What Souvenirs Do Us Brits Spend Our Money On?

It’s safe to say that us Brits like to escape the typically unpredictable weather we have here in the UK, with over 72.8 million of us visiting somewhere overseas in 2017. And while we’re elsewhere in the world either chasing the sun, some good waves or even the snow, we’re also notorious for picking up little knick-knacks and mementos to remember our trips by. But, why do we do it?

Holiday souvenirs

Out of the £44.8 billion spent abroad in 2017 by UK residents, part of this was spent on souvenirs. This could be to say thank you to a family member or close friend who has kindly watered your plants or looked after your precious pet while you were away, or just simply to show someone you were thinking of them.

At Bolsover Cruise Club, we decided to dig deeper to find out not only why we continue to buy these gifts, but also who for and most importantly, what we choose.

Who do we buy holiday souvenirs for the most?

Top 5 people we bring souvenirs back for

When you’re planning your next trip abroad, do you budget for holiday souvenirs too? It seems as though we’re pretty selfish when choosing who to get something for, with over 52% of us buying just for ourselves! Unsurprisingly, the second most popular group of people to buy for is our kids, with around 30% of us choosing to pick something up for them.

In a shock twist, 30% of men would bring something back for their other half, compared to a measly 23% of women! We’re sure that’s going to cause some heated discussions at home.

It turns out that those living in Belfast are the most selfless with around 40% of people surveyed saying they would rather treat their other half to a holiday souvenir than buy one for themselves. The biggest penny-pinchers in the UK are those from Leeds, with over 23% of residents saying they don’t bring gifts back for anyone.

What holiday souvenirs do we bring back?

Top 10 holiday souvenirs

Overall, we are a generous nation with most of us wanting to treat our friends and family, but what do we actually bring back for them? Among the top ten gifts to purchase while away were the classic chocolate and sweets (47%), fridge magnets (41%) and local food and drinks (25%).

It seems as though the women of the UK like to keep a close eye on what they spend on others when they’re on holiday, with 21% of them choosing to bring back free items such as sea shells, rocks and bits of volcano.

Are any of your friends and family who live in Glasgow or Bristol heading off on holiday soon? Well you’re in luck! 11% of Glaswegians would treat you to a staple, holiday rubber duck, while 11% of Bristol residents would choose to buy you a holiday gnome as a token from their travels.

Should you really be taking that?

What souvenirs people bring back

Staying in a hotel on your next adventure abroad? Ever thought about pinching things from the room, hoping they won’t be missed? Us Brits deem it morally okay to take certain items from our hotel rooms, with 25-34-year olds the most likely to bring home things such as towels (25%) and also the batteries from remote controls!

Among the top ten items people think they should be able to take from hotel rooms are travel sized toiletries (48%) and biscuits (40%). Those hotel biscuits do taste pretty darn good though!

Shockingly, a number of Nottingham residents admitted that they would be willing to take  the lightbulbs from their hotel room, and it seems nothing is off-limits to over ten percent of Bristol residents, who say they would take items including the bible from the bedside drawer and even art from the walls if they took a liking to it.

Items people think they should be able to take from hotels

What’s the best, worst or most ridiculous holiday souvenir you’ve ever been gifted?

With a wide array of souvenirs being purchased by us Brits on holiday, it’s unsurprising that most of us have received both gifts we love and gifts that happily sit at the back of the cupboard!

Do you tend to get gifted things you are happy with, or things you can’t bear the sight of?

We want to know!

Submit photos of the best, worst and most unusual holiday souvenirs that you have ever bought yourself or been gifted over on our Twitter channel. Simply enter by using the hashtag #BolsoverSouvenir and tagging in @BolsoverCruise for your chance to win a £100 high street voucher! T&C’s apply, please see below*


*Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions apply to the Bolsover Souvenir Competition (“Competition”) run by Bolsover Cruise Club, registered at 6 Lindrick Way, Barlborough, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 4XE (“The Company”), and by entering yourself into the competition, you will be deemed to have read and accepted these terms and agree to be bound by them. If You do not agree with the terms of the Competition you will not be entered.

  1. Participants qualifying criteria

1.1 You must be:

1.1.1 Resident in the United Kingdom

1.1.2 Over the age of 18

1.1.3 Provide a valid email address that the individual will be contacted by

1.2 You will not be permitted to participate in the competition if you are an employee of The Company, their families or anyone else who is related or associated with this competition or its operators.

  1. Participants Obligations

2.1 Entries can be submitted via Twitter, and entries must include both the handle @BolsoverCruise and the hashtag #BolsoverSouvenir to be eligible to win

2.2 The competition opens at 10:00am on the 25/03/19, and you must publish your tweet by 11:59pm on the 15/04/19.

2.3 You may not submit on another individual’s behalf. Agency and third party submissions will not be accepted.

2.4 Your entry must not include material that is unlawful, or which may constitute a criminal offence including (without limitation) the Communications Act 2003, Malicious Communications Act 1988 or any other legislation in force during the competition;

2.5 Your Content must not include any of the following:

2.5.1 Pornography, adult-oriented Content or any other sexually-explicit material;

2.5.2 Explicit language or content, images of violence, or promotion of illegal activities;

2.5.3 Content which infringes Intellectual Property Rights (“IPR” meaning means all copyright, choreography, design and other intellectual property rights howsoever arising and in whatever media, whether or not registered including, without limitation, patents, trademarks, service marks, database rights, trade names, logos, rights in designs and any applications for the protection or registration of these rights and all renewals and extensions thereof throughout the world and all know-how, goodwill, confidential information and all other intellectual property rights or forms of protection of a similar nature or having equivalent or similar effect to any of these which may subsist anywhere in the world, for their full term and any extension or renewal thereof) or laws;

2.5.4 Content which is defamatory or maliciously false;

2.5.5 Content which brings or is likely to bring the Company or its website into disrepute;

2.5.6 Material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, age or any other basis;

2.5.7 Content owned by any party other than the entrant or the Company;

2.5.8 Material that is unlawful, or which may constitute a criminal offence including (without limitation) the Communications Act 2003, Malicious Communications Act 1988 or any other legislation in force during the competition;

2.5.9 Content which has been manipulated in a way beyond the abilities of the smartphone filter.

Any entry which does not comply with these Content restrictions, in the sole discretion of the Company, will be disqualified from the competition.

  1. Competition Prize

3.1 The winner or, where applicable and decided at The Company’s discretion, joint winners of the Competition will be required to submit their full name, age, place of employment and location.

3.2 The prize consists of £100 worth of high street shopping vouchers provided by The Company, the process for which will be determined after the announcement and contacting the winner.

3.3 The Company reserves the right to substitute the prize (or any portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value at its sole and absolute discretion. The winners are fully responsible for any and all applicable taxes in respect of the prize (including, where appropriate, import duty). All costs and expenses associated with receipt of the prize and any use not specified in these Terms and Conditions as being provided including, but not limited to, any and all expenses incurred by accepting the prize, are the sole responsibility of the winners.

3.4 By entering into the competition, the winner agrees to participate in publicity following the Competition, should it be required or requested at any time. This may include use of their name and image for online and offline publicity, communications, and in any other media outlets worldwide without any fee being paid.

  1. Company Obligations

4.1 The winner will be determined by Bolsover Cruise Club and will be announced by 19/04/2019. The winner will then be contacted via Twitter by The Company to confirm they have won the Competition. The decision of The Company is final, and no correspondence will be entered into after the decision.

4.2 Any Personal Data (defined in accordance with s.1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998) provided by You will be stored by The Company for no longer than 14 days from the Completion Date of the Competition. Your Personal Data will only be shared with parties who are directly involved in the running of this Competition and will not be passed onto any other third parties without your prior notification.

4.3 The Company will take no responsibility for any loss of entries and proof of transmissions will not be accepted as proof of receipt.

  1. Limitation of Liability

5.1 Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of The Company and accordingly The Company may at its absolute discretion vary, amend or cancel the competition without notice (in particular if it or the website on which the competition is operated is affected by any denial-of-service attacks, viruses, hacking or any other technologically-harmful material or act) and the entrant agrees that no liability will attach to The company as a result thereof.

5.2 To the extent permitted by law, The Company and its agents and representatives hereby expressly exclude any liability whether in contract, tort, criminal law, breach of statutory duty or otherwise for any direct, indirect or consequential loss, damage, injury or disappointment (including without limitation any pure economic loss) suffered or incurred by any entrant, winner or any third party whether foreseeable or not in connection with:

5.2.1 any act or omission of The Company in developing, planning and administering the competition;

5.2.2 any entry or attempted entry into the competition.

5.3 The Company will not be liable for any inability of any person to enter the competition because of any unavailability of such page, failures in computer systems or networks, other malfunctions, or for any other reason.

5.4 The Company will not be liable for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network, cable, satellite, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or lines, computer systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any damage to the entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials relating to this competition.

5.5 All conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute or common law are expressly excluded from these Terms.

5.6 Nothing in these Terms will exclude or limit The Company’s liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence or for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

  1. Applicants Entries

6.1 By entering the Competition and submitting your entry, You:

6.1.1 Agrees that on submission of your entry that You hereby absolutely and irrevocably assign to The Company, as legal and beneficial owner with full title guarantee, all IPR existing in the entry by way of a present assignment of future rights, all copyright and other IPR created at any future time (and capable of being assigned by way of a present assignment) in the Content and waive (or has procured the waiver of any moral rights) all moral rights in the Content;

6.1.3 The Company the perpetual and unlimited right to use, license, edit, modify, duplicate and/or create derivative works from your entry throughout the world and in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, the right for The Company to publish, display, broadcast, distribute, reproduce, perform, create derivative works from and otherwise use the entry via the internet or any other interactive media, on television, in print and/or any other media currently existing and hereafter developed and without limitation and without further payment or compensation to You following the delivery of the prize, or your heirs and successors on its own or as part of any audio-visual or other production; to advertise any of The Company’s products; for any other purpose whatsoever at any time specified by The Company.

6.1.4 Any works showcased on the Company’s website or any other website that The Company permits to showcase the Content may be credited to those you should you grant The Company permission to reference You.

  1. General

7.1 If any provision of these terms (or part of any provision) is found by any court or other competent authority to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in force. If any invalid, unenforceable or illegal provision would be valid, enforceable and legal if some part of it were deleted, the provision will apply with whatever modification is necessary to give effect to the commercial intention of the parties.

7.2 No failure or delay by a party to exercise any right or remedy provided under these terms or by law or any abandonment of any such right or remedy will constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor will it preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy will preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.

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Author: Abbie

Social media manager, Bolsover Cruise Club. Worked in social media and travel for over 5 years. Loves using emojis wherever possible and turns the smallest of ideas into something content worthy. Favourite things; the colour yellow, pandas and spaniels.