The French word souvenir It is part of dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ). This is what is acquired on a site by way of memory , as a testimony that this place was visited. For example: “When I went to Paris, I bought a souvenir beautiful Eiffel Tower ”, “You don't know where there is a store of souvenirs?”, “This afternoon I will go buy some souvenirs to take as a gift to children ”.
When observing the etymology of the term souvenir we find that two very common components form it: the prefix sub-, which means "low" and has also resulted in terms such as sublime, suburb and auction; the verb "come". Although "coming down" does not seem to have much to do with the concept, it refers to the fact that the acquired object comes to help us remember , we bring it to facilitate the evocation of certain images.
You could say that the goal of a souvenir is the association of an experience with the object . Suppose a person that lives in Spain visit New York for the first time and enjoy some very pleasant days in the city. Before returning to his country, he decides to acquire a miniature figure of the Statue of Liberty by way of souvenir. In this way, he buys the ornament and takes it home in Spain . Every time I see the little girl Statue of Liberty , remember those holidays in New York .
The souvenirs they can also serve as present : if a person, in the middle of a trip, buys a souvenir and on his return he gives it to a loved one, he will be showing that he thought of him even during his holidays or tours. Taking the example of the subject he visited New York , you can buy five figures of the Statue of Liberty , stay with one for your home and distribute the other four among your parents and siblings.
Because the souvenirs they are very popular, their sale represents a important source of income For tourist cities. In this sense, it is necessary distinguish between industrial and artisanal products , since they present several differences, which may interest different types of consumers. On the one hand, the souvenirs handmade always have a certain degree of authenticity impossible to achieve through an industrial process, even if it is not exclusive models.
The craftsmen They don't just repeat the creation process in a cold and automated way, but they print their passion on each figure, and that can be seen with the naked eye. Of course, this level of dedication also translates into the final price of the items, something that for many is not justified, especially if they wish to acquire them in large quantities to distribute them among their loved ones upon returning from a trip. However, art lovers prefer to invest a little more money to get their hands on. something unique , which has been produced by another human being.
He souvenir It is also used very frequently at parties birthday or other celebrations, such as a small gift that is given to guests before they leave. The objectives in this case are to thank them for their presence and give them one or more objects that they can keep to remember the meeting in the future.
The souvenirs of the parties are usually delivered in small bags or packages , and many people dedicate a good part of the general organization of the meeting to find the ideal design and content. Depending on whether it is a celebration of adults or children, it is common for the souvenir to include treats, small figures, floral arrangements and a card with a note of gratitude .