Break-ups are renowned for being incredibly crap. With the only consolation being that you might get to keep a souvenir (or two) of your time spent together.
But even that small and inanimate - or sometimes animate - object can harbour many memories and feelings that you don't necessarily want to hold on to.
“When Sam pitched the idea to editor Ryan Fitzgibbon, the story really spoke to him because he himself had a ‘souvenir’ from his ex and felt that this was a story that would speak to a lot of people,” assistant editor Francisco Tirado told BuzzFeed News.
“In these simple stories, the series explores that peculiar fondness we feel for an object, despite the not-so-fond feelings we might not have for the person associated with it.”
From precious stones and stuffed huskies to the entire series of Will & Grace (now that's what we call an epic keepsake), here are the entries - and their moving stories - which have been shared so far...
A week after my ex and I made it official, he gave me this beautiful Husky puppy plush. I named her Artemis right away because I was really happy. Unfortunately, things didn't work out and I couldn't just throw her away. She's been with me 2 years now and counting😊🐶. Not sure why she made that face😁😉. #YourSouvenir @hellomr @needsupply
This is @markgrattan, furniture designer and builder, with his cat Amiga—a gift from the first guy he ever dated. 📷: @samevansbutler. This story (and more) are now featured on @Buzzfeed LGBT! Link in our bio to see these misters inspire #YourSouvenir. Only four more days to post yours, tagging @hellomr and @needsupply for a chance to win $500.
@editorinchic of @wetheurban was seeing a guy who gave him a stainless steel flask with his initials engraved in it. On their first date. “So fitting as he knew I'm a connoisseur of all things whiskey.” See the rest of our souvenirs by @SamEvansButler on @Buzzfeed! Link in our bio. What’s #YourSouvenir? Tag @hellomr and @needsupply before Sunday to win $500.
My first boyfriend lent me his copy of Intimate Connections by David Burns. Despite having poured over it, First Boyfriend found himself completely incapable of applying its concepts. His self-sabotage (in some bizarre way) birthed my self-success. I have now read it several times; it has been my guide in processing complex emotions and combatting self-doubt. #duh ✋ #YourSouvenir #hellomr #needsupply 💕 #intimateconnections #davidburns
It's important to remember love even if it's long gone. My ex was my first love and a big part of my teens. I recently found notes that we had left each other when we were young and before the pressures of the gay closet were too big to handle. She was there for me the whole way through so I never discarded the letters. Young love is great and you no one should regret it. I wouldn't change anything. — Share #yoursouvenir. Thanks for making me dig, @hellomr @needsupply
Got a story to share? Instagram a picture of your relationship souvenir with #YourSouvenir.