Are you looking for Mexico souvenirs? There are lots of fun and unique products to buy and bring home as gifts to friends and family.
Here’s a list of the top 10 things to buy in Mexico!
Did you know that Mexico is one of the top countries in the world of producing organic coffee? If you love coffee, or if you know a person back home who loves a good cup of coffee, then this is one must-buy souvenir in Mexico.
The coffee beans are harvested in Veracruz, Chiapas, and Oaxaca, where you can find lots of certified brands to buy from.
Mayan Chocolate – One of the most delicious Mexico Souvenirs!
As a chocolate lover, I can tell you that the Mayan Chocolate is delicious and worth buying as a souvenir for your friends or family members – or why not for yourself as a snack on the flight back home?
The Mayans were the first people to cultivate cocoa plantations. Back then the Mexican tribes did not know the cocoa as the sweet edible treat we know today as chocolate. They made a bitter beverage of it and drank it in their daily lives and during spiritual rituals – it was known as the ”God’s food”.
Today you can buy hot creamy chocolate drinks, blocks of chocolate and exclusive chocolate pieces. Some chocolates are spiced with chili like they Mayan tribes did to their cocoa drinks back in the days.
Another great Mexican souvenir is Talavera pottery. You can buy beautiful vases, cups, and bowls that you can use back home. In my opinion, a big colorful bowl is a great souvenir to buy for yourself or for a loved one back home, since you can use it for many things – for both hot or cold dishes, salads, and fresh fruits.
No matter what kind of pottery you buy, it will give a real color splash to your home!
Molinillo – Mexican souvenir for the hot chocolate lovers!
One of the most practical Mexico souvenirs to buy is a Molinillo. A Molinillo is a hand-carved kitchenware that’s used to make hot chocolate.
You hold it between your palms and rotate it by rubbing your palms together, which makes a smooth and creamy hot chocolate.
It’s a unique thing to buy in Mexico, that’s useful for the ones who love to make, and drink hot chocolate.
Traditional Mexican Blanket
A colorful Mexican blanket is a nice souvenir to buy in Mexico. You can use it a chilly night or just as a colorful decor in your home. They come in every single color imaginable, so you’ll be sure it will match the interior in your home.
Taxco Silver Jewelry – One of my favorite Mexico Souvenirs!
In almost every boutique in Mexico, you’ll find Taxco Silver, which is one of the most popular souvenirs in Mexico. The name ”Taxco Silver” comes from the city Taxco which is one of the oldest mining sites in the Americas. It’s one of the best souvenirs in Mexico for women or men who like to wear silver jewelry.
Personally, if I only could choose one souvenir to bring back home, this would be it. Since this is something that’s useful and you can have forever.
Tequila is the national drink of the country, and a must to buy for anyone who likes tequila. You might be familiar with the saying that the beverage Champagne has to come from Champagne in France to be called Champagne? It’s the same thing with Tequila.
To call it Tequila it has to come from the state Jalisco (it’s a town there called Tequila) and it must be made solely with blue agave.
Other types of ”Tequila” are called ”Mezcal”, which is also good and a popular souvenir in Mexico.
If you happen to be in the area of Jalisco, make sure to get a guided tour at one of the tequila farms where you can learn about how it’s made and also sample different kinds of tequilas. And after the tour, you can always buy a bottle as a souvenir and share with your friends or family back home.
Barro Negro Pottery
The Barro Negro, also known as the black clay, from Oaxaca was used to make pottery by ancient tribes such as the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs.
You might have heard about the talented woman Doña Rosa Real, who learned how to give the amazing shine to the black clay pottery.
Today you can take a tour in her workshop that is still producing and selling pottery. Here you can buy beautiful and high-quality bowls, plates and vases for a good price. But if you’re not in the area, you can always find Barro Negro Pottery in places such as Mexico City and the Yucatan Peninsula.
Día de Los Muertos Figurine
Día de Los Muertos translates into ”the day of the dead”, which is a holiday that’s celebrated throughout Mexico. The Holiday focuses on gathering friends and family and pray for and remember their friends and family members that have passed, to help and support their spiritual journey.
In Mexico, you can buy figurines such as colorful skulls that will not only remind you of your trip to Mexico but also remember you to think of your loved ones that have passed.
Many people might think that this is one of the most boring and cheap souvenirs in Mexico, but I think it’s lovely if you know the meaning of Dia de Los Muertos. And a big plus is that many of these figurines are very beautiful, which makes it a great decor in your home.
Achiote – Bring the flavors of Mexico to your home!
The Mexican food is one of the things that you’re probably going to miss about Mexico. So why not bring some flavors back home with you?
Achiote is a spice that’s common in dishes in Mexico and is many times the secret to the deep red color and the genuine taste of the Mexican dishes.
The ground spice and paste can often be found at markets, but the achiote seeds are not as easy to find. If you cannot find it in the markets, give it a try and visit a local grocery store.
This is definitely a good Mexican souvenir for someone who loves to cook!
Good to know before shopping souvenirs in Mexico:
Buying souvenirs is of course a lot of fun, but it can also be damaging to the local environment. So, with that in mind, don’t buy Mexico souvenirs that you will not use or enjoy after the trip. This includes black coral, which is not only illegal to sell and buy but is also harming the ocean – any souvenirs from the ocean should be avoided.
A lot of people are buying souvenirs in Mexico to bring home to their relatives and family in order to let them experience the culture, and that’s a great idea. Just make sure that the products you buy aren’t causing any ecological damage.
Buying handmade souvenirs can also help the local communities and show appreciation of their art and culture. Just make sure they’re made under responsible conditions.
Do you have any other questions about Mexico souvenirs? Leave a comment below!