"Mommy, can we get that?" It's the gift shop cry heard at every port of call around the world. And while one or two keepsakes from your family cruise can be lovely, you'll end up with a lot of stuff if you say "yes" to everything. Here are some tips for choosing your own personal treasures from the high seas.
In the age of stainless steel refrigerators, magnets are a little old school. Instead, purchase a series of postcards as you sail the ocean blue. You can mail them to impress friends at home, or better yet, collect them yourself and use them to make a memory book when you get home. Write notes on the back of each postcard as a reminder of all the fun you had!
Collect As You Go
Collecting can be a great way to introduce kids to a special interest. Classic collectibles, like snow globes, can be found at most tourist shops while others, like seashells, won't cost you a penny. The important lesson: collecting can promote creativity and teach children responsibility for their belongings.
Teach Smart Shopping
Let older kids pick their own presents. Give them a set, limited amount they can spend and suggest some smart options. For example, that 22-inch fully inflatable boat may look fun now, but it doesn't really have a place in their room. Encourage them to choose a souvenir with staying power like a personalized picture frame with a photo from the trip!