The holidays are almost upon us, and with this kind of a year, the last thing we want to stress out about is gift-giving. Instead, let’s reflect on the magic of the holidays and on the kinds of businesses our dollars are supporting. 2020 taught us many lessons, one of them being that we want to create a more inclusive world that celebrates diversity. It’s why we took a pledge to diversify our content and showcase creatives that reflect a range of perspectives.
In the last 10 years, Latino small business owners have increased by 34%, and the Latino population in the U.S. has reached well over 60 million. While we have power in numbers, the pandemic has greatly affected entrepreneurs nationwide, with the economic downturn disproportionately affecting Latinos. Despite the especially challenging year, our community continues to be resilient and creative. Si se puede ("yes, you can")!
In keeping with that empowering mantra, we are highlighting Latinx businesses and artists who offer quality home goods and original works. Latinos love celebrating Noche Buena ("good night") on Christmas Eve, and we could all use more goodness and positivity this holiday season. So let’s kick back, shop and scroll, and beautify the holidays with a little cultura and lots of love.
01 of 20
Brooklyn-based founder and mother of two Roachele Negron’s carefully crafted canvas pennants and tote bags have garnered plenty of attention this year. Her works have been featured in New York Magazine, Insider, Goop, and most recently made Oprah’s 2020 Favorite Things list. While these pieces “made with positive intent” anchor her collection and brand, the half-Puerto Rican artist also makes beautiful etched mirrors with powerful mantras like "You Are Enough" (pictured) and “Believe In Who You See.” These pieces conjure reflection, encourage self love, and shine with beauty from the inside out. Framed in brass, the piece has a timeless and minimal aesthetic that we love. This is the mirror everyone should have in their home long after quarantine is over.
Buy: $150, Rayo & Honey
02 of 20
Yes, we definitely believe manifesting luck and abundance for the upcoming year. We are letting Lucky No Candles light the way. These premium natural soy candles include an energy crystal and scent that matches your numerological sign. Ranging from fresh and clean scents to woodsy and neutral, and floral, there’s truly something for everyone. After the candle is finished burning, you can rinse the crystal and place it on an altar, desk, or decorative corner in your home. Pretty cosmic, right?
Buy: $33, Lucky No. Candles
03 of 20
Argentine owner Martín Bustamante partners with Mapuche indigenous artisans to create chic furniture and accent rugs. This artisan’s shop is located in the trendy and artsy area of Palermo Viejo in Argentina. Self-proclaimed as creating and highlighting home goods that are “gaucho” (cowboy) chic, Facón keeps to traditional woven methods that hail from the northern art of the South American country. We love this simple eye design, which is made with natural dyes, lamb wool, and entirely by hand. The company says each piece takes approximately 30 days to produce, so place your order soon.
Buy: $150, Facón
04 of 20
We’re currently obsessing over owner Ana Paula Isaac’s traditional Mexican tableware, which are high fired and sanded by hand. The careful craftsmanship shows in her ceramic pieces that are meant for everyday use. These are pretty fancy, but if there’s anything that 2020 has shown us, it’s that life is short. Use the expensive kitchenware and live with no regrets. If her sets are out of budget, she also makes a beautiful ceramic pitcher for half the cost.
Buy: $490-$1,090, EncrudoContinue to 5 of 20 below.
05 of 20
Life is a party, and that’s exactly what Chiqui de Echavarría’s Colombian home goods line embodies. These woven decorative pillows are statement pieces for your casita. She commissions women from the Wayuu indigieous communities of the Upper Guajira, in her native country, to create these one-of-a-kind pillows using an ancestral Puyao technique, which is a specific type of crochet method passed down from generations. Whether you’re drawn to her geometric or natural designs, all of them are pieces that won’t go out of style.
Buy: $80, Casa Chiqui
06 of 20
Panera Cotton Basket - 2 Color
Here’s a PSA moment: Bread baskets are the civilized way to store your baked goods (fresh tortillas included). Salvadorian designers handmade these eco-friendly thread woven baskets that come with a fringe tie lid. Even if you aren’t a foodie, these baskets could be used for multi-purpose storage in your home. This specific design is available in cream and pink and white and black.
Buy: $16, NookStyle
07 of 20
Time to rethink your wall art. Puerto Rican founder Roy Delgado creates modern wall hangings with a color palette inspired by different colorful building facades in the Caribbean island. Delgado is self-taught and draws inspiration from Puerto Rico’s nature, architecture, and art. We want one in every color, por favor.
Buy: $79, Tropical Depression
08 of 20
Bring on the color! These digital prints are an easy way to spruce up your home with minimal effort. Otomi Mexican folk includes colorful birds and other natural elements. The pieces are bright, joyful, and definitely set the mood we’re looking forward to in 2021.
Buy: $16.99 (instant download jpeg files), EtsyContinue to 9 of 20 below.
09 of 20
We may not have many guests over right now, but who says you still can’t set the table in style? This traditional Mexican woven table runner is all about the details from the intricate design to the bright red fringe. No matter if you’re gifting to your abuela or a friend, you truly can’t go wrong with this piece.
Buy: $58, Etsy
10 of 20
This is the year for positive affirmations. New York-based Latina shop owner Jennifer Velasquez creates pieces that reflect all of us. With quotes like, “Together we make magic,” these delicate works of art showcase how powerful Black and brown voices can be. "When we take on each other's struggles we change the world," Velasquez states in the product description. These lovely gifts are perfect for a teen or college student to light their paths with positive words and intentions.
Buy: $20, Etsy
11 of 20
Paper picados symbolize a fiesta, but California-based shop owner Yreina Flores has made it wall art. With the “I love tamales,” theme, this decoration is perfect for a foodie or someone who loves spending time in the kitchen. Flores also makes party banners, picados that honor the legendary singer Selena Quintanilla, and feminist pride. There’s plenty to browse and love.
Buy: $40, Etsy
12 of 20
Weekly Floral Delivery Subscription
Fresh blooms bring joy and life into any space. Amelia Rose Posada creates beautiful warm arrangements from her floral shop based in Los Angeles. She offers a weekly floral delivery subscription for $200 and up. This is a super luxe service for a reasonable price, and the flowers are just gorgeous.
Buy: starting at $200, Birch and BoneContinue to 13 of 20 below.
13 of 20
Plant parents, ditch your plastic planters for these cute concrete ones instead. Every month, Latina designer and shop owner Krizia Flores ships a new 3-inch pot that’s modern, rustic, and simply lovely. She also offers make-your-own kits, unique vessels, and virtual classes. Her pots have been sold at West Elm and Urban Outfitters.
Buy: $20/month, Concrete Geometric
14 of 20
Heart handle cups are an adorable and chic gift for anyone on your list. We really love these mugs sold by Joanna Williams, a chicana shop owner based in Los Angeles. Handmade with white stoneware clay by Philadelphia-based artist Alex Stadler, each piece is high quality and one of a kind.
Buy: $105 each, Kneeland Co.
15 of 20
Known for being low maintenance and adding major flare to any plant collection, it’s no wonder succulents are still having a moment. Felix Navarro sells house plants and build-your-own succulent arrangement kits that are minimal, modern, and pretty to stare at during our at-home meditations. One of our favorites in the Modern Flora kit, which includes 6 plants, pebbles, dirt, and everything needed to flourish.
Buy: $65 The Juicy Leaf
16 of 20
We aren’t mad at anyone who is trying to give the gift of spiritual cleansing. These small lavender smudge sticks sold by Brooklyn-based shop owner, Melissa Fernandez, are perfect as stocking stuffers. Smudging is a cleansing technique that has been used for many years as a way of clearing negative energy and promoting peace and clarity in the space around you. Ethically sourced in California, this white sage bundle includes lavender and white spray rose.
Buy: $18, Gold & GritContinue to 17 of 20 below.
17 of 20
Ditch your standard welcome mat for one of these beauties designed and made by La Chiquita Studio based in California. The doormats are a natural brownish color, hand-painted with weather resistant paint, and features natural coconut coir fibers. With quotes like “Mi casa es tu casa” and Puras good vibes,” this is the kind of bienvenidas the world needs.
Buy: $38, Etsy
18 of 20
The Los Angeles lifestyle brand created by chicana Rachel Gomez represents our strength and fearlessness. Gomez attended fashion business school and soon built her successful Latina streetwear brand. Her merchandise has been all over Instagram, but the chicana also offers home items. We love the “Take care, mija,” mug for a little extra moment of self care while enjoying a cafecito.
Buy: $19.99, Viva La Bonita
19 of 20
If you have a book lover on your list, they probably have a carefully curated bookcase. Help upgrade their shelves with these vintage siesta wooden bookends. Inspired by wooden work from 1950s Mexico, the sombrero-wearing pair could add personality to any home office.
Buy: $45, Etsy
20 of 20
Artist Jacqueline Carvajal Ramirez helps us feel “seen.” She created this physical print piece with the direct translation, “I don’t look more beautiful by being quiet.” Breaking machista cultural norms, Ramirez celebrates the strength of women through her works. “Let this be a loving reminder that your voice is one of your superpowers,” she writes in her shop bio.
Buy: $25, Etsy