Nov 25

10 Gifts to Bring Back From Colombia, Ideas for Christmas

sombrero vueltiao colombia

 

Check out ‘The Top 10 Traditional Crafts to bring back from Colombia’ – even more great gift ideas!

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.

 

Scrooge McDuck
Scrooge McDuck

 

Sombrero Vueltiao

 

A Sombrero Vueltiao
A Sombrero Vueltiao

 

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.

 

Colombia Monopoly

 

Monopoly, Colombia style
Monopoly, Colombia style

 

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.

 

Aguardiente

 

Aguardiente
Aguardiente

 

Will they like it? Probably not. Will they drink it? Maybe. Will you drink it? Almost definitely.

 

Freaking Awesome Colombia/Adidas Sneakers

 

Awesome sneaks, bro
Awesome sneaks, bro

 

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

 

carlos vives milk

 

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.

 

Colombian cookbook

 

Arepas, anyone?
Arepas, anyone?

 

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)

 

Cazuela de Mariscos
It doesn’t come with the yummy cazuela…but the bowl’s nice!

 

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

 

Mochila

 

Colombian mochilas
Colombian mochilas

 

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

 

A selection of bracelets
A selection of bracelets

 

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.

 

Paul

 

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11 thoughts on “10 Gifts to Bring Back From Colombia, Ideas for Christmas

    Hannah on

    Hola! Tengo un novio, es colombiano. Cumpleaños de mi novio es pronto y yo quiero comprar monopoly Colombia pero no se dónde comprar? Alguno sabes?

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      JL on

      Hola Hanna , prueba en deremate.com.co , aca todavia se pueden encontarra algunos en los suprmercados…abrazo!

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    ubiely on

    No sabia que existía el monopolio colombiano .. Gracias por la información y me Encanta su Blog 😀

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    Stephen C on

    Great ideas all. A couple additional comments:

    Coffee: Juan Valdez is great, with great cachet what with Juan and his donkey… but I think Diletto sells some great whole beans and ground coffee. Even on crappy grinders the quality shines through.

    Aguardiente: If you live in the US (maybe applies to UK), and there is a large colombian population in your town… you will find aguardiente. I bought handles for friends in Atlanta, GA.

    Clothing & Goods: Back on Juan Valdez riff, the shirts, coffee mugs and what not with the burro logo are kinda cool. Definitely worth picking up some of their goods.

    Sweets: Arequipe was a hit when I brought it back. Goes will with that Colombian coffee!

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    Tracy on

    Anyone know where you can buy the colombia monopoly? i’m in bogota at the moment.

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      JL on

      Hi Tracy,

      Any major store should have it , try looking in the toy section of any Pepe Ganga.

      Cheers

      JL

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    sandrine swolfs on

    Don’t have the monopoly, the cookbook and the sneakers, but the rest: check! Love it all!

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      Hannah on

      How did you get the colombia monopoly? And is it possible to find it on another language than spanish? I would apreaceate if you could answer me!

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