We all know that the holidays are mostly for the kids, especially when it comes to gift giving. Of course we enjoy the festivities too, but the holidays wouldn’t feel nearly as special if it weren’t for the excitement and joy we see in our children this time of year. While most of us will probably make sure our kiddo gets the toy of the year, or that new video game everyone’s playing, the holidays are also a great opportunity to give our kids gifts that celebrate Latinx culture and support Latinx business owners.
So here, we’ve curated a super-fun list of holiday gift ideas from companies like Lil’ Libros and Hija de tu Madre, for Latinx kids of all ages — from newborn to teenager — to help you get a jump start on your holiday shopping.
Baby Jive Luxe Cloud Mobile
This silver and gold cloud mobile is the perfect gift for the newborn in your life, whether it’s your own or you’re a new tía. It’s made of gorgeous leather and linen, and the metallic finish makes it eye-catching and engaging for babies’ developing brains. Although Baby Jive is not a Latinx-owned company, this sweet mobile is sold by retailer Maisonette, which is a Latinx-owned shop.
Luxe Cloud Mobile, $110, available at maisonette.com
Honest Company Bathtime Gift Set
Honestly, when you have a young infant who isn’t going to remember the holiday anyway (but they’ll have fun tearing off the paper) it really doesn’t matter what’s inside. So, why not make their holiday gift something practical? Just like mamas, babies always need bath products, and we are big fans of Honest brand from Jessica Alba. This bathtime gift set is perfect for a holiday gift, since it looks impressive and actually includes a lot of products. It’s available in multiple scents, our favorite of which is the sweet orange vanilla, which smells just like a creamsicle. FYI, these are great products for older kids as well and they’re ALL NATURAL
Everyday Gentle Bathtime Gift Set, $50, available at honest.com
Lil’ Libros Wooden Shapes Puzzle
Chunky puzzles are the perfect developmentally appropriate toy for young toddlers, and this one from Lil’ Libros is extra special. It’s Cuauhtémoc (Aztec ruler of Tenochtitlan) themed and features all the basic shapes and their names printed in both English and Spanish. The chunky wooden pieces are easy to hold, and the bright colors will hold the interest of busy little ones.
Cuauhtémoc: A Bilingual Wooden Shapes Puzzle, $25, available at lillibros.com
Cantico’s World Game Night Gift Bundle
Baby’s first dominoes! Learning to play dominoes is a rite of passage in Latinx families, so we love the idea of getting kids a set of their own. This one is animal-themed and also comes with a really fun travel-themed matching game that’s well-suited for kids of various ages, which means this set is perfect for family game night.
Game Night Gift Bundle, $20, available at shop.canticosworld.com
Sol Book Box Subscription
We have long used Spanish-language children’s literature as a tool to help us teach our own children Spanish, so the idea of a Sol Book Box subscription is really appealing to us. With this subscription, children will receive one beautiful, high-quality children’s book written in Spanish, Spanglish or English/Spanish, each month. You can choose between one-month, three-month or six-month subscriptions. All books are curated by a bilingual mom raising bicultural children, and are gift-wrapped and shipped out on the same day each month.
Sol Book Box subscription, from $20, available at solbookbox.com
Mi Legasi Niña Power T-Shirt
Mi Legasi makes cute and empowering gear for Latinx kids and adults that is simple, affordable and versatile, while still sending a clear message. We absolutely love this “niña power” t-shirt which is available in a variety of colors and sizes from toddler to tween. They’ve also got plenty of options for little boys including one that reads “Travieso”.
“Niña Power” T-shirt, $18, available at milegasi.com
The Designing Chica Paint Kits
We adore finding unique craft ideas for our kids, and the paint kits from The Designing Chica are just that. They are all prints of incredible illustrations—many of which celebrate Latinx culture and honor our icons— and come with two brushes and 13 shades of acrylic paint. There are so many to choose from, with options suited for elementary schoolers as well as teens.
Paint Kits, $25, available at thedesigningchica.com
If you have a teen girl in your life, this necklace from Hija de tu Madre is a must. Empowerment starts at home, and we need to let our girls know from an early age, that they are capable and worthy. Give this necklace as a gift and it’ll serve as a regular reminder to your nena that she already possesses everything she needs to achieve her dreams.
Mija Necklace, $47, available at hijadetumadre.com
JZD Latina Power Bank
On that note, we also love this “You’ve got that Latina power,” power bank. It’s functional and practical, but also sends an awesome reminder out to your teen or pre-teen every time they use it. It’s the palest shade of pink, compatible with most modern devices and comes with the USB cable, so your girl will never be able to claim her phone was dead.
JZD Latina Power Bank, $28, available at shoplatinx.com
La Calavera Phone Case
This unisex phone case is a great gift for teens who want to represent Latinx culture everywhere they go. Plus, we all know how crucial it is to make sure the clumsy teen’s expensive phone is protected! It’s a BPA-free clear, hard plastic iPhone case, printed with a super-cool calavera skull wearing a cactus and marigold headpiece.
La Calavera Phone Case, $18, available at hijadelaluna.com