Souvenir Sunday

Souvenir Sunday at Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Speedway sign

The Rolex 24, the first race to take place at the new-and-improved Daytona International Speedway, finishes up Sunday afternoon and one of the many new amenities race fans are finding at the track are updated gift shops and souvenir kiosks that are “just like the ones you see at airports,” one visitor said.

I spotted this oil-can water bottle for sale (for $14.99) in many of the shops.

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And, while they can’t take home an actual piece of the start/finish line at the speedway, fans can take home a souvenir snapshot of their signature on the line as everyone is allowed to walk on the track before the race.

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Souvenir Sunday: holiday gifts from airports

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Last minute shoppers rejoice: it’s now possible to do all your holiday shopping at the airport and find great – and often offbeat – gifts for everyone on your list.

Here’s a sampling of some of the items I found for a recent article on Mashable.

Those artisanal-painted chocolate caramels above are just a sample of the artist-made gifts that come out of the SouveNEAR vending machines at Kansas City International Airport.

At Portland International Airport, the old carpet is gone, but not forgotten. PDX carpet swag is for sale in the Made in Oregon stores. Courtesy Port of Portland

The recently replaced carpet at Portland International Airport became a social medial darling and oodles of PDX carpet-themed items are now for sale at the Made in Oregon shop at the airport. The neck pillow is good for travel, but there are also mugs, t-shirts, coasters, jam, beer and vodka to choose from.

And.. in the over-the-top category, consider this $1500 Iberico ham sold at Miami International Airport that comes with its own leather carrying case.

At Miami International Airport, this $1500 ham, comes with its own leather carrying case_Courtesy Newslink Group.

See the full story – with lots more ideas for last minute gifts to buy at the airport – in my story on Mashable.

Souvenir Sunday at Honolulu Airport

On Sundays, we take a look at some of the fun, inexpensive and locally-themed items you can buy when you’re stuck at the airport.

Here are a few of our favorites from the Honolulu International Airport:

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Do you spend time in the shops when you’re stuck at the airport?

If you spot something fun, inexpensive, locally-themed and, ideally, a bit wacky, please snap a photo and send it along to StuckatTheAirport.com.

If your souvenir is featured on Souvenir Sunday, we’ll send you a travel-themed souvenir.

Souvenir Sunday: gear for fans of flying

Airport code pillows

Holiday gift-giving season is coming up and if you’ve got friends or family members who love to travel, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the perfect present.

One site to try this year: Airportag, which sells throw pillows, coffee mugs, t-shirts, totes and other items with airport city codes and travel-related slogans, such as “Take Me Anywhere” and “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” and, my favorite, “Jet Lag Made Me Do It.”

Souvenir Sunday at the Crazy Horse Memorial

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The Crazy Horse Memorial, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is a giant mountain carving begun in 1948 by Korczak Ziolkowski as a tribute to the Lakota leader.

Here’s what Ziolkowski had in mind:

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Ziolkowski’s plan was to create a carving 641 feet long and 563 feet high, but that’s a really big project and there’s no telling when – or if – his family or the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation will ever get the project done.

So far, only Crazy Horse’s head has been completed, but at 87 feet, 6 inches, that in it itself is pretty darn impressive and more than one million visitors stop by each year to take a look at that and to visit the impressive on-site museums dedicated to Native American art and culture.

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Work on the mountain sculpture is moving forward and among the souvenirs visitors can take home are rocks:

Crazy Horse rocks

To make sure those souvenir rocks make it onto the airplane and back to your home, though, the memorial has a helpful sign to remind you to put the rocks in your checked luggage. And then, presumably, on a scale…

Crazy Horse rocks in luggage

(Photos by Harriet Baskas)