Do you know that friend who keeps going back to Spain? Or maybe, it’s you who loves all things Spain related.
If you’re looking for a Spanish souvenir to gift to someone special or a Christmas present, keep reading this Spain gift guide.
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Spain Themed Gifts That Anyone Will Love
Popular Spanish Souvenirs
Do you know that friend who is extremely organised? They’ll love a calendar in which they can write all their important events – birthdays, appointments, time off work, etc.
Mugs are perfect for a coffee, tea or hot chocolate lover. I love buying mugs as souvenirs because I know it’s something I’ll constantly use.
The best mugs are those that have an original design, for example, those that have a mosaic pattern. You’ll find plenty of these in Barcelona.
If you have a special person who’s crazy about Spanish football, they’ll love you forever if you get them an official football shirt.
Most women love jewellery so you won’t go wrong with this gift.
A famous jewellery shop is Platónica which sells a unique jewellery collection that goes beyond beauty. Their jewellery is inspired by culture, literature and art which makes it a unique gift.
In addition to this, you’ll also find that many small towns sell their original handmade traditional rings, necklaces, etc.
You’ll never go wrong with buying a keyring as a souvenir. Everyone loves them! They’re cheap and small so you don’t need to worry about making some space in your luggage.
Magnets are great souvenirs, and no matter how small they are, anyone will appreciate the fact you remembered them and bought them one when you’re travelling in Spain.
They are very affordable and don’t occupy much in your suitcase (something to consider if you always end up overpacking!) Magnets are in fact one of the most traditional Spanish gifts.
It isn’t the most common souvenir, but when it comes to Spain-themed gifts, the options are endless. You can find phone cases with different designs – from the traditional Spain flag to funny phrases.
Who doesn’t know someone who collects postcards from all around the world? I mean they’re a great addition to your wall, and they can bring you travel memories or remind you of people you know.
A fun souvenir is getting a puzzle, and yes, puzzles aren’t only for kids. There are so many incredible puzzles – from traditional to 3D puzzles.
During my trip to Barcelona, I visited the impressive Sagrada Familia and I remember that I saw this cool 3D puzzle of Sagrada Familia in their official shop. Puzzles like this one are quite original and unique!
Everyone has a friend who loves shots, chupitos in Spanish, so why don’t you get them a shot glass? You’ll find them in any souvenir shop and they tend to be very affordable too.
What souvenir is more traditional than a t-shirt? There are plenty of cool t-shirts – not only those ones that say “I love Spain.”
Wall art is definitely one of my favourite gifts because you don’t only hang it on the wall to decorate your room. It’s a meaningful gift because every time you see this picture, it makes you want to go back to that place and brings you good and funny memories.
If it’s from somewhere you haven’t been before, every time you see it, it’ll make you want to go to that place as soon as possible.
Spanish gifts for travellers
Luggage tag and passport holder
If you’re looking for a different luggage tag and passport holder, then you can get one with a Spain theme. This is a gift you can sometimes personalise too.
Spain scratch map
One of the best gifts for travellers is a scratch map. Not only does it decorate your room but it’s exciting to mark another place you’ve visited.
If your friend loves visiting Spain, you can get a Spain scratch map rather than a map that includes all the world or a continent.
Spanish gift experience
Experiences are way better than gifts, and if you want to surprise someone special who loves Spain, you can book an activity or buy a gift box experience for two. From a city break to Barcelona or Madrid to wine tasting or adventure activity.
Spanish language book
If you’re looking for gifts for language lovers, a Spanish phrasebook or language book will be happily received. As someone who loves learning new languages, I’m over the moon when I receive a gift like this.
You can get any books from basic Spanish language books to advance. For those who know well the language, you may want to have a look at books that include funny sayings and idioms from a specific region.
There is plenty of travel information on the internet that can be overwhelming. Sometimes having all the important information in one place does help when planning a trip and that’s what a travel guide does.
Or simply, some people love the feeling of opening a book or guide rather than their phones. When it comes to travel guides about Spain, I highly recommend Lonely Planet guides because they always have the essential information you need.
Overall, a travel guide is one of the best Spain themed gifts for travellers.
Travel journals are useful for any traveller that loves documenting their trips. It’s absolutely amazing going back to your notes and remembering those good memories from your trip to Spain.
Also, other people use journals to keep track of attractions, hidden gems or restaurants that are great and want to recommend these to others.
Spanish gifts for culture lovers
Board games are very useful for anyone who is learning Spanish or wants to learn about Spanish culture. They’re also fun and interactive!
Best Spanish board games for learners
Spain has many Christmas traditions and events, and also some unique Christmas ornaments. You can get a nativity scene (called Belén in Spanish), or other ornaments that are traditional in certain parts of Spain.
For example, Caga Tío, originated in Catalonia, a wooden log covered in a blanket and given a warm, smiley face.
Colouring books are perfect for all ages – kids have fun colouring and adults love being creative and disconnecting from everything while colouring.
This Spain colouring book is amazing because you visit Spain’s most remarkable attractions while you go through its pages.
When it comes to figures, the options are endless – bulls, chameleons, and emblematic Spanish monuments among others. They’re a great addition to your shelves or desk.
Every flamenco lover must own their castanets even if they don’t know how to play this traditional instrument.
When looking for flamenco castanets, make sure they’re handmade and manufactured in Spain for the best quality.
This is one of the best Spain themed gifts for flamenco fans.
A flamenco dress is a special gift for any music and culture lover, however, they can be pricey.
If you’re buying a flamenco dress in Spain, you need to know that the ones from Seville are the best. You can even order a customised flamenco dress, although these increase in price.
Alternatively, you can find flamenco dresses online but look at the manufacturer to ensure you’re ordering an authentic one.
Gaudí related home decorations
In case, you aren’t and you just want to surprise someone who loves all things Gaudi-related, then have a look at these beautiful decorations.
Spanish ceramics are incredibly beautiful, and you’ll find anything from tiles and kitchenware to jars. They’re a great addition to your home design if you’re all about aesthetics.
Most ceramics are hand-painted so it’s a special souvenir.
For anyone who wants to teletransport to Spain, there’s no better gift than a novel set in Spain.
Spanish fans are associated with dancing, especially flamenco dance as it’s the most used accessory in choreographies. However, you’re also likely to see elder people using it during the summer months.
Even if you aren’t planning to use it, it’s a great decoration for your living room!
Spanish gifts for foodies
An original gift for a cook is an apron. Although you can find common ones with the flag of Spain, there are funnier and more original designs such as aprons that look like a flamenco dresses.
Who doesn’t like churros? Although you can’t compare eating churros in Spain with making churros at home, if you love that friend that has a sweet tooth and, of course, loves churros, they’ll be over the moon with a churro maker.
Coasters are a good addition to someone else’s table, and you can find them in many original designs. I especially love the coasters that have a Gaudí style design.
Spanish recipes can be found all over the internet, but we all know someone who prefers to have a paper version of the book than a digital version.
You’ll find cookbooks about tapas, generic traditional dishes or regional dishes such as Andalusia and the Basque Country.
If you feel a bit lost, here are some of the best cookbooks
- Tapas Revolution by Omar Allibhoy – easy to make tapas using everyday pantry staples.
- The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden – authentic and diverse Spanish recipes highlighting the Spanish culture.
- 1080 Recipes: The Bible of Authentic Spanish Cooking by Ines Ortega and Simone Ortega – a collection of authentic Spanish recipes written by two reputable food authorities.
Iberian ham and charcuterie
Iberian ham is a traditional tapa, and an easy food souvenir to take with you since you can buy hand-carved slices in packs that guarantee a long product life.
Apart from Iberian ham, you can also find other Spanish traditional charcuterie such as chorizo, morcilla or salchichón which are different types of sausages.
Are you a cheese lover? Manchego cheese is the most-eaten cheese in Spain. As its name suggests, this cheese comes from La Mancha region and it’s made of sheep milk.
Although you can find different varieties of Manchego, the taste is very similar – sweet and fruity.
A funny fact is that I’ve absolutely hated olives since I was a kid. I remember complaining about putting olives on the table when my family was gathering. If you don’t know, olives are a popular snack in Spain – whether it’s at home or in a tapas bar.
However, I love olive oil and it’s in fact the oil I use to cook all the time, so it’s important for me to get a good extra virgin olive oil. If you’re a bit fussy about the quality of the oil, then you want to get one from Spain.
Paella is the most traditional dish in Spain! This dish originated in Valencia, it’s what Spain food is known for. There are different types of paellas – seafood, meat, seafood and meat, vegetarian, etc.
If you know someone who loves paella and cannot wait to go back to Spain to have one, they’ll be surprised by a paella kit.
Paella kits often include a traditional steel Paella pan, Bomba rice, extra virgin olive oil, saffron and smoked paprika, all the essential ingredients you need to cook a delicious paella.
If you have a sweet tooth, you must try a polvorón, a sweet that consists of crumbly Spanish shortbread made of flour, sugar, milk, and nuts. They’re typically from Andalusia, and they’re normally eaten during the Christmas period.
You can find many types of polvorones, and they’re very similar to mantecados too.
Not everyone knows what a porrón is, and I didn’t know it until a few months ago when an expat in Spain told me about it.
A porrón is a traditional glass wine pitcher from which people drink without touching it with their lips. This wine pitcher comes from Catalonia and the north of Spain.
It’s definitely a unique gift for a foodie!
Living in the UK makes me miss some ingredients from home, so I tend to pack some saffron in my suitcase every time. I’ve tried saffron here and it isn’t the same.
If you and your loved ones are crazy about paella, saffron is a great souvenir for a foodie.
The coffee culture in Spain is big and you can tell this by the number of different coffees you can find. Café con leche (coffee with milk) is the most popular, but you can also find cortado, solo, con hielo, bombón and the list goes on.
Do you know anyone who loves coffee? If so, they’ll love a traditional Spanish cafetera to make a Spanish-style coffee. You can get it online or buy it in any supermarket in Spain.
Spanish food gift basket
If you’d like to take a bit of Spain’s taste to your friend, your best gift is a Spain food hamper. They normally include a wide variety of authentic Spanish products such as paella rice, crisps, pitted olives, Rioja wine, Iberico ham, etc.
They aren’t all expensive, you’ll find different ingredients and prices depending on the online store and what the hamper contains.
If you love nougat, then you must try Spanish turron when you’re in Spain. You can find it in supermarkets, some souvenir shops and Christmas markets.
The most traditional nougat is Turrón de Jijona, made of honey and ground almonds which has a soft and light texture. However, there are other types of nougats such as Turrón de chocolate and Turrón duro.
If you’re looking for good brands, then you need to check Torrons Vicens, El Abuelo and Casa Mira.
You’ve probably seen terracotta dishes used in tapas bars in Spain, their design is simple but they’re great to cook with. They retain the heat longer than any other dishes, so when you serve your food to the table, it will be served at the right temperature.
You don’t necessarily need to use them to serve warm meals, they can be used to serve almonds, olives and other cold dishes.
If you and your friends love wine, this is the perfect gift for you. Spain has several types of wine, and some of the most known are Rioja (red), Sherry (fortified), Albariño (white), Cava (sparkling) and Ribera del Duero (red).
What are your favourite Spanish themed gifts?
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