Gift Guide for Shopping in Puerto Vallarta

by Brittany Mignanelli on April 20, 2010

Wherever you go, you want to bring a little piece of vacation home with you. And, of course, a little something for everyone else.

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what gifts to get for everyone. Puerto Vallarta is just crawling with colorful open-air markets and adorable boutiques, so we want you to get the most out of your shopping excursions. Here’s a few shopping tops and a gift guide for everyone on your list.

The three major shopping plazas in Vallarta are The Marina Plaza, The Plaza Caracol and the Plaza Genovesa. Here you’ll find everything from pottery and sterling silver to clothing and groceries.

For Mom and Dad: The markets have tons of little stands and stores selling painted ceramics and other handcrafted items. How about a beautiful, hand-blown glass vase? Or, for those parents who love the touristy items: some colorful, Puerto Vallarta salt and peppershakers or coasters are cute too. Try places like Granada, La Reja, or Arte Popular Mexicano.

For the girlfriend OR your best gal pal: Sterling silver jewelry! Mexico is known for its beautiful and wide selection of silver. Make sure you look for the little .925 mark on the back of any silver item you buy, that’s how you know it’s real. Astrid and Pladi are two of the many places that you can find while shopping in PV.

For the pet sitter: No matter what their taste, a piece of art is a thoughtful and timeless gift. Puerto Vallarta offers an amazing selection of Huichol art. Another perk: Art is duty free back into the U.S. You’ll find a nice range of art in the different galleries, from small decorative items to pieces made by celebrated masters. For that helpful neighbor, try a small sculpture or a custom-made stained glass piece that captures the essence of the PV culture.

For the boyfriend: Leather goods are another Puerto Vallarta specialty. Any guy would surely love a new leather wallet or belt! For a simple guy, any of the many t-shirt shops will provide you with tons of tourist t-shirts, mugs and magnets. Wanna go for the cheesy approach? “Someone who loves me went to Puerto Vallarta and got me this t-shirt” will surely do the trick.

For anyone: Tequila! Mexico is known for it’s tequila and anyone would love to get a bottle as a gift. Don’t forget to throw in a lime and some salt.

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