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50+ Best Mexico Christmas Gifts & Ornaments for 2021


Looking for the perfect Mexico Christmas decorations, gifts and ornaments?

You’re in the right place because you’ve got me, a longtime Mexico expat and resident, here to advise you! I have hand-curated this list of the best Mexico Christmas gifts that will really wow the devout Mexicophile or Mexico travel lover, or Mexico-obsessed person in your life!

OUR PICK

🌯 Best Mexico Christmas Gift 2021: BURRITO BLANKET

This double-sided tortilla blanket is made with Fuzzy Flannel Fabric, to keep you warm and cozy on Christmas Day, and all year long.

Wondering if you need to travel to Mexico to feel like you’re having an authentic Mexican Christmas with authentic Christmas gifts from Mexico? Of course not! The Mexico Christmas gift featured below will feel like they came straight from Mexico (minus the pricey plane ticket).

Beyond just finding the perfect Mexico Christmas presents, you’ll get an explanation about how all the gifts are directly connected to Mexico. For this reason, I am also including Mexico Christmas ornaments, decorations and Christmas traditions in Mexico for even more info.

Ready to see all the best Mexico Christmas gifts? Let’s get to it!

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20 Best Mexico Christmas Gifts in 2021

Mexican Burrito Blanket (Tortilla Blanket)

As someone who lives in Mexico, runs two Mexico websites (the one you’re on, and also Travel To Merida), writes about 200 articles a year on Mexico, etc. — I can assure you there’s nothing cooler you can give as a Mexico Christmas gift than the Burrito Blanket (AKA Tortilla Blanket).

This most fun and funny of all Mexico Christmas gifts makes the perfect for anyone: adults, kids, babies and even pets. This Christmas season, expect a huge muchas gracias from the Taco Tuesday lover in your life when they open up their Burrito Blanket on December 25th!

Taco Holders: Taco Dinosaur, Taco Cat, Taco Unicorn

If you’ve ever wondered Is there anything better than a taco? Well, now you have your answer: A taco that comes in a dinosaur or cat holder! Check out these fun taco holders, which will bring a smile to the fact of any taco lover this Christmas. 🦄 Besides the ones below, there’s also a magical Taco Unicorn!

Mexico Maps

Mexico Scratch off travel map

The Mexico scratch off map allows the Mexico-obsessed traveler in your life to scratch off each state as they continue to cross places off their Mexico bucket list!

As memories and amazing experiences are the best souvenirs from Mexico, this map will help them re-live, remember and cherish their Mexico travel memories forever.

Mexico cutting or serving board

The sturdy, 100% bamboo Mexico cutting board can really function in three ways: wall hanging, serving tray and cutting board.

Since it’s so beautiful, some might just want to hang it up in their kitchen as decorative Mexico wall art. It also functions as a serving tray, perfect for passing hors d’oeuvres before Christmas dinner, and of course, as a cutting board.

Mexico Gifts for Kids: Mexico Games

La Loteria Card Game

La Loteria (The Lottery) has been played in Mexico for centuries. It is also known as Mexican Bingo.

This card game, one of the most inexpensive yet traditional Mexican gifts on this list, makes for a great stocking stuffer. It’s one of those sure-to-please-anyone Mexico gift ideas, and among the best Christmas gifts from Mexico.

taco vs burrito board Game

Fans of Bears vs Babies and Exploding Kittens will love Taco vs Burrito, which was actually created by a 7-year-old boy named Alex!

This family-friendly card game (suitable for ages 7+) is basically a food fight played out in a card form — so it’s much easier to clean up than a real food fight. Taco vs Burrito is popular with kids and adults alike.

Mexico Gifts for Women: Mexican Jewelry

Mazahua sterling silver earrings

The city of Taxco, Mexico, is well known as the best Mexico silver town. As it now generates more revenue from tourism than silver mines, visitors flock to Taxco for artisan-made silver pieces.

One of the most popular Mexico jewelry styles is the Mazahua filigree design, but there’s also Taxco flower jewelry.

huichol bead earrings

The Huichol (pronounced wee-chole) people, from the present-day Mexican states of Jalisco, Durango, Zacatecas and Nayarit, are known for their beadwork designs — called chaquira (sha-kee-ra) art.

Besides jewelry, this intricate pattern-work makes for one of the most beautiful and popular Mexican tattoo designs.

Mexico Christmas Gifts for Men

Tequila decanter & Shot Glasses

Did you know there really is a Tequila, Mexico!? That’s right, in order to be tequila, it has to come from the city of Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico (or some surrounding cities).

Tequila is actually a pretty classy drink — one that’s meant to be sipped, not taken as a shot, btw! For the man in your life who appreciates tequila, this decanter is perfect.

Bring me Tacos socks

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that Mexican tacos are delicious 🌮

These funny Mexico socks will have the gift recipient laughing hysterically on Christmas when they open the gift — and then each day they wear them all year-long.

Mexico Christmas Gifts for Coffee Lovers

The coffee lover in your life will really thank you for these particular gifts from Mexico — Oaxaca state coffee, Chiapas state coffee and Veracruz state coffee. Though non-coffee drinkers may not know this, the coffeephile in your life will know that Mexico coffee is among the world’s best.

Mexican jarritos coffee mugs

When drinking your coffee in the biggest Mexico coffee regions, like Oaxaca and Chiapas states, it will often come served in a jarrito (pronounced har-ree-toe).

Jarritos are rustic clay mugs or cups, often painted in colorful folk art designs. These can be used for both hot and cold beverages.

Mexican cafe de olla

Cafe de olla literally means “coffee from the pot,” as it’s made in a large clay terracotta pot called an olla (pronounced oi-yah).

It is sweetened with cinnamon and piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar), and sometimes spices like star anise and orange zest. Coffee drinkers who take their coffee sweet will love trying something new with this yummy Mexican drink.

Mexico Christmas Gifts for the Home

Mexican Otomi throw pillows

The Otomí people hail from the Central Mexico highlands, in the areas around the present-day Mexico states of Puebla, Guanajuato, Queretaro and Mexico City.

They are known for their colorful folk art design, which features flowers and animals. You can get the iconic Otomi print on everything from pillows and wall art, to phone cases, mouse pads and table runners.

Mexican serape blanket

The Mexico serape blanket makes for the perfect cozy gift to open on Christmas morning, and cuddle up with that same night.

Even after Christmas is over, you can use this heavy-duty woven blanket at the beach, for picnics, while camping and stargazing, and many more places. This is the same blanket used in many yoga studios as a prop during classes.

Mexico Barbie Dolls

Frida Kahlo Barbie Doll

Mexico’s most famous female artist, Frida Kahlo, has been immortalized as part of the Barbie Inspiring Women Series.

The doll is wearing the traditional dress that was fashionable in Frida’s time. Her hair is in the style Frida always wore, an up-do with a flower crown, and she has the iconic Frida unibrow.

Day of the dead barbie

Featuring the quintessential La Catrina skeletal face painting, this Barbie was created in honor of Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead holiday.

Day of the Dead takes place each year on November 1-2, all throughout Mexico. It has several customs, like ofrendas (altars to honor the deceased), sugar skulls and face painting.

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Mexico Christmas Ornaments

If you’re wanting the most traditional Mexican Christmas ornaments, know that there really aren’t any, per se. As Christmas trees are more of a European and American Christmas tradition, they have merely been adopted in Mexico, so in a sense, all Mexican Christmas tree decorations are traditional!

Mexican Christmas tree decorations are fun gifts to give at Christmas — but they are “gifts that keep on giving” — because they get used again the following Christmas. In fact, giving a new Mexico Christmas tree ornament as a gift each year could become on of you family’s Mexican Christmas traditions 🎄

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Mexico Christmas Gifts for Art Lovers

Shopping for Christmas gifts for Mexican friends? Traditional Mexican folk art from the state or region their family comes from is a great option. For art lovers, you can start your very own Mexican tradition for Christmas by getting them a new piece of Mexico folk art each year.

Chaquira: Beaded Huichol Art

Hailing from the Central Mexico states of Jalisco, Durango, Zacatecas and Nayarit, the Huichol (pronounced wee-chole) people are known for their intricate beadwork designs. This art style, called chaquira (sha-kee-ra), can be applied to everything from animal sculptures to shot glasses.

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Alebrijes: As Seen in the Movie Coco

Alebrijes (pronounced al-lay-bree-hays) were first made by Mexican artist Pedro Linares, in the town of San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca.

At age 30, the artist suffered an illness which left him bedridden in pain, and having fever dreams at night. One night, he saw what he named an alebrije, a hybrid animal, which he said served as a sort of spirit guide through his frightening, vivid dreams.

The Oaxaca pueblo of San Martín Tilcajete is now known as the “Alebrije Town,” as many other artisans in town have started making alebrijes. You may be familiar with them from the movie Coco, which has two alebrijes in it, Dante and Pepita.

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Hojalata: Mexican Tin Art

Hojalata (pronounced ho-ha-lat-ah) is an iconic Mexico tin art from Guanajuato state. It makes for nice wall decor, and can also be used as Mexican tin ornaments for your Christmas tree. The popular milagros (sacred heart) design is most common, but you’ll find other shapes in symbols as well.

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Talavera: Mexican Tile Art

Talavera is a pottery style that comes from Talavera de la Reina, Spain. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular Mexican folk arts in the state of Puebla, Mexico. As of the top Mexico Christmas gifts, you can get Talavera on everything from kitchenware to pottery, and even Mexican tree ornaments.

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Mexican Lele Doll (AKA Maria Doll)

The Lele, which means “baby,” is a traditional folk art doll from Queretaro state, in Central Mexico. You’ll find these adorable Leles in mercados de artesanias (artisan markets) throughout the country, as they make a great Mexico souvenir, and also, the perfect Mexico Christmas present!

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Mexico Christmas Gifts for Book Lovers

Best Mexico Books

Not comfortable picking out what to wear for the person you’re getting the gift for? Totally understandable! How about getting them one of the Mexican books below?! If this gift is one you’re planning to splurge on — grab the Kindle Paperwhite and load it with the eBook versions.

Like Water for Chocolate

Eventually made into a movie, Mexican author Laura Esquivel’s famed magical realism novel tells the tale of Tita.

She is forbidden to marry as the youngest child in her family, though falls madly in love with her neighbor — who eventually marries her sister. Tita hopes to win him back using her cooking skills, and each chapter begins with a classic Mexican recipe.

Living in Mexico

A Taschen art book, Living in Mexico is a beautiful photographic journey that chronicles various styles of homes in Mexico.

Featuring everything from Luis Barragan’s contemporary designs in Mexico City, to traditional thatched-roof Mayan dwellings in the Yucatan Peninsula, this book showcases the country’s diverse architecture styles through stunning imagery.

The Move to Mexico Bible

If the person you’re shopping for is considering moving to Mexico, this book is perfect for them.

As someone who has moved to Mexico, I know it was the best decision I’ve ever made, though having all pertinent information to make that big decision is important. In this book, author Sonia Diaz tells you everything you can expect from Mexico expat life.

The Labyrinth of Solitude

The best-known book from Mexican author Octavio Paz, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1990.

Through his poetic writings, Paz explores Mexican traditions, history and social identity in the modern day. The book contains all of his most famous essays, like “The Labyrinth of Solitude,” “The Other Mexico” and “Mexico and the United States.”

Frida: The Biography Of Frida Kahlo

This book is considered among the most definitive biographies about Mexico’s most famous female artist, Frida Kahlo.

Author Hayden Herrera examines the life of this Mexican icon — from a trolley accident that left her bedridden at 18, to her tumultuous marriage to fellow Mexican artist, Diego Rivera — so readers get to know the woman behind the artist.

Best Mexican Cookbooks

Mexican food is more than just tacos and burritos! In fact, in 2010, UNESCO declared traditional Mexican food as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Mankind.” Translation: Mexican food is one of mankind’s international treasures worth preserving. #TRUTH

When shopping for Mexico gifts for the passionate cooks in your life, only the best cookbooks about Mexican food will do. Below, you’ll find cookbooks from the biggest names in Mexican cooking.

Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook

Chef Enrique Olvera is considered the best Mexican chef working today. His restaurant, Pujol in Mexico City, consistently makes the coveted 50 Best list.

For those who can’t get one of the coveted reservations at Pujol, his cookbook explains just how he makes some of his most favorite dishes — all classic Mexican foods.

My Mexico City Kitchen

Chef Gabriela Cámara’s Contramar restaurant in Mexico City is a foodie favorite for fish tacos and fresh seafood dishes.

Her cookbook is a culinary homage to this city, with 150 recipes that highlight all the fresh ingredients and unique flavors of Mexico City. Learn how to make her signature Contramar tuna tostadas, chilaquiles, flan, and much more.

Trejo’s Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A.

Mexican-American actor Danny Trejo, of Machete, Desperado, and more, shares his favorite recipes and stories about growing up in 1950s LA.

In the book, there’s standard classics, like carnitas tacos, but also surprising recipes you don’t expect from a Hollywood movie tough guy — like roasted cauliflower tacos and nacho donuts!

Mexico The Cookbook

Margarita Carrillo Arronte, former chef at Turtux and Don Emiliano, is known as a Global Ambassador of Mexican Cuisine.

Her best-selling Mexico cookbook features more than 650 authentic and traditional Mexican Recipes, from street foods and antojitos (snacks), to fish, meat and poultry entrees, and even Mexican drinks and desserts.

Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico

Oaxaca City, Mexico is one of the Foodie Capitals of Mexico. However, traditional Oaxaca food isn’t what many think of as “Mexican food.”

In this Central Mexico state, you’ll find mole (pronounced moe-lay), tlayudas (tuh-lie-you-dahs) and tamales oaxaqueños as some of the standout favorites. Never heard of those? No worries, this cookbook will help!

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Mexico Christmas Traditions

You might be wondering, Do Mexicans celebrate Christmas? — and the answer is YES! As a country with one of the largest Catholic populations on Earth, Christmas in Mexico is a big deal. Though it’s a very religious holiday, you’ll still see non-religious things like Santa Claus in Mexico.

The Mexican Christmas Season lasts all throughout December, and into the first week in January. Below is a rundown of the traditional celebrations associated with Christmas in Mexico.

Las Posadas: Throughout December

Posadas, nightly holiday celebrations and parties with carol singers, take place throughout December in Mexico. The Posadas symbolize the Biblical story of Joseph and Mary making their month-long journey from the city of Nazareth to Bethlehem, in search of a place to give birth to their baby. 

Dia de Guadalupe: December 12

For many, the first of the official Christmas traditions of Mexico begins with the Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe. The Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe is among the most important holidays for religious Mexicans and Latin American Catholics. Head here to learn more about it.

Ponche Navideño (Christmas punch) is part of any traditional Christmas in Mexico.

Noche Buena: December 24

Traditionally, Mexicans eat the main Christmas dinner on December 24, known as Noche Buena (Christmas Eve). While some families do their gift giving at midnight, others only eat the meal on this day, and don’t open presents until Three Kings Day on January 6.

Navidad (Christmas): December 25

If you were wondering, When is Christmas in Mexico? It’s the same as in the U.S., December 25. =

However, you now know a big Christmas tradition in Mexico is to eat the main Christmas dinner the night before, on Noche Buena. On Christmas Day in Mexico, families will go to church, and have parties to eat and congregate together all day.

Three Kings Day: January 6

Día de Reyes, AKA Día de los Reyes Magos or Epifanía (Epiphany), is celebrated on January 6, which is known as 3 Kings Day in the U.S. Regardless of what you call it, this important Catholic holiday is in honor of the Biblical story of the Three Wise Men who travel to Bethlehem to see the Baby Jesus.

The Wise Men brought gifts for the baby, and nowadays many Mexican children will also not get their presents until the same day Jesus did. That’s right, one of the main traditions in Mexico is that some kids actually open their Mexican Christmas gifts on January 6th!

Q: How is Christmas celebrated in Mexico? A: Much like it is in the U.S., with festive gatherings, elaborate dinners, and decorated Christmas trees, like this one in Mexico City’s Centro Historico (Historic Downtown).
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Final Thoughts: Best Mexico Christmas Gifts & Ornaments

Buying Mexico Christmas gifts online can be tricky if you’re unfamiliar with the country itself. If you’re buying this holiday gift for a Mexico-obsessed friend or Mexico-loving relative, that only further complicates things because they likely know more about Mexico than you do.

That’s why all the Mexico Christmas gifts listed in this article came with an explanation, so you have a better idea of the significance of the gifts. However, if you need more info on the Mexico gift buying process, just drop me a line in the comments below ⤵

Have questions about Mexico Christmas gifts?

I’d love to hear from you! If there’s any questions you have about buying the perfect Mexico Christmas gifts, please ask away in the comments below. 🎄 If not — Feliz Navidad (Merry Christmas), and Próspero Año Nuevo (Prosperous New Year, which is a traditional New Year salutation in Mexico).

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12 Comments

  1. Travel A-Broads says:

    I’ve seen those Mexican Burrito Blankets before and think they’re so hilarious, but oh my gosh, that baby one is just the cutest thing ever! I also just bought a Mexican Serape Blanket for my Utah trip and can’t wait to try it out. Great gift ideas! Xx Sara

  2. That burrito blanket is amazing! Gifting a cookbook is also such a great idea. I feel like it would be fun to make a gift basket with a cookbook and a ton of local food items!

  3. Carrie Ann says:

    Love this list of gifts from Mexico! I just came back from a Mexican Riviera cruise, and my bags were so stuffed with souvenirs 😀 It’s good to know where to find these items online – I’m especially eyeing those Christmas ornaments!

  4. I’m a huge fan of Mexico so I want to gift myself every single one of these 50+ Christmas gifts and ornaments. I’m definitely sending this curated list to my husband for gift ideas this Christmas.

  5. These are great Mexican Christmas gifts! I wish I knew someone with a baby for that burrito baby blanket!

  6. I’ve never visited Mexico but I’m eyeing up some of these presents. The Burrito Blanket looks absolutely hilarious! The jarrito mugs look beautiful and I love the themed Christmas decorations. Thanks for the great list!

  7. Linda (LD Holland) says:

    Some great ideas for Christmas gifts from Mexico. One year we were given great Mexican blankets and they lasted a long time. Those taco holders are so cute and practical too. And I definitely have a good collection of Mexican silver jewellery. Tree ornaments would be great memories of past trips!

  8. Wow! So many great ideas. I would love to try the Burrito vs. Taco game and all the crafts are so beautiful. How great everything is so easy to source these days.

  9. Hailey Householder says:

    I’m heading to Mexico in a few weeks so this post came at the perfect time for me! I have a long list now of things to bring back for gifts and decorations. Coffee and coffee mugs for sure, and the Day of the Dead Barbie is awesome! I may need an extra suitcase. 🙂

  10. Rowan Flora says:

    I’m a big fan of exploding kittens (sounds so wrong to anyone reading who doesn’t know what the game is!) so def keen to try taco vs burrito!

  11. simplyjolayne says:

    Hah! I love these. That burrito blanket is simply awesome. Great collection.

  12. I love seeing different Christmas ornaments from other countries! I love the look of those blankets.