There was a lot of talk about supporting Latinx brands during the month of September, which is Hispanic Heritage Month. That’s great in that it brings attention to small businesses (and bigger ones you may not have heard of yet), but the support should keep going strong even now that September is long gone. This holiday season is a great time to consider shopping Hispanic-owned brands, and it doesn’t get much easier than checking out this gift guide of Latinx brands for everyone on your list. From splurges to steals, there’s something for everyone on your list.
Reusable Cleansing Pads
The friend who’s trying to green-up their beauty routine (and use less cotton balls) will love these reusable cleansing pads. They’re made of natural ramie fiber (grass linen) and cotton, and they’re reversible; one side has a slightly rough texture for exfoliating and the other side is a soft terry material. Just rinse and hang to dry after each use.
Women around the world got chills when they heard Kamala Harris speak these words, and this shirt will bring that powerful energy everywhere you go. In partnership with The Sambhali Trust, GRL Collective is a Latina-founded lifestyle brand that donates 20% of profits to help fund girls’ education in India, so in addition to looking cool, this shirt does good.
This golden-plated brass pendant chain showcases the moon card of the tarot deck, which reminds the wearer to trust their instincts and intuition (a reminder everyone can use sometimes). For anyone who doesn’t go anywhere without their deck, this makes a meaningful gift that will make them think of you every time they wear it.
Every bag from Soraya Hennessy is artisan-made and hand-woven in the artisans’ own homes in La Guajira Peninsula, a peninsula in northern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela (which means no factories, machines or mass-production). The magnetic snaps that keep it closed paired with but the funky leopard print makes it a functional and chic crocheted cotton bag you can feel great about giving.
Selena Gomez’s makeup brand, Rare Beauty, is all about making the wearer feel good in their own skin; in fact, the brand, in partnership with Rare Impact, has a goal of raising $100M over 10 years to help people access mental health services.This dual-ended, triangular-shaped brow pencil is a two-in-one gift; one side holds a slanted brow pencil that makes filling in brows easy and on the other side you’ll find a spoolie with a tinted brow gel.
Date Night Box
This date night box will be a bright spot in a long winter. It includes everything a couple (or two friends) will need for a fun night of cocktails: blood orange & chili pepper cocktail mix that has a sweet and salty taste, dried orange slices, agave worm salt (yes, it’s really made with worms), grasshopper salt (yup), hot pink reusable cocktail napkins, the coolest hand-stitched coasters, and a custom-blended candle. You’ll also find a pre-prepped playlist, etched shot glasses and more. Just remember to give a bottle of tequila or mezcal too.
Those who are travelers at heart, if not in practice this year, will appreciate this heady candle that evokes the scents of faraway places. Worn leather, spice, smokey cannabis, and redwood essential oils will take them on a trip, even if they haven’t moved much further than the couch to the kitchen.
Tie-dye had a major moment this summer, and the fun doesn’t have to end just because winter is here. This blend of pewter gray and tan swirls gives all the retro feels in a more muted color palette. These have a perfect five-star review on Etsy, and if you’re hoping to give an even better gift, there’s a matching sweatshirt available too.
For eyes that will look super dramatic and defined (even on a Zoom call) give this trio of faux mink lashes (they’re made from fluttery synthetic fibers). Luna Magic was founded by a pair of sisters, Mabel and Shaira Frías, who are Afro-Latina & Dominican-American, so this may be the perfect gift for your own sister or sister-in-law (or the friend who feels more like family).
This insulated bottle will keep drinks hot or cold, plus the smart design has a cap that doubles as a cup for easy drinking. The stainless steel bottle is surprisingly lightweight and it has a base made of recycled ocean plastic. And best of all, with each sale, the company funds the removal of approximately 11,000 bottles from the ocean.
It’s crafted by women weavers in Guatemala and dyed using coffee bean shells, coconut shells, indigo, and flor de Muerto flowers. It’s functional, unique, and will make a beautiful statement, plus it’s made of organic woven cotton.
This jacket originally retailed for $795, so while it’s a splurge, it’s still a really sweet deal. It’s made of a blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester, and the fabric has a really understated polka dot texture to it. Gift this to your friend, your sister, yourself (we won’t tell) this is a jacket that will get year-round use.
This backpack is 40% lighter than the average pack, plus it rolls up small when not in use, making this a great gift for your adventure-loving pal who always asks you to join on a hike. The bag is handmade by artisans in Mexican who are paid a fair wage (98% of the artisans are women) and if no one on your list needs another bag, you could opt for a cute face mask instead; for each mask purchased, another one is given to the artisan who made it.
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