Mexico Gift Guide

Gift Guide: Mexico

Are you going to a wedding in Mexico or do you know some newlyweds who are headed there for their honeymoon? Are you going to a Mexican themed dinner party and need to find a fun hostess gift? Or perhaps you know someone who loves to travel south of the border and is head-over-heels for Mexico. Well, you’ve come to the right place. From food to clothing to homeware, this Mexico Gift Guide is full of unique and beautiful pieces that will make you want to take a trip yourself.

Mexico gift guide

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1. Tortilla Press: I think this would so fun to receive as a hostess gift (at a Mexican themed dinner party). Or wouldn’t it be the perfect present for a couple just returning home from a wonderful Mexican vacation? Or maybe even as a gift for the chef who loves to prepare things from scratch at home. This Tortilla Press is specially designed for creating 6.25-inch homemade tortillas of the perfect thickness every time.

2. Otomi Tablecloth: This intricate, handmade, St. Frank embroidery was developed by indigenous Otomí people in central Mexico. The symbolism and iconography in this textile design reflect time-honored traditions and beliefs of harmony with nature. The whimsical flora and fauna embroidered motifs can be traced back to pre-Aztec Mesoamerica and are said to originate from cave paintings.

3. Luna Pom Pom Straw Clutch: So this may not be made in Mexico, but it would be absolutely perfect for a trip there. I can just imagine holding it under my arm while sipping on margaritas and watching the sun set into the ocean. Ah, take me there now.

4. Embroidered Slide Sandal: Who doesn’t love a good stripe? The embroidered bands are crafted the “old world” way with handlooms down in Chiapas, Mexico by the most lovely women’s collective. With every shoe purchased, Beek will donate a meal to a child in need through multiple outside charities.

5. Mexico: The Cookbook: A New York Times Bestseller, this is the first truly comprehensive bible of authentic Mexican home cooking. Written by a living culinary legend, Margarita Carrillo Arronte who dedicated 30 years to researching, teaching, and cooking Mexican food, Mexico: The Cookbook features an unprecedented 700 recipes from across the entire country, showcasing the rich diversity and flavors of Mexican cuisine.

6. Taza Chocolate: Inspired by a passion for Mexican chocolate traditions, Taza hand-carves granite millstones to make these stone ground, organic Mexican style dark chocolate discs. These unique rustic chocolate discs are delicious to eat or to make into hot chocolate.

7. Citrus Press: This commercial grade press makes juicing oranges, grapefruits, limes and lemons fast and easy. Think of how yummy those margaritas would be with freshly squeezed juice made with one of these.

8. Cotton Mexican Napkins: Handwoven in Michoacan, Mexico, these beautiful cotton napkins come in a set of 4 and are available in 9 vibrant colors.

9. Tacos: Recipes and Provocations: Superstar chef Alex Stupak’s love of real Mexican food changed his life; it caused him to quit the world of fine-dining pastry and open the smash-hit Empellón Taqueria in New York City. Now he’ll change the way you make, and think about, tacos forever with his book.

10. Tacopedia: Tacopedia is an encyclopedic tribute to the vibrancy of Mexican taco culture. Explore one of Mexico’s most popular culinary traditions through 100 recipes accompanied by interviews, street and food photography, illustrations, graphics, and maps that bring the full story behind each taco to life.

11. Mexican Wedding Cookies: Enjoy the tantalizing tastes of Mexico with delicious Mexican Wedding Cookies. Dusted with powdered sugar, these elegant and delicious almond cookies are perfect for parties or for everyday treats.

12. Framed Otomi Textile: This intricate handmade embroidery was developed by indigenous Otomí people in central Mexico. The Otomí faced an economic crisis in the 1960s caused by severe drought in their predominantly subsistence farming region. As an alternative source of income, Otomí women popularized this embroidery through the revival of an ancestral technique. Today, skilled Otomí textile artists are in demand outside of their local communities as appreciation for this vibrant embroidery has traveled well beyond its origins. P.S. My friend has this hanging in her home and it is absolutely stunning!

13. Molcajete (Mortar and Pestle): Among the world’s oldest culinary tools, volcanic rock mortars and pestles like these have been used by great cooks for thousands of years. The molcajete (motor) and tejolete (pestle) are hand-carved from a single piece of basalt rock, so every piece is unique. In addition to being a great prep tool, the molcajete makes an impressive serving dish for guacamole and other party favorites.

14. Margarita Salt: Liven up your margaritas with this artisanal cocktail salt. It’s the perfect way to highlight the flavors of classic and fruit-flavored margaritas. This would make an easy addition to a hostess gift or a fun stocking stuffer for a Mexico lover.

15. Stoneware Tortilla Warmer: This tortilla warmer is made from glazed stoneware which is ideal to serve and keep tortillas warm.

16 / 17. Hand Blown Blue Rimmed Pitcher and Glasses: The art of hand blown glass or vidrio soplado has diversified throughout the world, yet it is in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, where allegedly more pieces are crafted by talented artisans with techniques passed down from generation to generation. Without a doubt, what distinguishes Mexican hand blown glass art is the interplay of clear glass with such colors as cobalt blue and other vibrant hues. Techniques have been refined since the 18th century, when this art form was introduced in Mexico by the Spanish, and spread throughout the country.

18. San Miguel Candle: Spanish Baroque architecture reveals a colonial past. Stone walls cascade with magenta bougainvillea. Jacaranda trees drop purple blossoms on narrow cobblestone streets. This fragrance honors the historic city of San Miguel with vibrant notes of a lush green vine, fig leaf, and grapefruit citron.

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