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As Christmas lights begin to dominate the skyline of Bogotá (as is one of many Christmas traditions in Colombia) and baby Jesus begins dominating everyone’s thoughts, we imagine you there in front of your screen thinking ‘what Colombian gift can I get my mother/brother/uncle/dad/friend?’
Well fear not, anonymous browser of the internet. Today we at the Colombia Travel Blog are bringing you 10 great gifts from Colombia that will warm the heart of even Scrooge McDuck himself. Something to take home from your vacation to Colombia? Got it. Something to order from the internet? Got it. Something your uncle can drink before falling asleep at 4pm? Got it. Enjoy.
Nothing says ‘HEY LOOK I WENT TO COLOMBIA! (or at least my son did)’ more than a sombrero vueltiao. A national symbol of Colombia, they’re worn with pride all around the country. Just imagine how cool your dad would look in one of these? Really cool, that’s how cool.
And no, we’re not talking about those shrewd, business-savvy paisas. We’re talking official, Hasbro made, Monopoly. Featuring Guatape, San Augustin, Bogotá and so much more, it’s the perfect Christmas gift to share with the whole family.
Will they like it? Probably not. Will they drink it? Maybe. Will you drink it? Almost definitely.
Freaking Awesome Colombia/Adidas Sneakers
These simply speak for themselves. Your brother will love them, and you might just end up keeping them. Check out @SneakerStudio on Twitter to find out more.
Carlos Vives Album
For your sister, how about introducing her to the sounds of cheeky vallenato maverick Carlos Vives? Not only will she be able to enjoy the music, she might even pick up some Spanish…There’s always Bomba Estereo or ChocQuibTown if that’s more your scene…or Los Piranas if your sister is just so cool!
Delicious, Smooth Colombian Coffee
There are plenty of places to buy great coffee here in Colombia. Try Juan Valdez, Amor Perfecto or Jesus San Martín just for starters. If you come to Colombia and don’t go back with your suitcase smelling of coffee, something is wrong.
If you’re in Bogotá, pop into a bookshop and grab yourself a Colombian cookbook. If you’re not, well Amazon has it sorted for you: http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Colombian-Cooking-Hippocrene-Cookbook/dp/0781810256. So you can laze back while your mum, or whoever you gave the book to, eagerly experiments with her new gift – aka, cooks you dinner. For your sake I hope it’s more complicated than: 1. MAKE HOT CHOCOLATE. 2. PUT CHEESE IN IT.
Rustic pots (Cazuela bowls)
Maybe it’s not the fanciest of gifts, but these pots are stylish, useful and 100% Colombian. I’m not sure I’d relish eating my cereal out of one, but a delicious Colombian soup from that new Colombian cookbook? I’m in. You can buy them here: http://incantation-online.co.uk/Cat/Barro%20Negro%20Pottery/Bowls/bnbo10.aspx
Second only to the sombrero vueltiao in terms of telling everyone you went to Colombia without having to say a word, the Colombian mochilas are worn by hipsters, hippies and yuppies alike. Perfect for your friend who couldn’t come traveling with you because they had to work.
Memorabilia with the Colombian Flag
Obviously. Scarves, bracelets, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, pins, necklaces… You name it, you can get it with the colors of Colombia on it. All else fails? Buy the flag itself.