Christmas Shopping In Merida!

November 22, 2011

Yep!…this is the place to get those stocking stuffer’s! Some of the most appreciated gifts are the ones you likely never thought of. Shopping here for some of the local Mayan handcrafts will get you started…

Check out these terrific key chains–little colorfully beaded stuffed animals that are Rooster’s, chickens, snakes, parrots, alligators, bluebirds and other artfully hand made creatures.

Colorful Parrot Keychain

Or Women’s hand bags–great for the casual elegant to shabby-chic occasions. Hand-stitched indigenous patterns in terrific colors in tiny to large sizes.

Or silver bracelets and expertly designed handcrafted earrings, necklaces and pendants too.

You’ll find fabulous turquoise rock specimens and other semi-precious stones both in and out of settings.

Or hand painted plates and pottery that rival’s some of the most intricate Italian designs.

You can find all of these items in the various outdoor markets or the more permanent shops found in the Historic Centro and near the main plaza. All within walking distance from the Casa.

Be gentle, patient and friendly, but don’t forget your bargaining skills! Try to bundle items, start at around 50% of what you hear and don’t be afraid to walk away. You can always come back later.

Avoid ‘agents’ standing around asking if you are interested in something they can find for you. They will just lead you to a local shop and take a commission. Just say ‘no gracias’ and keep moving. Know too, that prices get better the further away from the Main Plaza you go. But there are always exceptions—some items like the hand bags I mentioned are always a good deal and they are in the same shop as the key chains. I love this place. It located on C62 at C61 on the North West side of the Main Plaza. It’s about 2 or 3 shops away from the corner.

The MONTH of Christmas widely celebrated in Merida and the Historic Centro lights-up pretty good–of course that’s relative to your individual collective experiences and expectations. Streets have arching displays over each block, and the main plaza is as good as any you will likely see. Many residents have elaborate displays in their living rooms or parlors open for passersby to view. There are festivities, church services, and seemingly always something going on for the whole month of December.

Shopping in Merida is great for Christmas, Birthdays, friends back home or whatever…I never know who I’m buying for most of the time but the items always seem to disappear.

Have a great time…and maybe I’ll see you in the Plaza!