Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and whether you’re taken or a #Bichota forever, there’s a crazy amount of pressure to get the perfect V- Day gift for the ones you love. It’s easy to just go to the store and get cheap flowers, candy, balloons, and mass-produced stuffed animals but this year, let’s support our Latinx business owners by purchasing Valentine’s Day gifts from them. Plus, we are sure that once your loved ones find out you shopped local, the gift will be that much more special. So if you’re spoiling your BAE, celebrating with your girls, or treating yo’ self, we’ve rounded up a few gift ideas from Latinx owned brands that will make your Valentine’s Day extra special.
Create a Cocktail Kit
Create-A- Cocktail is the perfect at-home bartending experience created by Latina Ashia P. With a number of cocktails to choose from, they provide the recipes and plastic-ware to give you the perfect items to create your own cocktails.Their Galentine’s Day kit is the ultimate girls day package with ingredients for your desired cocktail, face masks, chocolate hearts, roses and candles. It will give you and your girls yummy cocktails with a relaxing vibe. They also have a Valentine’s Day kit for a romantic date night. It includes ingredients for your favorite cocktail, chocolate hearts, roses, candles, and cigars. Bring something new to date night and fall in love over cocktails and treats.
La Charcuterie Chica Cheeseboard
Who doesn’t love a good charcuterie board? Yvonne, owner of La Charcuterie Chica, is fulfilling your need for cheese, cold cuts, and Latin flavors this Valentine’s Day. So whether you’re celebrating with your main squeeze or getting the queso squad together for a girls night, make sure you have a corazon platter that gives you and your special guests all the amor feels this V-day. **Los Angeles only**
At-Home Spa Day from La Parea
Samanta Moise, founder of La Parea Wellness, provides natural plant-based aromatherapy and beauty solutions for your optimal self-care needs. Her products will create synergy this Valentine’s Day by using both traditional and innovative recipes. Give yourself and your partner a multi-sensory experience with the romantic couple’s gift box. It’s got an herbal bath soak, sensual candles, sleep masks, and chocolates. If you’re staying in and looking to show yourself some love, try the self-care gift box. It comes with candles, essential oils, and body scrubs that will help you relax, find balance, and get some “me time.”
Get Lit with Lit Candle Supply
Lit Candle Supply was created by Raquel Mora in 2018. It is a 100% handmade and hand-poured soy wax candle company who believes a candle can be so much more than a good scent, it can truly be something you light to really set the vibe you want to experience. It can relax you, motivate you, or even just put you in a good mood. So skip the XL teddy bear and chocolates this year and set the mood with some candles for you and your boo.
Virtual Cooking Class with Urban Pilón
Meet Chef, Roberto Perez, co-founder of educational culinary initiative, Urban Pilón. Urban Pilón honors and preserves cooking traditions from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin America, while using completely natural, healthy ingredients. This Valentine’s Day, sign up for one of his virtual cooking classes which showcase stories of our Latinx ancestors by teaching both classic and original recipes along with the history behind them. Or check out his blog for some great recipes for a romantic dinner your partner will never forget.
Feel Sexy in Lingerie from Femmesualidad
Femmesualidad was created by Faviola, a fierce Latina who is flexing her sexy and spreading a message of body positivity through her sexy lingerie brand. The best part is her company offers options for bodies of all shapes and sizes. Embrace your curves with classy, yet sexy, lingerie and feel confident this Valentine’s Day.
Wine Not Be My Valentine? with Mi Sueño Winery
Lorena Herrera and her husband Rolando own Mi Sueño Winery in Napa Valley. The inspirational tale of Mi Sueño is both a love story and a story of the American dream. Him and his wife created the winery the same year as their marriage, representing their love for one another and a “dream come true.” They have so many gift sets to chose from to wine and dine your significant other this Valentine’s Day.
Como La Flor with Planteria Latina
Eunice is an artisan florist and plant stylist who created Planteria Latina. Whether you’re bringing home your first plant, or just don’t have the green thumb so you rather get florals, Planteria Latina has the latest goods to empower you to see your plants grown and thrive. Their Valentine and Galentine collection is live on their website as well as their “Dia de Romance” collection is a mix of dried florals, fresh flowers, plants, and baby’s breath. You can never go wrong with flowers on Valentine’s Day.
Bling It Out with Holy Maria
Marie is a Mexican-American woman who founded the start up Holy Maria selling trendy jewelry, such as chunky rings, bracelets, and stacked and customized necklaces. Get your loved ones the perfect V-day gift with some bling or go ahead and treat yo’self!
Red Lips Forever by Vive Cosmetics
Joanna Rosario and Leslie Valdivia founded Vive Cosmetics, combining their love of beauty with love of their culture. They just released the “Sin Limites” collection featuring different shades of red perfect for Valentine’s day. With their famous staying power you can give your loved one plenty of besitos and rest assured your lips stay red and luscious.
Comfy and Cozy by Eberjey
Eberjey co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Ali Mejia took inspiration from her homeland of El Salvador for the aptly named “El Salvador” collection launching Feb. 16. The collection consists of romantic silhouettes, scalloped laces, and botanical and animal prints to tell the story of the country’s landscape, tropical lifestyle, and coffee culture. Of course going for their famous “Gisele” pajama set is also a good choice. The brand is known for their comfy as well as sexy collections so you truly can’t go wrong.