These holidays give a piece of Mexico to the traveler of your life. We’ve selected some Mexican and Mexico inspired items we cannot live without and think make a wonderful present any time of year!
Mexico is well-known for its delicious organic coffee, and it makes a great present from your travels – be it for yourself, or for your loved ones. Our favorite coffee is Baja Beans coffee by Baja Beans Roasting Company – we love visiting their market and café in Pescadero (come early to taste their almond croissants, which are to die for!), but you can buy their coffee on Amazon as well – our favorite is Marago, but you can’t go wrong with any of their flavors. You can buy Baja Beans coffee online here.
Chocolate is another popular food which originates in Mexico. The history of chocolate begins in Mesoamerica. Chocolate, the fermented, roasted, and ground beans of the Theobroma cacao, can be traced to the Mokaya and other pre-Olmec people, with evidence of chocolate beverages dating back to 1900 BC. The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the God of wisdom, and the seeds had so much value they were used as a form of currency. Originally prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served as a bitter, frothy liquid, mixed with spices, wine or corn puree. It was believed to have aphrodisiac powers and to give the drinker strength. After its arrival in Spain in the sixteenth century, sugar was added to it and it became popular through Europe, first among the ruling classes and then among the common people. The word “chocolate” comes from the Classical Nahuatl word xocolātl (meaning “bitter water”), and entered the English language from Spanish. When in Mexico, you can buy traditional Mexican chocolate at markets or specialized stores. If you won’t be traveling to Mexico soon, but want to give a gift of traditional Mexican chocolate, you can buy Mexican chocolate online here.
3. Tequila & Mezcal
We don’t have much to add here, and any Mexico lover would love himself a good tequila or a mezcal. Available for purchase anywhere in the world. Some of our favorite tequilas are Jose Cuervo, Clase Azul, El Patron, and mezcals Los Danzantes, Amores, Alacrán and others.
4. Hand Blown Glass Hearts
Traditionally made by hand in Guadalajara, hand blown glass hearts are a wonderful gift and souvenir. You can buy them in many Baja stores, see the glass factory Facebook page here, or order them online here.
5. Mexican handwoven blanket
A very traditional item, which you can find anywhere in Baja and Mexico. We love visiting the blanker factory just before the Cerritos beach, on the way to Todos Santos. If you are not in Mexico now, you can buy Mexican blankets online here.
6. A hammock
Like Mexican blankets, hammocks are a great addition to your home and garden. We buy them directly with the producer at the blanket factory just before the Cerritos beach, but you can buy Mexican hammocks online here. Pictured above is a hammock at Villa Lucero terrace, available for rent in our Luxury Villa Collection.
7. Lemon squeezer
If you have visited us in Mexico before, you have probably seen this ingenious little device, which works better as any other lemon squeezer we have ever seen. It is a cheap and very useful present! In Baja or Mexico you can buy it in any department store among kitchen utensils. If you are looking to buy it online, try this Lemon Squeezer.
Another traditional Mexican item, silver makes a wonderful present. In Baja, where you can find many beautiful and inviting silver jewelry stores, we boast with history of silver mining. The silver mines near San Antonio were worked in 1784, and the Baja California Sur silver era happened from 1850 to 1890. The most productive silver mine was called El Triunfo de la Cruz, giving the birth to a mining town of El Triunfo. The silver in fact was so attractive that it brought to the south of Baja many workers, which within a few years formulated a city with a population of 10,000. El Triunfo was then the largest city in the south and briefly served as the capital of Baja California Sur in 1828 and 1829. You can still buy Mexico’s silver in Baja. How do you know that you are buying real silver? Always look for the seal “925”. In Mexican silver you will most of the times find another seal “Mexico” or “Mex”; and some jewelers mark their jewelry with their seal too. See some silver items here.
9. Acapulco chairs
The history of Acapulco chair starts with the name – it was named after the lovely and magical coastal town of Acapulco in the coast of Guerrero, Mexico. Legend has it that a French tourist was visiting Acapulco in the 1953 and was uncomfortably hot atop a solidly-constructed chair in the Mexico sunshine. Inspired by the open string construction of traditional hammocks nearby, he designed a chair fit for the modern tropics. Whether or not this is true the Acapulco chair was first produced in the ’50s, and quickly became popular. Usually made of vinyl cords on a metal, slightly pear-shaped frame, the Acapulco chair has most commonly been used as outdoor lounge seating, in bright, tropical colors. You can buy Acapulco chairs from a local producer here in Baja, and have it shipped directly to your home (their maestro is from Guerrero and he is continuing the family tradition of making Acapulco chairs).
10. Baja Inspired Books
The Log from the Sea of Cortez, by John Steinbeck was first published in 1951. It details a six-week (March 11 – April 20) marine specimen-collecting boat expedition he made in 1940 at various sites in the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), with his friend, the marine biologist Ed Ricketts. It is regarded as one of Steinbeck’s most important works of non-fiction chiefly because of the involvement of Ricketts, who shaped Steinbeck’s thinking and provided the prototype for many of the pivotal characters in his fiction, and the insights it gives into the philosophies of the two men. Everyone who loves Baja should read this book and learn more about its history and beauty.
Other Baja inspired book by Steinbeck is The Pearl. A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man’s nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.
We hope you liked our list of gift ideas for mexico lovers. Let us know if there is any other Mexican item you love and think should belong on the list!