#114 Finding your name on some tacky souvenir in the gift shop

Bob, Betty, Barry, you don’t know the shame.

Only Bilal, Baxter, and Bernadette know the pain of turning a squeaky metal rack full of tiny plastic doorplates and failing to find their name.

My friend Agostino has a great story about how he found his dad’s name on a toothbrush in Italy. Jaw dropping, eyeballs popping, he couldn’t believe somebody actually stamped “Guido” on a toothbrush.

To this day his dad says it’s his favorite present of all time.


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101 thoughts on “#114 Finding your name on some tacky souvenir in the gift shop

  1. My daughter is a Kate. Not Katelyn, Katie, Kathy, or Katrina. Just plain Kate.
    Not easy to find.

    Don’t even ask about my son Theodore. (also known as Theo)

  2. Yup, I’ve got the odd name too! I was talking about this with my family this weekend. My siblings (Karen, Kate, Julie, Lauren) have never had this problem. But I – Elysa – have never been able to walk into a store and buy something with my name on it.

    I have had exactly 2 items special ordered for me that have my name on them. One is a troll doll wearing a t-shirt that says “I bring good luck to Elysa” the other is a Bambi mug from Disney World with my name etched into it. Awesome!

  3. I’ve looked for 50 years, but have never found my name, Buck, printed on anything in gift shops. :-(

    Are you reading this, companies who print names on cheesy gift-shop products?

  4. Yeah, when I finally found Daisy on a fake mini license plate I had to get it, I was maybe 12 it such a great moment I’ll always remember

  5. The picture for this post is very fitting…because my name is Megan…but that’s not how I spell it. I have never once in my entire life found my spelling: Meaghan. I was even in Ireland for 4 months and I hit up every “put your name here” cheesy souvenir stand I still haven’t found it! One day, my day will come and I will buy whatever that little piece of plastic is with my stupid-every-vowel-possible spelling of Meaghan….and it will be awesome. :)

  6. I have Never Ever had that expirience..! although my name HAS come up in many songs!! Hope i come across my name written somewhere in a souvenir shop!!

  7. Of my two brothers I have one really common name(Sam) and one not(Eli) and it is impossible to buy a name gift for Sam without feeling really guilty about not getting one for Eli. There is only Elijah and never Eli. Not fair:(

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  9. For a long time, I could NEVER find my name on these things! Now it shows up more frequently but there still times when I can’t find it. And more often than not, people get the spelling wrong. They think the “I” is before the “M” rather than vice versa. My cousins’ six-year-old kid though it was spelled “Jamey.” I never got that one before!

  10. I rarely get my name on stuff. I always try to personalize things that are not pre-printed and put my name (Marian) on there. Almost everyone I know gets their names on stuff and I feel so left out by that.

  11. I wish they would just put initials! That would be SO MUCH easier! AA, AB, AC…DE, DF, DG…RK, Rl, RM…
    I could EASILY find BB rather than failing to find “Bernard”…ugh!

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