It's holiday season, and that can only mean one thing: You're going to be spending a lot of money on Christmas presents! So this year, instead of throwing your hard-earned cash at big corporations, why not go for a gift that gives in more ways than one by supporting a Latino-owned small business?
We've collected a range of gifts for everyone from the bebes to the abuelos in your life, and the best part is, you know your money will be supporting the dream of at least one Latina (or Latino) who has been hard at work building up her own business. ¡Feliz Navidad!
1. Latina-Owned Gift Guide: Naughty Housewife
Diana Delatorre makes delicious baked goods that are both naughty and nice! This half-Cuban, half-Boricua baker started her very own baking business this year, and is offering a holiday special just for Latina readers! Order a batch of 6 of her special Morenas (brownies laced with nutella and roasted hazelnuts) and Rubias (blondies spiked with Dulce de Leche and white chocolate chips) for just $15 and not only will you be supporting a small business, but also the non-profit, Helping Harlem Moms. Place an order at firstname.lastname@example.org!
2. Latina-Owned Gift Guide: Araya Chocolates
After learning the ins and outs of chocolate making in his native Venezuela, Stefano Zullian started his own small, family-owned business company in Houston, TX and is now one of the premiere chocolate makers in the area. Boxes range in price from $15 for 6 pieces, to $54 for 24 pieces and some sets come packaged in one of a kind boxes designed by local artists.
3. Latina-Owned Gift Guide: Lorena Barrezueta
4. Latina-Owned Gift Guide: Fevi Reyes
Fevi Reyes is a Boricua designer based out of Miami, FL. She specializes in making dainty, pretty jewelry you can wear every day. Our fave? This bad-ass "Eat Ur Heart Out" silver chain ($140)!
5. Latina-Owned Gift Guide: Los Pollitos Dicen
This adorable line of baby clothes based on the classic Spanish lullaby captured our hearts at first pio! These cuddly onesies and t-shirts ($10) are perfect for the newest addition of your family and allow the little one to wear his heritage on his sleeve and come decorated with the cutest sayings, like “Gordita/o,” and “¡Pachanga!”
6. Latina-Owned Gift Guide: El Jefe Mug
Perfect for the “Jefe” in your life! Grab this classic coffee mug ($19) from Alan Darco designs for your father or hubby and make him feel like the king of the mountain every morning.
7. Latina-Owned Gift Guide: Adobo Apron
This Adobo apron ($28) is perfect for your bestie (or her hubby!) who is always stuck cooking. The cute design is reminiscent of the Adidas logo and of course, highlights our ubiquitous spice, Adobo! This apron will keep whoever is wearing it looking cool (and clean) in the kitchen.
8. Latina-Owned Gift Guide: Amor T-shirt
15 percent of the proceeds of every “Hope” t-shirt sold by KC Tees will donated to SAVE.org, a suicide prevention program for teens. The maker of LA-based KC tees says every shirt is meant to deliver an inspiring message of integrity, respect and self-esteem. $25 is a small amount to pay for such positivity.
9. Latina-Owned Gift Guide: Burju Shoes
These hot shoes promise to combine style and comfort. Designed by former dancer Burju Perez, the girl knows how to make shoes you can shimmy the night away in! Plus, each shoe is customizable. We love these amazing winter-white booties finished off with dainty lace detail ($129).
10. Latina-Owned Gift Guide: Marissa Alperin
This part-Spanish jewelry designer runs her jewelry business out of small studio/showroom in Brooklyn Heights, New York. We love these adorable letter charm necklaces ($70 in silver $300 in 14k)—perfect for new moms, trendy teens and every stylish chica in between.