This blog post was updated on September 5, 2018.
Cheap tequila and sombreros may seem like a good idea in the moment, but chances are you won’t keep them for years to come. Here are suggestions for five meaningful souvenirs to take home the next time you visit Mexico.
Taxco Silver Jewelry
There is no better Mexican souvenir for jewelry lovers than the highly collectable Taxco silver. Mined in the town of Taxco (located in the hills between Acapulco and Cuernavaca, about 100 miles south of Mexico City) and shaped into inspired designs by local artisans, this stunning silver has been on tourists’ radars for the better part of the past 100 years. Take home a timeless Taxco piece that you’ll end up wearing with everything (trust me).
Mexican folk art comes in many forms – from intricate weavings to tiny terracotta figurines to mural-sized paintings. Find a unique piece of art (preferably one that will fit in your suitcase) that speaks to your sensibilities are reminds you of the “feeling” of Mexico. Display it in your home and think of your sunny Mexican days whenever you see it.
Some of the pieces in my closet I reach for most frequently – especially in the summer months – are my hand-embroidered dresses and blouses from Mexico. Worn different ways (belted, worn with wedges, paired with a denim jacket), these beautiful staples will keep you comfortable and in style. Guys can get in on the action with handsome shirts and tunics.
Handcrafted, brightly glazed Mexican dishware is the best way to brighten up your table. Not ready to commit to an entire dish set? Grab some mugs or appetizer plates to add a pop of color to your cupboards. It might just be the inspiration you need to brush up on your Mexican cooking skills.
Of course, some of the most meaningful souvenirs you can take home with you are photos – whether they are your own or prints by a professional photographer. Capture images that will transport you each time you look at them. When you get home, frame your favorite and hang it on your wall.
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