One of the best Ecuadorian gifts for people who love Ecuador is a trip to the country they love. Now, I can imagine that this is not within everyone’s budget. And that is why I selected the 25 best Ecuador gifts for any budget. From affordable Ecuadorian-inspired gifts such as luggage tags to pricier souvenirs from Ecuador such as ponchos. You will find it all in today’s post.
Are you short on time?
Check out my top three Ecuadorian gifts by budget:
- Large budgets: watercolor map of Ecuador (#7)
- Mid budgets: handmade Ecuadorian backpack (#14)
- Small budgets: Ecuadorian chocolate (#20)
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Ecuador gifts for large budgets
#1 A trip to Ecuador
Alright, let’s begin this list with the number one gift for people who love Ecuador.
And that is a trip to Ecuador, of course!
Now, I understand that you would need a rather large budget for that, but if you do, I am 100% sure that they will love this gift.
You can use Skyscanner to book a flight and hotel for people who don’t have a trip to Ecuador planned yet. And if the recipient already has a ticket to Ecuador, you can check out fun tours in Ecuador on Viator.
And lastly, if you want to go for a safer option. You can also buy the Global Experiences Gift card. This is a gift card powered by Viator, so the recipient can choose which of the Viator tours they would like to do. Or check out these 25 gift cards for travelers if you need more inspiration.
#2 Panama hat
I know, the name of this gift might be a bit misleading. But this Panama hat is actually produced in Ecuador.
The typical straw hat is actually of Ecuadorian origin, and can still be found throughout the country.
You can find Panama hats in all price ranges, and obviously, this also influences the quality.
So if you want high-quality Ecuadorian gifts, this white Panama hat will be perfect.
One of the most typical Ecuadorian clothing is the poncho. So if you are looking for traditional Ecuadorian gifts for people who want to stay warm, this colorful poncho is the perfect gift.
EcuaFina sells fairtrade and handmade products from Ecuador. The weavers and artisans receive a fair wage, the products are authentic, and most importantly they have a secure online shop where you can check out the different designs.
One thing to keep in mind is that the shipping costs to the US are quite expensive for gifts from EcuaFina. For European orders, the shipping costs are more reasonable.
#4 Ecuadorian hammock
Other beautiful Ecuadorian gifts from EcuaFina are their hammocks. They are handmade from Ecuadorian cotton in local communities. So your gift will not only make the recipient happy, but it will also support Ecuadorian communities.
#5 Ecuadorian-themed phone case
Are you looking for Ecuador-inspired gifts for someone who is addicted to his or her phone?
Then this phone case with the flag of Ecuador is perfect! Or check out the other 240 Ecuadorian-themed phone cases on Zazzle.
Oh, one thing to know before you buy a phone case on Zazzle is that they only offer cases for iPhones and Samsung phones.
#6 Ecuadorian woven blanket
Weaving is one of the most typical handicrafts you will find in Ecuador. So if you are looking for authentic Ecuadorian gifts that are handmade, this colorful blanket is another great gift idea.
It’s machine washable (something I always find very important) and about 230 cm (92 ”) by 210 cm (83 ”).
#7 Map of Ecuador
Are you looking for Ecuador gifts for someone who wants to bring Ecuador to their home?
Then this colorful watercolor print of the map of Ecuador is perfect. Travel lovers always love world maps, so Ecuador lovers will absolutely love Ecuador maps!
#8 Authentic Ecuadorian shoes
Would you like to give authentic Ecuadorian gifts? Then the typical Ecuadorian loafers are perfect. They are called espadrilled and can be found all around Ecuador. They are handmade from rubber, jute, and cotton in local Ecuadorian communities.
Ecuador gifts for mid budgets
#9 Ecuador-themed passport cover
Are you looking for practical Ecuador-inspired gifts for travelers? How about one of the 18 Ecuadorian-themed passport covers on Zazzle?
Or if the recipient loves the Galápagos islands, the passport cover with the tortoise is perfect.
#10 Books about Ecuador
The Ecuador Reader: history, culture, politics
The Ecuador Reader is one of the best Ecuador gifts for people who are interested in history, culture, and politics. It’s part of the larger Latin America Reader Series that published beautiful books about the history of Latin American countries.
Poso wells by Gabriala Alemán
Gabriela Alemán is an Ecuadorian author whose books have been translated into different languages. Poso Wells is one of those books. It’s set in Ecuador and it’s a novel, thriller, and satire all in one.
Culture Smart: Ecuador
Are you looking for Ecuadorian gifts for someone who is moving to Ecuador soon? Or for someone who is interested in local cultures and traditions? Then this essential guide to Ecuador’s customs and culture is perfect.
#11 Quito wall art
Are you looking for Ecuador-inspired gifts for someone who loves Quito? (And who doesn’t love this UNESCO world heritage listed city?) Then this poster of Quito’s streets is perfect.
By the way, did you know that Quito is one of the world’s highest capital cities? And depending on how you define a capital city, it’s the world’s highest.
#12 Ecuadorian musical instrument: pan flute
The sisca is a typical Ecuadorian musical instrument. It’s a pan flute that’s made in the Ecuadorian Andes. It’s a fun Ecuadorian gift for people who love music but be aware that the tubes are not actually set to a key. So it’s more of a fun Ecuadorian souvenir than a great musical instrument.
#13 Ecuadorian-themed water bottle
Are you looking for Ecuadorian-inspired gifts for sustainable travelers? Then an Ecuadorian-themed stainless steel water bottle is perfect. The recipient can greatly reduce his or her plastic footprint, by simply refilling this Ecuador water bottle instead of buying plastic bottles.
#14 Handmade backpack
Many of the handmade Ecuador gifts in this list are made from colorful textiles, such as this bright backpack. Just as in Colombia, Ecuadorian markets are filled with bright textiles, which is what makes them great souvenirs from Ecuador too!
#15 Ecuadorian cookbooks
The ultimate Ecuadorian cookbook: 111 dishes from Ecuador to cook right now
Are you looking for Ecuador gifts for people who love to cook? Or for people who simply love Ecuadorian food? Then a cookbook is the gift you need. For example, this one with 111 delicious recipes to make at home.
Essential Ecuadorian recipes: an illustrated cookbook of South American dish ideas
This is the best Ecuador gift for foodies with smaller budgets.
Ecuadorian born: SOMOS restaurant year one
This is a great cookbook that was independently published by the restaurant SOMOS in Quito. They combine local ingredients and Ecuadorian recipes with new techniques or ingredients from other places in the world. It’s a great cookbook for people who love experimenting with food.
#16 Tagua nut jewelry
If you are looking for traditional Ecuadorian gifts for women, then jewelry made from the tagua nut is the perfect gift.
You will find tagua jewelry all over Ecuador. And not just jewelry, they make all sorts of decorative items from this nut.
Yeah, that’s right, tagua jewelry is made from a nut, the tagua nut (who would have guessed that). The original color is white, but it’s very easy to dye, which is why you will find tagua jewelry in about any color.
But because of this original white color, it’s sometimes also referred to as vegetable ivory.
#17 Ecuador travel guides
Moon Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands
Are you looking for Ecuador gifts for people who are traveling to Ecuador soon? Then travel guides are a great gift. Moon is an excellent guide for any type of traveler.
Lonely Planet: Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands
If you are looking for Ecuador gifts for budget travelers, the Lonely Planet is by far the best option.
The Rough Guide to Ecuador & the Galápagos
Lastly, the Rough Guide is a great guidebook for adventurous travelers who have a bit more to spend than budget travelers.
Ecuador gifts for small budgets
#18 Ecuador slang book
If you are looking for Ecuadorian gifts for someone who loves to blend in with the locals, then an Ecuadorian slang language book is perfect. They can learn how to speak Spanish like the locals and finally understand everything that the Ecuadorians are trying to say to them.
Obviously, this book will only help people who already speak Spanish. If the recipient doesn’t speak Spanish yet, a general Spanish course might be more helpful.
Oh, and one more thing about this gift. Unfortunately, it’s currently only available in kindle format. This means that people can only read it on a Kindle or with the free Kindle App on their phone, computer, or tablet.
#19 Ecuadorian-themed luggage tag
Luggage tags are great small Ecuador-inspired gifts for travelers. You can find over 50 different options on Zazzle. Or go for the “I love Ecuador” luggage tag, which is perfect for everyone who loves Ecuador.
#20 Ecuadorian chocolate
Are you looking for gifts from Ecuador for people who love chocolate? Then this chocolate bar is the gift you need. Cacao is one of Ecuador’s main export products, but it’s even better to go for an Ecuadorian chocolate brand, such as Pacari.
They use raw and organic Ecuadorian cacao. Plus they create chocolate bars with unique flavors, such as this Andean rose flavor.
#21 Ecuador coloring book for adults
Do you need Ecuador-inspired gifts for someone who seems a bit stressed out? Then this Galápagos coloring book is the perfect gift.
Multiple studies have shown that coloring books for adults help to reduce stress and anxiety. They even improve sleep and memory! And all the recipient has to do to get these benefits, is to color the Galápagos animals.
#22 More Ecuador-inspired gifts: tote bags
WIth 122 different Ecuadorian-themed tote bags on Zazzle, I am sure you can find one that the recipient will love.
I quite liked the one with the text “Smile, you are in Ecuador”. Because even if the recipient is not in Ecuador they will be reminded of their favorite country and smile.
#23 Gifts from Ecuador: coffee
Are you looking for Ecuador gifts for people who love coffee? Then coffee from Ecuador is clearly the best gift you can get.
Did you know that Ecuador is one of the 15 countries worldwide that produce both robusta and arabica coffee? If you are not familiar with those coffee terms, these are the two main coffee plant species and most countries only produce one of the two.
Anyways, that was my fun coffee fact for today. If you would like more gift inspiration, check out the coffee gift guide.
#24 Ecuador gifts for her: necklace
Are you looking for small Ecuador gifts for her? How about this cute necklace in the shape of the map of Ecuador?
It even includes a heart to show her love for Ecuador.
#25 Ecuador travel journal
Travel journals are one of my favorite gifts for travelers because they always come in handy. Plus it serves as a memory book for the recipient. And it’s an even better memory book if the journal is specific to the country they are traveling to, such as this Ecuador travel journal.
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Final note on Ecuadorian gifts
Alright, since you are still reading this post, I’m assuming you haven’t decided which gift to buy yet. So let me help you out by sharing my top three Ecuadorian gifts by budget: