Need a great gift for your foodie friend? Your stylish friend? Your friend that spends way too much time online reading beauty product reviews? Our editors at Evite compiled a list of Hispanic- and Latinx-owned or founded businesses (and authors) to support now and forever! Here are our favorite gift ideas for you to consider for your friends and family (they’re all available at Amazon to make gifting them even easier).
For foodies of all ages
Fresh Bellies: Yummy preservative-free fruit and veggie snacks with a dash of unexpected (but delicious) seasoning to encourage even the pickiest palate to try something different. Our pick: Strawberry Feels Forever
And of course, recipe books:
“Chicano Eats: Recipes from My Mexican-American Kitchen” by Esteban Castillo
“Guerrilla Tacos: Recipes from the Streets of L.A.” by Wesley Avila
“Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories” by Fany Gerson
“Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen” by Gonzalo Guzmán with Stacy Adimando
“Gran Cocina Latina” by Maricel E. Presilla
“Tequila Made Me Do It: 60 Tantalizing Tequila and Mezcal Cocktails” by Cecilia Rios Murrieta
For the style-obsessed
Hot Chocolate Designs: Made for taking a walk on the whimsical side, these retro shoes come in tons of original designs to suit every personality. We honestly can't pick a favorite, but Golden Nights 2, Call Me, Bow Dacious and Kitsch Picnic are some of our top picks.
Sifrimania: Layerable handmade jewelry featuring evil eyes, cultured pearls, colorful beads and more for the person who likes their looks to have a little extra meaning. Our pick: Figa Charm Mal de Ojo Bracelet
Pair of Thieves: Let's face it, when it comes to gifting, it's hard to go wrong with underwear, socks and loungewear for the guys. Pair of Thieves offers tons of comfy options. Our pick: Off-Duty Tapered Super Soft Lounge Pants
For the homebody
Lorena Canals: This Barcelona-based company is best known for its washable wool and cotton rugs (created by founder Lorena Canals to be the perfect kid-friendly rug), but its contemporary designs are perfect for any household. Our pick: Natural Cotton Tasseled Basket (We love the rugs, but this basket is too good to not get a special mention.)
For the self-care devotee
Soap Cauldron: This Hispanic, women & family-owned small business offers artisan skincare under their Three Sisters Apothecary brand. With bar soap, body butter and more in fragrances like Blood Orange & Cardamom, Plum & Nutmeg, Mission Fig & Honey and Mexican Lime & Cilantro, you know these handmade soaps are next-level. Our pick: Four Bar Soap Sampler Gift Set (and this Harvest Pumpkin & Cinnamon Body Butter for fall)
Orijin Design Co.: Designed to promote mindfulness and encourage people to slow down, Orijin’s Thinking Egg is most definitely a unique and thoughtful gift for anyone who needs some extra zen in their life (which is all of us). Our pick: Thinking Egg in Natural Howlite Stone
HummingBee: With an un-bee-lievable selection of specialized bee products, HummingBee shows that there’s way more to these incredible pollinators than just honey. Our pick: Bee Pollen, Propolis Spray, Organic Coffee Beans and Beeswax Lip Balm Bundle
Mountain Beast Man Tonic: Created for men by women, this handcrafted line of all-natural men’s grooming products is made from natural ingredients and packaged in reusable tins, glass bottles and cardboard. Our pick: Shaving Oil
Tata Harper: Handmade with love in Vermont, this beloved skincare brand is 100% free from GMOs, toxins, fillers, artificial colors and fragrances, and synthetic chemicals! Long story short, it’s fabulous. Our pick: Daily Essentials Set, 6-Step Skincare Starter Regimen
For the techie
For mamas + babies
Oli & Carol: Founded by two sisters in Barcelona (at the ages of 21 and 16!), Oli & Carol offers natural, handmade, sustainable teethers and toys in beyond-adorable designs. Think realistic fruits and veggies, animal bracelets and origami boats. Fun fact: their mother is Lorena Canals! Our pick: Arnold the Avocado Natural Rubber Teething Toy
The Honest Company: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of this eco-friendly baby and beauty brand founded by Jessica Alba. Diapers to clothing, it's got it all! Our pick: Honest Mama Bump Love Bundle
For MUAH lovers
Gabriel Cosmetics: Committed to sustainable, natural beauty, Gabriel Cosmetics offers tons of fantastic lipsticks and glosses along with other beauty staples. Our pick: Jojoba Seed Oil-Infused Vegan Lipstick
Suavecito & Suavecita: The rockabilly scene has loved this brand for years, but even if victory rolls and pompadours aren’t part of your look, this brand has something for your tresses. Our pick: Suavecita Pomade
Beautyblender: Often imitated but never truly duplicated, this handy sponge continues to be an essential beauty tool for anyone who wears cream or liquid makeup products. Our pick: Back 2 Basics Blender & Cleanser Set
For the life of the party
Mike Alfaro’s Millennial Loteria and El Tarot Deck: Comedy writer Mike Alfaro took two classic pastimes, Loteria and tarot cards, and gave them an updated Latinx millennial twist. Our pick: Millennial Loteria
Badass Balloon Co.: As the name suggests, these balloons are a little sassier than your average bunch. Made in the U.S., this brand creates designs for all wedding types, NYE, bachelorette parties, sobriety parties, Friendsgiving and so much more (though probably not kids’ birthdays). Our pick: Adult Birthday Party Balloons
For 4-legged friends
Team Treatz: Not only are these treats designed to help clean your pup’s teeth, but they’re also made in the U.S. and feature Disney characters, Hello Kitty, and Snoopy! Our pick: Nightmare Before Christmas Chicken Dental Dog Treats
For budding bibliophiles
Lil’ Libros Series: These are a MUST for babies and toddlers! This bilingual board book series is just wonderful, with so many titles available to help kids learn two languages at once. Our pick: “Singing - Cantando De Colores: A Bilingual Book of Harmony” by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein (illustrated by Citlali Reyes). Reading age: 3–6 years.
“First 100 Words: Bilingual Firsts” by Susie Jaramillo: Susie created Canticos, an Emmy-nominated Latinx-inspired bilingual nursery rhyme series, in 2016, and her Canticos books are the perfect way to keep the fun going. Reading age: 0–6 years.
“Queen of Tejano Music: Selena” by Silvia López: They’re never too young to learn about and love Selena! This engaging book tells the story of her and her family’s hard work and determination, while carefully ending the book in a way that gives younger readers the chance to celebrate Selena’s life and legacy. Illustrated by Paola Escobar. Reading age: 6–9 years.
“Bad Hair Does Not Exist! | ¡Pelo Malo No Existe!” by Sulma Arzu-Brown: Many Latinx and Black children are bullied over their hair, and the powerful “all hair is beautiful” message of this book is one that every child should hear. Illustrated by Isidra Sabio. Reading age: 3 years & up.
“Alma and How She Got Her Name” by Juana Martinez-Neal: Every name has meaning behind it, and Alma’s discovery of hers helps her learn more about her family and how she has her own story to tell. Reading age: 4–8 years.
“Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music” by Margarita Engle: Based upon a true story, this vibrant book tells the tale of a dreamer who made her dreams a reality by challenging gender inequality. Illustrated by Rafael López. Reading age: 4–7 years.
“Esperanza Rising” by Pam Muñoz Ryan: This award-winning story chronicles a heroic young girl’s journey from a life of privilege in Mexico to a Mexican farm labor camp in California. It’s easy to see why this is on so many must-read lists. Reading age: 8–14.
“Be Bold! Be Brave! 11 Latinas who made U.S. History” by Naibe Reynoso: This book is written for kids, but we bet you’ll enjoy reading it just as much as they will! Illustrated by Jone Leal. Reading age: 5–8 years.
“Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation” by Duncan Tonatiuh: Before Brown v. Board of Education ended segregation in all U.S. schools, the Mendez family helped to bring an end to segregation in schools in California. Another book people of all ages should read. Reading age: 6–10 years.
“Too Many Tamales” by Gary Soto: Perfect for the holiday season, this classic story about a family preparing tamales for Christmas is a joy to experience from start to finish. Illustrated by Ed Martinez. Reading age: 4–8 years.
“Where Are You From?” by Yamile Saied Méndez: This story deftly handles delicate subjects— self-acceptance and identity—with meaningful, lyrical language and art. Illustrated by Jaime Kim. Reading age: 4–8 years.
“Paletero Man” by Lucky Diaz: A neighborhood comes together to help the narrator gain his heart’s greatest desire—an ice pop from Paletero José! Illustrated by Micah Player. Reading age: 2–7 years.
“Niño Wrestles the World” by Yuyi Morales: Every kid has an abundance of imagination, but Niño’s is truly extraordinary, wrestling with everyone from La Llorona to his younger sisters. Reading age: 2–6 years.
“Islandborn” by Junot Díaz: Lola can’t remember the place of her birth, an island in the Caribbean. But with the help of her family, she realizes that it’s still a part of her even if she doesn't remember it. Illustrated by Leo Espinosa. Reading age: 2–8 years
“Milo Imagines the World” by Matt de la Peña: We can imagine what people’s lives are like all we want, but as Milo discovers, they don’t always match reality. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. Reading age: 3–8 years.
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