Argentina Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gifts from Argentina

Add a bit of Argentine flair to your holiday purchases this year. I've scoped out various suggestions for Argentina-related gifts, with everything from books to bombillas. Which items would you like Papá Noel or the Reyes to bring you?

Books // Libros

» Speechless: A Dictionary of Argentine Gestures by Guido Indij
Gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the vast vocabulary of non-verbal gestures that the Argentines have at their disposal through this entertaining book. [Read my brief review of the book.]

» ¡Che Boludo! A Gringo's Guide to the Argentines by James Bracken
Sling Argentine slang with the best of them. Learn all you need to know with this amusing guide to the local jargon.

» El libro de oro de la argentinidad [in Spanish] by Federico Scagliotti
Chock-full of random facts about Argentine history, culture, food, sports and more, this book makes for great bathroom reading [sorry, but it's true!].

» Happy Tango: Sallycat's Guide to Dancing in Buenos Aires by Sally Blake
Happy Tango is an essential guide for anyone looking to find positive tango experiences in the milongas of Buenos Aires. [Read my review of the book.]

» Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way by Francis Mallmann and Peter Kaminsky
Written by Francis Mallmann, one of Argentina's best known chefs, this cookbook invites you to learn the secrets of Argentine asado.

» Vino Argentino: An Insider's Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina by Laura Catena
In this book filled with lush photography, Laura Catena provides an intimate look at Argentina's wine regions and the history and personalities behind the country's wine industry.

» SaltShaker Spanish-English Food & Wine Dictionary by Dan Perlman
Tallarines, milanesas, locro...what does it all mean? The SaltShaker Food & Wine Dictionary will help you navigate Argentine menus with ease.

Learn Spanish // Aprender castellano

Looking for a sassy, unconventional and entertaining way to learn Spanish? Try General Linguistics' Spanish-language learning program Bueno, entonces.... The program is geared toward expats and travelers in South America, with pronunciation by native speakers and a focus on the slang and grammatical nuances particular to Argentina.

Food // Comidas stocks an impressive selection of authentic, imported Argentine foods including chimichurri, queso provoleta parrillero, various brands of alfajores and yerba mate, Mantecol, and Gancia [the product for export is known as Livenza].

Amazon offers up your favorite Argentine foods, including dulce de leche, yerba mate, mate cocido, Havanna alfajores, dulce de membrillo, and dulce de batata. You can also find mate gourds and bombillas on Amazon.

Music // Música

» Revancha Del Tango by Gotan Project
A sexy and hypnotic blend of tango and electronica, check out this album for a taste of something decidedly different. [Similar bands: Bajofondo Tango Club, San Telmo Lounge]

» The Best of Carlos Gardel Argentina's best known tango crooner, Carlos Gardel's good looks and smooth baritone voice rocketed him to popularity at the beginning of the 20th century. More than 75 years after his death, Gardel remains an icon of the tango both here in Argentina and abroad. [Similar artists: Roberto Goyaneche, Julio Sosa]

» Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
A fun mix of rock, ska, punk, reggae and Latin rhythms, tunes by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs will get you moving your groove thing. [Similar bands: Patricio Rey y Sus Redonditos de Ricota, Charly García, Soda Stereo]

» Mercedes Sosa: 30 Años
The music of Mercedes Sosa, one of Argentina's and, indeed, Latin America's most celebrated folk singers, overflows with emotion that translates into any language. Sosa's moving rendition of Gracias a la vida and the haunting melody Alfonsina y el mar are two of my favorite tracks from this album. [Similar artists: Chaqueño Palavecino, Soledad]

» Rough Guide to the Music of ArgentinaThis album spans a number of styles, from tango to chamamé to chacarera, and serves as a great introduction to uniquely Argentine folk music and tango.

Take a look at this list for additional suggestions of great Argentine music.

Movies // Películas

» The Motorcycle Diaries [Diarios de motocicleta]
Follow the life-changing journey of the young Ernesto "Che" Guevara as he explores South America on the back of his motorcycle. [I also enjoyed the soundtrack to this movie.]

» The Secret in Their Eyes [El secreto de sus ojos]
The Academy-award winning film The Secret in Their Eyes tells the story of "a retired legal counselor [who] writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior—both of which still haunt him decades later." [synopsis by IMDb]

» Nine Queens [Nueve reinas]
"This sly 2000 caper weaves a tangled story of deceit and con games, with intriguing plot twists. It was nominated for 28 awards in Latin America, the United States and Europe and won 21 of them." [synopsis by Latin Flyer]

» The Official Story [La historia oficial]"This heartbreaking drama—winner of best foreign film in 1985—is about a woman in Buenos Aires who slowly comes to realize that the child that she and her husband adopted was a victim of the…so-called Dirty War of the 1970s." [synopsis by Latin Flyer]

» Intimate Stories [Historias mínimas]"This wonderful little gem of a road movie follows three characters as they travel…the vast, flat plains of Patagonia in southern Argentina to the port town of San Julián. Made almost entirely with nonprofessional actors, the film is a picaresque sequence of moments in the lives of simple people being their quirky selves…. If you like little movies about everyday life in its lighter, comic moments, you'll enjoy this one." [review on Amazon]

Wine // Vino

Anuva Wines offers a hand-picked selection of artisanal wines from Argentina, including the famed malbec and torrontés. These small-batch wines are direct-shipped to the customer in the United States from Argentina. Purchase individual bottles or a wine-club membership for your favorite oenophile.

Traditional Crafts //Artesanías

El Boyero Artesanías Argentinas specializes in unique gift items from Argentina including fancy mate gourds with silver or alpaca details, bombillas, silver jewelry, fine leatherwork including belts, wallets, and handbags [including unusual and beautiful carpincho leather], leather boots and shoes, wine accessories, and gaucho accessories such as knives and braided rawhide leather.

Miscellaneous // Otros

» Do you have a huge soccer [call it football, if you must] fan in your life? If so, consider purchasing an Argentine national team soccer jersey.

» Pamper your skin with beauty products made with rosa mosqueta [rose hips] from Patagonia.

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