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21 Hilarious Gifts For The Latina Moms in Your Life

"Goya Gift Basket." Digital Image. Goya. 4 May 2018

If you’re reading this, it’s not too late! This is the year you actually plan out a Mother’s Day gift for the special Latina whose known you since Day 1. We rounded up the best ideas out there this year and threw in a few prank ones (because you can’t discount the gift of laughter, no?).

Let’s start with the basics:

1. Nadie me ayuda en esta casa T-shirt

Credit: Mitú Store

Mom’s new favorite weekend outfit! This t-shirt will become her best weapon to guilt the entire family into doing house shores while she rightfully spends her mornings watching telenovelas with a nice cup of cafecito. #BecauseSheHasDoneTooMuchAlready

Get it HERE

2. Fake Ponytail Hair Extensions

CREDIT: “Binding Tie up Synthetic Ponytail Heat Resistant One Piece Drawstring Pony Tail Long Wavy Curly Soft Silky for Women Lady Girls 18” / 18 inch (light brown)” Digital Image. Amazon. 4 May 2018.

If your mom is a rare Latina who isn’t still suffering from the patriarchal value placed on her beauty, please let me meet you. For everyone else, add to your mom’s creepy fake hair accessory bin to really make her day, and hopefully the strangest gift you’ll ever give.

3. Mamá can never have enough St. Anthony statues to pray to, right?

CREDIT: AntiquesHeavenStore / Etsy

You’ll never find a gnome on a Latina mom’s garden, but you will find a garden of St. Anthony’s, all wondering how they ever got so lost and wound up here. ?

4. Get yourself a holy mom-son portrait on a candle.

CREDIT: MoseMaryAndMe / Etsy

This could either go swimmingly or terribly, depending on how religious your mom is. If you do this, por favor tweet us the reaction (and the pic) @wearemitu.

5. Give your mom a grounding place to pile all her random jewelry.

CREDIT: tashamckelvey / Etsy

Her public-facing house and children must be perfect at all times, but she hoards jewelry dating back to the ’70s. And she’s probably Leo-proud, or whatever her zodiac is. It’s just our way.

6. OR, just add to the pile of jewelry with a zodiac necklace.

CREDIT: Ziime / Etsy

I got my mom one of these for her birthday a few years ago and she loves to tell her friends about the thoughtful, meaningful gift that I gave her. Go forth and reap the rewards!

 7. Speaking of zodiacs…this twist on the iconic “Birthday Book.”

CREDIT: “New York Times Custom Birthday Book” Digital Image. Uncommon Goods. 4 May 2018.

You can request the New York Times front page every year since the day she was born. Or would it be since the day you were born? We don’t know.

8. “Now you don’t have to save every tin of galletas!”

CREDIT: “Tupperware.” Digital Image. Amazon. 4 May 2018.

Go tell your mom about this. It’s called Tupperware. It’s made of glass so you can see what’s inside, unlike the metal tin cookie boxes that are filled with buttons, or granola.

9. For the alchy, party mom:

CREDIT: “Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses” Digital Image. Uncommon Goods. 4 May 2018

Save her the trouble of salting the rim of that tequila shot and just get her shot glasses made of Himalayan pink sea salt. She’ll drunkenly thank you.

10. Massage!

This seems obvious, but you should know that no matter what prank gift you get your mom, she expects a massage every month of May. Find yourself a good deal on Groupon, and then keep reading.

11. La Jefa Mug

So everyone knows who is the real boss while she sips her cafecito!

Get it HERE

12. Buy her a Goya gift basket.

CREDIT: “Goya Gift Basket.” Digital Image. Goya. 4 May 2018

I mean, truly, what could make for a better gift?! Yes, your cabinet is already stocked with at least 6 cans of each bean, because we’re always prepared for the apocalypse, but how cute is that?!

13. You could get her another mop.

CREDIT: “Cuban Stick Mop.” Digital Image. Amazon. 4 May 2018.

I’ve always secretly wanted to see her reaction and then explain that I know how much she loves to talk about todo lo trapeado. No, please never do that. Choose life.

14. Just be sure to follow that up with a house cleaning Groupon.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Groupon. 4 May 2018.

The house cleaning shouldn’t fall on the shoulders of our mothers, but for machismo whatever reason, it typically does. Give your mom a break by hiring some professionals.

15. Be cute and gift her the GPS coordinates of the place you first met.

CREDIT: GracePersonalized / Etsy

If you know the name of the hospital and know how to use Google Maps, then you know the coordinates. Watch your mom cry at how thoughtful this is!

16. OR, be a B and gag gift her a gift card to the electric company.

CREDIT: Logo. Digital Image. Southern California Gas Company. 4 May 2018.

So that she can leave all the lights on, como un hotel. Blow out those candles and live in luxury ma’ this one’s on me!

17. Take her to “Plant Nite”!

CREDIT: “Plant Nite – Multiple Locations: Terrarium and Garden-Making Social Event from Plant Nite in Local Bars” Digital Image. Groupon. 4 May 2018.

Your mom can name every flower and tree she walks by, and would probably love to create her own terrarium while boozy. Apparently, this is the new Paint Nite, and I’m here for it.

18. If she’s really adventurous, take her to an Escape Room.

CREDIT: “The Hidden Passage: Live Escape Room Games – North Hollywood West: Game for 2 or 4, or Private Game for Up to 8 at The Hidden Passage: Live Escape Room Games (Up to 51% Off)” Digital Image. Groupon. 4 May 2018.

Tell her you don’t want her to forget all the wild times she’s always telling you about. This is going to be hilarious.

19.  “Ándale, por pendeja” shirt

So accurate. I’ve heard these words so many times from mom they deserve their own shirt!

Get it HERE

20. Take her to a next-level spa with a salt room.

CREDIT: “Salt Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara Downtown: One, Five, or Ten 45-Minute Salt-Cave Sessions and 15% Off Salt Products at Salt Santa Barbara (Up to 50% Off)” Digital Image. Groupon. 4 May 2018.

My mom is always talking about these places and I tragically have never taken the hint until now. I hear you, Mama. This is the year I make it happen.

21. If your mom is into crystals and plants, get her both.

CREDIT: AirFriend / Etsy

This Etsy store has all kinds of cute different options with a variety of crystals, each with their own meaning and properties.

22. If none of these would please your mom, then this (prank) gift probably will.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Amazon. 4 May 2018

Just tell her you sensed the stress of her having to say, “¿Quien te dio permiso de salir eh?” over and over again, and that you’ve decided to never marry or leave the house. Her gift to you will probably be a chancla, pero el chiste is worth it. Happy shopping!

23. Got yourself a wine snob for a mom?

CREDIT: “wine soaps.” Digital Image. Uncommon Goods. 4 May 2018.

Buy her the classiest box of wine you can find! There’s actually wine in this soap, so while this will increase her attachment anxiety, she’ll feel hella calm in the shower.

24. For a more peaceful gift, send her to a “float” tank.

CREDIT: “Float Lab – Float Lab: One or Two Weekday Sensory Deprivation Float Sessions at Float Lab” Digital Image. Groupon. 4 May 2018.

It’s complete and total sensory deprivation, which means that the water is at your body’s temperature and it’s light and soundproof. It’s like you’re floating in darkness and can be a really meditative experience. You might want to get her a year’s supply of these.

While you’re at it, get me one, too.

Here's How Two Latino Supermarkets In California Are Helping The Communities Who Built Them Up

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Here’s How Two Latino Supermarkets In California Are Helping The Communities Who Built Them Up

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Latino grocery chains Vallarta Supermarkets and Northgate Gonzalez Market are stepping up to help their community. The two grocery chains are donating tens of thousands of dollars to help members of their community with money for college or legal help for immigration matters. Latinos set a new record in 2016 with 47 percent of Latino high school graduates being enrolled in college, according to Pew Research Center. The current political rhetoric has changed the lives and futures of DACA recipients because of a new lawsuit attacking the program. Here’s how two grocery chains are trying to help members of their community prepare for a better future.

Vallarta Supermarkets is donating $110,000 to nine organizations to help Latinos get to college.

Rick Castillo, Marketing Director of Vallarta Supermarkets, said that the donation aligns closely with the business’s mission to “support education and the needy.”

“More and more Latino students are applying and are being accepted by colleges and universities,” Castillo said. “However, sometimes due to lack of financial resources they don’t complete the 4 or 5 year process to attain their degrees. We wanted to help address this issue.”

According to Pew Research Center, 3.6 million Latinos were enrolled in public and private universities in 2016. This is a 180 percent increase in Latinos in college since 1996 when 1.3 million Latinos were enrolled in higher education.

“The response [to the donation] has been overwhelmingly positive [from customers],” Castillo said. “We couldn’t be happier.”

Northgate Gonzalez Market then announced that they were giving $50,000 to organizations helping DACA recipients.

Northgate is donating the money from their May 1 sales. According to ABC7, Northgate started in Anaheim and has since grown to 40 stores across California.

“This contribution reflects the company’s values and the care and concern the Gonzalez family has for the DREAMers who are trying, as our family did, to live the American dream,” a Northgate spokesperson said in a press release, according to ABC7.


READ: Courts Have Ruled To Protect The DACA Program But These Seven States Didn’t Get The Memo

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