Souvenirs are generally cheaply made and overpriced. Most of the time, I recommend avoiding gift shops, but every now and again there are times when you see something that would be a perfect gift for someone special.
Today, we made a rather long drive (1hr 20mins - one way) to the other side of Houston so that we could visit the Houston Space Center. The one thing that I always think of when I hear "Houston" is the Apollo XIII mission. More specifically the line, "Houston, we have a problem."
After a tour of the Mission Control Center, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, and the Saturn V, we walked through the gift shop to find a souvenir for my grandpa.
My grandpa is in his 80's and loves astronomy. I wish he could have been there with us today. He frequently tells me new facts he learns about space. "The sun's core is 13.6 million Kelvin." "The Big Dipper is not a constellation, it is an asterism."
It took us a little while to find something small that wasn't terribly expensive, but really we knew he would just be excited we got him something no matter what it was.
We bought him a NASA uniform patch, a post card of NASA's original 7 astronauts, and some stickers. It is a simple gift, but he is going to love it.
Do you ever buy souvenirs and for whom?
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