In Praise of American Gift Shops

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  08.17.09 | 2:45 PM ET

Photo by Eva Holland

In the latest post at Flyover America, Jenna Schnuer, Sophia Dembling and Matt Villano (World Hum contributors, all) pick their favorites. I’ll be bookmarking the post—I love a good museum gift shop, whether in America or beyond. One of the best I’ve encountered is at Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. Chocolates wrapped in portraits of Henry VIII and his assortment of wives? Yes, please.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

4 Comments for In Praise of American Gift Shops

Ross, Lowfares Travel Consultant 08.17.09 | 3:15 PM ET

What a unique topic! Gift shops offer the perfect “end” to a great experience, and often times can be enjoyable without having to ever buy anything. If only our daily mall and buying experiences were this same way!

Jenna Schnuer 08.17.09 | 3:40 PM ET

Thanks Eva!

Eva Holland 08.17.09 | 3:42 PM ET

My pleasure, Jenna. Any excuse to rummage through my gift shop memories!

Sophia Dembling 08.17.09 | 4:10 PM ET

Oh, I TOTALLY agree about the National Portrait Gallery. I still have a stack of postcards I bought last time I was there. Only very special people on very special occasions receive those. And nobody gets my Yul Brynner card. He was hot!

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