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Here Is Your Ultimate Papi Holiday Gift Guide For The Man Who Says Little But Means So Much

Dads are always there to pick you up when you are down and love to treat their babies to nice things when he can they deserve it. Christmas is right around the corner so you need to start figuring out what gifts papi is going to be receiving from you this year. Don’t sweat. We have you covered with some of the greatest papi gifts on the internet. Behold, your ultimate papi gift guide.

Tejano Super Star Distressed Tee | $31

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Guys, you must check out this Etsy shop. She’ll adjust gender pronouns to be neutral at no additional cost, and we already know that your Papi deserves this shirt as much as this shop owner deserves your money.

Matching Piyamas con el perro | $25

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That’s right. FabDog.com sells matching flannel piyamas to match with the Puppy-Obsessed Papi. Since you moved out, your Papi has eyes for nadie but “muñeco lindo precioso Taquito.” K, noted.

Headspace Meditation App Subscription

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For the Retired Papi, a month long ($12.99) or year long ($95.88) subscription to this app that guides meditations using very cute animated creatures might be the thoughtful gift he needs. Warn him to do this before his morning cafecito. ; )

PREGÚNTALE A TU MAMÁ Tee | $24.99

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Literally every dad in every Latino family needs this shirt, and we are mitú provides. No doubt your Papi will wear this and you’ll get a laugh out of everyone in the familia.

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer with Vacuum | $49.95

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Meant to vacuum up 90 percent of the beard trimmings, this is a dual gift for your Mami y Papi. But really, it’s for your Papi, because now he doesn’t have to deal with as much flack from la Madre.

“This body was built on…” Tee | $24.50

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Again, a total nod a su mami for her excellent cooking, and we’ve got a variety of options, depending on your flavor of Latinidad. Puede hacer de empanadas & arepas, pupusas & curtido, cafecito & chisme, and so, so much more.

Beer Cap States | $35

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Ok, Mami is going to hate this taking up any space on her wall, but your craft beer obsessed Papi is going to flip. It comes in all 50 states, so get ‘em before they’re gone.

Baseball Whiskey Chillers Set of 2 | $24.50

CREDIT: “Baseball Whiskey Chillers Set of 2” Digital Image. UncommonGoods. 13 November 2018.

Papi’s got an affinity for baseball and scotch, but you don’t have the dinero for his favorite bottle? For $24.50, these will make him remember to be grateful por su hijo year round.

Scotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift Set | $35

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Does Papi always have a toothpick in his mouth? Elevate his experience with sustainably forested wood toothpicks that are infused with “barrel-aged, Islay single malt made by a 200-year-old distillery for a distinctively smoky flavor with notes of peat and complex caramel.”

Personalized Cigar Humidor | $47.99

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When your Papi only smokes Cuban cigars and is still used to slipping the cigar labels off and being hella secretive, you get him a regal space to store his now legal vice. Get it engraved however you like.

Home Plate Doormat | $30

CREDIT: “Home Plate Doormat.” Digital Image. UncommonGoods. 13 November 2018.

This is something your mom might be able to get behind, and your dad is going to laugh when he opens it. If you live far from home, the sentimental value of claiming la casa as home base might even bring tears to the extra sentimental Papi.

Ticket Stub Diary | $14

CREDIT: “Ticket Stub Diary.” Digital Image. UncommonGoods. 13 November 2018.

Papi doesn’t miss a Dodger’s game, and he never lets you forget it. Let him know that he can stop reminding you and start saving all his billetas here.

FUCK IT ALL Tee | $20

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Profits from selling this tee raised over $700 for family reunification. Today, you can support the shop that keeps on giving for the political Papi.

“EL QUE VA A AYUDAR” Tee | $24.99

CREDIT: we are mitú

Buy this for your dad and he will never be able to be lazy again. Whenever he is wearing the shirt she will be able to ask him to do anything and his shirt will require him to do it.

GUACARDO NERD SWEATER | $39.99

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For the Nerdy Papi who is also a walking guacamole vending machine. Make sure everyone else knows his familia thinks he’s the biggest nerd in the house. ;P

Personalized Custom Double 6 Domino Set Pro Size Dominoes | $55

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End the decade long feud between su tio y papi by gifting him a set of dominoes with his name on every single piece. Nobody can get away with stealing one of his ever again. This is the price of paz.

EL JEFE HAT | $29.99

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Let Papi know that he’s the boss with this El Jefe snapback and do no wrong for at least 1-2 semanas. If you’re rolling deep, this pairs well with that domino set. 😉

EL JEFE MUG | $14.99

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If the hat isn’t enough, get dad one of these El Jefe mugs. That way he can remember that he will always be el jefe no matter where he goes or what he’s drinking.

LUCHADOR STANCE Vinyl Cut Sticker | $6

CREDIT: QuintyModa / Etsy

Support a Tejana entrepreneur on Etsy by outfitting your dad’s boring laptop with something that represents his poderoso spirit. Maybe just slap it on there and yell “Surprise!” And see what happens.

Nah’sa Vinyl Sticker | $2.50

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This is more of a freebie to slide into his holiday card. You already know if your dad is going to appreciate this if he doesn’t acknowledge Texas as a U.S. State. #MexicoFirst


READ: 21 Adorable Gifts You Should Buy For The ‘Coco’ Fan In Your Life

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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

VIDEO: Latino Dads Discuss Why They Don’t Say I Love You

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VIDEO: Latino Dads Discuss Why They Don’t Say I Love You

Growing up in Latino households, the dynamic between parents and their kids is pretty straightforward. They rule the house and what they say goes. While they could be a little strict at times, they show love in other ways such as making homecooked meals, fixing anything that needs fixing and sacrificing a lot for a better life.

In a new video by Mitu, the relationship between fathers and sons is spotlighted as one where discussions about love and sensitivity can be difficult.

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In most Latino households, the machismo mentality is very present, and breaking down that wall of emotions is almost impossible to do. Dad’s will undoubtedly say that they do love their children, but they have a difficult time saying the actual words.

In three generations of fathers and sons, each dad admits that they just don’t say “I love you.”

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It could be the language barrier or a cultural difference, but hearing “I love you” from a parent to their child is the best thing to help a relationship grow in a nurturing way.

One of the most touching parts of their stories is when the sons tell their fathers how much their love means to them.

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Each son spoke so eloquently and told them that they admire their hard work, and everything they sacrificed for them, and how they understand that all they do is to help their families, and others.

A beautiful portion of the video (and you will cry so grab some tissue) is when Sergio Garcia tells his dad Manuel Garcia that he has taught him so much throughout his life.

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Sergio says that his dad taught about having a good work ethic, that he knows how much he did for their family, and how to be humble and respectful.

Check out the full video here.