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FIERCE Gift Guide: Because Parents Are The Most Difficult People To Shop For

We usually know our friends pretty well enough to shop for and the same goes for our primos and siblings. The people who are most difficult to shop for are undoubtedly our parents. To be shamefully honest, sometimes we even skip on giving the hardest working people we know a gift just because we don’t know where to begin. Fear not, we did the homework for you and compiled this list of giftables that will warm the heart of any parent you know. Even better, you can purchase immediately by clicking the red button below. De nada.

Mijo On Board

Do you have a friend who has a little man riding dirty with their stinky diaper in the backseat? Well, get them this car magnet so they can let everyone know their principe is in the backseat and he MUST. NOT. BE. DISTURBED. You know the parent struggle is real and the last thing they want is an irresponsible adult kissing their car’s bumper with their bumper. Keep those cars in check, and be the best amiga by gifting them the gift of peace of mind [in Spanish].

PS there are different variations of this magnet, including Mija On Board, Mijos On Board and Mijas On Board.

Lil Libros The Life Of Selena Book

Your queen has arrived in the form of this cute AF Lil Libros The Life Of Selena book. If you’re a good friend, tía, suegra, or just an amazing Latina in general, you need to get this for a mom who has a child that has not been blessed by Selena’s hip-shaking washing machine. Selena is a reina, and this book is the perfect gift for anyone who is a fan of the queen, young or old. You will get a million points for this. Trust me.

Que Cozy Candle Set

Scent is the strongest sense tied to memory. A scientist told me that. And when you take in the delicious aromas found in this candle set you’ll be transported back to the coziest moments of your life: enjoying a cafecito, a tantalizing tamal, or even a heaping helping of arroz con leche. Maybe it’s raining outside and you don’t have to go anywhere so you’re thinking to yourself: “Man, sucks to be you guys. I’m going to stay here under my San Marcos blanket and settle in for some real coziness.” Recreate all of that for the special person in your life, by giving them these candles.

Mami Necklace

Being a mami isn’t all fun and games. Just ask your mami. She had to stay up late nights, she had to make those tough calls, and on top of that she had to listen to you whining about how you wanted “MacDonals” when she had a perfectly good home-cooked meal waiting for you. But just because being a mami is tough, doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a soft spot. She will totally melt when you gift her this double-layered gold-plated Mami necklace. Show your a’má some appreciation and give her a sweet necklace so she can tell the world “Yes, I am a mami.”

Nadie Me Ayuda En Esta Casa Shirt

Look at the phrase emblazoned on the front of this shirt. I guarantee your mamá has said this out loud before. Maybe not to you, but to herself, in those quiet hours of the morning when she cleans that little border thing that runs between the floor and the wall. Who even cleans that?! Your mom does, that’s who. And have you ever helped her clean that? No. So the least you can do is get her this shirt for the holidays so she can know that we see her. And we love her.

Preguntale A Tu Mamá Shirt

Latino fathers always have that strong and stern imposing figure. They’re the guy we all look to for leadership. But let’s be real. We all know who is really running the show. Your mamá. She’s 100% the head mom in charge of your family and you know it. Who decides what everybody eats? Mamá. Who wakes you up on Saturday to clean? Máma. And who does your dad tell you to go ask when you beg him for permission to go do something? Tu mamá. It’s time we all started acknowledging this profound Latino truth, and you can start by getting your dad this shirt. As a gift, of course. But also… as a reminder. 

En Esta Cocina Mando Yo

Remember how you never had to roam around because your amá always had comida en la casa? Show that woman love, and get her this fly apron that’ll remind your jefa that the kitchen is her dominion and none shall pass unless she says they are worthy. Please, please, please, do not get your mom another framed photo of you. Gurlll….she already knows what you look like. You do not want your mom to turn into one of those señoras with a museum of your photos. Get her this gift and make her cry beautiful tears de madre.

Amor Eterno Necklace

Nothing lasts forever. Not your favorite novela. Not your friendship with Candelaria because she totally stole your man in 7th grade. Nothing. Well, except for one thing. Amor. That’s right. Love, baby. Because even when your favorite novela ends, the love you had for it goes on. And sure, maybe you don’t speak to Candelaria anymore, but the loving memories you once had will always be there. Love outlasts us all, and that’s really worth commemorating. So get your loved ones this necklace to let them know that they’re always going to be in your heart.

Lil Libros Bilingual Loteria Game

If you don’t cry at the sight of this game you need to drink more water because you might be dehydrated or just a little bit dead inside. This game is everything and it’s the perfect gift to give to a mom this holiday season. This game will educate your friend’s kids and also bring everyone around the table during a get-together. It’s a win-win.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

Photo courtesy Forward Latino

An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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