Welcome to my 2 cents, I'll be offering up my recommendations and travel tips for you!
I love going to grocery stores when traveling! That might sound a bit strange, but it's a great way to not only save some money, but find great gifts for friends and family. I find it interesting to see what things cost in other countries and the variety of foods you just don't see everyday, check out that fish head!
Grocery store gift ideas: Coffee, tea, booze, soap, reusable bags, magnets, candy, spices.
It's always a good idea to push yourself out of your comfort zone, especially when traveling! I recommend taking the road less traveled. Take the side streets and explore the areas away from the tourist traps. Where do the locals go? Don't plan every minute of your trip, instead allow yourself time to wander and discover something different. Sometimes a wrong turn can be the most memorable.
There is something magical about traveling and immersing yourself into a different culture. It can completely change your perspective on life. I recommend embracing all senses and taking note of how you feel. What do you see and hear around you? How does the air smell? Remember to enjoy the journey and be aware of your surroundings.