Now In (Limited) Stock: Authentic Guatemalan Worry Dolls. A Great Gift for a Loved One or Yourself!

Howdy y’all! So in our travels to Guatemala we came across these little jewels. And we hope you find them as interesting and endearing as we do, and we hope you’ll consider buying some for yourself or a loved one! They are some of our favorite little things from our travels around the world!

We’d found these little dolls originally several years ago on a trip to Belize, where we learned that they (and the legend) actually originated in Guatemala. So when we got the chance to visit and film in Guatemala we kept our eyes out to see if we could locate some of these things, really just to be able to bring some back for friends and family. Which we did. And they were a huge hit! Everybody absolutely loved them, the legend and what they represent. So we thought we’d look into getting a bunch of them to sell to folks back here in the States.

So we did some shopping around. But we wanted to make absolute sure that if we bought these dolls in bulk to sell, that we bought them from the right folks. We wanted to be sure that we would be helping actual families in Guatemala and at the same time helping to promote the fair trade movement in general. And in doing our research we came across a company called Novica. And if you haven’t heard of Novica, you should definitely give them a look see. They’re doing great things for folks all over the world and their mission is simple: spread happiness. And they do just that through their commitment to connect, empower, and preserve. And we just love that.

So these particular worry dolls are authentic and made by hand in Guatemala by the Lopez Garcia family. And here’s a little more information about all that, directly from Novica’s website:

Legend has it that the Maya Sun God gave princess Ixmucané the gift of solving people’s problems. With time people started making dolls in Ixmucané’s honor and they would tell her their woes, hoping she would solve them through the dolls. “This tradition is still alive,” says Ana from the Lopez Garcia Family. “The idea is to have many worry dolls and trust each one with whatever troubles you. Once you’ve told them, you put them under your pillow. It is said that during the night, while we sleep, the dolls will whisper the solution to our troubles. For us, crafting the worry dolls – muñequitas quita penas – is our main source of income. It allows us to provide our children with an education as well as a job for all of us.”

Isn’t that wonderful? These little worry dolls have been my go to gift (especially for the kiddos) and again, everyone just absolutely loves ’em. And that just fills my heart with joy. They make super sweet little gifts for friends, loved ones, heck – even for yourself!  And to tell you the honest truth, I keep four worry dolls on my bedside table myself. You know, just in case… 🙂 And they are truly among my favorite things.

So if you’ve purchased some worry dolls for yourself, or if you have a story of your own about them, we’d love to hear about it! Share with us if you don’t mind! And no matter where you are in this world or in this life, we sure hope your worries are few and far between.

Cheers y’all. Hugs and lots of love. Enjoy your dolls!

~ Nik
















  1. Amy E Fisher

    Just watched the episode. Tearing up ….well no I am crying lol. Just WOW. Thank you for experience. God bless.

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