Your best friend is literally the best. Like, the greatest of all your other friends. So giving them a gift that’ll make them go ‘meh’, is completely out of the question. After all, this isn’t just any old gift, like one for your boss or a Secret Santa exchange or even a family member. This is a present for your partner in crime. Thankfully, we could think of a few Latino-inspired gifts that are perfect for your comadre or compadre. From hats to clever mugs, accessories, candles and more, you’ll definitely find something he or she will love this holiday season! And you’ll get rep your Latinidad while you’re at it.
‘Annoyed in Spanish’ Dad Hat
If your friend is bilingual, then you know they can get annoyed in both English and Spanish (lucky you). We feel their pain, so we made this [Annoyed In Spanish] Dad Hat to wear on the days when we simply can’t with people. Stay strong, amigos, we feel you.
‘Pa qué highlighter’ Makeup bag
This little gift set would be a lifesaver for the makeup obsessed person in your life. Remind that makeup queen that she doesn’t need any highlighter with that brown shine of hers. This vegan leather bag is perfect for holding all her day-to-day essentials. Take this with you and SHINE!
Apt. 512 keychain
Ideal for that Selena fan in your life. Or maybe send it as a hint to that special ‘chico del apartamento 512’ who has the key to your heart.
‘Mejor Sola’ Necklace
For that queen who maybe has just gone through a breakup, or who just doesn’t settle for anyone she’s not 100 percent sure about. Remind her that ‘mejor sola que mal acompañada’ and empower her to live her best life with this little sumthin.
‘Y la dieta?’ hat
For the fit friend who always keeps track of everyone else’s calorie count. Gift her this hat so she can remind everyone to keep on with la dieta without saying anything.
‘Fierce Graduate’ pin
For that recent grad in your life. Let her know; girl, you’re someone who knows what she wants and you’ll never stop working until you reach your goals. The “Fierce Graduate” Pin will help her show the world, she’s a force to be reckoned with.
‘Qué Cozy’ candle set
Fall is here, and winter is just upon us, so why not get cozy with some candles? As you know, Latinos don’t do basic —we’re looking at you Pumpkin Spice— so this Holiday Candle Collection comes with three Latino-inspired scents including Tamales de Dulce, Arroz con Leche, and of course, Cafecito! So grab a blanket and a lighter and enjoy!
‘That’s my Prima’ pin pack
You know your prima always has your back, so why not show her how much you love and support her too, with this matching pin set! So cute.
‘Tragos’ party game
Made with pure Latino pride, Tragos is the drinking card game that your abuela will not approve of. Perfect for the friend who loves hosting fiestas at his place. Each box holds 110 ridiculously true Latino reference cards, designed with unique game rules to get the fiesta started.
Play with different card categories like: Vote — Tostones or maduro? Losers take 2 sips. Jinx — Pick a person in the room. On 3, both of you call out the best Latino dessert. If you have different answers, drink. Most Likely To —On 3, everyone points at the person you think watches the most telenovelas. Pick Two—Pick two types of Latino cuisine. Everyone votes on which one is better. Losing team drinks. And then ask them to invite you to the drinking party.
‘El Jefe’ hat
Sorry, this hat is for boss Latinos only*. If you are not one, please hit the back button on your browser immediately. But if you or one of your friends is the perfect guy for this hat, go ahead and add to your cart because there’s no better gift for that carne asada king.
‘Fierce’ sticker set
If your BFF is one of those stationery lovers, then this sticker pack is for her. Featuring our fave poderosa phrases, she’ll be able to stick little reminders of her greatness anywhere she wants. The perfect gift to stick it to the patriarchy where it counts —literally and figuratively.
Justin Bieber received a massive diamond ring from J Balvin that has everyone wondering what is going on? The 25-year-old posted a photo of the ring as an Instagram story, thanking Balvin for the lavish accessory but he didn’t provide any context for the gift.
The “What Do You Mean?” singer photographed his hand wearing the giant square-cut diamond on his index finger, along with his 18 karat gold Tiffany & Co. wedding band on his ring finger. Some wondered if the exchange was a sign the pair were going to collaborate again.
Balvin responded to Bieber’s thank you note.
“J Balvin, thank you for the ring,” Bieber shared on his Instagram story featuring a tiny gif of Balvin himself.
The 34-year-old “Mi Gente” singer wrote back on his account, “It’s all love Má g!!!” with a few laughing and crying emojis. Fans began to speculate that the two were collaborating on a song together possibly called “The Ring” or referencing a ring in the title. It wouldn’t be too big of a shock, the singers are connected in more ways than one.
Rumors swirl that Balvin will be collaborating with Bieber.
Balvin previously worked with Bieber on the hit “Sorry” remix. Not only that, they share the same manager: Scooter Braun. The two also seemed to just vibe together according to Balvin.
“I was like ‘I love your kicks,’ and he was like ‘I like your jacket too,” Balvin told Hot 97 about meeting Bieber before they collaborated. “It was a good vibe. I have respect for everybody, so we were talking about life, fashion and two months later he was like ‘why don’t you do the remix?’ It was something real and organic. It was all about good energy and good vibes.”
Bieber has not said much about his new album which would be the first since 2015’s Purpose. Despite doing features with other artists like Billie Eilish and DJ Khaled he has only suggested that it would be released soon. But the timing could be right, Balvin just released a new single called “Blanco” off of his first and currently unnamed solo album since his joint effort Oasis with Bad Bunny.
“I want to be that guy to make Spanish music global so I’m going to keep pushing it … it’s something Latino people have been working on for 100 years and now we’re seeing the effects … I know I’ve got a mission and the mission is to be inspiring, inspire the world. Good vibes. I represent culture, I represent youth, I represent the people that follow me. Because what we have is power, people listen to us,” Balvin told Hypebeast over the summer.
With the two possibly releasing new albums under the same management and around the same time, it seems all the more likely they might just be working together.
Bieber is allegedly working on a new album.
According to People, sources told the magazine that Bieber is already working on his first album in more than four years.
“Hopefully in time for the holidays,” the source told People, adding it will be “released very soon.”
In October, Bieber told his fans that if a post on Instagram received 20 million likes he would release new music before Christmas. Bieber who has 121 million fans on the platform only received a little over 11 million likes.
“If this gets 20 million likes Justin Bieber will release an album before Christmas,” Bieber wrote. “Share it, like it, post in your story, I gotta see the demand. Love you guys pumped for it! I’m almost done but your support will make me move faster.”
Bieber has been newly motivated to create new music after addressing some of his deeper mental health issues, according to People’s source. In April, Bieber crashed Ariana Grande’s Coachella appearance and performed with her on stage.
“I haven’t been on stage in like two years. I came out here I had no idea I was going to be on stage tonight. So anyway, this is my first time on stage in two years,” he told the audience. “I had to get my groove back, my swag back. By the way — album coming soon.”