Be that person who gives the best souvenirs. Consider the following.
Items the destination is known for: a leather item from Italy
Something from nature: bleached coral
Non-perishable food items unique to the destination: teas or coffee
Beauty and personal care: homemade soaps or fragrances
Cooking spices or herbs native to the destination: dried hot peppers
Foreign magazines or newspapers always looks nice on a coffee table.
Small bottles of liquor or sauce native to the destination will also be appreciated.
Can you think of anything you love receiving?