A Word a Week Challenge – Kitsch

This week’s challenge word on A Word A Week is Kitsch, a word close to my heart. Tacky souvenirs! I don’t buy a lot of them, but I do enjoy looking at them to see what vendors try to flog to tourists. My souvenirs of choice are usually fridge magnets and tea towels, one decorative and one useful and they both can be kind of kitschy sometimes. Kitsch generally means something gaudy, not quite tasteful, sometimes outrageous, maybe charming and quaint, retro and most of the time, fun. Sometimes they’re mass produced and cheap, sometimes just brightly decorated. What they often are not is priced cheaply! Here’s some kitschy souvenirs I’ve seen in my travels:

Matryoska Dolls, the kind that have smaller and smaller ones inside each other

Viking fridge magnets in Copenhagen!

And more magnets, from Amsterdam

Souvenirs

New York City souvenirs

Check out some fun souvenirs in Galleries Lafayette

Check out some fun souvenirs in Galleries Lafayette

Nutcrackers at the Manchester Christmas Markets

Nutcrackers at the Manchester Christmas Markets