From fine wines and leather products, to regional handicrafts and soft alpaca wool clothing, Argentina has some lovely purchases to take home and treasure (or consume, rapidly). Leather goods can be found across the country, and there are some real bargains to be had. Native arts and handicrafts are also easy to come across, and chocolates from Bariloche and wines from Mendoza make particularly welcome gifts.
For an atmospheric shopping experience, visit one of the country's many local ferias (fairs). A huge and lively annual event is La Rural in Buenos Aires, showcasing the best agriculture and livestock the country has to offer, and with craft and produce stalls from regions around the whole country.
Buenos Aires also has some great regular markets. The best place to search for antiques is at the Sunday Feria de San Pedro Telmo flea market at Plaza Dorrego. The Hippie Fair in front of the Centro Cultural Recoleta is a colourful place to browse for handicrafts, jewellery and artwork at weekends. For unique pieces by up-and-coming Buenos Aires designers, head to the clothing boutiques of Palermo, and for cheap and cheerful clothing to top up your holiday wardrobe for a few pesos, the central pedestrianized strip Florida is jam-packed with budget buys. Weekends in riverside Tigre, a 40 minute train ride from Buenos Aires, also see a large market with all kinds of handmade goods.
Beautifully crafted textiles, furniture and clothes are sold by Pasion Argentina (www.pasion-argentina.com.ar), which supports often forgotten indigenous communities. Tierra Adentro in Buenos Aires sells exquisite, fair trade native silver jewellery, textiles and furniture crafted by aboriginals.