My magnet collection

I was tagged by Huda on Twitter to list three things I collect, which are magnets, pressed pennies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer memorabilia (but I do also have an indoor plant collection).

I thought the Twitter tag was a great way to get to know other bloggers and wanted to share a bit more about my collections with you. Starting with my magnet collection.

My magnet collection

I’ve been collecting magnets for the past 10 years or so from places I travel to, but I also get gifted them by my family when they go away on holiday too.

I love having a collection that covers many different parts of the world, from the USA to Sri Lanka, mixed with those from closer (to me), European locations such as England, Poland and France. It’s interesting how they can vary between country to country.

Each magnet reminds me of the holiday I went on or the person who gave it to me. It’s a lovely way to show someone you thought about them during your trip, much like sending a postcard.

When we travel, we tend to disconnect from our daily routines and enjoy the moment, so knowing someone thought of you is a wonderful feeling.

My oldest magnet

My first magnet from my travels came from Sweden and, to be honest, I bought it because they didn’t have a keyring design I liked! I used to collect keyrings from my travels but found they were hard to display.

Magnets are simpler, either use your fridge or pop them on any metal surface. I love this idea from Pinterest, it’s a metal travel map.

http://pin.it/iztinceflfhbdm

Although this was my first travel magnet it wasn’t the first magnet in my collection. That was this little R2D2 who is looking a little worse for ware. πŸ™ I like to think he fell into the sand on Tatooine. πŸ˜…

My favourite magnets

My favourite magnets in my collection are the abstract ones, such as my salt bucket from the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland, which contains actual salt from the mine, and my Hama Bead Chewbacca from comic con.

My newest magnet

The newest addition to my magnet collection is actually from my home town, Cirencester, after a visit to the Corinium Museum recently. It showcases the parish church and Norman Arch.

One of the things I love most about magnets is they’re inexpensive, so they won’t blow your travel budget, and they’re small / light weight making them perfect for popping in your hand luggage.

What’s your favourite thing about travelling? Do you like collecting souvenirs from your travels, like magnets or postcards?

42 thoughts on “My magnet collection

  1. Helen C says:

    Great blog post idea Kim – it was fun to read! I like the idea of collecting things from your travels, and how each magnet tells a different story, having something to remind you a nice memory. I enjoy buying books as souvenirs so I have a story of where I made my purchase. Hope you are well, and it’s always nice to chat to you through our blogs! πŸ™‚ xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Helen. 😊 I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I think it’s great you collect books from your travels; do you ever pick up ones from overseas in their native language? xx

  2. Britt says:

    I love that you have magnets from all over! That’s such a great way to mark your travels. I love the little salt bucket lol

  3. Bexa says:

    This is such an awesome collection, Kim! I also love getting little souvenirs from different places I travel to. I have a postcard/ticket scrapbook which I have had since I was a child and it’s so nice to look back at all the memories. Your magnets are so cool, I’m loving the Disney ones! Thanks for sharing <3 xxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Bexa. 😊 I love the idea of a scrapbook! I’ve thought of storing my event and concert tickets in a photo frame. x

    • Kim says:

      Thanks lovely! 😊 I LOVE pressed pennies and my mum used to collect spoons or bells from places we went to. x

  4. Sophie Wentworth says:

    This is such a lovely post! I like to keep a small amount of currency when I travel somewhere as a little souvenir. Doesn’t really work too well if you’re travelling in Europe though… My grandparents used to have a travel magnet collection when I was younger and I’m not sure what they did with it now?? I’m going to have to ask πŸ˜‚ x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Kim says:

      Haha, let me know what they say? I have a few coins from my travels, mostly from the US and a few French Francs before they switched to the Euro. But not too many. x

  5. Payton says:

    All of your magnets are so charming! I personally collect vintage postcards from the early 1900’s, so not necessarily from travelling but it’s something I like to collect. (:

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Payton. 😊 My dad has a vintage postcard collection and a stamp collection. I think it’s a great way to look back on history.

  6. Chloe Chats says:

    I love collecting fridge magnets from different places I travel, I always buy one whichever country I’m in. My fave one is one I got from Cambodia just because it was such an unforgettable experience! Love the star wars ones you have!

    Chloe xx

    • Kim says:

      I think so too. I love having them out on display as a reminder of my travels and occassionally get asked about the more obscure ones.

  7. Norma Linnet says:

    Wow, you’ve got a very impressive collection of magnets! I can relate to you because I also collect magnets from all countries I’ve been to — or my family has been to. I already have a big collection, too!

    Peace, Love & Happiness,

    Norma
    http://normalinnet.com

  8. Lisa says:

    That’s such a lovely way of looking at things, a metal travel map. You have some lovely magnets here. Flora likes collecting them too, from wherever we go on holiday, and they live on our big fridge in the utility room. I used to collect milk bottles, the old glass ones with coloured adverts on them. And stamps. Nowadays I just collect lipsticks, you can never have too many red lippies, can you? πŸ™‚ x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Lisa. πŸ™‚ I’m very tempted by the metal travel map myself – maybe when I’ve finished filling up the fridge freezer lol. I know the milk bottle tops you mean, do you still have them? My dad has a stamp collection and recently added some Doctor Who themed ones. X

  9. Jenny says:

    That’s quite a collection! The R2 magnet is so cute! I don’t collect anything because I hate clutter and don’t really own anything that I don’t use so a collection of things I can’t use would be pointless for me haha. But my boyfriend collects models of Formula 1 cars – they’re often Β£50 a pop and he has a collection of over 45,000 pounds worth. It’s incredible!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Jenny! 😊 I completely understand that. I’ve definitely downsized the amount of things I used to collect – it used to be a magnet, a keyring & a postcard! Lol. The magnets are much better and good to display.

      OMG, your boyfriend’s collection sounds fab! My dad and sister have a few from their favourite drivers (Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button). x

  10. Nic says:

    Great collection πŸ™‚ I have lots of magents to, my parents say my firdge door will fall of with the weight πŸ™‚

  11. Tiffany says:

    Wow, this is so cool! I have a few magnets on my fridge but nothing near as impressive as this!! The salt bucket magnet is so unique!!

  12. Ashley says:

    How lovely! I had a whole load of magnets I had to put into storage when I got an integrated fridge freezer! I went to Lyme Regis in the summer – it’s great to keep a memory of all your travels! xxx

    Ashley
    https://lellalee.com

    • Kim says:

      I love Lyme Regis! It’s one of my favourite small seaside towns. I’ve been collecting magnets so long now, my fridge would look bare without them. Thanks for your comment. x

  13. kmfiswriting says:

    Love this! We used to collect shot glasses and magnets on our travels…for the past few years, we’ve collected playing cards from all the places we’ve visited – and also started creating an annual Christmas tree ornament from a favorite travel photo

    • Kim says:

      I’ve been gifted a few playing cards as travel gifts in the past. I like looking at the various places chosen to be on the cards – some of the photography is stunning. A Christmas ornament is a great memento too. Thanks for your comment. x

  14. Sarah says:

    I never thought about collecting magnets (I’ve started collecting shot glasses lately). But your collection is so nice, looking forward to seeing what new ones you get!

    • Kim says:

      Thanks for your comment. πŸ™‚ Shot glasses are a good idea! But I would be worried about putting them in my luggage. How do you store them when you travel? x

  15. Michelle Davey says:

    Love your magnet collection. I always get a postcard and write a little something on the back to remember the trip by and have them in a box. Great to keep memoirs πŸ’™thanks for sharing x

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