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It’s tough to choose the best thing to bring home from Buenos Aires out of the many tempting options. To start, if the local caffeine delivery system has you hooked, Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest picking up a maté gourd, bombilla (the metal straw) and a kilo or two of maté. (Think coffee if it looked like hay that’s sipped with a metal straw out of a gourd, and you've got the picture.) Another liquid our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend taking home is wine; you can bring up to five bottles back to the U.S. without paying duty, which means an opportunity to purchase smaller estates and more expensive varieties tough to find back north for a fraction of the price.
For clotheshorses, leather goods from bags to jackets are a must — especially since they're also less expensive than at home, depending on where you look; head to Calle Vera in the Villa Crespo neighborhood for the best deals. And as home to the shoes that Tom's Shoes has turned into a worldwide phenomena, a pair of alpargatas from any street market or upscale boutique is a great idea for one's own feet or as gifts.
On the artistic front, it's not a bad idea to grab any one of the label compilations on sale at Mercurio Records, since this independent shop boasts the best of the BA underground, including releases from Dengue Dancing Records, Estamos Felices and ZZK Records. Located on Avenida Santa Fe at 2729, the multi-purpose space is also home to an array of shops from emerging galleries and retailers.