Whether you’re looking for a Christmas present or just a souvenir from your trip, we’ve got the best gifts from South America covered with this selection…
Alpaca wool is softer, warmer and silkier than sheep’s wool, as well as being water-repellent, inflammable and hypo-allergenic. There are two different types of wool, huacaya, which is crimpy and good for knitwear, and suri, which is straighter and better for woven clothing such as suits. All of this makes an alpaca sweater the perfect present for even your fussiest relative!
Havaianas from Brazil
Brazil is the home of the world-famous Havaiana flip-flop. Created in the 1960’s as a cheaper, rubber version of the Japanese zori sandal, it is now a hugely popular brand. Havaianas come in all shapes and sizes, and are much cheaper in Brazil than anywhere else, so stock up!
Wine from Argentina
Argentina is one of the leading exporters of wine in the world, producing some of the most popular vinos, including Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Torrontes. Mendoza is the main wine region, but there are also high-altitude vineyards in the north of the country and as far south as the Rio Negro area. Chile also produces some fabulous wines, so a trip to South America wouldn’t be complete without a bottle or two to bring home!
A Traditional Andean Poncho
The Andean textiles industry is one of the oldest in the world, and the brightly-coloured designs produced in the region are easily recognizable. Ponchos, jumpers and hats are some of the most popular gifts from South America, and buying them from local markets is the best way to support this tradition.
A trip to a cigar factory is a great day out when in Brazil, and handmade cigars can’t be beaten on quality. They are made by packing dried, fermented tobacco leaves together, rolled within a larger leaf, and then left to age. As well as the larger, highly sought after cigars, you can buy smaller cigarillos flavoured with things like cacao or mint.
A Peruvian Cookbook
Finally Peruvian food is being recognized as one of the tastiest cuisines in the world, which means more and more restaurants are trying their hand at Andean cooking. Although we might not have certain ingredients, such as yuca or maca, readily available in Europe, the different styles and fusions of Peruvian cuisine means dishes can easily be modified. A cookbook is a great souvenir from your trip, and a good present for the chef in your family!
More of the Best Gifts from South America…
Make sure there’s plenty of room in your suitcase, because we’ve got a lot more suggestions still to come! How about the Best Souvenirs to Buy in South America? And here’s where to buy them from > The Best Markets in South America!