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Paulos
25-10-2013, 16:48
It's been in the news today that the Spanish singer Manolo Escobar, famous for singing "Y Viva Espana" has died today.
This immediately made me think of family holidays in the 70's and early 80's with my parents in Benidorm or Fuengirola and the 3 foot plastic donkey, massive sombrero and cassette tape called "Benidorm '79" (with the aforementioned track on it) that we came home with.

What naff things did your family come home with?

Heather74
25-10-2013, 17:01
My Nan and Grandad use to bring back Spanish dancer dolls, donkeys and the thing that fascinated me the most was a little Spanish wine pourer that they kept vinegar in, it reminded me of a cross between Aladdin's lamp and a tiny teapot.

I also remember a cheeky pen where the lady on the front became naked :eek:

TBF I didn't really think them naff :)

Palazzo
26-10-2013, 12:05
A stuffed Welsh dragon I bought on a holiday to Wales, obviously. I got one for one of my school mates and the look on his face when I gave it to him said it all, he didn't even pretend to like the thing. Looking back I would have said to him, yeah actually it is a bit naff isn't it?

amethyst
27-10-2013, 08:08
bit of tack ornament with the place name on it

battyrat
27-10-2013, 15:35
Not those horrid blue ceramic vases etc. with the name in white on them, shudder. We always also seemed to get shell ornaments or small little boxes with shells on the lids. The usual stick of rock by the handful and some sort of rubber sea creature like a crab. Shells also seemed to be popular in our house.

Palazzo, wished someone brought me a stuffed dragon, have a thing for dragons:o. I still have a welsh pound note with a dragon on it from the fishing museum I got way back in the early 80's.

Trickyvee
27-10-2013, 18:26
My Nan and Grandad use to bring back Spanish dancer dolls, donkeys and the thing that fascinated me the most was a little Spanish wine pourer that they kept vinegar in, it reminded me of a cross between Aladdin's lamp and a tiny teapot.

I also remember a cheeky pen where the lady on the front became naked :eek:

TBF I didn't really think them naff :)

I've mentioned those Spanish wine decanters in another thread. So many people brought them home and had them on display in their houses and I too was fascinated by them. I didn't really know what they were for but they looked so odd with the pointy end. They are called porrons.

Richard1978
27-10-2013, 20:39
I remember seeing a Porron being domstrated on a holiday in Majorca.

Most people struggled with it, but one man managed so well the rep ask him if he was related to Oliver Reed!

Sly
28-10-2013, 03:05
Magnets. I actually brought back magnets from my last outing to Texas. Those and keyrings. The lazy mans souvenir brought to you courtesy of the airport gift shop.

amethyst
28-10-2013, 08:07
Not those horrid blue ceramic vases etc. with the name in white on them, shudder. We always also seemed to get shell ornaments or small little boxes with shells on the lids. The usual stick of rock by the handful and some sort of rubber sea creature like a crab. Shells also seemed to be popular in our house.

Palazzo, wished someone brought me a stuffed dragon, have a thing for dragons:o. I still have a welsh pound note with a dragon on it from the fishing museum I got way back in the early 80's.


Yes blue and white dishes sugar bowl milk jugs etc:rolleyes:

xmark1234
28-10-2013, 09:36
lol yea i had things like that think ive still got em some where up in loft hhhhmmmm wonder if worthb out lol


bit of tack ornament with the place name on it

xmark1234
28-10-2013, 09:39
lol yea i had things like that think ive still got em some where up in loft hhhhmmmm wonder if worthb out lol


bit of tack ornament with the place name on it

jules1971
28-10-2013, 15:46
I always seem to come back with alittle ornament with blackpool tram in it.there was water in this and you used to shake them had fake snow in them .so tacky lol

Trickyvee
29-10-2013, 07:11
Some sort of purse was the gift of choice from my relatives. Those little leather ones that have a string round the neck or those plastic money tubes with similar string and naff place name/picture printed on the front.

Richard1978
29-10-2013, 13:46
I remember my sister had one of those tubular money holders, can't remember where from.

havasack
04-11-2013, 16:24
Light up musical chime windmill from school football trip to The Netherlands 1980. I think there was about 28 of us and I reckon we brought back 26 windmills.

victorbrunswick
04-11-2013, 17:51
I think mine would surely take the prize for being the most naff. My mom took a trip to Greece and brought back... wait for it... a rock that she found on a street in Athens! :confused:

Trickyvee
04-11-2013, 23:06
Wow this has sparked a memory for me! My nanna had one of these in her hall way and I had completely forgotten about it until now. I don't know how as it was there for as long as I can remember.

Thing is when I think about it now it makes me feel rather sad. I remember it had quite a melancholic, tinkling melody that would slow down as the wind up began to run out until it would utter a final little plink....plonk of the tune then stop. Somehow it reminds me of my nanna back then and makes me want to cry...I feel silly :(:o

Must add, I meant to quote havasack's post. I am referring to the wind up windmill.

amethyst
05-11-2013, 08:04
I think mine would surely take the prize for being the most naff. My mom took a trip to Greece and brought back... wait for it... a rock that she found on a street in Athens! :confused:

Oh that was mean:eek:

victorbrunswick
05-11-2013, 22:04
Oh that was mean:eek:

It wasn't as much meanness as cluelessness because some things are totally lost on people. She also brought back some 2004 Olympics T-shirts from that trip. Something one didn't have to go all the way to Greece to find. In all fairness the rock's only mine because my mom passed away a few years ago. I found it when I was clearing out the house.

When she returned from the trip I thought for sure she would have had some great pics and interesting stories. As for the pics, she said her camera died and she didn't know how to change the battery, Then I asked her about the Acropolis and she said she didn't go even though the other people she went with did because she felt it was too much walking for her. She spent most of the trip at some cafe with the mother of one of her travel companions.

amethyst
06-11-2013, 08:07
How disapointing I like to hear stories and look at pictures when people I know go on holidays,not wanting to know about being stuck in cafes chatting

80sChav
08-11-2013, 23:28
Lots really, lots of little plates etc and things to put keys on. One little dish type plate is having a very extended life in my bathroom as a soap dish with no lid. I devour things plates and coasters with place names on and had a few from years since being younger - though I've not been to most of them as I have collected as a lot were bought in charity shops and car boot sales - but they offer something amazing in this respect in a way I can not truly describe and give them justice for.


I guess the most easy description is they are like 1970s/1980s "tributes" that will never be seen to the degree they were in the resorts that sold them is what interests me muchly about them. In the main they belong to a time long gone and now time has changed in varying ways which in return serves as a nice reminder I feel/think.

Sly
09-11-2013, 01:07
What about those little balls of fuzz with feet and googly eyes on? They usually had a bit of ribbon saying the place name on them. Anybody remember those?

Richard1978
09-11-2013, 12:14
What about those little balls of fuzz with feet and googly eyes on? They usually had a bit of ribbon saying the place name on them. Anybody remember those?

I remember a friend of mine used to have lots of them. I think he used to buy one from every place he visited that sold them.

Trickyvee
09-11-2013, 15:58
They're still popular in the charity sector. Often see them being given away as advertising freebies.

Powdered toast man
09-11-2013, 20:08
What about those little balls of fuzz with feet and googly eyes on? They usually had a bit of ribbon saying the place name on them. Anybody remember those?

I put one of those on a railway line. Along came a goods train and squashed it into a solid plastic disk! I still have it somewhere.

battyrat
13-05-2014, 08:19
Occasionally we would end up with a badge but badges are rather cool so can't be classes as naff. Also seem to recall those small round plastic window sticker things and for some reason tea towels with place names and pictures on them. Barometers and other weather gauging items like the tacky thing I just cannot remember the name of that used to change colour when it was going to rain.

victorbrunswick
13-05-2014, 18:57
I just recently got into collecting vintage travel souvenirs starting with ones from the two theme parks near me. I find lots at the local yard sales such as this one.

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