The 25 Best Guatemala Gifts: Unforgettable Souvenirs That Capture The Magic

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I’m super excited to take you on a virtual journey through the best Guatemalan gifts today. Guatemala is a treasure trove of unique and meaningful souvenirs that beautifully encapsulate the spirit and culture of this extraordinary place. Whether you’re seeking a memento for yourself or a special surprise for a loved one, join me as we uncover a handpicked selection of Guatemala’s finest gifts. From traditional Guatemala souvenirs to culinary delights, we’ll explore the diverse tapestry of Guatemalan culture and uncover the perfect keepsake that captures the essence of this captivating land.

But besides the mere beauty of this country, it’s also a country that holds a special place in my heart. I’ve spent three months here exploring every corner of the country, learning Spanish, and recovering from back surgery  (not the most thrilling part, I must admit). But even amidst the healing process, Guatemala managed to capture my heart and never left. So to dive into this world again today and share my love with you, has been an absolute pleasure!

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three Guatemala gifts by budget.

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Guatemala gifts for large budgets

#1 Wall art

A painting of a cobbled street in Antigua
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

If you’re looking for gifts from Guatemala for someone’s home, this oil painting is a winner in multiple ways.

First of, it captures the spirit of one of the most beautiful cities in Guatemala; Antigua. With the cobblestone streets, volcanos in the background, and the typical colonial architecture, any painting from Antigua will turn out gorgeous. But besides that, it’s also hand-painted by a local Guatemalan artist who you will support by buying this painting from NOVICA.

I mean, can it get any better?


#2 Woodwork

A handmade wooden mask in Guatemala
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

Handcrafted woodworks are typical souvenirs from Guatemala due to the country’s rich cultural heritage and skilled artisans. Guatemala has a long-standing tradition of woodworking, passed down through generations. The country’s diverse ecosystems provide a variety of high-quality woods, such as mahogany, cedar, and pine (which is what is used for this mask) which are locally sourced and utilized by craftsmen.

These artisans skillfully transform raw materials into exquisite pieces, incorporating traditional Mayan designs and motifs that reflect Guatemala’s indigenous roots, such as this mask. In which the jaguar represents the Guatemalans defeating the Spanish conquistadores.


#3 Handmade hammock

A colorful hammock in Guatemala
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

This handmade hammock is an awesome souvenir from Guatemala because of its unique craftsmanship and cultural significance. Skilled artisans meticulously hand-weave these hammocks using traditional techniques. Each hammock is a labor of love, showcasing intricate patterns and vibrant colors that represent Guatemala’s rich textile heritage.

By purchasing a handmade hammock from NOVICA, you not only acquire a practical and comfortable item but also support the local economy and preserve the cultural traditions of Guatemala!


#4 Guatemalan rum

A bottle of rum from Guatemala
Photo courtesy of Drizly

Guatemalan rum is another great souvenir from Guatemala. The country’s rum production is centered around the traditional method of using sugarcane juice rather than molasses, resulting in a smoother and more flavorful spirit and a great gift to bring back the flavor of Guate.


#5 Jade jewelry

A silver ring with a jade
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

Guatemala has been a hub for jade craftsmanship for centuries, with the Maya civilization considering it a symbol of power, fertility, and protection. Jade jewelry from Guatemala is not only exquisitely crafted but also carries a spiritual and historical significance. So if you are looking for a gift from Guatemala that is connected to the history and culture, and that’s a beautiful accessory, this jade ring in the shape of the map of Guatemala is perfect!


#6 Sneakers

Sneakers with a colorful pattern
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

Are you looking for unique gifts from Guatemala for sneakerheads? Then these awesome handmade sneakers and a colorful Guatemala textile are perfect!

They’re sold by NOVICA which supports local artisans and their communities with fair wages and sustainable trade, making it the perfect gift for mother earth, locals, and the recipient.


#7 Handmade bowl

A wooden salad bowl with spoons and a checker pattern
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

This gorgeous handmade wooden bowl from Guatemala by the talented craftsman Hugo Peña is the perfect gift that’s both eco-friendly and full of character.


#8 Table runner

A colorful table runner
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

Colorful table runners are typical in Guatemala due to the country’s rich textile traditions. Guatemalan artisans skillfully handcraft these runners using intricate weaving techniques and vibrant, eye-catching colors.

Each table runner is a work of art that reflects the indigenous heritage and creativity of Guatemala, making it a beautiful traditional gift from Guatemala that adds a touch of Guatemalan flair to any home. Plus, it supports the local artisans and helps preserve the traditional craftsmanship that makes Guatemala so unique.


Guatemala gifts for mid budgets

#9 Apron

A woman wearing a colorful apron that's handmade in Guatemala
Photo courtesy of Guatemalan Joy

This handmade colorful apron is the ultimate kitchen party-starter! Picture your loved one rocking this apron, instantly transforming into a Guatemalan culinary maestro. With its vibrant colors, they’ll whip up their tortillas with an extra sprinkle of pizzazz. Besides adding instant fiesta vibes in the kitchen, it also protects their clothes from sauce splatters and flour explosions, making it a super practical Guatemalan gift for kitchen chefs.


#10 Books about Guatemala

A book titled "Rostros de la Guatemala indígena"
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

Faces of Indigenous Guatemala

This book, presented by the Association of Friends of the Ixchel Museum, is a fantastic gift from Guatemala. It beautifully showcases the traditions and culture of indigenous people through captivating photos and bilingual descriptions.


The essential guide to customs and culture of Guatemala book cover
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The essential guide to customs and culture of Guatemala

This is probably one of the best gifts for someone traveling to Guatemala soon. Whether they’re planning to move to the country or just visit, with the Culture Smart they’ll learn everything about the traditions and culture of the locals.


The Guatemala reader: History, culture, politics book cover
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The Guatemala Reader: History, culture, politic

Do you need Guatemalan gifts for people obsessed with history? Then the Guatemala Reader is the ultimate gift. As part of the larger Latin American Reader series, it captures everything there is to know about Guatemala, its past, its future, and the present day.


#11 Colorful sling bag

A colorful sling bag from Guatemala
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

If you haven’t noticed by now, let me tell you that Guatemala is the perfect location for people who love vibrant colors and handmade goods, such as handbags! You can find them in all colors of the rainbow across the country, such as this gorgeous sling bag.


#12 Leather wallet

A leather wallet that's handmade in Guatemala
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

Are you looking for a Guatemalan gift that’s as stylish as it is functional?

Look no further than this handmade leather wallet from the talented duo Felix Fuentes and Xzenia Palacios in Guatemala. These artisans have put their heart and soul into creating a wallet that’s more than just a place to stash your cash—it’s a fashion statement!


#13 Travel guides

The rough guide to Guatemala travel guide cover
Photo courtesy of Amazon

The rough guide to Guatemala

This is one of the best gifts for someone traveling to Guatemala soon, with a travel guide such as the Rough Guide they can explore all the highlights and hidden gems, and learn about the history and traditions of Guatemala too.


Lonely Planet Guatemala: Travel guide cover
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Lonely Planet Guatemala

The second travel guide is the perfect Guatemala gift for budget travelers who are venturing to Guate soon. With the Lonely Planet, they’ll be able to explore the country while also staying within budget.


#14 Map of Guatemala

A colorful map of Guatemala
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This colorful map of Guatemala is a great gift for someone who loves the country and who would love to bring a bit of the colorful culture into their homes!

Though check out Amazon for more beautiful maps.


#15 Guatemalan coffee

A A bag with coffee from Guatemala
Photo courtesy of Bean Box

Guatemalan coffee is the perfect gift for coffee lovers, capturing the essence of Guatemala’s rich coffee heritage. Grown in volcanic soils at high altitudes, it boasts a smooth body, bright acidity, and delightful flavors of chocolate, caramel, and citrus. With its diverse microclimates, Guatemala produces a variety of exceptional coffee beans, such as these fruity Buena Vista beans from Bean Box.


#16 Cookbooks

False Tongues and Sunday Bread: A Guatemalan and Mayan Cookbook cover
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False Tongues and Sunday Bread: A Guatemalan and Mayan Cookbook

This is the perfect Guatemalan gift for those who want to learn more about the rich heritage of Mayan cuisine in Guatemala. From tamales and tortillas to pungent sauces, the book goes beyond the staples of the corn kitchen, revealing a fusion of Mayan flavors with influences from India, Africa, the Caribbean, Great Britain, and Spain.


Cocina Holistica: Plant-Powered Recipes Inspired by Guatemalan Superfoods cookbook
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Cocina Holistica: Plant-Powered Recipes Inspired by Guatemalan Superfoods

“Cocina Holistica” is an awesome cookbook that celebrates Guatemala’s culinary heritage while embracing healing and plant-based cuisine. With stunning photographs capturing Guatemala’s countryside and farms, it’s a perfect gift for those who cherish Guatemala and have an interest in holistic cooking.


Guatemala gifts for small budgets

#17 Worry doll

A collection of small worry dolls handmade in Guatemala
Photo courtesy of Amazon

A worry doll, or “muñeca quitapenas,” is a small handcrafted doll made in Guatemala. According to the Mayan tradition, before going to bed, you share your worries with the doll and place it under your pillow. The doll is believed to absorb your worries while you sleep, bringing comfort and peace of mind, making them cute souvenirs from Guatemala for your loved ones.


#18 Tote bags

Tote bag with a print of Guatemala
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Zazzle’s Guatemala-themed tote bags are the perfect gift to add a touch of Guatemalan flair to a regular day.

Whether they’re strolling down the street or hitting the beach, this tote bag will turn heads and spark conversations. Plus, it’s an eco-friendly choice making it perfect for your sustainable living friends.


#19 Handmade headbands

A collection of eight colorful hair bands
Photo courtesy of Guate Artisan

Are you looking for Guatemalan gifts for her?

Then these gorgeous and cheerful headbands are perfect.

She can showcase her love for the lively and colorful Guatemalan culture while still looking fabulous.


#20 Chocolate

A chocolate bar from Guatemala
Photo courtesy of World Wide Chocolate

Guatemalan chocolate is a delight for chocolate enthusiasts. Guatemalan chocolate often exhibits a combination of fruity, nutty, and floral notes, with a smooth and velvety texture, such as this dark chocolate bar.


#21 Guatemala language book

Insider Spanish: Guatemalan Spanish, speak like a native
Photo courtesy of Amazon

“Insider Spanish: Guatemala” is a fun and informative phrase book that dives into the unique expressions and idioms used in Guatemala. It goes beyond generic Spanish phrasebooks making it a fantastic Guatemala gift for those interested in immersing themselves in the local culture and making their Spanish conversations more local and relatable.


#22 Luggage tags


These colorful luggage tags are awesome Guatemala gifts for frequent travelers. I loved the colorful design because they so perfectly resemble Guatemala, but check out Zazzle for more designs though.


#23 Necklace

Necklace with a golden pendant in the shape of the map of Guatemala
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you are looking for cute Guatemala gifts for her, look no further!

This adorable necklace with a pendant of the map of Guatemala is the perfect way to showcase your love for her and her love for the country.


#24 Phone cover

A phone cover with a Guatemalan theme
Photo courtesy of Golden TZ

This Guatemala-themed phone cover is the perfect accessory that takes their phone from basic to fiesta mode! Not only does it protect their precious device from bumps and scratches, but it also adds a touch of colorful Guatemalan charm to their everyday life.


#25 Travel journal

Guatemala themed travel journal
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Do you need gifts for someone traveling to Guatemala soon?

Whether it’s their first time in this beautiful country or they’re a frequent visitor, with a travel guide dedicated to Guatemala they can make the most of their trip and remember every little detail when they get back.


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Final notes on gifts from Guatemala

From the vibrant handcrafted textiles to the aromatic coffee and exquisite jade jewelry, each item carries a piece of Guatemala’s rich culture and heritage and all them make great Guatemalan gifts!

AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!