Ahhh… those colourful fridge magnets are stuck on refrigerator doors in millions of homes around the world. It’s hard to think of a place anywhere on this planet that doesn’t sell them as a souvenir. They come in a dizzying array of shapes and sizes and are made with a multitude of materials (wood, shells, rubber, pvc, plastic, etc…). To me, they’re the perfect souvenir – they’re cheap, easy to carry around and are a great memento of the places I’ve visited.
Nowadays, the magnets found in the big tourist destinations are, more often than not, mass produced in China. However, I often make it a point to seek out the stuff that’s locally made. They’re authentic, often made from materials found locally and it’s a small contribution to the local handicraft industry.
I currently have more than a hundred of them, I think! As a special tribute to the ubiquitous fridge magnet, I’ve compiled a photo essay of some of my favourites. Long live the fridge magnet! 🙂
PS/If you’re a collector of fridge magnets, you might like to check out the Velvet Escape magnet collection.
See also: The Ubiquitous Fridge Magnet: Readers’ Favourites. I’ve also turned some of my favourite photos into fridge magnets. View the Velvet Escape fridge magnet collection in the panel below.
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