Buy Local! (Even from Abroad)

off the beaten path, Travel Tips — By Elizabeth Gleeson on December 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Shopping is certainly one of the highlights of visiting new places for many travelers. Picking up souvenirs that capture the essence of a far-away city or country is an essential part of any trip, to give as gifts to those who were not as fortunate as to be able to accompany the traveler, or simply to hold onto as a tangible way to remember the place visited. However, sometimes creative shoppers want to buy foreign-made items and cannot make the actual trip – luckily, there are all kinds of options for buying locally, directly from the artist/designer/producer, without even leaving your computer screen. Check out our picks for recommended Buenos Aires-based sellers that have set up their shops on to bring the spirit of La Pampa, Patagonia, and stylish, sophisticated Buenos Aires right to your doorstep.

Handmade from start to finish (from sheep-shearing to hand-dying to packing up the pieces to be shipped right to you), the designers at Tikay produce wool woven rugs, decorative and whimsical woolen balls, colorful wool pillows, and the most Argentinian of souvenirs, mates. Check out their Etsy shop here.

Textile by Tikay

Pick up a few lovely, unique handmade dolls for the little ones in your life from Maminas. Her webpage shows the full assortment of items.

The funky, über-modern acrylic jewelry crafted by Indomina is the ideal gift for that stylish someone that already has every other accesory under the moon. The reasonable prices mean you can buy some for yourself, too!

Browse through the elegant, sculptural metal and plastic jewelry pieces by local designer Cynthia Del Giudice. She also offers gift certificates in case you want to let your lucky recipient pick out their own piece. More modern, beautiful metal jewelry and accesories can be found at the online shop of Meetalls.

Original graffiti-inspired art prints from Parquerama will bring to mind the spectactular, playful street art that plasters the walls of Buenos Aires. Shipping is currently FREE so order up a bunch!

Art by Parquerama

Tags: accessories, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Etsy, fashion, homewares, internet shopping, jewelry, local designer, local fashion, local products, shop, shopping


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    This is definitely what Moms and Dads are focusing on in current times. The dolls that they get their daughters are revised models of the retro verions, just like with this Barbie Townhouse. It’s easily a winner.

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