The Wacky Thing I’ve Been Bringing Home For My Wife When I Travel

Business travel can be a grind, but it can hit hardest those that are left behind when we head to the airport.  My wife always seem to end up getting the raw end of the deal when I travel for business.  For starters, she has to take care of both kids while I’m gone.  And, the vast majority of things I bring home from my travels are for the kids.  I can recall my father bringing me home something as simple as a cool swizzle stick (I remember one with a cool buffalo head on it).  My kids get spoiled a bit more than I did as a kid, and probably more than they should.

Earlier this year I started traveling to some cities I don’t normally see.  If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen some of the crazy places I’ve been eating donuts.

Bill's Donuts Ohio

Mmmm, Donuts!

It occurred to me in one of those random cities that I might have a pretty good (and wacky) gift I could bring home.  One that would likely cut both ways.  It combined one of her favorite things, a morning cup of coffee, with the potential bad memory of how often I travel.  You see, Starbucks sells these mugs customized to different destinations.  And, my wife needs her coffee in the morning.  2 kids and no husband will do that.  Especially 2 kids that don’t like to stay in their beds at night.

Starbucks You Are Here Mugs

Starbucks “You Are Here” Mugs

They’re even somewhat ironically named “You Are Here”, since she really hasn’t been to many of these places.  Her collection is growing the more I travel.  Still can’t tell if it’s a good choice for me to bring them home…..

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14 Comments

  1. We’ve been collecting these for over 10 years. It’s a nice thing and the kids look forward to getting them when they travel to a new city. You have an added benefit – if one breaks – it’s time to go back for a visit to pick up a new one.

    One suggestion – consider going with espresso cups – the take up less space in the cabinet!

    …and oh by the way – their coffee isn’t too bad either.

    Safe travels.

  2. I have also been brining these home for a few years although the cabinet is a little too full, I now limit myself to new countries only. Same as Mike I have also changed to the espresso cups not because of the suitcase,because of the cabinet space. I have also changed to brining wine back from Southern California from local vineyards only or from Italy. From Germany I bring back the mini gummi bears in the individually wrapped packages, they are for nieces and nephews, they are in holiday packages this time of the year. Switzerland my favorite chocolate store to bring gifts back from is Laderach many people like Sprunglie although not bad I still prefer Laderach. When in Japan, it is the cigar cookies, if you get them in the department stores like Mitsukoshi (the larger stores) they will have more unique packaging than the airport. Well I guess I took this reply someplace else. Happy Holidays !!!

      1. I would have to count when I get home, if I had to guess I would say about 20 of the regular size and then some espresso cups. Today I had dinner at Vapiano in Basel my wife had me buy a Basel cup, I don’t know why, she asked I bought it. Glad you go to Laderach, I like that store. Trying to remember which store I got the Holiday Miniature Gummy bears at last time, I already gave most of them away. Thought I was going to return home with an empty suitcase this time as usual it never happens. I was asked if there were Hatchimals here I don’t understand the fascination but I found them at a Toys r us of all places in Switzerland.

  3. We’ve been bringing home interesting kitchen gadgets from the dollar (100 Yen) stores in Japan, or wooden spoons from olive wood in Greece or a demitasse spoon from Paris, etc. Every day we use them and remember our travels, and they’re small and lightweight. When they wear out, we can go back and get more!

  4. We’ve been bringing home interesting kitchen gadgets from the dollar (100 Yen) stores in Japan, or wooden spoons from olive wood in Greece or a demitasse spoon from Paris, etc. Every day we use them and remember our travels, and they’re small and lightweight. When they wear out, we can go back and get more!

  5. We did that when traveling around the US; started 25 years ago. Now have so many mugs we had to hang them on the wall. Bad choice for a collection. We, like Jennifer, switched to kitchen gadgets from around the world. Cheaper, smaller, and useful.

  6. i have about 30 of u are here!!! but now that i have seen the little ones i’m on another mission… stillneed a few more countries but some starbux out of the country do not have these and some cities (starbux) tell me none made for them?? i.e. Key West -many people ask for them and also so. carolina small cities

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