Mexico’s incredible history and vibrant culture make it one of the most sought after travel destinations. From its laid-back beaches and Mayan ruins to the rocking nightlife and all-inclusive resorts, it is one destination that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. And as much as it offers a paradise for those who love the beaches and ancient ruins, you will also love it when it comes to shopping. There is a wide selection of traditional authentic Mexico souvenirs that you can take back home as gifts for yourself, your family and your friends. If you are thinking of making Mexico your next destination but don’t know what souvenirs to buy, you have just come to the right place. And so to ease your navigation through the markets, here are the top 10 things to buy in Mexico.
If you have a family member or friend back home who loves a good cup of coffee, you should buy them Mexican coffee. Being one of the top organic coffee-producing countries, the country exports a wide variety of gourmet coffees with varying flavors and robustness. Don’t leave without trying or buying café de olla, one of the most preferred coffee drinks in Mexico. The coffee is made using cinnamon sticks making it naturally sweet.
Did you know that the first known culinary use of chocolate took place in Mexico? The Mayans were the first known people to cultivate cocoa plantations. However, back then they did not make it be the sweet treat that we know today as chocolate. They just used it to make a bitter beverage which they drank during spiritual rituals. But today, there are a wide variety of hot creamy chocolate drinks and blocks of chocolate that are worth buying as a souvenir for your friends or family.
If big and colorful vases, bowls, or cups sound like a great idea for your home decor then you will love Talavera pottery. This style of pottery features white and blue color aspects and is the most exported style of pottery in Mexico. The items are decoratively-painted with a mixture of Spanish and pre-Hispanic designs. There are various designs and colors. This means you can’t miss finding an item that will fit your home and décor.
This is the best gift for someone who loves to make and drink hot chocolate. It is simple hand-carved kitchenware that you can use to make hot chocolate. To use it, you just hold it in between your palms and rotate it by rubbing your palms together. This creates a smooth and delicious hot creamy chocolate. Even if you don’t plan to use it for culinary purposes, its unique design still makes it a great addition to your kitchen décor.
Taxco Silver Jewelry
When you travel to Mexico, you are most likely to buy your next piece of jewelry or set of silverware here. This is because the Mexican town of Taxco is known worldwide for making beautiful ad authentic silver work. They also incorporate natural stones like turquoise, amethyst, and even coral from the nearby towns. The silver itself is mined in the city which is also full of silver craftspeople to mold it into various types of jewelry and silverware.
Have you ever heard of the saying “the beverage Champagne has to come from Champagne in France to be called Champagne”? Well, the same applies to Tequila. For you to call it Tequila, it has to come from the state Jalisco which houses a town called Tequila. So if you happen to pass across the Jalisco area, try to get a guided tour leading to one of the tequila farms. There, you will have the opportunity to learn about how Tequila is made. You can as well sample and buy different kinds of Tequila here.
Being home to some of the most indigenous tribes known worldwide like the Mayans, Aztecs, and Toltecs, Mexico is a good place to buy tribal art. Buy a locally-made copy of pre-Colombian art and bring back home a piece of Mexican history and culture. This can either be in the form of a mask or statue. Choose from the varied popular masks and statues that are as just as good as those found in the local museums.
This is one of the most classic gifts that you can buy for a fashionable family member or friend. It is traditional Mexican clothing including blouses and tunics that are worn by local Mayan and Zapotec women. It is made using common fabrics covered with beautiful embroidery. The embroidery comes in a wide variety of patterns and is one way Mexicans use to express their art.
Being the birthplace of Vanilla, your trip to Mexico won’t be complete without buying at least one bottle of vanilla extract. The best part is that buying it in Mexico will be half as expensive as buying it in other parts of the word. Whatsmore, it will taste much better since the Mexican vanilla is considered to be the king of all vanilla extracts. This is mainly because of its very rich and smooth touch and spicy elements. So if you have a baker back home, this will make for an exciting gift.
Did you know that Hammocks were invented by the native inhabitants of Mexico? Hammocks were used by Mexico natives as a safe place to sleep while protected from wild animals. When the Spaniards arrived, the Europeans eventually adopted them but for use on sailing ships. Today, you will find two types of hammocks in Mexico – Mexican and Mayan. If you are interested in buying one, you can head over to the open-air markets in Cancun.