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December 10th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Christmas Gifts With A Latino Twist

5220663566_ffce30a320Christmas is right around the corner and if you want to give out some unique gifts this holiday season, I have some ideas with a Latino twist. Some of these would be great for bilingual kids, but even if you don’t have children like that on your list, these gifts are so different that they’re sure to be a hit no matter what!

Latin music — The CD Coloreando: Traditional Songs for Children in Spanish was released recently by Global Language Project, an amazing organization that provides language training in Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic to disadvantaged elementary school students. Performed by Colombian singer Marta Gomez, these traditional children’s songs in Spanish are catchy and will have kids signing in no time even if they’re only able to repeat a few words.

Latino fashion — From onesies to adult T-shirts, Dos Borreguitas is an online store with lots of unique, Latino-themed clothing items for the entire family. One of my favorite ones is a tee that says I Speak Spanglish because I do and I’m proud of it!

Latin roots — I like these customizable maps created by Children Inspire Design so much that I feel like getting all of them. Truth is that this is a great gift for all kids because you can customized the map to reflect their roots regardless of where their family is from.

Latino literature — There are a lot of options to choose from, but I highly recommend anything written by Alma Flor Ada or by Pat Mora. Both of these are well-known, prolific Latina authors whose children’s books would make absolutely wonderful gifts.

Photo credit: metaphoricalplatypus.com

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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