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Buying These Gifts Gives Back To The Latino Community While Making You Look Like A Rock Star

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Consumerism is always in full swing during the holiday season, but you don’t have to feel discouraged by your dwindling bank account. If you don’t have time to thrift your gifts this year, turn to these products that promise to give back to organizations like TransLatina, the Trevor Project, and disaster relief efforts.

Grab the bull by the horns and gift gifts that give back to the Latino community one way or another.

California Brut Sparkling Wine Rainbow Glitter Edition | $59

CREDIT: “California Brut Sparkling Wine Rainbow Glitter Edition” Digital Image. One Hope. 4 December 2018.

You already know the occasion to bring this full-bodied green apple, pear and peach noted bubbly wine. Proceeds go to the Trevor Project, a crisis helpline for LGBTQ Youth. Half of the homeless youth in Los Angeles are LGBTQ, many of whom are Latino. Give back and drink up.

Basic Witch Bracelet | $17

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Proceeds from this Etsy store all go to organizations that resist the Trump organization. This bracelet helps kids at the Mexico border, trans people, all while validating the bruja in su prima.

Juniper IPA Beer Soap | $14

CREDIT: “Juniper IPA Beer Soap”. Digital Image. Society B. 4 December 2018.

At Society B, you can shop their collection and select from a variety of charities to give 10% of your purchase back to. That means this bear soup can give back to organizations like water.org, which helps bring water to people all over the world, including Central and South America.

Quiejel Vintage Embroidered Strap | $98

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Hiptipico. 4 December 2018.

This camera strap is not only beautiful but it is hand embroidered by female artisans in the villages around Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

The founder emphasizes on her website that she works for the artisans, not the other way around.

“I started Hiptipico to help create dignified job opportunities for Maya artisans. They want to sell their goods and my job is to help find them clients.”

Embroidered iPad Case | $98

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Hiptipico. 4 December 2018.

Don’t have a camera enthusiast in your life? Support these artisans with this one of a kind iPad case.

Atticus Beanie | $38

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Krochet Kids. 4 December 2018.

Why support a fast fashion brand that won’t even keep your boo’s head warm. This beanie was hand crocheted by a Peruvian woman using Peruvian wool and organic cotton, and she was paid fairly for her work.

Queer Latino Pride Camiseta | $25

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mitú stands with Queer Latino/Latina/Latinx Pride! 100% of earnings will be donated to TransLatina in Los Angeles & FIERCE in New York.

Not Today Satan Bracelet | $18

CREDIT: “Not Today Satan Bracelet”. Digital Image. One Token. 4 December 2018.

Life Token allows you to customize bracelets in any language, and you can specify at checkout which charity you want to donate to. We recommend TransLatina, which strives to get legislation and mobilization of the Trans Latina community all over the country.

Hand Woven All Cotton Tablecloth and Napkin Set, ‘Sunny Rooster’ | $70

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. UNICEF. 4 December 2018.

Gift your mom an all-new, hand embroidered table linen set and prepare to be immediately splashed with holy water. Support Central American artisan Eladio Chiroy and help UNICEF give 54 doses of measles vaccines to kiddos. Tu eres Santo.

Hand Blown Beer Glasses with Amber Handle and Rim | $73

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. UNICEF. 4 December 2018.

Tell your uncle to throw away his grimy old mugs and give him these hand-blown glass beer glasses. On top of supporting artisans Javier Gutiérrez and Efrén Canteras, your purchase can help UNICEF vaccinate 89 children against polio. Drink for a cause.

2019 Corgis for a Cause Calendar | $20

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Corgis For a Cause. 4 December 2018.

These corgis that stare back up at your friend all year long helped provide relief for animals affected by hurricanes last year in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

Siestas For Fiestas Blanket | $45

CREDIT: Untitled. Screenshot. Siestas for Fiestas. 4 December 2018.

Mexican husband and wife duo Chris and Jesenia have teamed up with a pastor in Cancun, Mexico, to help feed families at Christmas. Every blanket purchased gives a family a rotisserie chicken, vegetables and dinner rolls that they can bring home to their family on Christmas.

Socks That Provide Relief Kits | $15

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Conscious Step 4 December 2018.

Conscious Step sells socks that target specific causes. These benefit Oxfam, which helps provide relief kits to those immediately impacted by natural disaster. With climate change expected to affect the Caribbean, give to an organization that reliably provided relief in Puerto Rico and will continue to do so.

We The People Socks | $15

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. ACLU. 4 December 2018.

While we’re talking socks, encourage that burgeoning woke primita to never get cold feet. She’s of the people, and repping an organization that won’t back down to the Trump administration.

Immigrants We Get the Job Done Camiseta | $30

CREDIT: “Immigrants We Get the Job Done — Women’s T-Shirt” Digital Image. Feminist Apparel. 4 December 2018.

Feminist Apparel pays out their artists in perpetuity, which means that an immigrant artist is benefiting from this purchase. Plus, 10 percent of profits are donated to organizations like the ACLU, which has singlehandedly overthrown family separation policies and Muslim bans through their federal lawsuits.

Pinecone Charm Bangle | $14

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Alex and Ani. 4 December 2018.

Alex and Ani is owned by an Armenian woman who sells charm bracelets that are dedicated to specific charities. That means you can choose between ASPCA and (RED) organizations and double gift this season. This bracelet goes to Plan International, which aims to educate girls around the world, but is concentrated on Central America.

Climate Woke Crewneck T-shirt | $28

CREDIT: “Image of Climate Woke Crewneck T-shirt” Digital Image. Culture Strike. 4 December 2018.

You’re going to want to support CultureStrike, the nonprofit that hosts a pro-migrant artist collective. They organize social disruptions using beautiful, impactful artwork and touch every issue that affects Latinos. From immigration to LGBTQ protections to climate change, you’re funding the world.

Feel Good Pack | $45

CREDIT: “Feel Good Pack” Digital Image. Pura Vida Bracelets. 4 December 2018.

Pura Vida Bracelets was founded in Costa Rica and provides jobs to artisans in Costa Rica. At the same time, it’s committed to donating 10 percent of sales to charities. To date, they’ve donated $1.5 million to 175 charity partners that range from San Diego Pride to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Somos Más Tee | $27

CREDIT: “Image of Somos Más Tee” Digital Image. Voto Latino. 4 December 2018.

Make sure your progressive primo opens this up before the gun crazed primo Viejo comes through and support Voto Latino. According to the website, “The SOMOS MÁS campaign is a national, multi-generational, multi-year effort to engage and inspire young potential American Latino voters who don’t see themselves in the political process but strongly value their family and community.”

Black Si Se Puede Polo | $30

CREDIT: “Black Si Se Puede Polo” Digital Image. Chavez Center Store. 4 December 2018.

Support your favorite nerd Mexicano padre with this embroidered polo. The proceeds entirely support the Chavez Foundation, which preserves his memorial and creates awareness services around the country, educated kids about Mexican-American history.


READ: Your Siblings Won’t Be Able To Thank You Enough If You Buy Them Any Of These Gifts This Year

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These Are The Baby Shower Gifts You Should Include In Your Registry

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These Are The Baby Shower Gifts You Should Include In Your Registry

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Unless you’re filthy rich, you probably know that being alive in the United States is going to cost you a pretty penny. You also know that getting married and having kids is expensive, which is why a lot of people are choosing to skip out on these traditional customs. How can we afford to do all these things we’re told to do if we still have college debt and live at home? It’s nearly impossible. Unless you get help. That’s what is so wonderful about raising money via crowdsourcing and having registries because it does truly take a village to help you settle into adulthood and parenthood. 

Dockatot Deluxe+ Dock

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One thing you can never do is leave your baby alone for a second. Not on the bed and not on the couch. This ultra-sweet sleeping area is called Dockatot Deluxe+ Dock and while it’s a little pricey (closer to $200), it’s very useful, portable, and comfortable. 

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Twins Bassinet

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Twins are all the rage these days, but how can you manage both and your sanity? This crib takes care of them both! It comes with removable bassinets and they claim “is perfect for napping, making it easy to transition to a portable playpen” and comes with a quilted mattress pad which creates a comfortable nap space. It costs about $200 on Amazon, but it’s basically a two for one. 

Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow

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All the presents don’t have to be for your baby, they can be for you too. If you don’t get proper sleep, you and everyone in your household will not be happy. This Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow is perfect for getting your body situated just right. Find it on Amazon for about $60.

Ergobaby Carrier, 360 All Carry Positions Baby Carrier

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This baby carrier ($124) comes highly recommended because it’s so flexible and is made perfectly for those wiggly baby bodies. Here’s how one reviewer described it: “We bought this carrier for two big reasons. 1: I detest lugging around a car seat or maneuvering a stroller in public. 2: My husband and I are a tad paranoid about child-snatchers. When I bought it I figured I would be the one using it the most, but it ended up being my husband that primarily wears it (he thinks I’m too clumsy and is afraid I’ll trip and fall while wearing her) and he really likes it. From the times that I have used it, I can say it was definitely worth buying and I would buy it again in a heartbeat.”

Pampers Swaddlers

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There’s probably nothing you will need more than diapers. While you may want to go for the organic route, or for those super ambitious parents, the cloth route (good luck), you cannot go wrong with Pampers. 

UPPAbaby Vista

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The main product that will cost you a ton of money is the stroller. You will have lots of cheaper options, but you want to go with a stroller that can be used in various ways and that can also grow along with your baby. But who will fork over almost $1000 for this ride? Your group of friends. Several of them can chip in for this much-needed gift. 

Lotus Everywhere Travel Crib

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One thing we love to do is travel. But a baby on hand can make that really difficult. Thanks to the Lotus Everywhere Travel Crib we can finally have some peace of mind that our baby will be comfortable and we won’t have to be lugging around a pack n’ play. It’s also fairly inexpensive, just $200

Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag

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Driving a minivan screams “I’m a parent!” so does the kind of diaper bag you stroll around with. This super cute Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag ($50 at Target) looks just like a backpack but it fits so much more. It’s also a perfect accessory to your stroller, which hangs on the handle. 

Philips Avent 3pk Natural Baby Bottle 4oz

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My mom always said, “when a baby is drinking from a bottle, you must be sure they’re not swallowing air.” Those kinds of retro bottles are thankfully a thing of the past. These new baby bottles are perfect at making sure your baby is only drinking fluids and also super easy for them to grasp on to. 

Now that you know the presents you want, it’s time to choose a registry! Thankfully there are lots of options including Amazon, Target, Walmart and more

READ: A Latino Baby Shower Would Not Be The Same Without These 9 People

LA Dodgers Visited A School To Hand Out Grocery Gift Cards And This Is Why We Love Them

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LA Dodgers Visited A School To Hand Out Grocery Gift Cards And This Is Why We Love Them

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Sports teams are more than just a source of entertainment for the masses. Teams work as hubs for community cohesion and as a social glue that brings people from different backgrounds together. We can’t think of Boston without its fierce and amazing Red Sox fan communities. We can say the same of our good old Los Angeles, which the great late novelist Carlos Fuentes described as the multicultural city of the future. Los Angeles is in equal measures the city of dreams, tinsel town and the place where millions of people from all over the world come to get a piece of the American Dream. Besides the rich Latino presence in the city, there are equally strong ethnic communities such as the thriving Korean, Ethiopian and Central American comunidades. 

It only fitting, then, for the city to have a baseball team that represents the spirit of solidarity of these communities. That team is the MLB organization Los Angeles Dodgers. 

They did not originate in Los Angeles, but Los Dodgers are as Cali as it comes!

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Contemporary fans might not know this, but Los Dodgers were established in Brooklyn, New York, in 1883. They moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and the rest is history. They have been part of the community for decades due to their charity efforts and just plain awesomeness. The Dodgers Foundation holds multiple events throughout the year. Here, we can see player Ross Stripling reading to more than 100 chamaquitos at the Enendale Library. 

This week The Los Angeles Dodgers and Mayor Eric Gracetti visited children in need.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined by the extraordinary L.A. Dodgers, L.A. Dodgers Foundation, and the Getty House Foundation to present gift cards to young people experiencing homelessness. This initiative was part of MLB’s ‘Home Plate Project’ to take action against food insecurity. More than 650 kids whose families are experiencing homelessness received $50 dollar gift cards. This is a a huge help for families who are basically surviving meal by meal. Said Garcetti during the event: “Who’s been hungry in this room before? … We believe that it’s the right of every little boy and girl and big boy and girl and young men and young women to make sure that they don’t have to worry about their next meal”. Many of these kids come from Latino and African-American families. 

The Dodgers have deep roots in the Latino community.

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Latinos have a deep and cherished sense of solidarity. Mario Lopez, who was raised in a working-class Mexican Catholic family, is a big fan. Just look at those dimples, totally happy being there with his kid under the Los Angeles sun, just watching the game and enjoying a much deserved chelita

We still can’t get over Karamo’s Dodgers hat collection! 

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And of course one of the Latinos of the moment, Karamo Brown from Queer Eye (yes, he has Cuban blood sabor!), has a huge LA Dodgers hat collection. His overall awesomeness and love for just causes just fits with the Dodgers, right?

And being a Dodgers fan is a family tradition for many proud Cali Latinos.

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If you go to Dodger Stadium in Elysian Park you will see a lot of Latino families enjoying the game. Nothing cutter than seeing a gown-up Latina watching a game with his papito santo or their abuelo. 

Los Angeles Dodgers are basically el equipo de la gente.

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According to estimates drawn by Jaime Jarrin, the Dodgers’s Spanish-language announcer, an average crown at Dodger Stadium is 45% Latino!

They have a whole Spanish-speaking media team to connect with the community.

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Yes, you can follow the team in the official Spanish-language website https://www.mlb.com/es/dodgers. And of course los puedes seguir on various social media platforms. The management really knows how to connect with aficionados

And of course, the love Mexican-Americans have for Los Dodgers started with the legendary Fernando Valenzuela.

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It all changed in 1981, when Mexican pitcher Fernando Valenzuela became a huge star. In a New York Times article Dodger fan Angie Varela said: ““In the ’70s, I didn’t feel the love so much. Then, in the ’80s, there was a huge number of Mexican-Americans that came out because of Fernando Valenzuela. But now? This is the most I’ve ever seen”. Yes, Dodger fandom is alive and well! 

Valenzuela is a cultural icon that went far beyond sports and defined what hard working talented migrants look like! 

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For many Mexican-Americans, Valenzuela was the hero they had long waited for, a sports figure that mainstream America could learn to respect. And he is still admired by all, including our very own amazing Latino Danny Trejo, a community leader in his own right