12 Best Souvenirs to Buy in the USA

1. SWEETGRASS BASKETS 

A centuries-old tradition started by the Gullah Geechee people of the Carolinas, descendants of enslaved people from Africa, these intricately woven baskets are the most popular gift item in South Carolina. Charleston City Market is a great place to shop for them. 

2. ROSEBUD LIP BALM 

You can still sample soothing salves and ointments at the century-old Rosebud Building in Woodsboro, Maryland. If you can’t make it for a visit, pick up a tube of the luscious lip balm at any pharmacy. It’s a must to avoid dry or cracked lips in wintertime. 

3. CRYSTAL HOT SAUCE 

Louisiana residents have strong opinions about the best hot sauce in the state, and there are many. Some swear by Tabasco, even though it cheats a bit by not using aged red cayenne peppers (though its factory earns points for its location on the lush, wild Avery Island). However, Crystal is the best seller, and simply the best. 

4. STATE-SHAPED MITTENS 

Michigan and Wisconsin are locked in a bruising battle over who has the most adorable mittens. We love the ones emblazoned with a map of either state, and they’ll surely keep you warm in a Great Lakes winter. 

5. SHRIVER’S SALTWATER TAFFY 

The oldest business on the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey, is this confectionary. The best flavors to try are banana (look for the yellow with an orange stripe) and watermelon (green with a red center). 

6. PETERBORO PICNIC HAMPER 

Made in New Hampshire, these baskets made of sturdy Appalachian white ash are perfect for packing a picnic lunch for your hike in the White Mountains of the Granite State. 

7. AMANA MILLS WOOL THROW 

Made in Iowa, these snuggly throws come in handsome plaids and stripes you’ll want to keep on display. Find them at the showroom in Amana, or gift shops around the state.  

8. MINNETONKA MOCCASINS 

Named after nearby Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota’s must-have footwear was first manufactured in 1946. The company proudly supports Native American organizations. 

9. HUCKLEBERRY LIQUEUR 

On a visit to Montana, you can find huckleberries in everything from ice cream to barbecue sauce. Try (and take home) the huckleberry sweet cream liqueur made at Willie’s Distillery.

10. GOO GOO CLUSTERS 

If you grew up in Tennessee, you grew up loving these sticky-sweet candy bars. Newcomers won’t be able to resist tucking a few away in their bag for the trip back home. 

11. MINIATURE BASEBALL BAT 

Kentucky’s Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory boasts the world’s biggest baseball bat. Pick up a much smaller version in the gift shop or souvenir stands around the state. 

12. CACTUS SEEDS 

Arizona’s giant saguaro cactus plants can grow to more than three stories tall. Grow a much smaller version at home with seeds from Desert Gatherings.

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