The 25 Best Panama Gifts For People Obsessed With Panama

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Are you looking for the best Panama gifts for someone who is obsessed with the country? You came to the right place! In today’s post, you will find 25 awesome Panamanian gifts. From unique souvenirs from Panama, such as coffee. To practical gifts for travelers, such as passport covers. You will find something for everyone.

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#1 A trip to Panama

Panama canal
Panama canal

Let’s start with the very best gift for people who love Panama.

A trip to Panama!

Head over to Skyscanner and find the best flights and hotels in Panama. Or if the recipient is currently in Panama or will be in Panama soon, check out all the fun tours on Viator. One example of a tour is visiting the famous Panama Canal, which I did when I was in Panama.

And if you are not sure when and which experience to give, go for the Viator gift card (The Global Experiences Gift Card).


#2 Phone case in Panama theme

Phone case with colorful birds
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for Panamanian gifts for someone who spends most of his time on his phone?

Then one of the 161 Panama-themed phone cases on Zazzle is perfect!

You can go for the one with the birds of Panama, or pick one yourself.

Keep in mind that Zazzle only offers phone cases for iPhones and Samsungs, though.


#3 Panama jigsaw puzzle

Panama jigsaw puzzle

Are you looking for fun Panamanian gifts for someone who misses Panama?

Then this 1000-piece puzzle of one of Panama’s beautiful beaches is the perfect gift. For more inspiration for puzzle lovers, check out the puzzle gift guide.


#4 Panama-themed water bottle

Water bottle with Bocas del Toro
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

The Panama-inspired water bottles on Zazzle are great souvenirs from Panama for sustainable travelers. Recipients can reuse this stainless steel bottle, instead of buying plastic bottles. And each time they drink from this bottle, they are reminded of their favorite country in the world!

You can go for the sailing Bocas del Toro bottle, or check out the other options on Zazzle.


#5 Panamanian rum

Bottle of rum
Photo courtesy of Total Wine

Panamanian rum is one of the best souvenirs from Panama for people who love a good drink. Abuelo is a famous rum brand from Panama, and this 12-year aged rum is one of their most popular bottles.


Panama gifts for mid budgets

#6 Books about Panama

The history of Panama

The history of Panama

This is one of the best Panama gifts for people who are interested in history. The Greenwood Histories of the Moden Nations Series publishes great in-depth history books.


The tailor of Panama

The tailor of Panama by John le Carré

Are you looking for Panama gifts for people who love thrillers? Then this thriller/novel is the gift you need. It’s about a spy in Panama during the cold war era and the influence of the Soviet Union, The USA, and England in Panama.


Erased

Erased: the untold story of the Panama Canal

This is a great book for people who want to learn more about the Panamanian side of the story of the famous Panama canal.


#7 Panama-themed travel mug

Travel mug with the skyline of Panama City
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for Panamanian gifts for people who love coffee?

Then I’ve got two awesome gift ideas for you!

The first one is a travel mug in Panama style. You can find over 100 different Panama-themed mugs on Zazzle, so you will surely find one the recipient will love.

And if you are looking for Panama gifts for someone who loves Panama City, you should go for this travel mug with the skyline of the city.

The second Panamanian coffee gift is #13.


#8 Panama hat

Panama hat

Even though the Panama hat isn’t technically from Panama. Nor is it made in Panama, I still felt like I had to include it on this list of Panamanian gifts.

Panama hats are actually handwoven in Ecuador. But they got their name from the immense popularity among construction workers of the Panama Canal. And because President Theodore Roosevelt wore one of those hats when he visited the construction site back in 1906. The term Panama Hat was introduced by a newspaper and has stuck ever since.

But for the record, just so we’re clear about this. Panama hats have always been imported from Ecuador. And as of today, Ecuador is still the main manufacturer of these hats.


#9 Mola de Panama gifts

Oven mitts with print

These are one of the best Panama gifts for people who love spending time in the kitchen and who would love to bring a bit of Panana to their home; a pair of oven mitts and potholders in the Mola de Panama style.

Mola de Panama or simply molas is a form of art that is typical of the Kuna people. An indigenous Panamanian tribe that lives in the San Blas region. Mola is a kuna word that means cloth or clothing. And it refers to the colorful textiles produced by this tribe.

For more Mola de Panama gifts, check out the next item and #18.


#10 Panama-themed luggage tag

Luggage tag with colorful print
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for practical Panama gifts for people who travel a lot?

Then a luggage tag in Panama style is perfect.

If you loved the Mola de Panama style, you should go for the Mola luggage tag. For other options, head over to Zazzle.


#11 Panama travel guides

Lonely Planet: Panama

Lonely Planet: Panama

Are you looking for Panama gifts for someone who is traveling to Panama soon? Then a travel guide is a great gift idea. The Lonely Planet is the most up-to-date guide that I could find for Panama. Their guidebooks are best for budget travelers


Insight Guides Panama

Insight Guides Panama

Insight Guides are great guidebooks for people who love visual guides. And people who love to learn more about Panama’s history and the background stories of the places they visit. But the Insight Guides are not the most helpful when it comes to actually planning a trip, because they hardly include any accommodation and restaurant tips.


#12 Panama-themed passport cover

Passport cover with flag of Panama
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

The Panama-themed passport covers on Zazzle are another example of practical Panamanian gifts for travel lovers. They can protect their precious travel document in style. One example is this cover with the flag of Panama.


#13 Panamanian coffee

Panama coffee

This is one of the best souvenirs from Panama for people who love coffee. Freshly roasted ground coffee from the mountains of Boquete in Panama.

Even though Panama only makes up about 0,1% of the world’s coffee production, Panamanian coffee is generally known for its high quality, especially coffee from the Boquete area (source).


#14 Panamanian cookbooks

The Panama Canal zone cookbook

The Panama Canal zone cookbook: back to the zone: the multicultural foods of my childhood in the Panama Canal Zone

This book offers beautiful recipes that come from the Panama Canal Zone. A region with immigrants from around the world, resulting in the most interesting mix of food.


Perfect Panama recipes

Perfect Panama recipes

Are you looking for Panama gifts for people who love cooking? Or for people who miss Panamanian food? Then a cookbook to bring Panama into their kitchen is the perfect gift.


Taste of Panamanian cuisine

Taste of Panamanian cuisine

This is another one of the great Panama gifts for people who love cooking. Though keep in mind that it’s only available on kindle. There are no printed editions of Taste of Panamanian cuisine.


Panama gifts for small budgets

#15 Panama gifts for her: necklace

Map of Panama necklace

Are you looking for souvenirs from Panama for women? Then this cute necklace in the shape of the map of Panama is the gift you need. It’s small, subtle, and sweet.


#16 Panamanian Spanish book

Panamanian Spanish book

This is one of the best Panamanian gifts for people who want to truly understand the locals. Even though Spanish is the official language in Panama, they still have their own vocabulary and pronunciation, which is very different from Spanish in Spain.

So if you want to help someone blend in and talk like a native, this is the gift you need.


#17 Panamanian chocolate

Chocolate from Panama

Just like the coffee production, cacao production in Panama only makes up a small part of the world’s cacao production. But they do make up for their size by the great quality.

So if you are looking for souvenirs from Panama for chocolate lovers, this chocolate bar made from Panamanian cacao beans is perfect.


#18 Mola pattern coloring book for adults

Mala coloring book

Research has shown that coloring books for adults can help to reduce stress and anxiety and improve sleep. So if you are looking for Panama gifts for someone who could use some stress relief, this is the perfect gift!


#19 Panama travel poster

Panama travel poster

This vintage travel poster of Panama is a cool decor item for people who love to bring a bit of Panama into their homes. For more Panama gifts for the home, check out the next gift.


#20 Panama City skyline poster

Panama City skyline

Are you looking for more Panama gifts for someone’s home?

And does the recipient love Panama city?

Or is the recipient a Panama City local who moved away?

Then this print with the skyline of Panama City is perfect!

The poster measures 11 by 14 inches (about 28 x 36 cm) and does not come with a frame. So if you want to make this gift complete, you can add a beautiful frame too.


#21 Online Panama cooking class

Woman cooking
Photo by Conscious Design on Unsplash

This is one of the best Panama gifts for people who love cooking and for people who love Panamanian food!

In this online cooking class, Chef Chris will teach them how to make Panamanian chicken curry, octopus curry, ceviche, Panamanian patacones (a type of fried plantain), and much more.


#22 Panama travel journal

Panama travel journal

This is one of the best Panamanian gifts for people who are traveling to Panama soon. They can keep track of their memories and travel plans in this journal.

If you would rather go for a travel journal that the recipient can use for any country, check out these 25 travel journals.


#23 Panama-themed keychain

Panama flag opener

Are you looking for small and practical Panama gifts for travelers?

Then a keychain is always a good idea. It barely takes up any space and they can easily take it on a trip.

Plus, this one has a bottle opener, so it’s perfect for travelers who also love a drink (or two).


#24 Panama-themed tote bag

Tote bag with Panama
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Tote bags are also great Panama gifts for sustainable travelers. If you buy one of the 96 different Panama-themed bags on Zazzle, of course!


#25 Vintage map of Panama

Map of Panama

I always say this when I add a map to my lists, so I apologize for repeating myself. But travelers love maps. And that’s why maps of their favorite country are always a great gift idea, such as this map of Panama for people who are obsessed with Panama.

And what’s cool about this map is that it’s a 1940 pictorial map, which gives it an antique and vintage look.


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Final note on Panamanian gifts

Alright since you are still reading this post all the way to the bottom, I am assuming you need some more help. So perhaps the top three gifts from Panama from the editors will help you out!