Valentine's Day is almost upon us, and with the stressful 2020-2021 we've had the last thing we want to stress out about is gift-giving. Instead, let’s reflect 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. So let’s kick back, shop and scroll, and beautify Valentine's Day with these gift ideas, a little cultura, and lots of love.
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Tell the world, or anyone who enters your casa, just how much you love, love with this "Bésame mucho" LED Neon Sign. If you’re single, this is the perfect luxury item to spoil yourself with (tub of ice cream not included). The startup company offers unique Latinx home decor and was founded by three Latina sisters in New York during the pandemic. We love, love that.
Buy: $400, Eje 64
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You don’t have to go with a conventional Valentine’s Day gift--enter this beautiful San Jose Throw Rug. Owned by Latinx husband and wife duo Franchesca and John based in San Diego, the company provides fair and direct trade with Mexican female artisans. This sheep’s wool rug is hand-dyed in Oaxaca, Mexico. We love the clean edges and pops of color that justaxposing the muted green in the center. It’s certainly a statement piece your loved one will cherish (hopefully) for a lifetime.
Buy: $170, Casa Brixe
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There’s no greater love than the one you have for yourself. California-based artist Anna Alvarado creates beautiful pieces that represent “beauties unseen.” In this print, the woman embodies strength and embraces herself with confidence. Truly art for the modern mujer--coupled up or not-- and we love it.
Buy: $33, Art by Anna Alvarado
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Good vibes only on Valentine’s Day (we all know we need it)! Bring on the Palo Santo. This popular Latin scent is meant to clear out bad energy and helps you destress. The owner is Dominican. Created by Dominican business owner Dawn Marie, La Boticá features luxury self care items with a “chill space to escape” in mind. It’s what we all need in 2021.
Buy: $30, La Boticá NYCContinue to 5 of 33 below.
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If you aren’t journaling after 2020, did you even live through the horrendous year? Keep up the self-care trend with these focus and gratitude journals created by Mexican artist Diana Castro. These are perfect for someone trying to be mindful and wiser in the coming year, your boo included.
Buy: $12, Ser Paraiso
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Plant lovers and midcentury modern decor fans will love this unisex retro beaded hanger. The Oakland-based company is co-owned by Latina Cristina Ramos and her partner. The pair were inspired by their flea market finds and making sure to shop for quality pieces on a budget. They believe a home’s aesthetic should be timeless, bring joy, and pay homage to the past and present.
Buy: $30, Mandana Blvd
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Owned by Genesis Rodriguez, these candles are the perfect way to honor a Latina in your life. She’s known for crafting “spellbinding scents'' including orchid and jasmin, black amber, patchouli and vanilla musk. With labels like “reina'' queen, “hermosa” beautiful, and “poderosa,” these are sure to light your soul and corazón.
Buy: $46.55, Sol and Flora Candles
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If your amorcito loves tye dye and millennial pink, this is the piece for you. Owned by a Colombian artist based in Texas, these unique pieces are handmade and made of 100% cotton. The pillows have perfect views on Etsy and she offers an array of home goods and accessories.
Buy: $32, Sitos ShopContinue to 9 of 33 below.
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If you’re looking to spice things up, this lovely kit by Costan Rican-owned Anima Mundi includes a mix of aphrodisiac and mood enhancing herbs traditionally used in Central and South America to enhance your love making experience. The box comes with Anima Mundi’s top picks which includes a Euphoria elixir, meant to increase libido, and the Blue Lotus tea, made from a flower Mayans and Aztecs commonly used to boost libido and improve sexual stimulation.
Buy: $105, Anima Mundi
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Chances are your hunny deserves some extra hammock time. This traditional cotton white piece is handwoven using a traditional softspun technique based in Nicaragua. Known as hamacas in Spanish, these are double sprang woven with sturdy wooden bars. A quality piece like this one means your loved one will be lounging in this for years to come.
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If Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors'' comes to mind when you think of your boo, this is a perfect luxury statement piece. The mirror is designed using a reverse painted glass method, which is a traditional Peruvian technique that dates back to the XVI century. It offers a contemporary design and chic pop of color that is sure to brighten any space.
Buy: $174, KushaPeru
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If you’re in love with a foodie, these mitts are pure joy. Made by Arte Lexia, a San Diego-based brand known for their Chicana and Mexican finds, these colorful oven mitts are a bright and bold tribal design. The shop is also a great small business to support. They host fundraising events for community non-profits, host cultural workshops (pre-Covid and hopefully post-Covid), and more.
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If you’re going to get flowers for the one you love, you might as well snag this beautiful ceramic vase to go with it. From the pattern to the etched craftsmanship, this piece is one of a kind and created by local artisans in Nicaragua. The shop also offers other ceramic vases and home goods typical of the Central American region.
Buy: $167.96, NicaMade
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If there’s any lesson we’ve learned in the past year, it’s that self-care is the best care. These handmade soaps by Puerto Rican Etsy shop owner Desirée look like pure art. These are vegan, cruelty-free, and made in small batches based in her Astoria, Queens home. The blue and white marble bars are scented with eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils combined with coconut oil and coconut milk. Love in a soap bar.
Buy: $12, LilaSuds
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If you’re looking for a total splurge, this glass vase is it. Made by an Argentine designer with unique and modern home decor and furniture, the traditional; hand blown technique means that each piece is truly one-of-a-kind. This piece is modern, decorative, and timeless. Perfect for the one you call wifey.
Buy: $350, 1st Dibs
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Yes, it’s cheesy, but we are here for the ooze effect. These adorable tiny messages in a bottle reflect the simple pleasures in life. Instead of buying a basic greeting card, go with these special mini messages handcrafted in Spain. Bonus: If a generic message isn’t for you, they make custom pieces too.
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Love is definitely in the air once you stare at these wooden vase pieces designed by Melanie Abrantes. She founded her company in 2013 and loves making handmade heirloom pieces that are both beautiful and functional. With a passion for handmade quality pieces, her shop continues to grow. It’s easy to see why. Your partner will love an item by the talented artist.
Buy: $159, Melanie Abrantes
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If your loved one is focused on healing work, this selenite tower is the ideal gift. Owned by Latinx Arizona-based entrepreneur Taylor Cordova, this stone is said to promote purifying and cleansing properties and has a special connection to the third eye. Let the positive vibes shine at home and in your relationship.
Buy: $11, The Flower Child Bruja
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Texas-based Latina Cristina Martinez’s pieces are inspired by summers spent in Mexico and “weekend carne asadas and loterias.” We have so much love for her pieces that are cultural and authentic with a touch of humor. She offers other magnets like “Brown is beautiful” and “Chula” that are just perfect for the girlfriends in your life.
Buy: $6, Very That
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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 & HoneyContinue to 21 of 33 below.
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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
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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
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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, Encrudo
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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, EtsyContinue to 25 of 33 below.
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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
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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
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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 Bone
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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 GeometricContinue to 29 of 33 below.
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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.
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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
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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
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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 BonitaContinue to 33 of 33 below.
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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