Sunday, November 15, 2009

2009 Peru Inspired Gift Guide

If you're looking for Peru inspired gifts, you've come to the right place! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Food and Drinks
Paneton and hot chocolate is a staple during the Christmas season. Don't forget a Peruvian mug. While some might snub their nose at fruitcake (paneton), Peruvians love it. Drinking hot chocolate during summer might seem odd, but hey, it's Christmas, so why not?

If you want to buy a unique non-alcoholic drink for someone, try Inca Kola. It's what Coca Cola is to the USA and what Irn Bru is to Scotland. Chicha morada is a drink made from purple corn. Although it sounds weird, it's really good and unique to Peru.

Christmas means cookies and chocolate. Dona Pepa is the best of both worlds. This famous cookie is coated in chocolate and then dipped in sprinkles.

For the chef in your life, Peruvian cookbooks are the way to go. They'll find great recipes like ceviche, lomo saltado, aji de gallina, papa rellena, and much more.


Alpaca and Pima
Alpaca is superior than wool since it is softer, warmer, and has no lanolin which means it's hypoallergenic. Alpaca socks aren't as cheap as cotton socks, but you get what you pay for. Considering how much use you'll get out of them, they are a relatively inexpensive gift, so buy a pair or two for yourself as well.

Traditional Peruvian hats, such as the chullo, will keep your loved ones warm through the cold winter months. Alpaca sweaters are warm and have gorgeous designs. They're super soft and people love wearing them.

Famous throughout the world, pima cotton is used to make many things such as sheets, clothing for kids and babies, as well as shirts for adults.


For the Home
If you know someone who wants to add some unique Peruvian decor to their home, consider a map of Peru. Ranging from old fashioned maps to watercolors, there's something for everyone.

Jewelry
Peruvian jewelry ranges from fine jewelry to woven handicrafts. Bracelets featuring the Nazca Lines and a Tumi pendant make pretty, unique gifts.

More Gifts
If you're looking for more ideas, here are other Peru inspired gift guides I've written.


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