Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Straw Donkeys and Other SDT (Stupid Disappointing Tat)
Why do TV Brits always return from their hols in Spain clutching straw donkeys? I’ve yet to see a Canadian with a straw donkey. Castanets maybe. But no straw donkeys. Can someone explain the attraction?
Exchange specialist Travelex reports that SDT, or Stupid Disappointing Tat, describes the unwanted souvenirs and gifts that are brought into the UK by thousands of Britons returning home from their summer holidays. The research revealed that more than £16 million is wasted every year by British tourists on pointless gifts for friends and family and that the majority of those on the receiving end are unimpressed.
Travelex asked the respondents to vote for the naffest (that’s Britspeak for tackiest) items that are brought back by Britons on holiday and has compiled a list of the worst offenders. Spain scored a hat trick of souvenir no-no's with the top three "boovenirs" originating in the tourist traps of the Costa Del Sol.
Straw donkeys were placed at the top of the list, voted for by one fifth (20 per cent) of the respondents. In second place, with 16 per cent of the nominations, came sombreros, the wide brimmed hat found in Spain and Mexico. In third place were Spanish dolls in traditional costume, nominated for their naffness by 15 per cent of the respondents.
Tell us, Corrie Canuck readers. What’s the most pointless souvenir you’ve brought back from abroad or that a traveller has brought back for you?
Posted by The Mistress at 1:51 AM