There is so much to treasure and bring home from Nicaragua.
Hammocks, Paintings, Jewelry, Ceramics, Woodworking, Clothing. If you come home from Nicaragua with shot glasses and a T-shirt made in China, that would be disappointing.
But after our third trip to Nicaragua in August, I came home with a different set of souvenirs and gifts. And I went to the Masaya Municipal Market to get them. Masaya has two large shopping markets, one for locals and one for tourists. The one for tourists is rated #3 on Trip Advisor for things to do in Masaya. The one for locals isn’t even listed. Here’s one blogger’s experience of them on the same day. For her, it was worth paying more for items in exchange for a more beautiful, relaxing shopping experience. For me, I knew I wanted more practical items and I knew I was going to buy a lot. So to the “Mercado Municipal de Masaya” I went. All prices quoted are from there. I’m sorting Christmas presents now, so for your enjoyment, here are 5 not so obvious gifts, all under $5, all made in Nicaragua, that will all fit in a carry-on.
1# The Orange Squeezer
It’s for squeezing lemons and limes – never mind the name. As a near daily squeezer of lemons or limes, this tool is usually in my drying rack instead of inside a drawer.
I went through many inferior squeezing tools before this one. The twisting kind, plug in contraptions, even a similar design from a Target store. But guess what. The made in China for an American store orange squeezer, bent after the second use.
These are made by hand in Nicaragua for Nicaraguans where citrus trees grow like weeds. They are strong and built for daily use. [Read more…] about 5 Authentic “Off the Beaten Track” Souvenirs From Nicaragua