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?

15 comments:

Addy said...

I laughed when Les gave Steve the straw Donkey to win back his job and Cilla's already used perfume to someone else can't remember? LOL

When we came back from Cancun Mexico we got ripped off on a painted plate that later upon inspection really had some kind of sticker glued on it and wasn't painted at all!
Sombreros have to be 'the' ugliest of all...I'd take the stuffed Donkey over that!

Betty said...

My auntie bought a toy camel back from Tunisia and my parents insisted on keeping the hideous thing on display. It appeared to be covered in actual camel fur which grew more and more matted and dusty over the years.

The thing to look out for if you ever visit Wales is souvenier dolls dressed in traditional Welsh costume. Shops are full of different ones, all called Nerys or Carys or Megan. There's something a bit sinister about them.

mare said...

chesney's gift to his mum, that he had yammered on about needing to bring her a gift - she threw it at hayley as i recall without so much as a by-your leave.

my parents brought me back an eiffel tower shaped sponge from their european vacation, but it's got kitsch value. :)

GoBetty said...

I rarely bring back anything or give gifts when I return from vacay (call me cheap!!). When I see sunburnt people at airports wearing giant sombreros I think "why?" and "where exactly will you keep that thing when you get home?".

I have been tempted to bring back rum and cigars from Cuba, but again... why, when we have all that stuff (and more!) in this fabulous, freezing country.

I am at odds with "stuff" and try to be minimalist in my life.

My only downfall is sometimes I buy clothes and things in Florida. I love shopping in Florida. They have amazing swimsuits, shoes, and all manner of crap. But I'm also guilty of bringing back the odd tacky ashtray from Mexico

kowy said...

When I was a girl, my aunt took me to the island of Mull.

I bought myself a clam shell that had been painted with some picture of a heron on the inside.

At the time I thought it was really pretty, but now (because I still have it), I see it for what it really is...

A frickkin' SHELL.

I've also been given a tiny bottle full of sand from Barbados. You know...to add to my collection of, um, bottles filled with sand.

mare said...

I know people who collect bottles of sand, Kowy.

Of course, it's more "Sand of the landing beaches of famous military battles" but still... (it's much more anorak-y that way)

Gayle said...

A lobster trap from Prince Edward Island

papasmurf said...

I like the little Loch Ness monsters wearing a plaid tam.

papasmurf said...

from Scotland of course....

Jacqueline said...

My first husband.

Ang said...

Oh goodness I'd have to go with this Nova Scotia sweater my aunt gave me at Christmas. I'm from Nova Scotia, but don't want to advertise it to the world. There's a huge NS flag on the front of the shirt. Then you have a big lighthouse down one arm, and a lobster down the other arm. I've never seen another like it!!! I will wear it to a Corrie gathering someday to show y'all (ahh maybe not).

Jacqueline said...

you MUST wear it now.

Jacqueline said...

In fact, I think the theme of next ping should be god-awful sweaters.

mare said...

is there going to be a toronto ping this summer? i'm meant to be at a course/conference there in july... provided funding goes through etc. and it would be fun to meet everyone.

Jacqueline said...

Whenever someone comes to toronto, there will be a ping.