Our Latino kids live life immersed in two different cultures and let’s face it, it can be quite fun. They say both grandma and abuela and eat both cheeseburgers and frijoles.
Let’s celebrate this wonderful duality this holiday season with a gift that reflects who they are while celebrating our cultura!
Here are 5 gift ideas for bilingual Latino munchkins!
1. Lil’ Libros Books
Created by moms Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, Lil’ Libros offers bilingual, first concept books for babies. I visited their tiendita and some of the ones that immediately popped out for me were Guadalupe: First Words/Primeras Palabras, Counting with/Contando con Frida and Loteria: First Words/Primeras Palabras.
Visit their online store here.
2. Maru and Friends Doll
The world of Maru and Friends reflects the reality of many Hispanic families in the U.S. Maru is a young Hispanic girl separated from her parents who live in her native land. She lives in America with her relatives.
The Maru doll comes with an illustrated storybook that chronicles her journey in a new country, her dreams and her friendship with several young girls.
Its founder, Maritza Gutierrez, came to the U.S. as a very young child to escape political discord in Cuba, her native country. Separated from her parents for a time, she lived with relatives in New York until they were later re-united. Her own story served as inspiration for the creation of Maru.
The Miami-born Maru and Friends collection includes 6 dolls, a full clothing line, furniture, pet pals and even costumes.
Visit their website here.
3. Dos Borreguitas Pan Dulce Concha Back Pack
This back pack come sin 3 flavors: chocolate, vanilla and fresa (strawberry). Find it here.
4. Ellie Elote T-shirts
And what’s even better, a portion of every purchase will be donated to Mayan Families’ Well Mother, Well Baby Program.
Find it here.
5. Baby Abuelita Dolls
These plush dolls sing very special nursery rhymes that are traditional in Hispanic culture. As the Baby Abuelita site states, they are a great way to teach the new generations the joys of Hispanic musical heritage.
I have always sung Spanish-language nursery rhymes to the girls because they feel like home to me. It brings back memories of my childhood and the times I spent singing with mom and dad.
And who wouldn’t love a doll that reminds you of abuelita and abuelito!
Some of the songs the dolls sing are: Arroz con leche, Que linda manita que tiene el baby and Duérmete mi niña, among others.
Visit their site here.