pendant and Leather Cord

EDIT: The giveaway is open to all international addresses! 

Wondering about that Moroccan serving dish? I plugged my courage and returned it. Got my money back with plenty of frowning and stern faces and headed to the sandwich bar to better invest my pennies. The souvenirs that made their way to Norway instead were Moroccan tea, spices and olive oil from the Atlas mountains.

Find out more about the PIECE OF collection and concept: www.pieceof.com

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And thanks to my friend Hanna who humored me and modeled the jewelry one sunny afternoon up in the mountains.

EDIT: Huge thank you to all of you who participated, I really enjoyed reading your comments and stories! The winners have now been chosen, and the first price, picked by the PIECE OF team went to Globetrotter Elisa. The 2nd and 3rd prices were chosen randomly, and the lucky winners are Kaelyn and Tammilee. Winners have already been notified, congratulations to all! 

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Elaine Farrell March 31, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Hi Satu, I loved this article, because I can relate to that urge to want to bring back a token, a memory of a trip. So what do I bring back? I bring back a ceramic tile or if I can’t find something like that, then a very small piece of pottery. The tiles come in all shapes and sizes, are very colourful, and evocative of a place I have visited, I have quite a few now, as you can imagine :) I have them displayed in my living room over the fireplace, and when I dust them, the memories come flooding back.
Ex

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Katja March 31, 2014 at 5:22 PM

I’ve sometimes felt that need to bring back something, but we travel light and try not to keep too many things in our home that aren’t of use or hold strong family memory. Now the only pieces I bring home, besides honey, are occasional pieces of pottery from artisans discovered along the way.
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Adrienne March 31, 2014 at 9:24 PM

I have brought everything from pricey scarves and handbags to cheese wrappers and rocks (not making that last part up!) I try to be more selective these days and only bring small and unique things home with me that truly mean something to me.
Love the jewelry!
Adrienne

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GlobetrotterElisa March 31, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Jeg prøver å ikke fylle huset med duppeditter fra allverdens land, så jeg kjøper gjerne lokale matspesialiteter jeg kan kose meg med når jeg kommer hjem (krydder og te er det vanligste i denne kategorien). Ellers små ting jeg kan bruke selv; sjal, smykke, nøkkelring etc. Men det jeg ALLTID tar med hjem, det er lokal valuta. Ikke mye, bare en seddel eller to. Fra Marocco endte jeg opp med en 20 dirham seddel. De tar ikke stor plass og er unike for det landet du har vært i…
Moro å lese at du har blogget i så mange år. Jeg er jo en fersk leser, men kommer til å følge deg fremover!
Utrolige fine smykker fra Piece of! Det hadde vært kjempestas å bli en eier av et slikt smykke!
Elisabeth
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Reeta @houseofanais March 31, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I bring all sorts of things back from travels – last year from Sri Lanka it was tea and spices and local wood puzzles for kids, local jewerly with lava and mineral masks from Iceland, beautiful scarves and dead sea salts from Israel – and always food from Spain!
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Tammilee T March 31, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Lately I have been bringing home spices, tea and other food items. We used to bring home glass ware but our cabinet is so full we can’t fit another glass in there.
Mainly I like bring home photos and memories of our travels.
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Cacinda Maloney April 1, 2014 at 12:50 AM

I bring home christmas ornaments from each place I visit!
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Lynsey Buchanan April 1, 2014 at 1:35 AM

I usually buy some handmade ornaments

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Janicke April 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM

I collect small Gods or other artifacts special for the culture in the country I visit.

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Monique April 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I’ve brought back everything from paintings to shoes. It all depends on what strikes my fancy.
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Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog April 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM

This is great, Satu. Really nice. I also love reading about the stories of the designs.

Lately, I’ve bought very little for myself, and have bought things for the kids on travels.
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Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog April 1, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Your little boy is a cutie. He’s really growing.
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Katja of Skimbaco April 1, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I do bring things home, but more like food/spices, home decorating things, once even brought a coffee maker home. Anything that I know I have a spot for it in my home immediately. But I LOVE the idea of this jewelry line and would purchase!

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 2, 2014 at 4:17 AM

I collect elephants!

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Caitlyn April 4, 2014 at 7:18 PM

I’ll bring back lots of photos, and maybe some yummy foods. I also buy a magnet for my mother from wherever we are visiting (she collects them).

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Petrice April 4, 2014 at 11:23 PM

I always bring back a photo book – like a “coffee table” type book – from the city or country we visited. It’s sometimes a challenge to put it in our suitcase, but we love our collection (Sweden, Ireland, Spain, Provence, Quebec, Tuscany, Rome, New Zealand and even Glacier National Park in Montana) and are always flooded with happy memories when we thumb through them months or even year after returning.

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Jessibeth Vicenty April 4, 2014 at 11:25 PM

I love to bring pictures, shirts and plushies!
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diane April 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

I take home the memories and pictures

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Jeanne April 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM

I usually try to find some fort of symbolic item that relates to the country I have visited.

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Jeanne April 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM

I usually try to find some sort of symbolic item that relates to the country I have visited.

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Peter Jones April 5, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Always look for hand crafted rareties from the countries I visit

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Tami April 5, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Although I wish that we did, we aren’t able to travel internationally at this point. So all US destinations for me, so nothing too exotic as souvenirs. I like to bring home small things that I will use and/or see daily, to remind me of our trips. Silly little things like notepads, magnets, pens… and sometimes jewelry!

LOVE the photos in this post! I knew you were a talented writer, but I didn’t realize what a fantastic photographer you were, too. Your baby son is beautiful (and so is your friend). Checking out the “piece of” site now, this jewelry is waaay up my alley!! Gorgeous.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway, Satu!
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Cathy Truman April 6, 2014 at 12:01 AM

I bring home pictures and I try to find a charm or a Christmas ornaments. I also try to find a shirt
from the places I have visited.

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Cynthia Gray April 6, 2014 at 2:01 AM

I usually bring home refrigerator magnets, candy from the area and a few seedpackets and maybe a few post cards to remind me of the place I visited.

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kim Tanti April 6, 2014 at 5:07 AM

I like to collect jewellery

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Kate April 6, 2014 at 6:33 AM

I usually bring back an accessory like a scarf, so that I can remember where I’ve been without pointless knick knacks. I have scarves from all over the world!

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Carmelle Gagnon April 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

I live in Canada. From early childhood I would collect little rocks when we went to visit my Grand-Mother in Granby, and St-Pie, Quebec. Then when we moved to Calgary when I was 10 years old, I brought back Rocks with fosselled creatures from Alberta and Pieces of Potash from Saskatchewan. I then collected older coins, and then travelled to Greece .. a ring, a rock from Athens, sand from the beach, some tiny cups and saucers, rocks of course off the different islands we went to. Plates to be hung, coins. In Portugal hand wowen and petit-points table-cloth. Small hand painted streets, reflecting the city streets, nearly white sand too. Italy was very different, we visited so many places, such memories. In Jamaica, sand too, of course sea shells of all sorts. Portraits, handwoven whicker basquests and place mats, and statues from dark wood as book ends. Pieces of memories, time spent on my journeys. I wish I was young again to continue my journeys in this life and see the world more..

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Alison Chino April 6, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I am with you on always bringing home FOOD!! That way we it doesn’t take up space in our house. I’m very impressed that you returned your unwanted purchase. I’m super wimpy about returns even at home where I’m in my comfort zone! :)
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Heather rogalski April 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I have a collection of sand from different beaches all over the world!

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Brittnee April 6, 2014 at 5:18 PM

When I travel I always seem to pick up random makeup items that I totally could have bought in my own town ha ha. But I do like to shop when I am travelling and most recently I’ve been picking up little jewelry pieces. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Sandi Tymchuk April 6, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I love to collect Christmas ornaments from travels. Every year we can feel grateful for and reminisce over our travel experiences. Otherwise, we bring home pictures.

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Bailey Dexter April 7, 2014 at 2:38 AM

Great read! For me I love to bring back spices and any lind of food items that I can. This wat I can still enjoy the trip long after I back home!

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Darlene Sullins April 7, 2014 at 6:58 AM

If we go to the beach I try to collect sea shells and sand, otherwise shot glasses and postcards!

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Jennifer Monteiro April 7, 2014 at 7:14 AM

I only bring home memories and photos.

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gayle gildehaus April 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Pretty rocks or sew on badges of places visited such as national parks

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MelissaN April 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I have dozens of keychains from all over the world that I have collected for over 25 years.

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flareys ameure April 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM

great article and giveaway thanks

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Susan Ashcraft April 7, 2014 at 7:51 PM

good article

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Mai Tran April 8, 2014 at 7:34 AM

I usually take home the currency of those countries who don’t use euro. Latest was Lithuania money and Estonian money from souvenir store.

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Courtney April 9, 2014 at 12:59 AM

I try to find something that is actually representative of that place.. but also practical. Jewelry is always good. Or a piece of clothing. IDK when you go shopping, usually something just speaks to you. Something really unique that can become a conversation starter in the future.

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Damla April 9, 2014 at 11:00 PM

I don’t travel much, but I usually bring souvenirs & jewelry and local dish.
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Denise Davis April 10, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Mostly candle holders and glass ware.

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Molly Capel April 10, 2014 at 1:10 PM

I collect shot glasses from everywhere I go.

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Trina April 10, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Very nice items. I also have problems collecting things from everywhere even if I don’t need them at all.

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H.E. DeLuna April 10, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Other than awesome memories and photos I try to take a momento that represents a favorite moment from the trip (a shell, shotglass, or book).

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Christine April 11, 2014 at 5:40 AM

I always like to bring home something from nature. When I go somewhere with a beach that usually means bringing home shells. Sometimes it is a rock or even a weird piece of wood. I also like to bring home food from other countries.

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Robyn B. April 11, 2014 at 5:59 AM

I like to bring home some type of art from the region I am visiting.

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Francine Anchondo April 11, 2014 at 7:47 AM

I collect shot glasses

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Steph Bkn April 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I usually bring home one piece of art or item for the house that reminds me of our trip everyday, perfect for those cloudy days when I need a smile!

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Maegan Morin April 12, 2014 at 5:07 AM

I always take back clothing items, jewelry and some sort of knick knack

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liz l April 12, 2014 at 5:10 AM

Usually a tshirt, keychain, and charm

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Flávia Alves April 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

That depends on de mood, I’m very random about that. But always try to bring some local art

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hazeldv April 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM

tshirts, souvenirs!

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Evelyn Driver April 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM

I try to bring home a charm for my bracelet.

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Karen Drake April 12, 2014 at 3:57 PM

I don’t travel much and usually only bring home some postcards.

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Lee Mckoen April 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

I alway bring home a little trinket and try and get the grandkids Tshirts

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matt lehman April 12, 2014 at 7:13 PM

i have a collection on refridgerator magnets from national parks and monuments ive visited.

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Karrie Millheim April 13, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Little pieces of jewelry, sometimes statues or key rings

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katie k April 13, 2014 at 1:04 AM

I always try to get some sort of kitchen accessory or other “useful” type of thing, in addition to some foods to share with friends and family

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MARIA simon April 13, 2014 at 3:54 AM

i have teacups and spoons :)

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Sky Evans April 13, 2014 at 3:58 AM

I always take home souvenirs!

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Kaelyn L. April 13, 2014 at 4:01 AM

I try and find a souvenir spoon. Silly but my Grandma handed down her collection and I have my own now!

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Laurie Emerson April 13, 2014 at 4:58 AM

I like to collect things from different places like ceramic pieces, jewelry and different foods made just in that area like relishes or sauces.

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babysquirrel April 13, 2014 at 5:00 AM

All kinds of knick nacks – bells, eggs, jewelry, pictures

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Ashley Fryer April 13, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Rocks and post cards.

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AVA PERRY April 13, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Sometimes I will bring home jewelry. Most of the time I bring back anything just about that the place is best known for.

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Alex Choco April 13, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Hi! love that necklace!! Memories, that’s the only sure thing about my travels. Otherwise lots different stuff!! Especially local products!

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Samantha Hill April 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I always take home postcards and something I know I will never find again

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