25 Traditional Mexican Gifts Beyond The Sombrero

By Lara
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Chichen Itza in Mexico

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Whether you’re looking for the best traditional Mexican gifts for a friend, or you need Mexican-themed gifts for a relative who is obsessed with Mexico (You know, someone who starts every conversation with Hola, orders Mezcal and Tequila at any party, and whose day is not complete without a bowl of nachos or burritos), you came to the right place!

In today’s guide, you will find plenty of Mexican gift ideas that are perfect for any occasion and recipient (they work great for visitors as well as gifts for Mexicans). Not only are these gifts beautiful and unique, but they also serve as a reminder of the rich history and culture of Mexico.

So, whether it’s for a fan of traditional Mexican crafts, modern Mexican design, or someone who just loves everything Mexican, this list will help you pick the perfect gift.

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

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#1 Traditional Mexican hot chocolate

Whisk to make hot chocolate
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

I can hear you think now, why include hot chocolate when talking about traditional Mexican gifts? Is hot chocolate a classic Mexican thing? Isn’t that something for cold winter destinations and not Mexico?

Well, no!

First of all, let me take away the myth that it is always warm in Mexico. There are also mountain ranges whit snow in Mexico.

Second of all, cacao has been used by the natives of many Latin American countries, long before westerners knew anything about hot chocolate.

Plus, Mexican hot chocolate is nothing like the hot chocolate you get at home (or at least not at my home). It is actually already delicious with just water, you don’t even need milk to make it tasteful.

This gift set includes hot chocolate tablets (which consist of nut paste, cinnamon, cacao, and much more). The long stick is a molinillo which you use for whisking the chocolate tablet. Alternatively, you can also just gift the cacao tablets.

You probably already noticed, but in my humble opinion, this is one of the best Mexican food gifts.

#2 Handmade Mexican coasters

mexican gifts
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

This is another one of the awesome traditional Mexico gifts, handwoven coasters. They are made from Mexican wool with a typical Mexican design. It’s a beautiful home decor item and works great as a housewarming gift for someone who is obsessed with Mexico.

And do you know what is even greater about this gift?

They come from NOVICA, a site that collaborated with local artisans to give them a fair wage and help them build their communities stronger. That way you know that your gift is actually hand-made in Mexico (and not at a random factory in China) and that the makers are actually rewarded for their jobs!

#3 Oaxacan mole

Two bags of mole
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

This is one of the best Mexican food gifts on this list. Oaxaca is a foodies-heaven province in Mexico. If you are looking for delicious food, including vegan food, Oaxaca is the place to go. (Though to be fair, Mexican food is really tasty everywhere).

Anyways, one of the main dishes from Oaxaca is mole, a super flavourful sauce. And with this Mole gift, the recipient can have a bit of mole at home!

#4 Mexican embroidery apron

Blue apron with flowers
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Embroidery is very popular in Mexico and you will find embroidered clothing all around the country. Each region and village has its own set of colors and patterns. This apron is handmade in Mexico and represents the colors of Mexico City.

So if you are looking for Mexico-themed gifts for someone who loves cooking and Mexico City, then this apron is perfect.

#5 Mexico gifts for foodies: tortilla maker

Tortilla maker
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Of course, any list of Mexican food gifts should include a DIY tortilla-making kit!

This homemade tortilla kit by Uncommon Goods includes a tortilla press to make those delicious Mexican tortilla wraps, habanero hot sauce, traditional kitchen cloth, and of course directions and recipes to make the best Mexican tortillas at home!

#6 Mexican cocktail kit

two clay mugs
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Yes, this list includes many yummy Mexican food gifts, but I didn’t forget the Mexican drink lovers either! This Mexican cocktail kit will help them to feel as if they are at a Mexican festival sipping a Mexican cocktail with Tequila, citrus, grapefruit, and of course chili sauce!

What’s also cool about this gift is the fact that it includes traditional clay cups which gives that extra taste to this cocktail!

By the way, if you are looking for more cool international cocktail gifts, check out my cocktail gift guide for travelers!

#7 Mexican tequila

Bottle of tequila
Photo courtesy of Drizly

What is a list of traditional Mexican gifts without including one of the most popular drinks among travelers in Mexico?


This bottle of Patron tequila was chosen as one of the best tequilas by Drizly, so all you have to do is get the salt and lemon, and you are ready for a tequila night. (Assuming they are willing to share the bottle with you of course).

And for more inspiration, check out this tequila gift guide.

#8 Traditional Mexican gifts: Pueblo Blouse

Black blouse with flowers embroidered
Photo courtesy of Novica

Traditional clothing is one of the best gifts from Mexico. There are many different types of traditional Mexican clothing, depending on the region. But this Mexican embroidered pueblo blouse is perhaps one of the most well-known.

And for good reason, it’s super cute!

And just like the handmade coasters, this blouse can be ordered from Novica.

#9 Traditional Mexican vase

Vase with flowers
Photo courtesy of Novica

Are you looking for traditional Mexican gifts for a housewarming party?

Then this beautiful vase is a great gift idea! It’s handmade in Mexico and by buying this vase you support local Mexican artists.

For more home decor items from Mexico, check out Novica.

#10 Traditional Mexican backpack

Striped backpack made in Mexico
Photo courtesy of Novica

Besides super cool shirts and home decor items, you can find more cool traditional Mexican gifts on Novica. Such as this cute backpack (or mochila). The traditional Mexican backpacks are always super colorful such as this one, which is also produced in Mexico.

Mexican gifts for mid budgets

#11 Skull cosmetic bag

Cosmetic bag with flowers embroidered
Photo courtesy of Novica

This is another beautifully handmade embroidered gift from Mexico. It’s a cosmetic bag with a flower and skull print that refers to the famous Dias de Los Muertos celebration in Mexico.

Not only is this a great gift for women who love Mexico, but it’s also a great gift for women in Mexico because Novica uses its profit to help local communities in Mexico. They aim to preserve the weaving and sewing traditions in the community. So it’s a win-win.

#12 Handmade tortilla holder

mexican gifts
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

A handmade tortilla holder from Mexico is the perfect gift for any foodie or lover of Mexican cuisine. Not only is it a practical kitchen tool for keeping your tortillas warm, but it’s also a beautiful piece of artwork that adds a touch of Mexican flair to their dining table.

#13 Frida-themed gifts

Frida flipflops
Frida flipflops

In case you have no idea who Frida Kahlo is. She is a super cool Mexican artist, an early feminist, and very famous in Mexico and beyond.

You will often find items with Frida’s iconic features of a floral headband and a monobrow, such as these flip-flops (my personal favorite).

But you can find all sorts of Frida-related gifts on Amazon. And for Frida gifts that are made in Mexico, check out NOVICA

#14 Taco earrings

Tace earrings
Tace earrings

Did I mention that I would share a lot of random and uncommon Mexico gift ideas? Well, now you know.

These taco earrings are perfect for taco lovers who travel a lot because the earrings are small and light, which makes them easy to be taken on a trip!

Though for more traditional Mexican gifts, you can also check out the jewelry section on Novica. Here you will find jewelry that’s handmade by Mexican artists.

#15 Mexican gifts: cutting and serving board

Mexican cutting board
Mexican cutting board

Which Mexican food lover wouldn’t love to prepare their delicious Mexican food on a cool Mexican cutting board?

This cool wooden cutting board in the shape of Mexico also includes some of the highlights per state!

#16 Mexican food gifts: candy

Box with Mexican candy
Photo courtesy of Walmart

What is a list of traditional Mexican gifts without including traditional Mexican candy?

This gift package includes different types of Mexican candy for the Mexico lover to try out! So are you looking for the best gifts from Mexico for someone who misses Mexico and the food terribly, this gift box is the perfect gift for you!

#17 Mexican-themed water bottle

Water bottle with text: No love, no taco
Photo courtesy of Redbubble

In the category of practical Mexican gifts this water bottle scores very high!

Refillable water bottles are great for the environment, making them awesome gifts for environmentalists too.

But what’s more important is that it’s also one of the cool Mexican-themed gifts, with the funny print of “No Love No Tacos!”

Mexican gifts for small budgets

#18 Mexican gift box of hot sauce

Two bottles of Mexican hot sauce
Mexican hot sauce

Do you need traditional Mexican gift ideas for people who are obsessed with Mexican hot sauces and spicy food?

These Mexican hot sauces are the perfect gift for you! With these bottles, they can just add a bit of Mexican spiciness to any dish without making an effort!

Check out my gifts for chili lover’s list for more inspiration for spicy gifts!

#19 Mexican-themed tote bags

mexican gifts
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Tote bags are the ultimate gifts for sustainable travelers and eco-minded people. They allow them to save loads of plastic garbage, and you can pick a bag in any design, such as this funny “fiesta, siesta, tequila, repeat” one.

Or head over to Zazzle if you want to choose from more options.

#20 Mexican-themed gifts: socks

Mexican themed socks
Mexican themed socks

This list of Mexican gifts for travelers should include some gifts that are easy to take on a trip to Mexico and that is exactly what these socks are for. Or they can wear them when they are not traveling to Mexico of course!

#21 Mexican-themed gifts: notebooks

Notebook that says" Once upon a time there was a girl who really loved dogs and tacos. That girl was me. The end.
Funny notebook

Are you looking for funny Mexican gifts for someone who is off to Mexico soon?

Then this notebook is the perfect gift for them to keep track of their trip and things to do!

In case you would prefer to give an actual travel journal that includes premade sections for checklists, packing lists, and budget pages, check out these 25 travel journals!

#22 Funny Mexican gifts: joke book

Mexican jokes book
Mexican jokes book

Are you looking for more funny Mexican gifts for someone who just doesn’t shut up about Mexico?

Give them this book with 100% funny Mexican jokes. So next time he or she is talking about Mexico, at least you can laugh!

#23 Mexican guidebooks

Mexican culture book
Mexican culture book

Guidebooks are perfect Mexican gifts for travelers (if they are about Mexico of course). But if you are getting a gift for someone who already has the latest Lonely Planet edition about Mexico, then maybe this book about Mexican customs and culture is a better gift!

#24 Mexican-themed coloring book for adults

Mexican coloring book for adults
Mexican coloring book for adults

Are you looking for Mexican gift ideas for someone who seems a bit stressed out?

Then a coloring book in Mexico theme is perfect!

Multiple studies have shown that coloring books for adults can reduce stress and anxiety. And for Mexico lovers, a coloring book in Mexico style will not only reduce stress but also bring them happiness!

#25 “Death By Burrito” cookbook

Death by burrito cookbook
Death by burrito cookbook

Of course, this list includes many awesome Mexican food gifts, but one of the best gifts for Mexico lovers is of course a Mexican cookbook!

And trust me, there are many options for that. This makes sense given the fact that Mexican food is delicious and everyone would love to be able to make that at home.

So I collected some of the best ones for you here:

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Final note on these Mexican-themed gifts

This was my list of the 25 best gifts from Mexico, I hope that you found the perfect gift for your recipient, but check out my top 3 if you need some more inspiration.


Hi, I’m Lara, a 29-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!

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