On your way to Mexico, you’ll find beautiful scenery, world-famous cuisine, and the smiling faces of fellow cruise mates and friendly locals. You’ll also find some of the best shopping on the planet. This diverse land is home to many artisan goods and cuisines unique to the region.
Traveling home with some Mexican souvenirs is a great way to remember your vacation and enhance the enjoyable experience of being on your Mexican cruise.
Here are some suggestions for great souvenirs to bring back from your cruise to Mexico.
If you love the idea of haggling like a pro and making out like a bandit, buying souvenirs from Mexico will be the best time of your life!
Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but shopping at the local markets and stores is always one of our Mexican vacations.
If you’re planning a trip to Mexico, there are plenty of great things to buy , from hand-crafted mezcal to colorfully decorated maracas .
You will find many unique memories that you will not find anywhere else.
We’ve enjoyed countless trips to Cabo San Lucas, the Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, and elsewhere in Mexico – giving us the opportunity to explore what we love most when it comes to gifts and presents. Souvenir
From its unbeatable local cuisine to its rich cultural history, Mexico is a place you’ll want to remember – which is why you’ll want to bring home some great souvenirs of your time.
To help you take advantage of the best shopping opportunities during your Mexican trip, we’ve put together this handy list of the 23 best souvenirs in Mexico.
1. Maya wooden mask
Mexico’s diverse history, rich culture, and vibrant beauty are often best displayed through the variety of traditional folk arts. The Yucatan Peninsula was inhabited by the Mayan people for nearly 1,000 years, and the carved wooden masks are a beautiful and unique reflection of Mexico’s strong indigenous roots.
Masks of all sizes depict ancient deities, forest animals, and other natural symbols and make great pieces of art or home decor.
2. Lucha Libre Mask
Lucha Libre masks have become a symbol of Mexico’s original form of freestyle professional wrestling, and you can find them at souvenir stores near your port of call.
As a fun-loving gift or costume idea, these colorful masks are perfect for friends or any wrestling fan. The fact that they are lightweight and affordable makes them an even better gift option.
3. Mexican Chocolate
Mexican chocolate is typically produced in the temperate climates of Oaxaca, Tabasco, and Chiapas, but you can find it all over the country as you set foot on the coast during your cruise.
Authentic Mexican chocolate is great for cooking or hot chocolate and can be flavored with fresh cinnamon, almonds, or hot chili powder. A block of chocolate is a compact gift that’s sure to please everyone on your list, including you!
4. Mexican vanilla
Did you know that Mexico is the birthplace of vanilla? It’s true! So, to balance out your chocolate stash, get your hands on some rich and smooth Mexican vanilla extract harvested straight from the orchid flower. Vanilla is great for baking, cocktails, and coffee, and for the best flavor, you’ll want to look for an all-natural version rather than a synthetic one.
Many types of pottery are made throughout Mexico. The famous brightly painted “Talavera” ceramics and the sleek polished black “Barro Negro” pottery are just two of the styles you can come across. You can find hand drawn and painted tiles, pottery, wall art, dishes and more at shopping centers and markets near your port of call.
6. Xtabentun Liqueur
When it comes to things to buy in Mexico, tequila is a popular choice. Without a doubt, a bottle of tequila or mezcal makes a great souvenir.
But have you ever heard of Xtabentun liqueur? Made in the coastal Yucatan region, Xtabentun is a very special anise liqueur made with fermented honey made from the nectar of xtabentun flowers.
Rum is added to a mixture of anise and honey to create a delicately sweet spirit. For something more casual, bring home a few bottles of this liquor that has its roots in the Mayans.
7. Taxco Silver
Taxco Silver gets its name from the city in central Mexico where almost all of the country’s silver is produced. Over the years, Taxco artisans have created a distinct style that is as fashionable as it is versatile.
Taxco silver bracelets, earrings or rings make a great gift – but once you see them, we know you’ll want to take home a piece for yourself too!
Taxco silver jewelry often includes semi-precious stones such as sapphire, malachite and onyx.
8. Mexican textile souvenirs
Why buy a tourist t-shirt when you can buy something more authentic and easy to find at home? Mexican blankets, hammocks, and hand-embroidered clothing are some of the high-quality local textiles you can bring home as gifts or keepsakes.
Embroidered fabric tops for men or women are a comfortable choice for any occasion.
Choose from brightly colored stripes, flowers or other designs. Mexican textiles make a great gift, but we wouldn’t blame you if you want to take some home for yourself.
9. Hot Salsa
Arguably Mexico’s most famous export, hot salsa comes in a variety of flavors and styles. Mexican salsas are made with simple but delicious ingredients like fresh garlic, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, hot peppers, and often a squeeze of lime.
Choose from a variety of tomatillo salsas made with tangy green tomatoes to the smoky flavor of chipotle salsa or traditional red “roja” salsa or fiery habanero sauce. Not a fan of spicy food? Don’t worry, you can get Mexican salsa at any spice level you want.
10. Mexican Coffee Beans
Mexico is a major producer of certified organic and fair-trade coffee, with beans grown and harvested primarily in southern states. After you’ve enjoyed your morning’s rich Mexican coffee, you’ll be eager to take some home. The good news is that it is affordable and easy to find and transport at home.
So, what are you waiting for? Make some vacation plans and get your shopping shoes ready. With this list and a great cruise itinerary, you’re sure to come back with timeless memories and some of Mexico’s best souvenirs.