Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2011 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?

Peruvian grains are becoming famous around the world. A great healthy gift is kiwicha, which is better known as amaranth. Considered a modern super food, it was part of the Aztec and Incan diet. It's much better than rice and packed with nutrition as well as high in iron.

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. 

Pima Cotton 
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.

If you know someone who is planning on visiting Peru next year, you should definitely get them a guide book for Peru. They'll have useful tips about travelling as well as information about the history and culture of Peru and some helpful words and phrases in Spanish. If history is your thing, there are a number of good books about Peruvian history, such as the New York Times Best Seller: Turn Right at Machu Picchu and The Last Day of the Incas.  

Traditional Peruvian Purses
Peruvian purses are absolutely gorgeous. If you get the chance to go to Peru, see if you can find hand-made ones. They're unique and you'll be supporting small businesses rather than large companies. They are embroidered with bright colors and you can easily find stunning purses that will be sure to get compliments. You can also find wallets made from leather as well as cloth.

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


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