Traveling to your favorite destination during the holidays is one of the most magical and exciting times for the entire family. While going on vacation is a big deal, and there are a lot of things going on, sometimes we forget a few things. But what happens when the thing you forgot were those special gifts that make Christmas complete?
Arriving at your all-inclusive resort should be relaxing, but realizing you forgot the holiday gifts could often make what should be an incredible moment worrisome. Don’t worry; go to the pool and order your favorite cocktail because we’ve got you covered.
Unique Mexican Christmas Traditions
Before we get started, we wanted to tell you about a tradition that is celebrated in Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. Christmas in Mexico isn’t much different than that of those in the United States, Canada, or Europe. There are still festivities on Christmas Eve, Santa Clause, decorations, and more. But have you heard of the Dia de Los Reyes Mágicos (Also known as three kings day)? This is celebrated on January 6th to commemorate the time the three kings or 3 Wise Men visited Mary and Joseph to give gifts to Baby Jesus.
On January 6th, Mexican children will find gifts at the foot of their Christmas tree, brought by Los Reyes Magos! Later, the entire family will eat the Rosca de Reyes, a circular-shaped bread with a hole in the middle made from sweet dough. There is also a surprise inside. A mini-figure of a child, and it is traditionally known that whoever finds the figure has to invite everyone to a party on Candlemas Day.
Whether you arrive at your favorite Sandos hotel without any gifts or you want to add a complete Mexican spin to this year’s celebrations, we have your back with a complete list of ideas for gifts you can get right here in Mexico:
An Ornament for the Christmas Tree
This year during your Christmas getaway to paradise, why not get something unique for future holidays to remind you of your one-of-a-kind beach vacation? Mexico is full of incredible artists that create unique items with amazing detail. We guarantee that an ornament and other Christmas decorations resembling the fun and joy you experienced will be ideal for future years to come!
A Little Taste of Mexico
During your vacation, you are going to be introduced to a whole new world of flavors and foods, so why not bring the tastes of Mexico back home with you? While you may not be able to bring home your favorite Mexican dish, you can bring back the spices and salsas that you loved to recreate them at home!
Now, you won’t have to tell your friends stories that make you or your family and friends mouth water; you can recreate the dishes from your home. All you need to do is ask the waiter at your favorite Sandos resort about the salsa you fell in love with and where to find it.
Etched Glasses, Plates, and Bowls
This is one of our favorite ideas and is guaranteed to make your gift stand out this Christmas. Made by the most creative hands in Mexico, you can help your family or friends restock their cupboard with one-of-a-kind, etched glasses, plates, and bowls. They come in a wide array of colorful designs. On the 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, guests staying at Sandos Playacar can walk to different local shops and pick out the ones that catch their eye. But be careful, you may find yourself wanting to buy everything in the store.
If there is one thing that defines Mexico across the world, it is definitely Tequila, and we guarantee your friends back home are going to want to try the Mexican creation. But, little do people know that Tequila artisans across the country have made different flavors to enjoy. Whether it be in Downtown Los Cabos, in the Cancun Hotel Zone, or 5th Avenue, you will be able to find some of the best Tequila connoisseurs for a traditional Mexican Christmas Gift.
Did you know that at Sandos Hotels in Mexico, we invite local artisans to support the local culture and share their handmade gifts with the guests? In the evenings, you can find artisans in the resort selling different types of clothing, from formal shirts to gorgeous dresses. All of these are handmade and produced with some of the finest fabrics. Now, your gift can show the beauty of Mexico through every moment while on vacation and at home.
Have you ever visited Mexico? Well, if you have, you probably noticed when walking in the local shopping centers; there are quite a few people selling little handbags, wallets, toys, necklaces, bracelets, etc. These trinkets are the perfect idea for stocking stuffers. While looking through your options, you may be admiring their beauty, it is also crucial to remember that these are all handmade, and by purchasing them, you are supporting the local economy, two gifts in one! If you find someone selling them, but nothing catches your eye, keep on walking because there are sellers all over the major tourist areas ready to provide you with a unique Xmas gift.
This year’s Christmas gift to your family and friends doesn’t necessarily need to be an object, so why not a new adventure? Luckily for you, each Sandos Hotel is situated in a destination that offers travelers an endless amount of excursions to take part in. Here are a few to think about:
XPLOR Adventure Park – There is nothing quite like a Christmas gift featuring ziplining, ATVing, swimming, wall climbing, and so much more! Go on the adventure of a lifetime at the XPLOR Adventure park, ideal for the entire family.
Chichen Itza – With a rich Mayan Culture still present in the Riviera Maya, pay your respects to the once-great civilization that ruled here. Explore the ruins and great pyramids, admiring the architecture while also learning about the history of the civilization.
Cenote Tour – After some time underneath the warm sun, freshen up in one of the many aboveground, semi-open, or underground cenotes in the area. You can take a dip in what used to be used for sacred ceremonies in the time of the Mayans.
Cabo San Lucas
The Arch – With just a short boat ride, you and the family can witness “El Arco de Cabo San Lucas,” a beautiful rock formation. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel and witness the underwater flora and fauna of the area.
ATVing in the Mountains – When the thrill is on the agenda during Christmas, you cannot miss an ATV tour through the unique Los Cabos Landscape. From the desert to the mountains to the beach, you can take a guided tour full of incredible places and outstanding views.
Sunset Cruise – Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your special someone? Well, how about a romantic sunset cruise on the Sea of Cortez? Combined with romantic music, amenities, and services, you can show your loved ones just how special they are to you.
These are just a few of the excursions you can take part in. Make sure to visit Seek & Go when you arrive at the hotel and give the best gift that you can in Mexico.
Be Prepared for Your Mexican Christmas Getaway with Sandos
Make this year’s festivities one that is unforgettable with a trip to your favorite Mexican beach destination. Leave the cold behind and say hello to warm weather, sunny skies, and gorgeous beaches. Are you ready to spend Christmas in paradise?