2012 Argentina Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas Holiday Packaging by Premier Packaging, on Flickr [used under Creative Commons license]Treat friends and family to a taste of Argentina this holiday season. Check out these ideas for Argentina-related gifts, and don't forget to take a peek at last year's gift guide for additional suggestions.

Which items would you like to receive from Papá Noel or the Reyes?

Books // Libros

» The Church of Tango: A Memoir by Cherie Magnus
The true story of a woman who suffered incredible loss but kept moving forward thanks to her inherent zest for life and the healing power of dance. [A full review of this book coming soon!]

» Real Reflections: Bringing Recoleta Cemetery to Life by Julie-Anne Cosgrove
Enjoy this collection of unique and haunting images from Buenos Aires' famed Recoleta Cemetery.

» The House on Garibaldi Street by Isser Harel
A fascinating account of the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Isser Harel, head of the Mossad (Israel's Secret Service), details how Eichmann was tracked down and apprehended by Israeli agents in Argentina in 1960.

» In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
Author Bruce Chatwin penned this classic travel narrative filled with quirky characters as he roamed Patagonia for a year.

» The Vineyard at the End of the World: Maverick Winemakers and the Rebirth of Malbec by Ian Mount
Wine connoisseurs will enjoy the story of Argentina's rise from enological backwater to one of the best wine regions in the world, all thanks to the malbec grape.

Travel // Viajes

Do your upcoming travel plans include Buenos Aires? If so, check out Endless Mile's well-written and beautifully-photographed travel guides with "walks for the curious traveler."

Food // Comidas

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 there.

LaTienda.com stocks Argentine-style chorizo and morcilla for your asados!

Music // Música

» Mar Dulce by Bajofondo Tango Club
This album's mix of electronic music and tango hits the mark. [Similar bands: Gotan Project, San Telmo Lounge]

» Tango: Zero Hour by Ástor Piazzolla
A brilliant bandoneón player and composer, Ástor Piazzolla revolutionized the world of tango with his nuevo tango sound. [Similar artists: Aníbal Troilo]

» BabasónicosOne of Argentina's best-known modern rock bands, the Babasónicos make for some solid listening. [Similar artists: Soda Stereo]

» 20 Grandes Éxitos by Chaqueño Palavecino 
A true success story in the genre of Argentine folklore, El Chaqueño packs houses throughout the country with his strong tenor vocals. The fast-paced La ley y la trampa is my favorite track from this album. [Similar artists: Los Chalchaleros, Soledad]

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

Movies // Películas

» Live-In Maid [Cama adentro]
A wealthy woman and her live-in housekeeper must adjust their entrenched routine and relationship when Buenos Aires is plunged into economic crisis. [synopsis by IMDb]

» Son of the Bride [El hijo de la novia]
This magnificent Argentinean film centers on Rafael, a restaurateur whose life is becoming a knot of stress and failing relationships. After Rafael has a heart attack, he realizes he has to change his life—but when he makes changes, he discovers how much of his life he'd been taking for granted, and that he may have cast aside the very things he seeks. The story is full of clever touches, but it never lets cleverness overwhelm humanity. [synopsis by Amazon.com]

» Chronicle of an Escape [Crónica de una fuga]
The goalkeeper of a little-known soccer team is kidnapped by an Argentinean government squad and sent to a detention center during the Dirty War. After months of torture, he plots his escape with three other young men. [synopsis by IMDb]

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 the wine lover in your life.

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.

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[Photo credit: Premier Packaging]

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