Family Travel: Cruising for the Perfect Souvenir
Get carded. 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! Buy a toy buddy. What kid doesn't go gaga over a new toy? If you're sailing on a Nickelodeon at Sea cruise, exclusively on Norwegian Cruise Line, let your child pick out a new plush character from his favorite TV show at the souvenir shop. Take pictures of him with his Nickelodeon buddy at each port or around the ship and create a photo album of their special cruise adventure together.
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!
Involve preschoolers. Younger children, preschool and under, can have a tough time making up their minds when it comes to picking presents. Help them decide by giving them a choice between two gifts. Letting your little one choose which souvenir he takes home will make him feel involved—and will make your shopping excursion easier on the whole family.