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These posts are on the authentic local things to buy that we think make great souvenirs, from local handicrafts to regional produce, and will cover what to buy and where and how to buy it.

Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

My husband called me ‘the Queen of Shopping’ when we lived in the Middle East and I wrote on subjects like ‘Bargaining 101’. But no amount of years spent drinking tea with carpet sellers from Morocco to Dubai prepared me for bargaining for beads at a Mara...
Cape Town Take-Homes: Traditional African Crafts

Cape Town Take-Homes: Traditional African Crafts

Sprawled across several floors in a colossal Victorian building on Cape Town’s cool Long Street, the Pan African Market is a one-stop-shop for African souvenirs. You can spend hours browsing the warren of dozens of small shops selling traditional and contemporary tribal art, handicrafts, textiles,...
Buenos Aires Take-Homes: Delicious Dulce de Leche

Buenos Aires Take-Homes: Delicious Dulce de Leche

I have a confession: I adore dulce de leche, Argentina’s very special version of milk caramel. And this is really saying something, because I’m not the kind of person who obsesses over chocolate or gets cravings for sugary treats. Another confession: I’ve been known to...
Rio de Janeiro Take-Homes: Brazilian Bikinis

Rio de Janeiro Take-Homes: Brazilian Bikinis

If you only take home one souvenir from Rio de Janeiro, make it swimwear – a pair of teensy Brazilian bikinis for her, and low-waist, hip-hugging, wide-brief sunga for him. In Ipanema, where we had our ‘home away from home’ in Rio for two weeks, there are...
Rio de Janeiro Take Homes: Favela Finds

Rio de Janeiro Take Homes: Favela Finds

Okay, so not everyone can afford to sponsor a child or make a donation, but it costs very little to purchase a small souvenir. If you’re visiting Para Ti at Vila Canoas or Rocinha on a favela tour, you’ll have a chance to buy handicrafts,...
San Miguel Take-Homes: Mexican Chocolates

San Miguel Take-Homes: Mexican Chocolates

These decadent Mexican chocolates and sweets don’t have the spice of the snacks I covered in my previous posts on edible souvenirs, Spicy Snacks and Supermarket Souvenirs, but they’re easily as scrumptious. The Aztecs grew cacao beans, which they fermented, roasted, and ground to make...
San Miguel Take-Homes: Spicy Snacks

San Miguel Take-Homes: Spicy Snacks

You can tell a lot about a culture by its food, especially its snack food – no more so than in Mexico where the snacks combine sweet, spicy and savory flavours in the most scrumptious ways. Naturally, that’s to be expected coming from a culture where...
San Miguel Take-Homes: Supermarket Souvenirs

San Miguel Take-Homes: Supermarket Souvenirs

As we found that prices are more or less similar in San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City, we decided not to do a Price Check here. We still wanted to provide some shopping tips for those of you who are planning on settle in...
Mexico Take-Homes: Colourful Keepsakes, Practical Souvenir Ideas

Mexico Take-Homes: Colourful Keepsakes, Practical Souvenir Ideas

The markets and shops of Mexico are crammed with colourful keepsakes. After all the research I did for you in Mexico City on folk art and handicrafts and stationery souvenirs, I couldn’t move on empty-handed. Here are some practical souvenir ideas from my purchases. Unfortunately, being on the road full-time, literally living...
Mexico Take-Homes: Mexican Folk Art and Handicrafts

Mexico Take-Homes: Mexican Folk Art and Handicrafts

Calaveras, alebrijes, muñecas… what’s on your shopping list? Mine always includes Mexican folk art and handicrafts when I’m here. If my story on Mexico City’s Museum of Popular Art inspired you to shop Mexico, then here’s a list of some of my favourite things to buy...
Mexico Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs

Mexico Take-Homes: Stationery Souvenirs

I’m obsessed with stationery. I seek it out and buy it wherever I go. Take a look at my purchases so far this year from New York, Tokyo, Venice, and Paris. Why? It’s a light souvenir (not as heavy as books for instance) and it’s practical. Yes,...
Austin Take-Homes: Hip and Homegrown Mementoes

Austin Take-Homes: Hip and Homegrown Mementoes

Lined with idiosyncratic stores with neon signs, Austin’s South Congress Avenue is a wide street with stunning views to the downtown area and the Capitol (bigger than Washington DC’s apparently) in the distance. It has an endearingly kitsch and kooky Tex-Mex thing going on that’s...