When traveling, I like to find souvenir gifts for my friends -- little luxuries ... ordinary things that are made into something special.
Through years of trial and error, I have developed a few rules when shopping for souvenir gifts. The gifts should be light-weight, not liquid, and unbreakable. They should not too expensive (in case they disappear en route and not to make anyone feel uncomfortable) and not too personal (can't exchange the wrong size or color once you get home).
Thus, my souvenir gifts tend to be specialty soaps, candles, stationary, candies, chocolates, and linen items. On my last trip, the little luxuries that I brought home included perfumed soap, lemon drops, candied orange peal, chocolates, and an apron decorated with embroidered lemons.