Christmas 2014: Editors Gift Guide

Ho, ho, ho! It's (nearly) Christmas season, and it's (definitely) time to start buying presents for your friends and family. In a rut? Don't fret! We've got plenty of gift ideas that your loved ones will simply adore. 

Get the scoop on what the editors of Latina are hoping Santa brings them this year: 

PLUS: More holiday gift ideas!

1. Shirley Velazquez, Executive Editor

"For Christmas, I really want a baby Vizsla. I love big dogs and these are the perfect size for my NYC apartment!"

Vizsla Dog,


2. Elaine Cipriano, Executive Managing Editor

"I'm not sure if I want to wear them or eat them like button candy, but I'm being good this year so Santa can bring me these new Christian Louboutins." 

Christian Louboutin Spike Me Heels, $1,295, Christian Louboutin

3. Jesus Trivino, Entertainment Director

"Cigars, cigars, and more cigars! I'm big on cigars (I know it's so old school Latino of me) and legendary brand Nat Sherman always has a great selection. The 75th Celebration cigar is a limited edition (only 2,500 were made) smoke dedicated to Joel, who joined his father, Nat, in the family business 54 years ago. Another cigar I'm hoping the wife gets for me is the Epoca cigar, which is overflowing with flavors of coffee, nuts, wood and pepper. Give me some "Tabaco y Rum" ASAP!"

Joel Sherman 75th Celebration Cigars, $190 per box, Nat Sherman

4. Verky Arcos, Fashion Director

"This tote is like a baby bag for adults! It has pockets and a place for everything you carry, so this year I actually have a chance of achieving my New Year's resolution of getting organized. Let's go!"

Dagne Dover, $265, Dagne Dover


5. Amanda Cargill, Food Content Director

"As an avid baker, this KitchenAid Stand Mixer is my "in your dreams" gift. Not only does it look gorgeous — love, love, love its retro flavor — but it is a truly pro-caliber chef's tool. This version, KitchenAid's latest model, is sturdy and durable like its predecessor, but has a new feature — a bowl-lift mechanism — that makes mixing and kneading far more convenient. It's really the best of the best in baking tools."

KitchenAid Professional 6500 Design Series Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer, $520,

6. Samantha Leal, Deputy Online Editor

"I'm a beauty addict, so this, to me, is the holy grail. This set includes six eye shadows you can wear alone, or (here's where the mixology comes in…) you can mix them together for custom shades. Don't worry about storage — the set includes three empty mixing pots and expert tips so that your recipient makes something they'll actually wear. It's like arts and crafts for makeup junkies. Hint hint friends and family. HINT HINT."

Buxom's The Incredible Mixologist, $36, Sephora or BareMinerals


7. Kelli Acciardo, Site Editor

"Since I'm never not attached to my phone (checking e-mails, writing texts, Instagramming forLatina, etc.) I need gloves that don't slow me down in frigid temps.'s styles are iPhone compatible and actually chic (not hideous), so I will be adding these to my wish list this season."

$20 - $95, Women's Leather and Rabbit Cuff Touch Screen Gloves,

8. Stephanie Jerez, Contributing Social Media Editor

"I like to travel every year, and last year my luggage almost fell apart! It's time for an update… and a heroic one at that! I always travel with my shark pillow pet and Batman t-shirt, and I need this luggage to complete the ultimate coolness."

Marvel Wheeled Trolly Suitcase, $79.99, Superhero Stuff

9. Cristina Mari Arreola, Editorial Assistant

"I'm a total book nerd: I devour at least a book a week on my daily commute to the Latina offices, and I'm constantly buying collectible copies of books I already own. A well-stocked library is the key to a happy heart, and I'm always trying to add to mine!  This year, I'd love to receive one of these monogrammed novels from Penguin Books. Conveniently, the "C" "M" and "A" novels (my initials!) correspond to three of my favorite books: My Antonia by Willa Cather, Moby Dick by Herman Melville and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen!" 

Penguin Drop Caps, $16 - $20,