2018 Spanglish Family Gift Guide: Meaningful, Multicultural Gifts
Inside: Spanish gift guide for Spanish/English-speaking kids and families.
The holidays are quickly approaching, which means gift-buying time is here. Truth be told, I’m not a great gift-giver in real life. I often wait until the last-minute, and stress over what to buy.
But no need for that this year! To save YOU stress, here is an awesome list of ideas to help you find that perfect present for the bilingual people in your life, from babies to adults.
If you’ve still got Spanglish friends and family on your list, read on. I’ve been busy scouring online shops for meaningful, quality gifts that will be enjoyed for years to come.
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Gifts for Less Than $10
1. Llama Earrings
It’s hard to pick just one favorite from Tapas for Two Gifts, but who can resist llamas? There are so many adorable options here, with tons of faux-leather earrings, T-shirts, totes, and more. This shop is perfect for moms or Spanish teachers!
2. Luggage Tags
Buying for a someone who loves travel? These luggage tags would make an adorable and practical gift for that jet-setting friend or family member, and there’s something for everyone.
3. DIY MAP ORNAMENT
You can make this for free! Decoupage maps onto an old ball ornament. (If you look up DIY decoupage ball ornament, there are tons of tutorials out there.) Use maps that hold significance: hometowns, places traveled to, etc.
4. Word Searches
They might be old school, but word searches are fun and work for a variety of ages. These would also be a fun gift for travelers who don’t always have access to Wi-Fi or need something to do on long trips. You can also grab crossword puzzle books in Spanish!
5. Albums in Spanish
Music is the perfect way to keep up the minority language, and effortlessly surround your family with Spanish! Gift a CD or two (all less than $10) to a family with kids, with these choices even mom and dad will enjoy.
Spanglish Gifts for Less Than $20
1. MAGNETIC POETRY
Keep Spanish on everyone’s mind with this fun magnetic set. Leave messages for each other, learn some new words, decorate the fridge, and be creative with this gift!
2. SPANISH EDITION OF SCRABBLE
We are having lots of fun with this one right now! If you have a mix of English and Spanish speakers, you can always allow everyone to play in their native language.
3. Spanglish Mugs
Here’s the perfect gift for that special coffee lover in your life! (Teachers already get their share of mugs, but these *are* amazing!)
Pair it with a mini-bag of coffee beans sourced from Latin America and you’ve got a Spanglish winner.
5. Books in Spanish
A well-chosen book is one of those gifts that can last a lifetime. When we moved to Peru I lugged 50lbs. of picture books along, and t’s really special to re-read our favorites, given to us by Grandma or good friends who took a minute to write a note on the inside jacket. Browse my books posts if you need something specific, or see my top recommendations below.
Lil’ Libros has adorable books for little ones, and will have some good holiday deals.
1. Spanish Language Decor
Consider some decor that creates a Spanglish environment in the home, for kids, parents, or both! I couldn’t resist the “hola y’all” print since we’re a mix of Peru and North Carolina. There are some sweet options for baby nurseries too!
Gifts Under $50
1. Spanish Toys
Looking for kid gifts? We know that play is a child’s most important work. Here are some multicultural toys and some that reinforce Spanish!
2. World Map Decor
Many bicultural families have traveled a lot or have left home to live where there are now, and maps make the perfect decor gift. We have this World Map in our kids’ room and love it! It shows where animals live, the continents and oceans, and is a handy visual when discussing different parts of the world.
If you want to go all-out for some bilingual friends, consider a subscription they can enjoy all year. My kids love the Highlights magazines, and there are options for teens-adults too. You could also do a subscription to Audible on Amazon ($14.95 monthly), which gives them access to lots of audiobooks in Spanish. Pair it with some cute headphones and you’ve got the perfect gift!
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