For many travelers, shopping at the local markets and stores is always one of the highlights of a vacation to Mexico. In fact, there are so many cool things to buy, it can be hard to decide what to spend your money on. You will find an endless amount of unique memenos that you can’t find anywhere else.
Due to the country’s rich history and amazing energy, you’ll definitely want to remember your time in Mexico.
#1 Talavera Pottery
For starters, Talavera pottery is a traditional way of making beautiful ceramic craftware that was initially introduced to Mexico during the colonial period by Spanish artisans. Since then, the vibrant colors and intricate patterns have become a big part of Mexican culture.
If you want to find the best Talavera pottery you should go to Puebla which is located in central Mexico. The colonial era city is where the country’s Talavera pottery tradition originated. However, you can find quality Talavera pottery in shops around the country as well.
Visitors will be in awe of the wide variety of pieces to choose from including elegant plates, bowls, cups, spoons, platters, salt and pepper shakers, and more. Make sure to check for the DO4 symbol on the bottom of the piece which signifies it as an official Denominación de Origen status for original Talavera pottery.
#2 Tequila and Mezcal
It’s hard to find anything more authentically Mexican than tequila. One of the world’s most important and popular spirits, the birthplace of tequila is found in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. 100% agave azul tequila is a great souvenir to bring back from Mexico, as the prices are way better and the variety is much greater than in other countries. Some of the top tequila brands to choose from include Don Julio, Clase Azul, and Herradura.
As far as Mezcal goes, it is also prepared from agave plants but has a smokier flavor than tequila. The artisanal way for making mezcal is to cook the hearts of the agave plant inside earthen pits which are lined with lava rocks and filled with charcoal and wood. This method infuses the tasty spirit with a delicious and satisfying smoky flavor. Lately, mezcal is starting to become more popular in the United States and Canada and around the world. 400 Conejos and El Silencio – Espadin are two popular brands to try.
#3 Mexican Glassware
Another great item to buy in Mexico to take back home is handmade Mexican glassware. It’s the perfect compliment to your tequila or mezcal you should buy as well. There are a variety of different types of glassware and they come in various colors. You can find beautiful wine glasses, margarita glasses, shot glasses, and more.
Traditional glassware is clear Mexican glass with bright blue rims. They often come with flecks of multiple colors including red, green, blue and yellow accents, too. Enjoying a drink back home served in elegant and festive Mexican glassware will remind you of your wonderful vacation and take you back to Mexico…at least in your mind and heart until you can go back to visit in person again.
#4 Mexican Blankets
Next, bright and colorful Mexican blankets are another wonderful item to bring back from Mexico. Also known as serapes, these blankets feature a traditional striped weave with a variety of colors. They provide exceptional warmth and padding, and have long-lasting durability. The most common and popular style of Mexican blanket is the sarape or serape which is iconically Mexican.
Traditional Mexican blankets are made out of natural fibers such as cotton and wool, but modern blankets are starting to use polyester and acrylic based fabrics. While they may be a bit bulky to pack in your suitcase, you will love having one in your home. They are ideal to use to snuggle on the couch on an outside patio or in the living room while watching a movie with loved ones. They can even be used as picnic blankets, too.
#5 Mexican Chocolate
Did you know that the birthplace of chocolate is Mexico? It’s true! In fact, Mexican chocolate is among the finest chocolate in the world. Therefore, make sure to add chocolate to your list of things to bring back from Mexico. You can find a variety of forms of chocolate including powdered chocolate mix, hot chocolate chunks, and chocolate bars. Whether you want a gift for a loved one or want to keep it all for yourself, Mexican chocolate is a great and tasty souvenir to buy during your vacation.
In addition, you can purchase a molinillo as well which is a Mexican culinary tool that resembles a wooden whisk. It’s used to create that beautiful froth in traditional Mexican hot chocolate. So if you decide to bring back hot chocolate bars or powder as a gift or souvenir, make sure to grab a molinillo as well!
While there are tons of amazing souvenirs and keepsakes to buy in Mexico, we hope you enjoyed our list of our favorite 5 souvenirs to bring back from Mexico. Talavera pottery and Mexican woven blankets are beautiful and functional. In addition, everyone loves a great tequila or mezcal and Mexican chocolate is in a class all its own.